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House Democrat’s tweet attacking AOC’s top staffer and the ongoing feud, explained



House Democratic leadership is on the attack, and party leaders are going after some of their own: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her staff.

Late Friday night, the official Twitter account for House Democrats, managed by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) — fired off an incendiary tweet about Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, accusing him of “singling out out a Native American woman of color,” Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS).

A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to comment on the speaker’s view of the tweet from the official House Democrats’ account. House Democratic Caucus spokesman Michael Hardaway, however, confirmed to Vox the tweet was sent intentionally, but didn’t explain the rationale behind it.

The tweet was sent in response to something Chakrabarti had tweeted two weeks prior about Democrats accepting the Senate’s $4.59 billion emergency border funding bill in late June, a bill progressives argued did not go far enough to address conditions at the detention centers at the border.

At the time, Chakrabarti referred to moderate Democrats who advocated for the Senate plan the “New Southern Democrats,” and said they were “hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.” (Southern Democrats in the 1940s were on the whole conservative, and were opponents of civil rights efforts, including early attempts at desegregation.) Chakrabarti eventually deleted the original tweet, clarifying he didn’t see those members as racist, but as enablers of a racist system.

Tensions between House Democratic leadership and progressive lawmakers have been escalating in recent weeks, as progressives see leadership as dismissive of their demands and influence in the party. Chakrabarti sits at an interesting intersection of this dynamic. He works for Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist member whose viral internet presence has helped her platform to dominate conversation at the national level in a manner that has struck the ire of entrenched House members. And he founded Justice Democrats, a progressive group working to unseat ideologically moderate Democrats, some of which are veteran black lawmakers who have worked their way into the inner circle of House leadership.

Until now, Pelosi has publicly dismissed progressives’ influence and privately told the House majority to maintain a spirit of unity. But the internal strife within her party keeps boiling over into the public.

House Democrats are angry about a two week old tweet from AOC’s staffer

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries runs the House Democrats Twitter account.
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The tweet from House Democrats comes days after Pelosi firmly told House Democratic lawmakers and their staff to keep their internal gripes off Twitter.

“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just okay,” Pelosi told lawmakers in a private meeting Tuesday, according to multiple sources in the room.

Pelosi’s remarks were interpreted as a direct message to progressive lawmakers and their teams. Lawmakers like Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) were explicit about their frustrations with moderate Democrats after the border funding vote. Pocan called the bipartisan group of moderate Republicans and Democrats — dubbed the “Problem Solvers Caucus” — the “Child Abuse Caucus.” Chakrabarti commented as well, with his tweet comparing current moderate Democrats to the Southern Democrats who enabled segregationist policies in the 1940s.

Despite Pelosi’s admonition, the official House Democrats account tweeted a direct attack on one of its members’ staff. Even though his boss was one of the subjects of the speaker’s warning, Chakrabarti himself responded to the House Democrats’ tweet.

“Everything I tweeted two weeks ago was to call out the terrible border funding bill that 90+ Dems opposed,” he said. “It gave Trump a blank check to continue caging people in horrendous conditions. Our Democracy is literally falling apart. I’m not interested in substance-less Twitter spats.”

Pelosi has yet to respond to the escalation.

“This is Hakeem [Jeffries]’s account so he can do whatever he wants. This was a brutal attack on a member here,” a senior Democratic aide told Vox. “This is the caucus’s Twitter account, this isn’t the voice of House Democrats generally, come on.”

The aide clarified the fact Chakrabarti was a staff member rather than a Congressperson could help explain why he was singled out.

“The segregationist tweet is what members are roiled about,” the aide said. “Staff are meant to be seen and not heard. That is unprecedented.”

There’s some important history here

The tweet from Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff comparing moderate Democrats to past segregationists in Congress inflamed some moderate, black Democrats in the House. But there’s been longer-simmering tension between the two camps that has to do with Justice Democrats attempting to primary a Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member in 2018.

Ocasio-Cortez swept into Congress last year by ousting former House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY), a powerful Queens party boss who was widely seen as being next in line for speaker of the House in the coming years.

The group that backed her, Justice Democrats, hasn’t shied away from campaigning to oust sitting moderate Democrats. The group has been clear it wants more progressives in Congress to focus on liberal issues — even if that means getting rid of the Democrats that are already there.

During the 2018 midterms, the Justice Democrats-backed Cori Bush, a black woman challenging longtime Rep. Lacy Clay of Missouri, himself a member of the CBC. Bush is planning to run against Clay again, and Justice Democrats have also backed a primary challenger against Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Henry Cuellar (D-TX).

“It just seems strange that the social Democrats seem to be targeting members of the Congressional Black Caucus, individuals who have stood and fought to make sure that African Americans are included and part of this process,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), a senior CBC member, himself a Queens party boss, told The Hill’s Scott Wong.

Meeks has also suggested his fellow moderates challenge progressive members of his chamber. “Primaries go two ways,” Meeks told the New York Daily News. “If someone picks a fight with somebody else, you fight back.”

Beyond the ongoing primary fight, there’s something else going on in the continuing war between Ocasio-Cortez’s camp and the rest of the House Democratic Caucus — a vast disagreement on the underlying seniority structure on which Pelosi’s caucus runs. Seniority is extremely important in the House Democratic Caucus, especially among the powerful CBC, whose members are close to Pelosi.

From the beginning of Ocasio-Cortez’s entrance into Congress, she made it clear she didn’t want to play by the old rules. Beyond her tendency to tweet brash things to a following of millions, the new freshman raised eyebrows with an opening bid to get on the powerful House Ways and Means committee, Politico reported back in January. That small action alone aggravated many longtime members.

“It totally pissed off everyone,” a senior House Democratic lawmaker told Politico at the time. “You don’t get picked for committees by who your grass-roots [supporters] are.”

But the young, new progressive members are tired of House leadership’s structure, both in Congress and the larger political system. Notably, however, these progressive’s supported Pelosi’s speakership bid in January, whereas many of the moderate Democrats did not.

“I don’t want to bring a chair to an old table,” freshman and Ocasio-Cortez ally Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) said Saturday at the annual Netroots Nation progressive conference in Philadelphia. “This is the time to shake the table, this is the time to redefine the table.”

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) takes part in a panel at Netroots.
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This is about a progressive movement trying to gain power

On Saturday, at the annual progressive Netroots Nation conference, House leadership’s conduct was centerstage at an event with progressive lawmakers Reps. Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Deb Haaland.

“Every single person in Congress has a role — our role is to take our votes, leadership’s role is to wrangle votes,” Omar said. “When everybody understands what their role is, then everybody succeeds. But there is a constant struggle oftentimes with people who have power about sharing that power.”

The viciousness of the fight between the progressive “squad” (a group of progressive freshmen that includes Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib, and Pressley) and the rest of the House Democratic caucus may be amplified the closer to the 2020 elections we get, because Democrats are very focused on protecting their House majority, especially moderate members.

Some within the Democratic caucus are nervous about Ocasio-Cortez’s star power and megaphone of 4.7 million Twitter followers, as well as the large following of the rest of the squad. The fact those followings are used to amplify progressive ideas like the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all, and Abolish ICE is making moderate Democrats — many of whom are the reason Democrats hold the majority in the House right now — incredibly nervous.

The reality is, however, Ocasio-Cortez is not just a Congresswoman, but a social media star with 4.7 million followers, and at times, she uses that huge platform to call out fellow House Democrats on disagreements that normally would be hashed out behind closed doors, as they have been for many years. As House Democrats adjust to this new reality, and as Ocasio-Cortez and other freshmen Democrats with large online followings work to convert social media power into political capital, disputes such as the one between Jeffries and Chakrabarti are likely to continue to spill into the public sphere.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled House Democratic Caucus spokesman Michael Hardaway’s name.

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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them




It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.

We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.

15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?

14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”

13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.

12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”

11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”

10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!

9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.

8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.

7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.

6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.

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Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!

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Some people feel uncomfortable when they blush, because they believe that this reaction of their body makes them appear timid and insecure. However, the reality is very different, because blushing can make us look more sincere and trustworthy to other people.

Today, we at Bright Side would like to tell you why blushing is not a sign of weakness, as many used to think.

Humans are the only ones that blush.

Humans are the only species known to blush, according to the findings of Darwin. After observing the gestures of monkeys, while conducting his studies on evolution — he defined this reaction as “the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions,” that probably happens because of a social defense mechanism that humans create against feelings like guilt or shame.

It makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.

The truth is that, although it could be a social defense mechanism that speaks to our discomfort, we are more attractive when our cheeks begin to turn pink. This gesture reflects a bit of vulnerability, and it’s for that very reason that it also creates a sense of intimacy that is striking to the opposite sex. In addition, it makes us look radiant, which is why, when putting on makeup, we apply pink powder on our cheeks.

People who blush are more trustworthy.

According to a study that has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who blush easily are people who are considered to be trustworthy and more generous, compared to those who don’t react in the same way. The researchers of this study also claim that other forms of moderately expressing embarrassment and social vulnerability are true signs of virtue, since it’s not possible to reproduce these reactions voluntarily.

Other gestures that reveal our emotional state

In a series of experiments, 60 college students were videotaped recounting embarrassing moments. The results indicated that blushing generates trust in other people and that’s why we shouldn’t try to hide it. This investigation includes people who react with gestures like a downward gaze, covering their face, laughing involuntarily, and blushing at the slightest provocation.

Why we blush when we feel embarrassed

Our face turns red because when we are in an embarrassing situation, the body releases adrenaline, which is what causes the redness of the skin, as it increases the blood flow to the blood vessels. This process is linked to our sympathetic nervous system and, for this reason, we can’t control it. We can also feel our heart rate speed up, our breathing increase its frequency, and in some people it can cause them to start sweating.

When it comes to blushing, it’s impossible to lie.

Blushing is something that we, human beings, are unable to avoid. It’s a set of involuntary bodily functions that are unleashed when we are exposed to a situation that embarrasses us, although not always in an unpleasant way. But it always shows that something matters to us and that, if we’ve done something wrong, we do have the desire to fix it. Because of this, this reaction is linked to honesty. So, if you see your partner blushing, you should believe in what your eyes are seeing.

Do you blush very often? Do you find it embarrassing or is it something that doesn’t worry you too much? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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