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Ocasio-Cortez: Puerto Rico ‘Still a Colony’ of U.S.

Self-described “Democratic socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who unseated longtime Rep. Joseph Crowley in a Democratic congressional primary in New York City, says the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico deserves to be granted “real self-determination” in the wake of two devastating hurricanes last year.

“Today marks 1 year since Hurricane María. A year later, Puerto Rico is still in shambles,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday. “Some things to advocate today: 1. PR is still a colony of the United States. The island deserves real self-determination… The US gov has refused to ANY discussion of PR’s political status — whether that be statehood or independence.”

Michael Moore Says He’ll Flee to Canada to Escape Trump’s ‘Persecution’

Filmmaker Michael Moore says he’ll flee to Canada as a political refugee if President Trump decides to persecute him for his new documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, which takes aim at Trump’s election.

Speaking to media at the Toronto Film Festival, Moore said that “we’re in a bad place. We’re on the precipice of some very awful stuff.” He also played up Trump’s interest in the film and suggested he could find himself under political persecution because of it. Trump “absolutely hates democracy, and he believes in the autocrat, in the authoritarian,” Moore said.

Booker: ‘It Would Be Irresponsible’ Not to Consider Presidential Run

Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said in an interview with New York Magazine published Wednesday that it would be “irresponsible” for him not to consider a presidential run in 2020.

“Of course the presidency will be something I consider. It would be irresponsible not to,” said the New Jersey Democrat, who recently drew ridicule and condemnation for comparing himself to Spartacus and using Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings as an opportunity to grandstand.

Bono Says Pope ‘Aghast’ About Church Sex Scandal

Pop superstar Bono met privately with Pope Francis on Wednesday and said that the pontiff is “aghast” over the sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church.

Bono and the Pope, who has yet to publicly address the scandal, had met at the Vatican to discuss issues that included “the wild beast that is capitalism” and sustainable development. They also talked about the pontiff’s “feelings” about the Church’s reputation being tarnished by reports of widespread, systematic abuse by pedophile priests and coverups. “You can see the pain in his face,” said Bono.

Gillibrand: GOP Approach to Kavanaugh Allegations a ‘Sham’

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York declared Wednesday that the Republican approach to the handling of sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would result in a “sham hearing.”

“They are trying to create a sham hearing,” Gillibrand told CNN’s Jim Acosta on The Situation Room. Without first holding an FBI investigation into Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh and getting witnesses to testify, the whole affair would amount to a “he said-she said” that was unfair to Ford.

Gillum Leads DeSantis by 6 Points in FL Governor Race

A new poll gives Democrat Andrew Gillum a 6-point lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in a hotly-contested gubernatorial campaign in Florida.

The Reuters–Ipsos–UVA Center for Politics poll found that 50 percent of voters surveyed support Gillum, compared to 44 percent backing DeSantis.

Gillum, currently the mayor of Tallahassee, has the support of socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and has campaigned on a similarly Progressive agenda that includes expanding Medicare to cover everyone.

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