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WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they have no following in Congress. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York shot back that she and three of her fellow liberal freshmen, darlings of the left known collectively as “the squad,” are wielding the real power in the party. Six months into the new House Democratic majority, Read More
Just when it looked like the threat of widespread primary challenges to House Democrats had quieted down, the activist left is agitating again to go after many of the party’s longtime incumbents. Tensions inside the House Democratic Caucus are running high after an ugly debate last month over legislation to provide emergency aid for Read More
Let’s start with what the speaker of the House said. Nancy Pelosi was talking to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd about four vocal, liberal members of the House of Representatives who voted against an emergency border-funding bill recently because they said it didn’t go far enough to set humanitarian standards for children in custody. Read More
A group of freshman Democratic congresswomen responded on social media this weekend to criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who dismissed them and “their Twitter world” in an interview with The New York Times.  Columnist Maureen Dowd asked Pelosi about the opposition to a border funding bill from Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; Read More
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may have overstayed her welcome. For some reason—maybe it’s jealousy, maybe it’s because the new crop of freshmen members of Congress—Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) refuse to kiss the ring—the senior congresswoman keeps coming for them and keeps embarrassing herself. Over Read More

What Happened to Unity?

Jul 8, 2019 | Slate
It’s a fact of life that the Senate, from time to time, will jam the House of Representatives into passing legislation that its leader considers inferior, if not immoral. This happened under Nancy Pelosi in her first months as speaker in 2007, when she brought Iraq War funding, with limited conditions, to a vote; or later, Read More
Back in the day, the “Squad” would be the “Gnats” — four easily swatted away newcomers to Congress, learning the ropes of power and seniority in humbling obscurity. Instead, powered by social media and large-scale rebellion on the left, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Read More
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) faced sharp criticism Sunday from some liberal lawmakers and activists over her latest comments about a group of Democratic women who opposed last month’s House emergency border aid bill that was supported by the leadership and most Democrats. The continued and increasingly charged debate over the House’s approach to Read More
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the Twitter-dependent influence of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive colleagues for voting against an emergency aid package for the southern border. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” the California Democrat told the New York Times in a report published Sunday. “But they didn’t have any following. Read More
THEY CALL THEMSELVES the “Squad.” From climate change to student debt to migrants in detention, progressive House Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley have been energetic and outspoken since getting elected last November — and, as a result, have become inured to constant attacks from congressional Republicans and, of course, Fox News. But how about from their own boss? Read More
In an interview with the New York Times, Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed a solid burn on freshmen Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley when she suggested that their significance is overblown and based mostly on social media following. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi was quoted by Maureen Dowd. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four Read More
WASHINGTON — As a former federal prosecutor, Representative Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey says she relies on evidence, and she needs to see more of it before considering whether to impeach President Trump. Ditto for Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, a former C.I.A. officer who has been studying the chapter on impeachment in a 1 Read More
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that frustration among progressive members of the Democratic caucus with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over her refusal to open impeachment proceedings against President Trump is “quite real.” Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Ocasio-Cortez said pressure to impeach Trump is growing each day as new evidence emerges and was bolstered by Trump’s comments last week that he Read More
House Democrats’ plans to blacklist rebellious strategists have sparked a backlash from a key party demographic, with dozens of chapters of College Democrats vowing to boycott the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee over its efforts to protect incumbents from primary challenges. In doing so, the boycotting chapters are finding a champion in popular freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Read More
Marie Newman, a progressive challenging Rep. Dan Lipinski for the Democratic nomination in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, received a flood of new online donations over the weekend following new details about the impact of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee blacklisting on her insurgent campaign. On Friday, Newman told Politico that four consulting firms abandoned her Read More
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is continuing her bizarre one-sided feud with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week, as Newsweek reported yesterdaythat she told a crowd at the London School of Economics on Monday night that a “glass of water” could have won Ocasio-Cortez’s district in the general election. While it’s substantially more complicated than that—Ocasio-Cortez defeated one of the Read More
Liberal activists are furious that the House Democrats’ campaign committee is refusing to do business with consultants who work against incumbent Democrats — but the pollsters and strategists affected say the snub might prove to be a blessing. Several of those likely to end up on the wrong side of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Read More
Corporate lobbyists are raising an increasing amount of money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) at a time when the House Democrats’ campaign arm is taking fire from the left for its effort to freeze out primary challengers.  Progressives have roundly criticized the DCCC for its plan to not conduct business with political vendors that Read More
House Democratic leaders are defending a new policy that will exclude consultants who work for upstart challengers to Democratic incumbents from also receiving lucrative contracts from the party’s campaign arm, a move liberals are criticizing as an effort to rein in the rising energy of the progressive left. The policy, laid out last week, Read More
So much for a potential breakthrough to end a building fight between House Democrats’ official campaign committee and a number of members furious over their attempts to freeze out strategists who back primary candidates against incumbents. A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman poured cold water on a possible compromise that Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) floated Read More