Washington Examiner Journalist criticised for sexist Ocasio-Cortez tweet

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A picture of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wearing a suit prompted waves of controversy online on Thursday.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez, elected to congress in November, has spoken of her financial struggles. Last week the 29-year-old said she will find it difficult to pay her rent until she picks up her first pay cheque in January.

But conservative critics have attempted to portray the concerns of the self-described “democratic socialist” as disingenuous.

“Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now,” Washington Examiner reporter Eddie Scarry wrote on Twitter, posting a picture of the congresswoman from behind.

“I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”

Mr Scarry later deleted his tweet.

@eScarry tweet: "Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I'll tell you something: that jacket and coat don't look like a girl who struggles".Mr Scarry later deleted his tweet following heavy criticism
Mr Scarry’s tweet drew thousands of responses, with social media users across the political spectrum quick to react.

Fox News broadcaster Geraldo Rivera called criticism of Ms Ocasio Cortez’s clothes “creepy”, while Vox correspondent Liz Plank objected to the use of the term “girl”.

Others highlighted further serious transgressions of which the politician might be accused.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez labelled Mr Scarry’s criticism “misogyny”.

“If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh and take a picture of my backside” she wrote.

“If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh and take a picture of my backside.”

After deleting the tweet, Mr Scarry said it had been misconstrued.

“I posted a tweet earlier suggesting the incoming congresswoman looked well put together – elegant even – despite suggestions she’s struggled,” he explained.

“The tweet was taken as something else, so I’ve deleted it.”

The congresswoman came to prominence after beating veteran Democrat Joe Crowley in a New York congressional primary in July. In the months since, she has been subject to unusually intense scrutiny.

In November, Fox and Friends host Katie Pavlich said Ms Ocasio-Cortez represented “hypocrisy at its best” and had “expensive tastes for a socialist” after she wore expensive clothes for a magazine photo shoot. The congresswoman was forced to clarify she did not keep the clothes.

Thursday was Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s second day in Congress. On her first she said she was repeatedly mistaken for an intern.

“People keep giving me directions to the spouse and intern events instead of the ones for members of Congress,” she tweeted.

Supreme Court Lifts Restrictions on Trump’s Travel Ban, Affecting 24,000 Immigrants (cuz no one’s ancestors ever came here as an immigrant, right?)

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Back in the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily lifted restrictions on President Trump’s travel ban—meaning about 24,000 refugees may now be barred from entering the United States. Last week, an appeals court in Seattle ruled that tens of thousands of refugees who had received promises of assistance from refugee resettlement organizations should be allowed to enter. But on Monday, the Supreme Court intervened to block this ruling. The Supreme Court is soon expected to issue a fuller ruling on the ban, which blocks refugees and all citizens of six majority-Muslim nations from entering the U.S.

“Man is Stupid”: Pope Francis Slams Climate Change Deniers

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Pope Francis has spoken out forcefully against climate change denial. Speaking to reporters Sunday as he flew over Caribbean islands decimated by Hurricane Irma, Pope Francis said humans must make progress in tackling climate change, and called those who continue to deny its existence “stupid.”

Pope Francis: “We will not go backwards, we will go down. That is true. Climate change, you feel the effects, and the scientists tell us clearly the road to take. All of us have a responsibility—all of us—some small, some big, a moral responsibility, to not accept it, to give one’s opinion or to make decisions, and we have to take it seriously. I think it is something we cannot joke about. Whoever denies this must go to the scientists and ask them. They speak very clearly. The scientists are precise. Man is stupid, a head that does not see.”

Pope Francis was speaking with a bandage over his eye because he bumped his head on the popemobile while traveling in Colombia.

Down Goes the Mooch! – The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

Why Trump will be impeached – Keith Olberman

Don’t forget about the Russia probe: FBI Raids Home of Trump’s Former Campaign Chair Paul Manafort

The FBI carried out a pre-dawn raid last month of the home of Donald Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, in the latest escalation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The July 26 raid, which was confirmed Wednesday by a spokesperson for Manafort, saw agents seize tax documents and foreign bank records. The raid came one day after Manafort testified to Senate investigators about his meeting—along with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr.—last summer with a Kremlin-linked lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton.


Canada military builds refugee camp for refugees from US

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The Canadian military is building a camp to house the growing number of refugees crossing the US border, officials have said.

The camp would house up to 500 asylum seekers in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, near Plattsburgh, New York.

The construction begins about a week after Montreal turned its Olympic Stadium into a shelter for refugees arriving from the US.

More than 3,300 people crossed into Quebec between 1 January and 30 June.

The military-built camp would house hundreds of asylum seekers in heated tents fitted with flooring and electricity while they wait for their refugee applications to be processed, said a statement from the military.

Patrick Lefort, a spokesman for the Canada Border Services Agency, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation there is currently a backlog of asylum seekers at Roxham Road, a popular crossing point near Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec.

It will take about two or three days for Canada Border Services to process the 700 asylum applications. In the meantime, there is no place for them to stay.