Long before smartphones, actress and belly dancer Helena Kallianiotes presided over a members-only club where Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston partied with Prince and Madonna, Sean Penn let loose and photos were never, ever allowed. Says Melanie Griffith: "That was the thing: to dance, hang out at Helena's and do drugs."
The coalition that fought Obamacare repeal has fragmented as the party tries to follow through on campaign promises and the united front that helped Democrats save Obamacare just a year ago is falling apart over single-payer health care.
Deep-pocketed hospital, insurance and other lobbies are plotting to crush progressives' hopes of expanding the government's role in health care once they take control of the House. The private-sector interests, backed in some cases by key Obama administration and Hillary Clinton campaign alumni, are now focused on beating back another prospective health care overhaul, including plans that would allow people under 65 to buy into Medicare.
This sets up a potentially brutal battle between establishment Democrats who want to preserve Obamacare and a new wave of progressive House Democrats who ran on single-payer health care.
Earlier this week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez put up a tweet so mind-numbingly stupid that calling it "factually incorrect" would be an insult to the word "incorrect." As is to be expected in the social media world, folks on the right ripped her to shreds for it. Take a moment and look at the social media responses bashing her. They are the exact same arguments the politico class made against then-candidate Donald Trump for two straight years, right up until the point he carpet-bombed Hillary Clinton on election night.
Yes, the tweet was incorrect. Yes, it would be nice if the people in our government had some actual knowledge about the things they talk about.
Do not underestimate this woman, and do not think your savage mockery of her stupidity will be an effective tool to stop her. It won't. It will instead be personalized by her supporters, creating an army that will lay down and die for her, just like the army Trump has. You should be afraid of Ocasio-Cortez. Very afraid.
To understand Venezuela's collapse, the Guardian travelled hundreds of miles across the nation Chávez dreamed of transforming, from the spot in downtown Caracas where he gave his first speech as president-elect to his birthplace in the country's sun-scorched southwestern plains.
Newly-elected New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced she will pay her interns $15 per hour, in what she calls an effort to "walk the walk" and have her policies match her political viewpoints. read more