3 Stories You Should Read 3/5/2019: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joe Biden, Michael Cohen
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In the category of: Walking your talk.
Staffers working for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be paid a minimum of $52,000 per year, a major shift from the archaic congressional tradition of paying staff well below a living wage. The announcement comes two months after the New York congresswoman made headlines when she said she would pay congressional interns $15 per hour and offer them benefits — another rarity, since these positions have often been unpaid.
In the category of: Uncle Joe
Despite cultivating a populist image, the former vice president has spent his career championing policies favored by Republicans and the corporate elite.
As Democratic voters begin to consider who to make their standard-bearer in the 2020 election, Joe Biden has held an early, commanding lead in the polls, fueled by the belief that he’s the best Democrat to take on Donald Trump. The former vice president spent the closing weeks of the 2018 midterms in what Politico called a “working class whisperer tour” to the midwestern states that Trump carried. Emphasizing his Scranton, Pennsylvania, roots, Biden styled himself in stop after stop as “Middle-Class Joe,” savoring praise from fellow Democrats as the “kind of guy you could have a beer with.”
This version of “folksy Joe” even touted himself as “labor from belt buckle to shoe buckle.” There’s only one problem with this carefully cultivated image: Joe Biden’s entire career.
In the category of: Once a mob lawyer, always a mob lawyer…
A new report could complicate the narrative Cohen offered in his explosive testimony.
During his explosive Capitol Hill hearing last week, Michael Cohen’s position on a presidential pardon was unambiguous. “I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump,” Cohen told the House Oversight Committee. But a new report published Tuesday could complicate that statement. According to The Wall Street Journal, Stephen Ryan, then a lawyer for Cohen, discussed a possible pardon with Trump’s legal team after investigators raided the president’s former attorney and fixer’s office and hotel room last April, and implied that Cohen would cooperate with investigators if he didn’t receive one.
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