Ocasio-Cortez: $2.13 tipped minimum wage is ‘indentured servitude’

The New York congresswoman returned to a restaurant in Queens on Friday, seeking to highlight the plight of workers she knows As she returned to New York to waitress and bartend for the first time since entering Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the federal tipped rose to national fame as the representative for New Yorks 14th congressional district, the 29-year-old from the Bronx worked at a Mexican restaurant in Manhattan. On Friday she went back to waiting tables and mixing drinks, in support of federal minimum wage for restaurant and bar workers and other tip-reliant jobs such as nail salon workers is just $2.13 an hour. Although the minimum wage in New York is $15 an hour, this does not apply …

Nancy Pelosi tells Democrats: I want Trump ‘in prison’ but not impeached

House speaker reportedly told Democrats I dont want to see him impeached in a closed-door meeting The House speaker, Donald Trumps Politico. Pressed on the issue by Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House judiciary committee, Pelosi said of Trump: I dont want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison. Pelosis spokeswoman, Ashley Etienne, would not confirm the speakers comments. Speaker Pelosi and the chairs had a productive meeting about the state of play with the Mueller report, Etienne said. They agreed to keep all options on the table and continue to move forward with an aggressive hearing and legislative strategy, as early as next week, to address the presidents corruption and abuses of power uncovered …

Biden rejects Trump’s ‘clenched fist’ in appeal for Democratic and US unity

Former vice-president launches campaign in Pennsylvania, saying: I am running to offer our country a different path Formally launching his third presidential campaign, Joe Biden appealed for party and national unity while accusing Donald Trump of leading America with a clenched fist, a closed hand and a hard heart. Biden appeared at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, two days ahead of a Trump rally elsewhere in Pennsylvania, one of the states in which blue-collar swing voters delivered the White House to the Republican in 2016. Introduced by his wife, Jill Biden, the former vice-president called on Democrats to eschew the politics of division and to fight for, defend and earn democracy. I know there are times when only …

Don’t be fooled: Joe Biden is no friend of unions | Gabriel Winant

The former vice-president is dressing up his candidacy in a blue-collar costume. But hes never taken a political risk for workers In San Francisco theres a high-end boutique called Unionmade. There you will find expensive work jackets and overalls, lit by bare bulbs and displayed on unvarnished metal shelves. The aesthetic could not convey its message any more clearly: buy these clothes, and access a bygone era of authenticity and American craftsmanship. But its a lie the clothes on offer are largely not union-made. The unfortunate reality is that there are not many unions left in the garment industry and so the name was cultivated as a signifier of well-made and aesthetically timeless goods, explains a spokesperson. As the industrial …

‘I am a gaffe machine’: a history of Joe Biden’s biggest blunders

As the former vice-president enters a crowded 2020 field, will his well-documented past of confusing and embarrassing moments work against him? After months of speculation and hinting, Joe Biden but polls in recent weeks have consistently shown him leading the pack, perhaps because of his experience and lengthy record in office. But unlike some of his much younger opponents, its his decades in the public eye, and in particular his well-documented history of confusing or downright embarrassing gaffes and misstatements, that may end up working against him. He even made a gaffe about his intentions to run for the White House. Just last month he seemed to put his hands on his wife Stephanies shoulders, rubbing them and appearing to …

So Joe Biden’s not a pussy grabber. Is that really good enough? | Moira Donegan

After being accused of inappropriate touching, the excuses being made for Joe Biden are disappointing The pretext that Joe Biden is not yet running for president is beginning to wear thin. Biden, who has lost two previous Democratic presidential primaries, has been the presumed frontrunner of the 2020 contest for months, with his name polling strongly alongside other candidates and his supposed status as the the idea of having Stacey Abrams as his running mate (published an essay in issued a statement that seemed calibrated by public relations specialists to say exactly nothing. He denied wrongdoing but did not deny the plainly inappropriate behavior alleged by Flores. He said that it was important for women to speak about their experiences, …

Alaska judge blocks Trump on Arctic and Atlantic drilling

Green groups celebrate, justice department declines comment over reversal of April 2017 executive order against Obama protections Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on 2017 executive order reversing the drilling bans. At issue in the case was the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Acting assistant US attorney general Jeffrey Wood said in a hearing before Gleason in November environmental groups were misinterpreting the intent of the law written in 1953. He said it is meant to be flexible and sensible and not intended to bind one president with decisions made by another when determining offshore stewardship as needs and realities change over time. In 2015, Obama halted exploration in coastal areas of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas …

Mueller failure to have Trump testify would be a mistake Schiff

House intelligence chair wants president put under oath but White House lawyers have resisted putting liar Trump at risk The chairman of the House intelligence committee said on Sunday it would be a mistake if special counsel Robert Mueller does not get Donald Trump to testify before a grand jury assigned to weigh criminal charges in the ongoing investigations of framing the likelihood of Trump lying to prosecutors as a perjury trap laid by Mueller. Famously, Watergate reporter Bob Woodward concluded his Articles of impeachment against Clinton accused him of making perjurious, false, and misleading statements before the grand jury. But Schiff warned that without sworn testimony by Trump, the public is unlikely to learn the details of his business …

We will keep fighting: inside the push to put Democratic women in power for the long haul

The 2018 midterm elections saw a record number of women elected to Congress. Now, women are organising to make the moment into a movement Just days after the most female freshman class in American history was sworn into the 116th Congress in January, the next wave of aspiring women candidates gathered in the basement of a university building in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Together over the next six months, these women will learn the fundamentals of running for office how to build a campaign team, deliver a stump speech and raise money. The prospective candidates mostly lack political experience, but they have ambition a trait that is celebrated at Emerge Virginia, part of the Emerge America national training program for Democratic …