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Cory Booker Admits To Writing Poetry For Novia Rosario Dawson And The Way He Gushes About Her Is Making Hearts Explode

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In case you missed it, Democratic presidential candidate, Cory Booker, and Puerto Rican actress Rosario Dawson are in love. After months of rumors, Dawson confirmed this month that the two are dating. A TMZ reporter asked if she saw a wedding in their future, to which she gave the best response saying, “I have no idea. I am just so grateful to be with someone that I respect and love and admire so much.”

Cory Booker has had very cute things to say about his novia.

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Before Dawson confirmed their relationship, Booker confessed on the radio talk show “Breakfast Club” that he was dating someone “really special” and that she was his “boo.” Oh, and that she would make a “great First Lady” someday. 😍 Dios mio.

Just this weekend, Booker was backstage with MSNBC with Ari Melber when he confessed that he also writes love poems for Dawson.

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It all started when MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber was sharing rap lyrics from Senator Booker’s home state of New Jersey. At one point, Melber jokingly said, “When you get to be a famous rapper, you don’t even need to rhyme anymore.”

“I’m going to say something I’m about to regret,” Booker responds.

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“I may or might not write things to my girlfriend,” Booker admitted in the behind-the-scenes interview. “I think sometimes I get a creative license from my hip hop love. I will write a poem that sort of rhymes in the way that hip hop folks can get away with.”

Booker also gave us some freestyling backstage.

Maybe running for president is where he will best serve his nation. As for the freestyling, not so much. However, it would be kind of epic to watch him and Bernie Sanders fight it out in a freestyle battle on the debate stage.

E! News first reported sightings of the two on January 8 at a “Dear Evan Hansen” event.

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Washington meets Hollywood (not for the first time): Rosario Dawson and Senator Cory Booker were sparking romance rumors after attending #DearEvanHansen together.

Given Dawson’s huge political platform and interests, it’s clear the two have a lot in common.

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“Everyone, including incarcerated women, can live with dignity so please stand with us to reform the criminal justice system. Join me and support #cut50 with a digni-tee! Get yours through omaze.com/dignity … “Did you know that 80% of incarcerated women in America are mothers? That 90% of women behind bars are survivors of sexual violence? Or that 2,000 women give birth behind bars every year? Help us start the conversation and create some change.” –The #cut50Team #WillILoseMyDignity#WillSomeoneCare”

The news led to some Booker fans to remind the world of her controversial politics during the 2016 election.

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Dawson co-founded Voto Latino, a non-profit organization that seeks to mobilize Latino voters and get them registered and represented in our democracy. She also campaigned on the road for Bernie Sanders and then voted for a third-party candidate during the primaries.

But Dawson isn’t changing herself or her ways to become the political girlfriend trope.

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She’s giving us her annual naked selfies on her birthdays no matter who she’s dating, and we love her for it. Never change, Rosario.

The last few days have been entrenched with rumors that the two are engaged.

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The actress spoke at NBC Upfronts annual event, and it was hard not to notice that big diamond ring on her ring finger.

“I would only accept President Cory Booker if he came with first lady Rosario Dawson so,” @epd206 (hopefully) joked on Twitter.

Some people are very excited about possibly having a Puerto Rican as the First Lady.

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Are we looking at a Puerto Rican First Lady as an option for 2020? We don’t know, and given how long it took them to share their relationship with the world, it might be awhile until rumors are confirmed or denied.

In the meantime, so many people are just genuinely happy for the couple.

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In case you weren’t sure if Booker is worthy, here’s what he told Ellen DeGeneres about Dawson:

“[Rosario] really has this nurturing spirit that has made me more courageous — not just in the love that I project and want to see in our country, but I think in our own personal relationships to love more fearlessly. I’m very, very blessed to be with somebody that makes me a better person.”

Sold. 💒👫💞

READ: This Bill Would Make Marijuana Legal On A Federal Level And Senator Cory Booker Just Introduced It

From Too Much Spit To Not Enough Heat, Latinas Dropped Truths On What It Was Like To Have Their First Kisses

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From Too Much Spit To Not Enough Heat, Latinas Dropped Truths On What It Was Like To Have Their First Kisses

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It’s the Summer and lately, we’ve been feeling a little romantic. It has us thinking about the sweltering heat, moonlit nights and someone special to spend it with. All this romantic energy has made us kinda nostalgic about our own love lives and those moments that made them memorable. Whether our first kiss was fun and casual or with the loves of our lives, they’re a part of who we are now. To celebrate these smooches, we asked Latinas to tell us about their first kiss.

Here’s what they had to say about these monumental first.

The kiss that was packed with a lot of peer pressure.

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“For my first kiss, I was about 8 years old lol. My older cousin made me kiss a little boy while visiting our abuelo in Mexico. The little boy lived next door to my abuelo.

I apparently wasn’t ready to have my first kiss because I was super shy and I didn’t have a crush on the boy, I just felt a little pressured because my cousin was like, “Kiss him, kiss him.” So me and the little boy kissed in front of my cousin and his brother.

It was a little peck, but at that age it felt like I did something horrible. I remember later seeing my parents and going up to them and telling them right away that I kissed a boy because I felt so guilty. They told me that I was too young to be doing that. I, of course, didn’t rat out my cousin for pressuring me into it, but blamed myself more.

Eight years old… yup that’s way too young. Funny first kiss though lol. Now everytime I go visit my abuelo in Mexico, I look at the front of the house where I kissed the little boy and just laugh. ” — Jenny, Los Angeles

The kiss that started it all.

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“I had my first kiss when I was 16 and it honestly felt like it would never come. I had a flirtation with a boy in my Algebra class so — on a whim — I invited him to a game night sponsored by one of our school’s clubs.

During the evening, he and I decided to take a walk together. It was nice but he kept stopping and staring at me. I’d later find out he was working up the nerve to kiss me but at the time I was a wreck! We didn’t kiss that night but I invited him to my house the following day. 

We were upstairs sitting side by side on the family room couch. It was so peaceful with just the two of us. Suddenly, my mom called us downstairs and totally ruined the mood! When we sat up, we turned to each other and both leaned in.

We kissed three times before nervously heading downstairs. I was totally in love! Seventeen years later, we’re married with three kids. I think my first kiss came exactly when it was meant to.” — Samantha, Houston

The kiss that was a playdate peck.

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“I was 5 years old and he was my best friend. He was the son of my mom’s best friend, actually, and we were inseparable as little kids. One day, we were reading Sleeping Beauty and, in the end, they kiss and the princess wakes up. I don’t remember which one of us said it but we got the idea to try it. And we did!” — Irina

The kiss that was practice for the real thing.

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“My first kiss was actually with a girl. My best friend and I had grown up together since we were 7 years old.

Because both of our parents worked we spent a lot of time over at each others houses being ‘watched’ by our older siblings or baby sisters. Most of the time that including the older caretakers flipping on the TV and having us watch it while it watched us for them. So, many of our hours in the summer were spent watching tv shows and movies that were romantic in nature.

When we 13 years old we watched ‘Wild Things’ and realized that we could practice for our first kisses on each other. TBH it was a sweet, non-sexual exchange between friends. And we still are to this day.” —Ana, Brooklyn

The kiss that was twenty years in the making.

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“I had a crush on this boy for years in grade school who I had known since we were four. I was a very late bloomer when it came to sexual experiences because I grew up in a very sheltered household. So, by the time I was in college and 20 years old I was pretty convinced it would never happen to me.

Finally, I went out to a party with friends and saw my former crush from elementary school. We caught each other early on in the night and later in the evening after a few drinks saw each other again. While we were catching up outside of the party he kissed me.

It was such a relief at the time, but pretty heartbreaking later when I realized most people in college just go around kissing people for fun and it doesn’t mean anything! Haha!” — Gabby, Texas

The kiss that never should have happened.

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“My first kiss was from an uncle who was a complete pervert. I don’t really like to talk about it and normally when people ask me this question I just say that it was from the second person who ever kissed me.” —Anonymous

The kiss that exceeded all the hype.

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“I think by the time I got around to getting my first kiss, so many of my friends had assured me that it was no big deal, and it would be nothing special. I think that that’s why when it finally came around it felt truly special and intimate.

At the time, I was in a church group during the summer when I was 15 and had liked a boy in my class called Mateo. He told my friends during a break that he wanted to kiss me one week and I had been so scared, even though I liked him, that I just avoided him. My heart would beat so fast every time we were around each other.

Finally after what felt like years but was probably just a couple of weeks I told him that I liked him and wanted to kiss him too. He kissed me outside under a tree. It was very sweet.” — Veronica, Chicago

Julián Castro Is Promising To Confront The Growing Housing Crisis In The US With An Ambitious Housing Plan

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Julián Castro Is Promising To Confront The Growing Housing Crisis In The US With An Ambitious Housing Plan

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Presidential hopeful Julián Castro has just unveiled a plan that will address housing discrimination, homelessness and increase homeownership. The plan, part of his “People First” policy, is an area that Castro is quite familiar with as he served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Obama. He is now using some of that experience to push forward with a plan to tackle increasingly difficult housing issues in the U.S.

Castro wants to expand housing assistance programs for the poor and give renters a tax credit.

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In unveiling the first installment of his three-part housing plan, Castro voiced the concerns that many renters and potential home buyers are feeling across the country. As home and rent prices have risen to historic numbers, many are a bad bounce or missed paycheck from living on the streets.

His housing proposal focuses on expanding federally funded vouchers to help at-risk Americans pay their rent, creating a refundable tax credit for Americans whose rent exceeds 30 percent of their income and bolster the supply of affordable housing units.

“People are experiencing an affordable housing crisis, whether they live in a red or blue community, whether they are white or black. This rental affordability touches the lives of so many,” Castro said.

Castro’s plan includes improving Section 8, a housing assistance program, which subsidizes the housing of almost 5.3 million Americans in low-income households. The program is currently only helping 25 percent of eligible families. Castro wants to expand that number and transform the program to “a fully-funded entitlement program” similar to food stamps or Social Security.

A person making the federal minimum wage ($7.25/hour) is unable to afford a two-bedroom rental in any state. Castro wants to change this.

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Housing affordability is an issue that Castro has heard time and time again on the campaign trail. He wants to change this by increasing the number of affordable housing units. This will include putting money towards the construction of additional public housing and through the expansion of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit.

Another issue he wants to address is reducing America’s homelessness epidemic. Castro says he will create new government housing targets, increase assistance grants and invest in a variety of programs designed to help individuals who are homeless or at risk. His plan would also decriminalize homelessness and put an end to laws that discriminate against those without homes.

“Those experiencing homelessness are our most vulnerable citizens. They are single adults, veterans, families with young children, and kids on their own,” Castro said. “I know that when the public sector invests effort and money into ending homelessness — as we did during the Obama administration — we make a difference.”

According to HUD’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, there were about 553,000 people experiencing homelessness every night in 2018. Castro predicts that his new initiative would end homelessness for veterans and children by the end of 2024 and put a stop to chronic homelessness by the end of 2028.

Castro has also included plans for environmentally sustainable housing.

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Castro’s second part of his plan describes investing in “climate-driven” initiatives as part of an effort to achieve net-zero global greenhouse emissions by 2050 and “meet the promise of the Green New Deal.” The Green New Deal, which was introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), is a plan that calls to make the U.S. carbon neutral by 2030.

Castro’s environmental plan would establish a $200 billion Green Infrastructure Fund that would fund local and national natural energy projects. This includes increasing and steadily improving public transportation, make buildings more energy efficient, and add more public electric vehicle charging stations.

While many support the plan or ones similar to Castro’s, it begs the question of how will this all be paid for?

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According to his campaign, Castro’s housing initiatives would cost at least $970 billion over the span of 10 years, which includes $410 billion to expand the rent voucher program. While Castro’s plans for solving the U.S. housing crisis are definitely lofty, research and numbers show that the situation is only getting worse.

“I’m committed to working toward prosperity for every single American no matter their background,” Castro told NBC News. “The fact is in our nation’s history, poverty and racism have been so intertwined that we need to address both at the same time.”

READ: Julian Castro Is Running For President On A Platform Of Giving A Pathway To Citizenship For 11 Million People

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