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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Divisions between progressives and moderates are bedeviling U.S. Democrats as they struggle to advance President Joe Biden’s agenda, with the fate of the $3.5 trillion social spending legislation they hope to pass hanging in the balance. “If the Senate can’t do 3.5, we’ve got to see what they can do,” Hoyer said. “I will not vote for a reconciliation package lower than 3.5. trillion,” Representative Jamaal Bowman declared outside the Capitol. Moderates like Manchin, who represents heavily Republican West Virginia, say they will not vote for $3.5 trillion in social spending. Another House progressive, Representative Rashida Tlaib, said she was “absolutely” worried about the social spending package being cut back too much.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Joe Biden, Gavin Newsom, Leah Millis, Steny Hoyer, Joe Manchin, we’ve, ” Hoyer, , Jamaal Bowman, Bowman, Manchin, Rashida Tlaib, , Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, ” Ocasio Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Democrats, California, Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus, REUTERS, Progressive Democrats, Capitol, Republican, Senate Locations: Long, Long Beach , California, U.S, Republican West Virginia, Detroit, Cortez
Rep. Tony Gonzalez defended US Border Patrol agents who were filmed whipping at Haitian migrants. The Texas Republican said the agents were "doing God's work fighting everything they can." Haitian migrants told reporters that they were forced to leave the camp to find water and food for themselves and their families, including many young children. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday called the images of the Border Patrol agents whipping and yelling at barefoot migrants carrying bags of food "horrific" and "horrible." The US government has begun deporting thousands of Haitian migrants back to Haiti, even as the Haitian government pleads for a "humanitarian moratorium" on such removals.
Persons: Tony Gonzalez, Gonzalez, Jen Psaki, Jovenel Moïse, There's, can't, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Omar Organizations: US Border Patrol, Texas Republican, Department of Homeland Security, Service, CNN, Border Patrol, Al, United Nations, Democratic Locations: Texas, Mexico, Del Rio , Texas, Del Rio, Al Jazeera, Haiti, Rio Grande, Haitian, Alexandria
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that letting federal unemployment expire was based on fantasy — not data. Research on ending benefits early continually showed little impact on job growth and employment. Prior to the September 6 expiration of all federal unemployment benefits, 26 states opted out of benefits early. Last week, Ocasio-Cortez introduced the "Extend Unemployment Assistance Act of 2021," which would extend benefits through February 1, 2022 — and would pay out benefits retroactive to their September expiration. "We can't let pandemic unemployment assistance lapse when we're still recovering from the cost effects of the pandemic," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Persons: Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, haven't, Katia Dmitrieva, Olivia Rockeman, PUA, Insider's Joseph Zeballos, Biden, Organizations: Research, Service, Bloomberg, Labor, PUA, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Harvard University, Columbia University, University of Toronto, Washington Post, Congressional Progressive Caucus Locations: Alexandria
Psaki said Biden found the footage of Border Patrol agents whipping at Haitian migrants "horrific" and "horrible." The Biden administration has begun deporting thousands of Haitian migrants at the Texas border. The Biden administration began expelling thousands of Haitian migrants on flights back to their home country on Sunday, with more deportations to come, according to the The Associated Press. A growing number of congressional Democrats have condemned the actions of the Border Patrol agents and called on the Biden administration to halt ongoing deportations of Haitian migrants. "Right now, we also have to implement our laws at the border," Psaki said.
Persons: Psaki, Biden, That's, Harris, Jen Psaki, Joe Biden, Alejandro Mayorkas, Jovenel Moïse, Trump, Chuck Schumer, Rep, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Mayorkas Organizations: Border Patrol, Service, White, CBS, Customs, Border, of Homeland Security, DHS, Associated Press, Democrat, Republican, Cortez of New York, Biden Locations: Texas, Del Rio , Texas, Del Rio, Rio Grande, United States, Haiti, Alexandria, Cortez of New, Central
Congress is struggling to pass Biden's economic agenda, and even faces a default and government shutdown. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are demanding that the $3.5 trillion social spending bill be trimmed down. Up to 10 moderates in the House are also threatening to let the infrastructure bill fail rather than back tax hikes, Politico reported. They're seeking to have it ready by September 27, a deadline imposed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi so they could approve in tandem a separate bipartisan infrastructure bill focused on roads and bridges. Congress also accrued nearly $8 trillion in debt on the back of bipartisan spending deals and coronavirus relief packages under President Donald Trump.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten, Manchin, Reagan, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, I've, Sen, Tim Kaine, Virginia, Pramila, Rep, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Peter DeFazio of, Mitch McConnell, John Thune of, John Barrasso, Alex Brandon, Jason Furman, We've, Furman, McConnell, Trump, Donald Trump, Sherrod Brown, midterms, Joe Biden, that's, John Yarmuth of, Yarmuth, Nancy Organizations: Service, Congressional, Politico, Democratic, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Cortez of New York, House Transportation, Infrastructure, Capitol, Kentucky Republican, Republican, GOP, Republicans, Banking Committee, Arlington National Cemetery, AP Locations: West Virginia, Arizona, Washington, Alexandria, Cortez of New, Peter DeFazio of Oregon, John Thune of South Dakota, Harvard, John Yarmuth of Kentucky
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Cori Bush unveiled a bill to protect renters from eviction during the ongoing pandemic. of Health and Human Services to automatically implement an eviction ban. This comes after the Supreme Court struck down Biden's eviction ban extension in August. On August 3, Biden's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new eviction ban following pressure from progressives, after a nationwide ban had just lapsed on July 31. And given the surge of the Delta variant, there isn't any way to know when the pandemic will end and how long the proposed eviction ban would need to last.
Persons: Sen, Elizabeth Warren, Cori Bush, Joe Biden's, Massachusetts Sen, Alexandria Ocasio, Ayanna Pressley, Bush, SCOTUS, Warren Organizations: Human Services, Service, Missouri, New York Rep, HHS, Public Health Service, for Disease Control, Prevention, Capitol, CDC, Democrats Locations: Massachusetts, Alexandria, Cortez
(L-R) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attend a news conference to introduce legislation that would give the Department of Health and Human Services the power to impose a federal eviction moratorium in the interest of public health, on Capitol Hill September 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. A group of Democrats on Tuesday introduced a bill that would reinstate a federal eviction moratorium as the delta variant of the coronavirus fuels outbreaks nationwide. The legislation, led by Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, would give the Department of Health and Human Services permanent authority to enact an eviction ban during public health crises. Bush and Warren said the ban would not only aid Americans struggling to cover rent because of pandemic-related job losses, but also reduce potential coronavirus exposure by keeping people in their homes. "We must protect the millions of people who are at risk of losing their homes, their stability and even their lives," Bush told reporters Tuesday.
Persons: Sen, Elizabeth Warren, Cori Bush, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio, Cori Bush of, Elizabeth Warren of, Biden, Bush, Warren Organizations: of Health, Human Services, Capitol, Rep, Centers for Disease Control Locations: Alexandria, Cortez, Washington ,, Cori Bush of Missouri, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, U.S
Economic Policy Institute said the expiration of unemployment benefits will impact over 10 million workers. Those figures come from an annualized analysis of research that looked at the economic impact of cutting off benefits early. Throughout the summer, 26 states — 25 of which are GOP-led — opted out of federal benefits early. They found that that the loss of UI benefits at the state level resulted in recipients of UI spending about $145 less per week. They cite Census Bureau data that found that workers of color were more likely to receive UI benefits than their white counterparts.
Persons: Biden, haven't, , PUA, Insider's Madison Hoff, Dr, William Spriggs, EPI, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez Organizations: Institute, Service, Bloomberg, Policy Institute, GOP, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Harvard University, Columbia University, University of Toronto, Census Bureau, Howard University, AFL Locations: Alexandria
Ritchie Torres, a congressman from America’s poorest district — New York’s 15th, in the Bronx — quietly bristles at the A.O.C. Not long after our lunch, A.O.C. once again became Topic A of national conversation for posturing politically while posing pictorially at the Met Gala. The bigger mystery is why Torres (who was emphatically not at the gala) hasn’t yet become a household name in the United States. dropout, the Bronx’s first openly gay elected official when he won a seat on the City Council in 2013 at the age of 25 and the victor over a gay-bashing Christian minister when he won his House seat last year.
Persons: Ritchie Torres, , Alexandria Ocasio, , Torres Organizations: Bronx, Democratic Party, City Council Locations: America’s, Italy, Alexandria, Cortez, United States
On the 10th anniversary of the occupation, Insider spoke with participants and observers of the movement, including the original organizers, city officials, historians, Wall Street traders, and lawyers on both sides of the battle. If Occupy Wall Street had any impact on the yawning gap between the 1% and the 99%, it isn't easy to discern. We are seeing even more inequality of income, wealth, and power than we saw 10 years ago." Kalle Lasn, one of the original organizers of Occupy Wall Street, said the movement was "an incredible success" by many metrics. "Back during Occupy Wall Street, things were bad.
Persons: Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio, Robert Reich, Bill Clinton, Kalle Lasn Organizations: Occupy, Wall Street, Wall, Occupy Wall Locations: Lower Manhattan, Zuccotti, Washington, Alexandria, Cortez
She became the youngest female self-made billionaire by spinning gold out of blood. She really put the con in Silicon Valley. But we shouldn’t reorient our society so that people can simply wrap themselves in an identity cloak when identity is not the issue. Virtue should not be defined by who you are, putting you beyond reproach and preventing judgments about what you did. She said her “Tax the Rich” turn at the Met gala “punctured the 4th wall of excess and spectacle.” Sure, whatever.
Persons: Holmes, Steve Jobs, George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, Jim Mattis, David Boies —, ” John Carreyrou, , “ Holmes, , ” Carreyrou, Elizabeth, Alexandria Ocasio Organizations: Wall Street Locations: Silicon Valley, Theranos, Alexandria, Cortez
Observers say he will carry a strengthened hand into global summits in October and November that are meant to galvanize the world around transitioning from planet-warming fossil fuels and ending the use of offshore havens that companies have long used to avoid taxation. But the sheer scope of its contents has opened divisions among Democrats on multiple fronts, when Mr. Biden cannot afford to lose a single vote in the Senate and no more than three votes in the House. Centrists and progressives have clashed over the size of the spending in the legislation and the scale and details of the tax increases that Mr. Biden wants to use to help offset its cost. They are divided over prescription drug pricing, the generosity of tax credits for the poor, the aggressiveness of key measures to speed the transition to a lower-emission energy sector and much more. Even items that are not top priorities for Mr. Biden have opened rifts.
Persons: Patrick Gaspard, Obama, , Mr, Biden, Centrists, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Chuck Schumer Organizations: Center for American Progress, White, United, Mr Locations: Washington, United States, Cortez of New York
Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go – click here for iOS and here for Android. The settlement is one of the first real crackdowns on the alternative-data industry, and insiders are saying it signals a turning point for the field. Wall Street's newest millionaires are whistleblowersSamantha Lee/InsiderThe SEC just gave payments of $110 million and $4 million to two Wall Street whistleblowers, bringing the agency's watch-dog payouts to a total of $1 billion. But not all whistleblowers hit it big — and some never see a single dollar. Inside the rise and fall of Occupy Wall StreetTen years after the Occupy Wall Street movement, which decried wealth inequality in America, it still isn't easy to discern the impact it made on the country's wealth gap.
Persons: Let's, Matthias Clamer, Samantha Lee, IPOs, Mike Coppola, Alan Schein, Hayley Cuccinello, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez Organizations: Insider Finance, iOS, Android, SEC, Cortez of New York, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Locations: Alexandria, Cortez of New, America, Lower Manhattan
Pelosi tore into American capitalism on Friday, saying it has let many people down. She said "our economic system" has helped some people thrive from the "exploitation" of workers and the environment. "In America, capitalism is our system, it is our economic system, but it has not served our economy as well as it should," she told an audience at London's Chatham House. The California Democrat had positive words for "stakeholder capitalism," the idea companies can benefit workers and customers alongside shareholders. Republicans are opposed to the plan, arguing it would saddle many businesses with crushing tax hikes and set back the recovery.
Persons: Pelosi, Biden, Nancy Pelosi, That's, Milton Friedman, Joe Biden, it's, Sen, Bernie Sanders of, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Franklin Roosevelt, Donald Trump's Organizations: Service, California Democrat, Tax, Institute for Policy Studies, Congressional, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, House Democratic, Trump Locations: America, Alexandria, Cortez of New York, Europe
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York wants to require family offices to register with the SEC. The implosion of Archegos in March brought unwelcome scrutiny to the secretive world of family offices. Family-office insiders and lawyers told Insider that Ocasio-Cortez's bill unfairly targeted family offices, arguing that Archegos acted like a hedge fund more than a family office. That said, smaller family offices could slip under the radar, and it would require active and sophisticated monitoring by the SEC. After Archegos, the SEC identified family offices as a key regulatory priority for the year, but it has yet to do anything.
Persons: Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Archegos, Bill Hwang, Tom Handler, Handler, Elise McGee, McGee, McDermott Will, Emery, Dodd, Frank Wall, Frank, Banks Organizations: SEC, Industry, Securities and Exchange Commission, Credit Suisse, Financial Services Committee, Silicon Valley Bank, Campden, Private Investor Coalition, Frank Wall Street Reform, Consumer, House Financial Services Committee, Democratic, New Locations: Alexandria, Cortez of New, Cortez of New York, New York
Weekly jobless claims jumped to 332,000 in the first week since boosted unemployment benefits lapsed. Jobless claims totaled an unadjusted 332,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. Continuing claims, which track Americans receiving unemployment benefits, slid to 2.67 million for the week that ended September 4. That compares to a median forecast of 2.74 million claims. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday said she will introduce a bill that would extend federal UI programs until February 2022.
Persons: Biden, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez Organizations: Service, Labor Department, Rep Locations: Alexandria
A conservative watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday, claiming she violated congressional rules by attending the high-priced event. Ocasio-Cortez, however, was swiftly criticized on social media for attending the high-society event with a luxury designer. However, proceeds from the event typically support the Met's Costume Institute. In a statement, Ocasio-Cortez's office said it did not run afoul of the rules. “We are confident we complied with all ethics rules," her office said.
Persons: Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, , Aurora James, , James . Ocasio, Anna Wintour, Conde Nast Organizations: Rep, American, Foundation, Government, New York Democrat, Met, Hollywood, Vogue, New York Times Locations: Alexandria, Aurora, Cortez
A.O.C.’s Met Gala Dress Triggered Strong Reactions
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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York arrived at the Met Gala on Monday evening dressed in a custom Brother Vellies ivory wool jacket dress with an organza flounce and the message “Tax the Rich” emblazoned in red across her back. In video footage shot before her arrival, she can be seen making her way to the vehicle that delivered her to the gala, a masked aide holding up the train of her dress while she smiled brightly and waved at her fans. Designers and corporate sponsors generally pay the hefty price of admission — $35,000 a ticket, or $200,000 to $300,000 a table — for the gala’s guests, who typically include a quorum of Kardashians, Hollywood A-listers and supermodels. The star-studded event is often referred to as the Oscars of fashion. Many New York City elected officials are invited as well, as “guests of the museum” who do not pay to attend.
Persons: Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez Organizations: Designers, Hollywood, New, New York City Locations: Cortez of New York, New York
WINNIPEG/VANCOUVER, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Sporting dance moves on TikTok videos in his signature neon turbans, the leader of Canada's left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP), Jagmeet Singh, is poised to recover from a 2019 election stumble and strengthen his position as kingmaker in the country's next government. Singh, the first member of a visible minority to lead a major Canadian federal party, helped prop up Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal minority government for two years and could resume that role. A tight race means the Liberals or Conservatives may end up with another minority after the Sept. 20 election. The NDP campaign has been on the offensive, with Singh almost exclusively visiting districts where the party does not have seats, a party official said. "People are fed up with being taken for granted by the Liberals," Singh told Reuters.
Persons: Canada's, Jagmeet Singh, Singh, Justin Trudeau's, outstrips Trudeau, Erin O'Toole, Leger, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, didn't, Nikki Hill, they've, I'm, Trudeau, Avery Shenfeld, Alex Marland, Julie Gordon, David Ljunggren, Alistair Bell Organizations: WINNIPEG, New Democratic Party, NDP, Justin Trudeau's Liberal, Liberals, Conservative, Conservatives, U.S, Democratic, Nintendo, Liberal, Reuters, Green Party, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Thomson Locations: VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Toronto, Canada's, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ottawa
The congresswoman said she will introduce a bill to extend federal unemployment programs established under the March 2020 CARES Act, which expired over Labor Day. If passed, the enhanced jobless aid would be retroactive to Sept. 6 and extended until Feb. 1, 2022. All remaining workers collecting unemployment benefits also lost the $300 weekly booster that was created to supplement low state aid. "I've been very disappointed on both sides of the aisle that we've just simply allowed pandemic unemployment assistance to completely lapse, when we are clearly not fully recovered from the consequences of the pandemic," Ocasio-Cortez said. Advocates have stressed that workers supported by expired pandemic programs are also disproportionately Black, Hispanic, Asian, women and low-income earners.
Persons: Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, she's, Biden Organizations: Labor, GOP, Washington Post Locations: Alexandria, Cortez
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her first Met Gala appearance on Monday. She used the opportunity to send a political message. The back of her white, strapless gown had "Tax the rich" written in red. The progressive Democratic wore a white, strapless dress Monday that had the message emblazoned in red on the back. This year's Met Gala came after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of last year's event.
Persons: Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Brother Vellies, Democratic Sen, Joe Manchin Organizations: Democratic, Service, Democratic Rep, Vogue Locations: Alexandria, Cortez of New York
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said AOC was wrong to say he has weekly meetings with energy companies. That's totally false," Manchin told CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday. Last week, Ocasio-Cortez criticized Manchin for urging Democrats to slow down the passage of a $3.5 trillion social spending bill. On Sunday, Manchin told CNN's Dana Bash it's "absolutely not true" that he has weekly meetings with big energy companies. That's totally false," Manchin told Bash.
Persons: Democratic Sen, Joe Manchin, That's, Manchin, CNN's Dana Bash, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, CNN's Dana Bash it's, She's, Bash, Katie Porter Organizations: Democratic, Service, Privacy, Exxon, Democratic Rep, MSNBC Locations: Alexandria
NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Red, silver and blue ruled the Metropolitan Museum of Art steps at a youth-driven Met Gala on Monday in a celebration of the best of American fashion. Kim Kardashian, wearing Balenciaga, turned heads by dressing entirely in black, with even her face covered in thick black fabric. loadingRihanna, one of the most anticipated Met Gala stars, arrived fashionably late about 45 minutes after the rest of the guests had gone inside. The "Diamonds" singer wore an oversized black coat dress, topped off with a beanie. 1/6 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala - Met Gala - In America: A Lexicon of Fashion - Arrivals - New York City, U.S. - September 13, 2021.
Persons: Lil Nas, Iman, influencers, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West,, Demna, Timothee Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka, Chalamet, de, Marilyn Monroe, Mario Anzuoni Read, Jennifer Lopez, Leon Bridges, Kim Petras, Blondie, Debbie Harry, Evan Hansen, Ben Platt, Gorman, Vera Wang, Jennifer Hudson, Maluma, Megan Rapinoe, Dan Levy, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Emma Chamberlain, Tik Tok, Addison Rae, Chance, Olivia Rodrigo, Maisie Williams, Grimes, Elon Musk, Jill Serjeant, Karishma Singh Organizations: Metropolitan Museum of Art, East, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, U.S ., Soccer, Thomson Locations: York City, U.S, Colombian, New York, Cortez
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Sunday said he didn't "intend" to die while serving on the Supreme Court. At 83 years old, Breyer is the oldest serving Supreme Court Justice. Calls for Breyer to retire have been popular among progressives, who want Biden to nominate a replacement during his first term. "I didn't retire because, on balance, I decided I wouldn't retire," Breyer said during an interview with Chris Wallace that aired on "Fox News Sunday." At 83 years old, Breyer is the oldest justice currently serving on the Supreme Court.
Persons: Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Biden, didn't, Chris Wallace, Mondaire Jones, Alexandria Ocasio, Jones, Donald Trump, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's, Barrett, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump, Merrick Garland, Barack Obama's Organizations: Sunday, Service, Fox, New York Democrat, New York Rep, Supreme, Congress, CNN, New York Times, Senate Republicans, Senate, Republican, NPR Locations: Alexandria, Cortez
She turned the opportunity down, she said, because "activism is neither a game nor a competition." The blowback comes as the role of social media in activism remains a topic of debate, particularly whether so-called “slacktivism” actually achieves anything substantial. But Ongele, and others who slammed the show on Twitter, feel CBS is missing the point of activism entirely by pitting social issues against each other. "I'm confused," Naomi Klein, Canadian author, journalist and social activist, tweeted. "Activism should never ever be depicted as a competition: we’re all working together to alleviate symptoms of the same systems."
Persons: Usher, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Julianne Hough, Sofia Ongele, Ongele, she's, , Adam Gismondi, Gismondi, it’s, Michael Rapino, Hugh Evans, Brown, Naomi Klein, zyjLUMUPaP — Naomi Klein, Jamaal Bowman, Alexandria Ocasio Organizations: CBS, Century, NBC, Tufts University's Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Global Citizen, Live Nation Entertainment, Twitter, Rep Locations: Canadian, Alexandria, Cortez, Rome, Italy
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