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Topics: Ocasio-Cortez fined by the state of New York; US approved thousands of child bride requests; Pompeo to host international summit on Iran; Cohen to testify before Congress; Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib bypassed for membership on key House committees.
“Democratic socialist” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) has been fined a penalty of $1500 by the state of New York for not providing workers’ compensation coverage for a month last year. Ocasio-Cortez failed to provide compensation coverage for March 31, 2018, to April 30, 2018 and was issued the penalty, which has since been paid.
New York State GOP spokeswoman Jessica proud called the revelations “hypocrisy at its finest.”
Requests by thousands of men to bring child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data that was obtained by the Associated Press.
The approvals are legal because the immigration and nationality act does not set any minimum age requirements. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.
The revelations raise questions as to whether the US immigration system is helping to enable forced marriages.
Most states in the US allow adults to marry minors with some restrictions.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will host an international summit, February 13-14 in Poland, for the purpose of promoting stability and freedom in the Middle East. One of the foremost talking points of the summit will be a focus on Iran’s influence in the region.
“We’ll bring together dozens of countries from all around the world,” Pompeo said, “Countries will all come together to focus on Middle East stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence.”
The summit will include countries from Asia, Africa, the Western Hemisphere, Europe and the Middle East.
Donald Trump’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, has agreed to testify under oath on Capitol Hill, and a hearing is set for February 7.
Although Cohen has said he will give a “full incredible account of the events which have transpired,” there will be limitations on the questions asked, for the purpose of preventing interference that could affect Cohen’s cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller.
This will be the first time Cohen has testified under oath in front of Congress.
In December, Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison for violations of campaign-finance law, lying to Congress, and other financial crimes. Cohen is scheduled to begin serving his prison term in early March.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), both of whom have been making headlines lately with both their comments and progressive agendas, apparently are making less of an impression with Democrats in the House than they are making in the media. Both have been passed over for membership within influential committees despite a viral campaign for their inclusion by liberal activists.
Tlaib apologized earlier this week for causing a “distraction” by saying “we’re gonna impeach the motherf—er” in reference to President Trump, a move that made Democrats livid, as they quickly tried to downplay her comments.
Ocasio-Cortez raised eyebrows last week during an interview on “60 Minutes” where she downplayed the importance of “being factually correct” as opposed to being “morally right” in the comments she makes. Social media was quick to respond by pointing out that one cannot be morally right without being factually correct.