AOC And Fellow House Democrats Want Annual Refugee Cap Raised To 200K

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-NY) appeared on MSNBC’s ReidOut show(08/26/2021) to discuss the ongoing evacuation crisis in Afghanistan, and the plight of Afghan refugees currently trickling into the United States. Rep Ocasio-Cortez told host Joy Reid that she’s joining hands with about 70 other House Democrats, in urging the Biden administration to raise the annual refugee cap from the paltry 15,000 under former President Trump, to at least 200,000.

Rep Ocasio-Cortez told host Joy Reid:“When it comes to the devastation that we have seen in Afghanistan, the United States plays a role. We have a responsibility, and in order to… make good on the role that we have played in this violence, we have a responsibility to make a home for the people whose lives have been upended by interventionist U.S. foreign policy. And so, as a result, I’m proud to have co-written a letter with Rep Barbara Lee[D-CA], to ask and urge the Biden administration to, as they set their refugee quota, to make it no less that 200,000 in the upcoming year.”

You’ll remember the Trump administration dropped the annual refugee cap from 85,000 under President Obama, way down to a paltry 15,000.

Bottom line folks, as Rep Ocasio-Cortez correctly stated on ReidOut, we have a moral obligation to fulfill the promises we made to Afghans, whose help we enlisted in the fight against terrorism, and whose lives have been upended by the current state of affairs under Taliban rule. The least we can do, is raise our paltry annual refugee cap to at least 200,000, so that we can admit into the United States, as many of our Afghan allies as is possible. It’s also the moral thing to do, and one sincerely hopes the Biden administration will grant Rep Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow House Democrats, their noble request.

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“Being A.O.C”: A CNN Special Featuring Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

CNN’s Dana Bash interviewing Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

CNN’s Dana Bash did an hour-long special on Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-NY) titled “BEING A.O.C”, which aired on 08/09/2021. As expected, “BEING A.O.C” ended up being quite an interesting and informative hour of television where viewers leaned a lot about AOC the young Latina, versus AOC the Congresswoman we are accustomed to seeing on TV. Yours Truly would have loved to drop the entire hour-long show here for your consumption, but because of copyright issues(the boatload of commercials), all Yours Truly can manage is chopping up the special and serving you the various segments, beginning with whether she plans to primary incumbent Dem Senator Schumer in 2022, and run for president in 2024.

AOC on why Fox News is so obsessed with her

AOC on the power of femininity

AOC on being misunderstood and hated by right wingers

AOC on striking a balance between her congressional duties and her desire to raise a family

AOC on being insulted by a Republican Congressman

AOC on taking down a powerful and loved Dem incumbent, and how this led to her cold reception by fellow Dems in Congress

Bottom line folks, AOC, like Trump(admit it libs), almost always makes for great TV, and Dana Bash’s special did not disappoint. Yours Truly gives Dana Bash an A+ grade(95%) instead of a full blown 100% grade because of this slight “ding”: She left out AOC’s stay in West Africa, where she reportedly even picked up the local language. I think viewers would have loved to hear about her experiences in Africa, and how they have affected who she is today.

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Shontel Brown Credits Endorsements By Hillary Clinton And Whip Clyburn For OH-11 Primary Win

Shontel Brown was on MSNBC’s Politics Nation (08/07/2021), where she credited her recent win in the OH-11 Democratic primary to endorsements from powerful establishment Democrats Hillary Clinton and House Majority Whip James Clyburn. Polls leading up to the 08/03/2021 Democratic primary had Progressive firebrand Nina Turner, backed by Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders and other leading Progressives, leading Brown in the race. This is why Brown’s primary win was considered by many, an upset.

Shontel Brown told host Al Sharpton:“If all politics is local, I’m as local as it gets…We knew that this was a local race. Having the support of local city council members, school board members, precinct committee folks, that was our path to victory. But I will say, getting the attention and the support of someone like Hillary Clinton certainly reshaped the narrative and got a lot of national support, and after that the ball just started rolling. Whip [James] Clyburn also endorsed my candidacy, the CBC endorsed my candidacy. Right after that, the AFT and the Teamsters came on board…”

Brown then went on to tout her winning political record, even before the high-powered endorsements, telling host Sharpton:“Let the record reflect, we always saw a path to victory, and I say this as calmly and respectfully as I can. I never got into this race with the expectation to do anything other than winning. I have six wins under my belt and Lord willing, on November, this will be my seventh. Anyone who knows me, seven is a number that I strongly believe in as a child of faith. It represents perfection, completion in God. And so I believed from the very beginning that this was my race…”

During the interview, Brown repeatedly avoided delving into the Progressive versus establishment Democrats divide which characterized her primary race, instead reiterating that voters are primarily interested in a candidate who can deliver results, not their political label.

For the record, Yours Truly was already sold on Shontel Brown as a solid Dem candidate, but after hearing her nailing it on the deep spiritual significance of the number seven, she instantly became one of my favorite Democrats, and hopefully in November, one of my favorite House Democrats.

Bottom line folks, as Shontel Brown correctly pointed out, too much is often made of the divide between Progressives and establishment Democrats, when at the end of the day, voters just want capable, even-keeled candidates who can deliver results. After watching Brown’s interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett right after her win, and this one on MSNBC, it is difficult to still consider her win an upset. Yours Truly will leave it at that so as not to ruffle feathers, but I suspect you get the drift.

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AOC Says States Have Only Doled Out $3B Of The $46B Congress Provided For Eviction Relief

Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-NY) appeared on CNN’s State Of The Union(SOTU) show (08/01/2021), where she discussed among other things, the failure by her fellow House Democrats to extend the federal eviction moratorium before leaving Washington for the August recess. Rep Ocasio-Cortez made a startling revelation at the interview, saying that out of the $46 billion Congress allocated to the states for eviction relief, only $3 billion has actually been doled out to assist struggling renters, adding that some Governors, presumably Republican, are “slow-walking” the process. The full CNN interview is available here, but the relevant clip is below.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez told host Jake Tapper:“This money was handed over by Congress and federal government to states and local municipalities to dole out. What that means then, is that each individual Governor is responsible for establishing these programs. I think that in some states, Governors and state administrations might be slow-walking this process to get it out, in other states it’s the administrative burden of setting it up, but there are states and municipalities that have been getting it right…but we cannot kick people out of their homes when our end of the bargain has not been fulfilled. Out of the $46 billion that has been allocated, only $3 billion has gone out to help renters and small mom and pop landlords.”

Think about that. As it currently stands, more than 90% of the funds Congress allocated to the states to assist families with their housing needs, are just laying around unused, as the intended recipients remain stressed out over eviction. This is either the height of cruelty, or incompetence by the state governments, or both.

Bottom line folks, there is zero excuse for a Governor, Democrat or Republican, to sit on federal eviction relief funds, knowing full well that we are staring at a potential mass eviction crisis, the likes of which we have never seen before. Even more troubling is the fact that the very same Rep Ocasio-Cortez, was way back in October 2020, sounding the very same mass eviction alarm. Simply put, any Governor needlessly sitting on the much-needed federal eviction dollars while struggling renters suffer, needs to be called out to the fullest.

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Ted Cruz Wants “Amoral”, “Pathological Liar” Trump To Campaign For Him


A must-watch video from MSNBC’s Last Word w/Lawrence O’Donnell show is the best argument yet for not voting for Cruz. The video captures snippets of Cruz and Trump viciously throwing personal attacks at each other during the height of the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest.

The full MSNBC’s Last Word segment is available here but the relevant clip is below

Unlike many traditional campaigns where candidates spar with each other over policy differences, the Cruz v Trump contest was clearly a fight between two people who genuinely hated each other and went out of their way to express in public their real loathing for each other.

Cruz for example said about Trump:

“This man[Trump] is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth .”

“The man is utterly amoral, morality does not exist for him.”

“We are liable to wake up one morning and Donald if he were President, would have nuked Denmark.”

Now Ted Cruz, desperate not to lose his senate seat to Dem challenger Beto O’Rourke, is calling on the “utterly amoral”, Denmark-nuking, “pathological liar” Trump to come campaign for him in Texas. Don’t forget Trump also said some disparaging things about Ted Cruz’s wife and father.


How can any Texas voter ever trust that Ted Cruz is a principled leader capable of drawing a line in the sand to protect the interests of Texans in the U.S. senate? If Ted Cruz is not man enough to stand up for his own wife and father, how can we trust him to stand up for the Lone Star State? Seriously folks, if you resort to begging someone you sincerely believe is an “utterly amoral”, ” pathological liar” who also insulted your wife and father to campaign for you, you have no principles and certainly don’t belong in the U.S. Senate.

Bottom line Texans deserves a strong principled leader to represent the state in the U.S. Senate. The choice is very clear–Beto O’Rourke!!

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Time For Action Texas–Register To Vote!!

Texas its TIME FOR ACTION. We need to elect Beto O’Rourke, Lupe Valdez and other Democrats this Fall. Click here to REGISTER TO VOTE  in the November 6, 2018 elections. The DEADLINE to register is Tuesday October 9, 2018. Lets make the BLUE WAVE HAPPEN!!


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The Mercer Map-An Indispensable Tool In The Dem Toolkit

It is a well known political fact that behind every GOP agenda item, there’s either the Koch or Mercer family pulling strings from behind the scenes. These two families literally run the GOP and now the U.S. given the fact that the GOP is the party in power. Yours Truly therefore thought grassroots Democrats would find this Mercer Map handy when analyzing news items about the GOP. Any time grassroots Dems want to get the big picture on any GOP agenda item, all they have to do is look at the Mercer Map and see how it all fits together


Hang in there folks. Yours Truly will try and get a Koch Brothers Map to give an even clearer picture of the forces behind any GOP agenda item.

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Texas’ Unverifiable E-Voting Machines Are Packed In Dem Strongholds

With news that Russia tried to hack into U.S. election systems in the 2016 elections, there have been concerns about the security of U.S. voting infrastructure and especially electronic voting machines. Specifically, there have been reports that some electronic voting machines can be manipulated remotely without leaving a trace. Even more troubling is the fact that such remote manipulation could even result in changing of vote totals on election day. These concerns are not new and have lingered for quite some time, yet even after the Russia experience in the 2016 elections, state election officials have not yet convinced the public(certainly not in Texas) that they can totally prevent such intrusions.


Unlike his counterparts in other states, the Texas Secretary of State has been notoriously unresponsive to questions about the security of Texas voting systems. The WV Secretary of State for example responded to questions from Election Integrity advocate Jennifer Cohn when she sought more information about the state’s newly acquired ES&S machines.

The same desire by Secretaries of State to answer the public’s questions is also evident in other states but for some peculiar reason, there’s a zero desire for public accountability from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. The best the Texas Secretary of State’s office has done to respond to public concerns about election security is the release of this 2/22/2018 YouTube Video of a Texas Senate Hearing on election security. Yours Truly has gone through the video and found the questioning by State Senator Judith Zaffirini(D-Laredo) beginning at 32:15 to be the most interesting.

From the excellent questions by Dem Senator Zaffirini we find out that out of the 254 Texas Counties, 164 use DREs which have no paper trail and that these DREs are predominantly used in large counties. This should send all kinds of alarm bells to the DNC because the large counties in Texas usually contain the large cities(Houston, Dallas, Austin)–ALL MAJOR DEM STRONGHOLDS. In other words, the Texas GOP has packed the unverifiable and easilyhackable DREs in counties where Dems get their most votes.

The DNC owes it to Senate Hopeful Beto O’Rouke and other Dems running in the state to get a DEFINITIVE ANSWER from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office as to exactly which counties are using these DREs and the measures they’ve taken to secure the vote given the fact that the machines don’t have a paper trail.

Better yet the DNC should DEMAND that all Texas voting machines have a paper trail

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Did Russia Funnel Money To TeamTrump Through The NRA?

One of the biggest obstacles for Democrats, especially in the battle for control of State Legislatures has been the powerful gun lobby group National Rifle Association(NRA). Unlike other powerful lobby groups that influence both the Republican and the Democratic Party, the NRA literally has a stranglehold on the Republican party. NRA’s stranglehold on the GOP is so bad, even President Trump recently had to ask GOP Members of Congress not to be “afraid of” the gun lobby group when discussing sensible gun control proposals. Marion Hammer, a powerful NRA lobbyist in Florida for example is so feared by Florida State GOPers, that she’s dubbed “The Real Gov of Florida.” Such is the power the NRA wields over the GOP

https://youtu.be/L6I0zp-lAeo

The troubling news therefore that the FBI is investigating the NRA as a possible vehicle for funnelling Russian money to help Trump in the 2016 elections should be of great concern to Democrats. New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni said on CNN’s Outfront with Erin Burnett that the NRA spent a whopping $30M to help Trump get elected, which is more than they spent the last two Presidential cycles combined. A Russian banker Alexander Torshin who has ties to Putin is an NRA life member and the key suspect in the alleged funnelling scheme. Torshin apparently wanted to create a “back channel” between the Trump Campaign and Russia and one of his associates reportedly told a Trump campaign staffer that “Putin is deadly serious about building a good relationship with Mr. Trump.”(see YouTube video from 14:00 onwards)

Under normal circumstances this would be just another questionable daliance between a powerful U.S. gun lobby group and a foreign financier. However against the backdrop of an ongoing Special Counsel investigation into U.S. election meddling by the Russians, this strange relationship between the NRA and the Putin-allied Russian financier has become a much more serious issue, one that Americans trust Mueller and Co. will get to the bottom of.


It also bears pointing out, as New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni did that Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr, is a major NRA supporter and activist. Trump Jr you’ll remember is already in the middle of a very questionable meeting with Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower. Veselnitskaya has since confessed that she’s an informant for Putin’s Kremlin

Simply put, the NRA-Russia story is a major story that could affect the Dem political fortunes from here on out. According to CNN Political Correspondent Sara Murray, the NRA is privately, very concerned about the FBI’s investigation into its ties to the Russian Banker(vid at 14:00). Obviously we Dems have to be patient and allow the feds to conduct their investigation into the NRA but just like Trump used the ongoing Clinton email probe to hamstring her 2016 campaign, there is no reason why the DNC should not pummel NRA-allied GOP candidates over Russian money as we head to Midterms 2018, the perfect target being Sen Ted Cruz

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Dems Must Confront Rebekah Mercer Over Cambridge Analytica

The bombshell revelation yesterday that former Trump Campaign Adviser Steve Bannon instructed Cambridge Analytica to research ways of suppressing the votes of key Dem constituencies should be very alarming to Americans, and Democrats in particular. It is well known that Cambridge Analytica is run in large part by Billionaire heiress & Republican Super Donor Rebekah Mercer, who is very close to President Trump and played a key role in his ascendancy to the Presidency. Both Steve Bannon and current Presidential Adviser Kellyanne Conway got their White House jobs thanks in large part to Rebekah Mercer’s sway with President Trump. You’ll remember that shortly after the release of the best selling book “Fire & Fury” by Michael Wolfe, which contained some very unflattering remarks about Trump that were attributed to Steve Bannon, Rebekah Mercer retaliated by pulling Bannon’s security detail.


It is very clear therefore that Rebekah Mercer, unlike many other GOP donors who supported Trump’s campaign, has remained actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Trump Administration, including meting out “punishment” when necessary, as we saw with Bannon. News therefore that her outfit Cambridge Analytica may have been engaged in voter suppression schemes targeting core Democratic voters must not be taken lightly.

The DNC must get to the bottom of Cambridge Analytica’s voter suppression schemes. At the minimum, the DNC/Congressional Democrats need to know what exactly Bannon asked Cambridge Analytica to do. Why is that important? Its important because even if it is later found that Bannon’s request never materialized, it may give the public a window into other voter suppression schemes that the GOP is engaged in elsewhere in the country. In other words Bannon’s request may provide a great reference point/lead to anti-voter suppression advocates on the kind of schemes they need to look out for.

Yours Truly has repeatedly stated that Dems must confront the Mercers over Cambridge Analytica and other crooked schemes they are involved with.

The Mercers, like the Koch Brothers are a key part of the GOP Agenda and DNC has to confront them DIRECTLY, not through TV Ads. Bottom line, voter suppression is patently un-American and Dems must treat it as such, beginning with a call to #InvestigateTheMercers!!

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