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As Border Crisis Deepens, Nancy Pelosi Asks for Prayer to Heal Democratic Rifts

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In the House Democratic caucus meeting, the Speaker fired shots at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her criticism of conservative members.
'House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continued her criticism of the progressives in her party at a private House Democratic caucus meeting on Wednesday, winning a rousing round of applause for her claim that party infighting was putting the House majority at risk by jeopardizing seats flipped from red to blue in 2018.Pelosi particularly zeroed in on staff for Rep.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who have been openly critical on Twitter of Blue Dogs and New Democrats, who represent conservatives in the caucus. “Think twice about it,” Pelosi advised about staffers who tweet, according to a member in the room. “Actually, think only once about it and don’t do it.” Pelosi has been engaged in a feud with the four freshman Democrats known as “the Squad,” comprised of Ocasio-Cortez; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., over their lack of support for a bill to provide funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall alongside humanitarian aid.Over the weekend, Pelosi ignited the feud with comments to  the New York Times’s Maureen Dowd. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she told the Times. “But they didn’t have any following.They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.” Some members in the room took the tongue-lashing in the caucus meeting to be largely directed at Ocasio-Cortez, who was present in the meeting.Ocasio-Cortez has been the most forceful in pushing back against Pelosi’s comments, though the other members of the Squad haven’t remained silent.On Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez responded to Pelosi’s comments by citing distrust of the administration not to divert aid away from overcrowded detention centers, where many migrants have now died, toward immigration enforcement.Most recently, NBC News reported that migrant children have alleged sexual assault at the hands of officers.The chief concern of the meeting for Democratic leadership back in Washington, though, was not the decrepit conditions or the allegations of assault against the children, but the public criticism of how the bill was handled — linked to a concern about upcoming congressional elections and the fate of moderate Democrats.Initial reporting of the caucus meeting suggested that Pelosi was referring to Rep.Mark Pocan, D-Wisc., calling him out for his dubbing of the Problem Solvers Caucus as the “Child Abuse Caucus” on Twitter after the group organized an effort to block a House bill that would have mandated better conditions for children in detention at the border.But Pocan was not at the meeting, and Pelosi called him directly after he was named in an article to assure him that she wasn’t referring to him, but talking about the staff tweets. “She didn’t know about my tweet and it wasn’t about me,” Pocan said of the message Pelosi relayed to him.Multiple members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, however, had earlier complained to Pelosi about Pocan’s tweet, a source with knowledge of their comments said.At the end of the meeting, Pelosi sought to heal the wounds she had freshly reopened, and asked a preacher to come forward and lead a prayer so that the rifts in the Democratic Party may be healed.No preacher came forward, as none were present, so Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., led the faithful. “His prayer was brief and powerful and incredibly well received,” said Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., the caucus chair. “He simply prayed for a spirit of discernment, the spirit of being able to do the right thing and to move forward collectively.” “I think that it’s unfortunate, you know, what gets interpreted as an attack, right?” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. “When we approve $5 billion to agencies that are killing kids and I represent a district that is 50 percent immigrants, my families and communities feel attacked and I have a responsibility to stand up for them, and I think that it would be hypocritical for me to remain silent on injustices just because those injustices may come from our side of the aisle.” . The post As Border Crisis Deepens, Nancy Pelosi Asks for Prayer to Heal Democratic Rifts appeared first on The Intercept .'

11 of the best Bluetooth speakers

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Response To Nancy Pelosi Criticizing Her 'Twitter World' Doesn't Hold Back

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It seems like there's a bit of disagreement over social media and its usefulness within the U.S. House of Representatives. In a recent interview with The New York Times, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) had some harsh words for four…
'It seems like there's a bit of disagreement over social media and its usefulness within the U.S. House of Representatives. In a recent interview with The New York Times , House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) had some harsh words for four congresswomen their respective Twitter accounts, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), one of the women on Pelosi's list, had a fiery response for the speaker. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's response to Nancy Pelosi criticizing her \'Twitter world\' doesn't hold back at all. In The New York Times Opinion piece published on July 6, 2019, Peolsi knocked Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) for not voting with Democrats on a spending package that was ultimately passed in the House on Tuesday, June 25. The package is slated to release $4.6 billion in aid to southern border, as the number of migrants increases, according to The New York Times . As a way to articulate her frustration on the nay-votes from the four congresswomen, Pelosi commented on the way in which the freshmen congresswomen interact wield their social media presence , saying, \'All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didnt have any following. Theyre four people and thats how many votes they got.\' Ocasio-Cortez didn't hold back in a series of tweets responding to Pelosi's comment on Saturday, July 6. She defended the importance of her Twitter following by writing, \'That public 'whatever' is called public sentiment.\' She added, \'And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.\' In another tweet, AOC wrote, \'I find it strange when members act as though social media isnt important .. I havent dialed for dollars *once* this year, & have more time to do my actual job. Yet wed rather campaign like its 2008.\' Drew Hammill, Pelosi's chief of staff, defended Pelosi's comments. In a tweet on July 7, Hammill wrote, \'Dowd asked Pelosi about the criticism this group leveled against Pelosi. If you throw a punch you have to be prepared to take a punch Shes not talking about them as votes but referring to the Tuesday vote where they were the only four Dem nays.\' Tlaib also responded to Pelosi's comment. She quote-tweeted a tweet by Twitter user @saikatc that said, \'We are in a time that calls for leaders that lead -- leaders like @AOC, @IlhanMN, @RashidaTlaib and @AyannaPressley. Voters want representatives who will fight, even if they lose. The fact that House Democratic leadership doesn't see this is incredibly troubling.\' In her quote-tweet, Tlaib added, \'It baffles the mind that *some* still don't get it. When people like me come out, we win. When #PeopleLikeUs run, we inspire more folks to be engaged. It wasn't the persuading of Trumpers that won back the majority, it was turning out more of us.\' In a tweet posted by AOC on July 6, the congresswoman criticized Democrats for trusting the Trump administration with such a large funding package, which she voted against. She wrote, I dont believe it was a good idea for Dems to blindly trust the Trump admin when so many kids have died in their custody. Its a huge mistake. This admin also refuses to hand over docs to Congress on the whereabouts of families. Peoples lives are getting bargained, & for what? Ocasio-Cortez previously tweeted about troubling conditions she witnessed during a tour of a migrant detention facility in Texas , including claims of verbal abuse and claims of lack of hygiene products. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not immediately respond to Elite Daily's request for comment on the matter, but they did put out a statement on July 1, stating most Border Patrol agents care for migrants \'humanely and compassionately.\' At the time of the bill's passage on June 25, Pelosi said of the aid package , per The New York Times , \'This isnt an immigration bill. Its an appropriations bill to meet the needs of the children.\' As of publication, Pelosi has yet to respond to Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib beyond her chief of staff's public comments. Pelosi did speak to criticism of her more centrist tactics in the article, saying, \'If the left doesnt think Im left enough, so be it.\' She also expanded on her reasoning for not putting much stock in the \'Twitter world,\' saying in the piece: As I say to these people, come to my basement. I have these signs about single-payer from 30 years ago. I understand what theyre saying. But we have a responsibility to get something done, which is different from advocacy. We have to have a solution, not just a Twitter fight. It seems that, at least for now, these Democratic House members will have to agree to disagree whether you can simultaneously pass concrete legislation while also attempting to affect change through mediums like social media.'