AOC’s social media mastery continues to amaze. This video of the congresswoman wielding a cocktail shaker has already racked up more than 100,000 views in less than 30 minutes.
Hello everyone, this is Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco taking over the blog for the rest of the afternoon.
Donald Trump just became the first Republican president to acknowledge Pride month, which starts tomorrow. The annual celebration of LGBTQ history and identity was first acknowledged with a presidential proclamation by Bill Clinton in 1999, but was ignored by George W Bush, according to BuzzFeed News.
Trump’s tweets were met with immediate skepticism and anger by many, however, given his administration’s regressive policies toward LGBTQ rights, including:
- A judge ruled that the last remaining abortion clinic in Missouri may remain open. The Planned Parenthood in St Louis had been threatened with closure by the state at midnight, but the judge ordered the state to let it keep operating until at least Tuesday.
- Donald Trump’s plan for tariffs on Mexican goods drew criticism, and the Mexican foreign minister said the two sides would meet for a summit next Wednesday.
- Attorney General William Barr brushed off the beating his reputation has taken over the Mueller report by noting: “Everyone dies.” He also said he disagreed with much of Mueller’s “legal analysis.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while bartending in Queens, is condemning the tipped minimum wage, which allows workers like waiter and bartenders to be paid as little as $2.13 an hour at the federal level.
Donald Trump says he’ll be formally announcing his re-election bid on June 18th in Orlando, Florida.
US and Mexican officials are due to meet next Wednesday in Washington after Donald Trump announced plans for tariffs on Mexican goods.
Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard rushed to Washington Friday in hopes of heading off the plan, the Washington Post reports.
En route to Washington, Ebrard tweeted that he had just spoken by phone to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and presidential adviser Jared Kushner.
At a summit Wednesday, Ebrard said that Pompeo will lead the US delegation and he will lead Mexico’s team. “We will be firm and defend the dignity of Mexico,” he wrote.
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway defended Donald Trump’s plan for tariffs on all Mexican goods, which have come under criticism from Republicans and business interests.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House, she reiterated that the tariffs stemmed from Mexico failing to curb the flow of migrants from Central America to the southern border and also blamed Congress: “We just don’t think Mexico’s done enough and Congress has done even less than that.”
Conway also insisted the tariffs do not jeopardize a proposed trade agreement between the US and Mexico, stating: “We are fully confident that USMCA could pass the House.”
Conway did not directly deny a report that the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer opposes the tariffs. “Ambassador Lighthizer supports the President’s agenda,” she said.
The Planned Parenthood clinic in St Louis, Missouri, which was spared today from closure by a judge, is draped in a massive banner reading “Still here.”
In a new court filing, the Justice Department provides a transcript of a voicemail left by Donald Trump’s lawyer John Dowd for Michael Flynn’s lawyer. The voicemail, which was excerpted in the Mueller report, came after Flynn dropped out of a joint defense agreement with Trump and began to cooperate with prosecutors.
The Illinois state legislature has approved a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, the Chicago Tribune reports.
It now goes to governor JB Pirtzker, who is expected to sign it.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been bartending this week – returning to the job she had before running for Congress – to raise support for living wage legislation. NY1 and WNYC have some scenes from today’s venue.
The bar where she’s slinging drinks is the same one where Rep. Joe Crowley, the longtime powerbroker she defeated in an upset primary win, had his election night party the night of his loss.
There’s a new push from the left to defeat one of the only remaining anti-abortion Democrat in the House, BuzzFeed reports.
Progressives are targeting Dan Lipinski, an Illinois congressman. Marie Newman, a Chicago businesswoman, is running against him for the second time. “This type of legislation is authoritarian and totalitarian. There’s no other way to describe it,” Newman told BuzzFeed of the recent spate of state-level abortion bans. “Let’s be honest about what it is. It’s taking us back 100 years, and that’s not exaggerating.”
Bernie Sanders says he will have a “litmus test” and only appoint Supreme Court justices who would uphold Roe v Wade, the LA Times reports.
Colorado governor Jay Polis signed legislation banning gay conversion therapy for minors in the state, the Denver Post reports.
Polis, the first openly gay man elected governor in the US, also signed a bill to allow transgender Colorado residents to change the gender listed on their birth certificate without having to prove they’ve had surgery.
Our Jessica Glenza is at a St. Louis press conference where Planned Parenthood is reacting to a judge’s ruling allowing the state’s sole remaining abortion clinic to remain open at least until Tuesday.
Donald Trump, whose administration banned transgender troops from serving in the military, is tweeting in honor of LGBT pride month and urging other countries to decriminalize homosexuality.
Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign has brought on a host of new staffers in the last few weeks, Politico reports.
They include Hillary for America alum George Hornedo as national delegate director, Ann Mei Chang as a “chief innovation officer,” and Obama White House alum Jillian Maryonovich as creative director. The South Bend, Indiana mayor has also hired a national press secretary, Nina Smith, and two deputy press secretaries, Tess Whittlesey and Marisol Samayoa.
Several Republicans in Congress and major business groups are slamming Donald Trump’s plan for tariffs on Mexican goods, NBC News reports.
The US Chamber of Commerce said it may file a lawsuit against the White House.
“If the president goes through with this, I’m afraid progress to get this trade agreement across the finish line will be stifled,” Sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican, said Friday, according to NBC. “While I support the need for comprehensive border security and a permanent fix to illegal immigration, this isn’t the right path forward.”
Fellow Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley called it “a misuse of presidential authority.”