The leader of the progressive Squad says she learned plenty from the former boxer from Searchlight, Nevada. Hours after Harry Reid died, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted a tribute to the former Senate powerbroker as an invaluable partner in her unlikely rise from Queens bartender to national political force. “His counsel, encouragement, kindness, and generosity was so deeply moving. It was sincere. And I will never forget it,” AOC tweeted late Tuesday. “Thank you, Senator Reid,” she added. Reid, who rose from childhood poverty in hardscrabble rural Nevada to become a powerful Sen...
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Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott was blasted for his firearms policies as he began his general election campaign against Democrat Beto O'Rourke.
Abbott described the Uvalde gunman's actions as “Horrifically, incomprehensibly," which resulted in a harsh editorial from the Houston Chronicle, which took issue with the second word.
"But the second word Abbott used — 'incomprehensibly' — is just as much cowardice as it is a bald-faced lie," the editorial board wrote. "Of course it’s impossible to fathom why someone would shoot up an elementary school, or any school, but it’s hardly incomprehensible that it happened. It keeps happening, in Texas and across the nation. No one, especially not the governor of a state with some of the most inept, irresponsible and dangerous gun laws in the nation, should be confused, somehow unable to comprehend, the reasons for this never-ending tragedy of mass shootings in our country."
The newspaper said the state's permit-less carry legislation as moving the state in the wrong direction.
"Texas had 1 million registered weapons in 2021, more than second-place Florida and third-place Virginia combined. The United States leads all wealthy nations with its gun murder rate, and all nations in the rate of suicide by gun. And since September 2018, Texas has far more than its fair share of victims of mass shootings. Of the 2,000 such deaths recorded, 195 happened in Texas, far more than any other state," the newspaper noted.
The newspaper noted Abbott's comments after the 2018 school shooting in Sante Fe and the 2019 mass shootings in El Paso and then Odessa and Midland.
"As we speak, the National Rifle Association is excitedly gearing up for its annual meeting in Houston this Friday, May 27-29, at the George R. Brown Convention Center," the newspaper noted. "But also on hand this weekend, in a fierce, strong, protesting posture, should be every single Texan, including sensible gun owners, who want to stop the madness, stop the killing, and stop the NRA’s stranglehold over Texas’ elected leaders."
The newspaper suggested gun laws should be a major focus in the 2022 gubernatorial election.
"We call on Abbott, whose campaign war chest is comfortably overflowing in his reelection bid against Democrat Beto O’Rourke, to replenish his bankrupt conscience and do something, anything, to stop the blood of children and the tears of parents. We call on O’Rourke as well to demonstrate the kind of leadership, passion and gun reform policy ideas that we’ve lost faith Abbott can provide," the newspaper noted. "Go vote. Go fight."
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on track to be Donald Trump's vice president pick in 2024 after her Tuesday victory.
"Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders won the Republican nomination for Arkansas governor on Tuesday after a campaign where she focused primarily on national issues and criticized President Joe Biden," the Associated Press reported Tuesday evening.
CNN also projected Sanders would win.
"Sanders was endorsed by her former boss, former President Donald Trump, and shattered fundraising records since entering the race last year," the AP noted. "Sanders, the daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, blanketed the state with ads going after Biden on issues like inflation and vowing to fight the 'radical left.'"
With Sanders expected to win the Nov. general election, she will be a potential VP pick, according to New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman.
"Among other things, Sanders' victory is going to quickly put her on a short list for VP if Trump becomes the nominee again," Haberman posted to Twitter.
Trump has endorsed her campaign.
"Sanders left the White House in 2019 as a controversial figure on the national stage after two-and-a-half years serving as one of Trump's most trusted and unwavering defenders," CNN reported. "Sanders came under fire personally when then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report was released. It revealed that as deputy press secretary, she had provided baseless information to reporters when she claimed in May of 2017, after the President had terminated FBI Director James Comey, that 'countless' FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey. Sanders acknowledged to investigators that her comments were 'not founded on anything,' the Mueller report said.
'Purest expression of Trumpism': Marjorie Greene's re-nomination says a lot about the Republican mainstream
Far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has become a constant source of controversy. She has pushed anti-LGBTQ hate, supported the QAnon conspiracy theory, blamed extreme weather events on Jewish space lasers, and lost her House committee assignments after endorsing social media content that advocated killing prominent Democrats.
But she still won her primary contest to be re-nominated on Tuesday evening. And, wrote MSNBC's Zeeshan Aleem, that is a sign that her fringe views are no longer truly fringe in the Republican Party.
"Greene’s victory is a loss for Georgia, and the country," wrote Aleem. "She is arguably the purest expression of Trumpism as an ideology in Congress, not to mention the strangest member of the congressional MAGA squad. In a group that includes scandal-plagued firebrands like Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Matt Gaetz of Florida, that’s saying something. She displays no real interest in or skill for governance, but she’s effective at promoting white nationalist and authoritarian ideas, and she has a gut instinct for how to use disinformation and media stunts to stay in the news. Worst of all, the Republican Party establishment seems to have accepted her extremism as the new normal within the GOP."
"Generally speaking, Greene has not only survived but thrived," noted Aleem. "She’s now one of the most recognizable Republicans in the country, and she has achieved that rare status of perceived authenticity on the MAGA right ('Like Donald Trump, she tells it like it is,' a right-wing activist in Georgia noted to a Business Insider reporter recently). GOP candidates in competitive races across the country have sought out her endorsement. And she has established herself as a fundraising juggernaut: She raised the eighth-highest amount among House candidates in 2021 and dwarfed the war chests of her primary challengers."
Some members of her district have denounced her antics, slamming her as an "embarrassment," with at least some business owners worried her reputation will be bad for business in the area. But not enough are bothered to matter, wrote Aleem — and it has implications for the GOP's future.
"Greene has provided a playbook for future hard-core Trump-wing newcomers," wrote Aleem. "Stirring up maximal controversy, spreading disinformation and trafficking in white nationalist ideas can be a winning MAGA formula, especially among Republican voters plugged into right-wing media. Sure, such politicians will only undermine the legislative process and help tilt the country closer to democratic collapse — but in red districts, they will have good shots at re-election."
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