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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz Are Considering Working Together To End Corruption In DC

The country is divided; this notion is nothing new or surprising. With liberals and conservatives fighting over abortion rights, government corruption, immigration reform issues (to name a few), the county is in desperate need of some unity — and we’re definitely not getting it from Democrat or Republican lawmakers.

There is a slight shift happening, and we’re hoping it leads to big things.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are on the same page about a crucial governmental issue.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Cruz are both agreeing that former lawmakers should not be lobbying on behalf of corporation soon after leaving their office.

According to NPR, “at least 187 political appointees of the Trump administration previously worked as federal lobbyists…many of them were put into positions supervising the same industries for which they had once lobbied. Furthermore, “Senators who leave office cannot become lobbyists for two years, under a law that was adopted in 2007. In the House, representatives face a one-year cooling-off period.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Cruz would like to see that period extended.

The discourse between the two Latino lawmakers began — where else — on Twitter.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet was in response to a story that showed 2/3 of former members of Congress were now working as lobbyists and strategic consultants. This switch from public service to corporate handler can be seen as an ethics issue, which is why there are some current laws in place.

Sen. Cruz responded to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez saying that he was surprised to say that he agreed with a Democrat.

Sen. Cruz doubled down saying that he’s been fighting not only to restrict former lawmakers from becoming lobbyists but to also ban them for life. He also said that his fellow Republican colleagues would probably not support the idea that he would be working with a Democrat, especially one as outspoken as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.

The two decided to work together on a bill to restrict former lawmakers from working as lobbyists and already have support from their respective parties.

According to NBC News, within hours two lawmakers agreed to work on the bill alongside the Latino lawmakers.

Talk about a miracle!

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After Haters Came For The Harry Styles Vogue Cover, AOC Is Rushing To His Defense

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After Haters Came For The Harry Styles Vogue Cover, AOC Is Rushing To His Defense

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Few people have faced as much criticism for such ridiculous things as has Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s even come under fire herself for a magazine cover. So it made sense when she reached out to Harry Styles over the weekend to tell him not to worry about the controversy over his recent Vogue cover.

AOC just recently faced a similar situation, when she received backlash over an expensive loaner suit she wore on the cover of Vanity Fair. So she was speaking from experience when she took to her Instagram Stories to take questions from her followers and offer up her take on all the brewing drama over Harry in a dress on the cover of Vogue.

Harry Styles appeared in Vogue while wearing a dress and the Internet took notice.

It was just week that the world was blessed with another history-making Vogue cover. For the first time ever in the magazine’s 127 year history, the cover featured a solo male. And it wasn’t just any male…it was pop star Harry Styles.

Inside the magazine, we were given more incredible images of Harry Styles in a big dress and, of course, controversy ensued. The pop star had just become the first man ever to cover Vogue all on his own, styled in a Gucci gown and shot by photographer Tyler Mitchell for the occasion. The accompanying profile discussed Harry’s love of clothing and general disregard for gendering garments.

Overall, the response seemed positive – with many celebrating his embrace of a more fluid future and the production of the images. But many conservative voices came out against the shoot, with firebrand Candace Owens taking the chance to complain about the cultural demise of “manly men.”

Now, even New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has waded into the fray. For the record, she thinks he looks hot.

But Rep. AOC was quick to defend the singer and assured him that “it looked bomb.”

Having faced her own drama related to magazine covers, AOC can be considered a bit of an expert on the matter. So it was no surprise when she took to her Instagram Stories over the weekend and spoke up about the Styles’ Vogue drama.

Her Instagram followers got right to the point: “What do you think abt Harry Styles wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue?” To which the Congresswoman replied, per Harper’s Bazaar: “It looks wonderful. The masculine and the feminine elements are balanced beautifully — the hair and jacket styling give me James Dean vibes too.”

“Some people are mad at it bc some folks are very sensitive to examining and exploring gender roles in society. Perhaps for some people it provokes some anger or insecurity around masculinity/femininity/etc. If it does, then maybe that’s part of the point. Sit with that reaction and think about it, examine it, explore it, engage it, and grow with it,” she added.

She then went a little deeper and examined the meaning behind creativity and art, asking “What’s the point of creating things if they don’t make people think? Or feel or reflect? Especially as an artist or creative? Who wants to see the same things all the time? And never explore their assumptions?”

“Anyways it looks bomb so,” she concluded with a shrug emoji. 

A lot of other celebs, and Harry’s mum, agreed with AOC, with everyone from Sara Bareilles to Olivia Wilde, Elijah Wood, Kathy Griffin and others posting praise for the singer for once again pointing out that strictly defined, traditional gender roles are merely a social construct.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Faces Backlash Over Insensitive Tweet About Thanksgiving And Covid

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Sen. Ted Cruz Faces Backlash Over Insensitive Tweet About Thanksgiving And Covid

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Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has been criticized for misleading the public on Covid. Last week, the Texan faced backlash after criticizing a Democratic senator for wearing a mask while inside the Senate. Covid cases are surging in all states with Texas among the worse, but Sen. Cruz will do anything to protect his Thanksgiving.

Sen. Ted Cruz is taking a big stand in the name of Covid community spread.

The week before Thanksgiving, Sen. Cruz posted a tweet implying his stance to gather for Thanksgiving. Health experts in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are urging Americans to avoid gatherings and traveling for the holiday season as cases spike to all-time highs.

“Right now, we’re alarmed, again, with the exponential increase in cases and hospitalists and death,” Dr. Henry Walke said in a press conference. “Amidst this critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period.”

The Republican politician is facing backlash for the insensitivity of the tweet.

Cases of the virus are surging as Americans tire of social distancing with no leadership or assistance from the federal government. Millions of Americans are being forced into renewed lockdown measures to prevent a post holiday surge as cases continue to climb. The U.S. has experienced an 18-day trend of more than 100,000 cases daily.

The U.S. needs to heed the science and experience in Canada. In October, Canadians gathered for Thanksgiving celebrations and it spelled disaster. Six weeks after the holiday, Canada broke Covid records and the country was faced with the worst of the outbreak.

The tweet is more upsetting to people from the senator’s homestate.

El Paso dealt with a devastating spike. The Texas county was hard hit as Covid surged leading to mobile morgues being packed with bodies of Covid victims. County officials were pleading with El Pasoans to do their part in making sure the virus doesn’t spread. Sen. Cruz’s tweet shows a lack of compassion for Texans suffering from the pandemic as Thanksgiving approaches.

Some Twitter users are pointing out Texas’ food crisis creating long lines for food banks.

Texas, which became the first state to record 1 million infections, has seen an increase in the need for food. According to CNN, The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) gave out about 600,000 pounds of food for 25,000 people in the area. Millions are losing unemployment benefits after Covid and the lack of a federal response prompted mass layoffs across the nation in various industries, especially the hospitality industry.

We have to be vigilant as the holidays approach to protect our loved ones.

More than 250,000 people have died from Covid since the virus started to spread in the U.S. More than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with the virus that Sen. Cruz dismisses. It is important to remember that you need to wear masks, social distance, and wash your hands to slow the virus’ spread. We are getting closer to a vaccine but we still have to put in the work to protect ourselves.

READ: Several California Politicians Go Against Covid Guidelines In Last Couple Weeks Sparking Outrage

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