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Although She’s Still Too Young To Serve As VP, Bernie Sanders Says AOC Will Service In His Administration If He Wins

Many say that being Vice President of the United States is merely a ceremonial role with little power – and, legally speaking, they may be right. The constitution of the United States clearly lays out governmental power to the President, the courts, and the US Congress. Apart from their role as President of the Senate (which is only put into play during extraordinary sessions or in the event of a tie), the Vice President doesn’t seem to have much power.

Anyone who has seen the hit HBO show Veep can agree with the sentiment that being Vice President isn’t often associated with great power. However, it’s still just one degree of separation from the President of the United States and with that comes a great responsibility that many would be in awe of. And one of those people happens to be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says it ‘would be an honor’ to serve as Vice President in a Bernie Sanders Administration.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said “it’d be an honour” to be vice president for Bernie Sanders after endorsing the Vermont senator in the Democratic primaries, while noting she’s not old enough to take the job.

The freshman New York congresswoman made the comments during a Spanish-language interview on Monday with Noticias Telemundo, in which she spoke about why she was supporting the 2020 hopeful and lambasted Donald Trump as a “racist” who was afraid of “strong women, of Latina women.”

AOC previously endorsed Sen. Sanders at a major campaign rally in Queens, New York during the summer following a heart attack the senator experienced along the campaign trail. As the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and one of the most prominent freshman voices on Capitol Hill, Mr Sanders’ campaign saw her endorsement at the time as a crucial vote of confidence from the party’s younger, more progressive wing. 

AOC has credited Sanders with her own rise to Congress.

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She told Noticias Telemundo that campaigning for Sanders back in 2016 kick-started her own whirlwind ride to congress.  

‘I was a community organizer in the Bronx for Senator Sanders during the last presidential campaign. That was my first experience, organizing right there in the street for an election,’ she stated. 

On Sunday, AOC gave a keynote address at Sanders’ Spanish-language town hall in Las Vegas. She revealed on Twitter that she was ‘nervous’ ahead of the event, as she does not regularly speak the language despite having a Puerto Rican mother. 

She later told Noticias Telemundo: ‘If we are first- or second-generation, it is important that we cultivate our language. I must speak and practice more to improve my own Spanish. Our language is the link with our families and our communities’. 

But before you get too excited, let’s remember that AOC is actually still too young to serve as Vice President.

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“Well, I can’t [be vice president], because I’m not old enough”, she said about the idea of joining Mr Sanders on a potential Democratic ticket against Mr Trump.

“I’m only 30, someone has to be 35”, she added, “but it’d be an honour” to be vice president.

AOC is correct. The Constitution of the United States states that

The freshman Congresswoman, however, would be old enough to serve as Vice President, or run for the presidency herself, come the 2024 elections.

This is the Preamble to the US Constitution, It starts with the phrase We The People and shows only some of the writing from the upper left hand corner of the document of the Constitution, It is written on parchment paper that is now faded, showing its age. (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

AOC, who was born in the Bronx, New York, would be eligible to join Mr Sanders’ ticket — or run for the White House herself — during the 2024 elections. 

While US representatives can be elected at 25 years old, a president or vice president must be aged 35 or older to assume the White House, as well as a natural born citizen. There are far fewer restrictions for joining an administration, however, and no age or birthplace requirements.

So while we eagerly await her decision for five years from now, Bernie Sanders says that should he win the presidency, we can count on AOC being a part of his administration.

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After AOC officially endorsed Sen. Sanders for President at a Queens, NY rally, the candidate for president said he absolutely wants AOC working in his White House.

Sanders was asked in a joint interview with CBS News if he would consider Ocasio-Cortez to be his running mate. The congresswoman answered for him as both laughed: “I think I’m too young for that.” 

“There you go, she’s answered,” Sanders added.

But when Ocasio-Cortez was asked if she’d work in Sanders’ administration should he be elected president, he interjected with a forceful “Yes, you would.”

St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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In another display of a peaceful protests, activists returned the site of a St. Louis mansion owned by the white couple who drew out their guns during a calm demonstration last month. On Friday, chanting protesters returned to the home of Patricia and Mark McClosky, stopping just outside of their gate to protest for nearly 15 minutes.

During the peaceful protest over a dozen men in plain clothes walked the area inside of the gate.

According to Time Magazine, “One protester briefly straddled an iron gate as if he was going to jump over, but did not. No one threw anything and no one behind the gates showed aggression. One man on the McCloskeys’ balcony clapped along with the chanting protesters.” The crowd of protesters included a racially diverse crowd carrying signs calling to “Defund the Police” and underlining that “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.” Chants included calls like “when Black lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back,” and “this is what democracy looks like.”

According to reports, it is unknown if the McCloskeys were home. Soon after, the protestors left and marched to Interstate 64. Police had closed off the roads to traffic in both directions to allow protestors to march onto the highway. There the protestors sat on the highway for several minutes to honor the life of George Floyd who died on May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee to his neck for over eight minutes.

The recent rally was organized by the group Expect Us and is among various demonstrations in St. Louis that have taken place in the weeks since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

The McCloskeys first came to national attention in mid-June after they had been spotted aiming guns at protesters outside their home in St. Louis. Soon after the images of them began circulating Twitter dubbed them “Ken and Karen” and the stars of the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” remake no one asked for. The incident occurred as protesters marched their way towards the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson who declared in a Facebook post that she would not support rising calls to defund the police. She also reportedly shared activists’ full names and addresses while reading off suggestions on how to better spend the city’s funds. After users ridiculed her online, Krewson apologized for her actions saying “Never did I intend to harm anyone or cause distress,” Krewson tweeted. “The update is removed and again, I apologize.”

The Supreme Court Just Decided To Allow Religious Employers To Deny Workers Birth Control

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The Supreme Court Just Decided To Allow Religious Employers To Deny Workers Birth Control

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In another battle about birth control, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration has the right to allow employers to refuse coverage for workers seeking to obtain birth control through work insurance plans. Giving employers with religious or moral objections a pass, the Supreme Court made the ruling which is deeply concerning considering how much it infringes on women’s rights.

The decision which had a 7:2 vote marks the end of years of lawsuits over the Affordable Care Act’s “birth control mandate.”

Over a decade ago, the Obama administration made employers offer employees birth control coverage. Since the decision, religious liberty proponents and reproductive rights advocates squared off over which employers should be excluded from that requirement. According to Vice, “Over the years, the government has given churches and other houses of worship, as well as some other employers, ways to skirt that requirement.”

In 2017, the Trump administration issued a set of new rules that increased the number of organizations to refuse birth control coverage.

The change in rules gives private employers with sincerely held religious and moral objections to be exempt.

After Pennsylvania and New Jersey pursued lawsuits over the change and won in a lower court, the Trump administration and the Little Sisters of the Poor appealed to the Supreme Court for an overturned ruling. Justice Clarence Thomas ruled that the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury had the right to create such exemptions ruling “The only question we face today is what the plain language of the statute authorizes. And the plain language of the statute clearly allows the Departments to create the preventive care standards as well as the religious and moral exemptions.”

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh agreed with Thomas’ opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts, who has sided with the liberals in various recent cases, also ruled in their favor.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor ruled against the measure.

In her dissent, Ginsburg underlined that the government has an estimated number of 70,500 to 126,400 women who could lose their “no-cost contraceptive services” should additional employers be exempt. “This court leaves women workers to fend for themselves, to seek contraceptive coverage from sources other than their employer’s insurer, and, absent another available source of funding, to pay for contraceptive services out of their own pockets,” Ginsburg wrote.

In May, Ginsburg made history when she called into the arguments over the case from the hospital due to the coronavirus pandemic and her recovery from “non-surgical treatment.”

“You are shifting the employer’s religious beliefs — the cost of them — onto the employees,” Ginsburg told then-Solicitor General Noel Francisco. She also added that women who lose birth control coverage will most likely be forced to find coverage through government programs like Medicaid or pay for their health care out of pocket. “The women end up getting nothing.”