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Democratic Memo Asking To Withhold Support Of Black Lives Matter Policy Positions Leaks Online

The memo has put a not-too-pleasant lens on the DCCC.

While the Black Lives Matter movement has garnered its fair share of scrutiny and criticism from media platforms such as FOX News and political figures such as Donald Trump, its latest adversary is something none of us really saw coming: The Democratic Party. In a memo leaked yesterday (Aug. 31), by Guccifer 2.0, a prominent hacktivist blog in the vein of Anonymous, the Black Lives Matter movment was described as a "radical movement" that is keen on ending "anti-black racism" and urged Democratic officials not to "offer support for concrete policy positions." 

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In addition, the memo also advises politicians to refrain from using phrases such as "black-on-black crime" and "all lives matter" since they are viewed as "red herring attacks." What the memo means by "red herring attacks" we're not exactly sure, but the "all lives matter" has been used by proponents against the Black Lives Matter movement or those not too keen on ending police brutality against African Americans.

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"Despite this less than pleasant news, the DCCC has maintained that it stands in solidarity with the BLM movement. In less than two years, BLM has evolved from three words into a political force that is changing and waking our nation," said Meredith Kelly in a statement to Mic. "At the DCCC, we highly encourage our candidates to not only embrace the importance of this movement, but to meet with and listen to community activists to partner social change."

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Responds To "Latina Thing" Joke On Fox News

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not happy with Fox News. The U.S. Representative of New York's 14th Congressional district blasted Fox News on Wednesday (Mar. 20) after a racist joke was made about Ocasio-Cortez's "Latina thing."

The incident occurred on Laura Ingraham's show, "The Ingraham Angle" on Tuesday (Mar. 19). During a segment with Donald Trump's lawyer, Joseph DiGenova, Ingraham asked if he noticed how Ocasio-Cortez introduces herself with an accent in certain spaces.

DiGenova responded: "She does the Latina thing where she does her, you know, 'Anastasio Ocasio-Cortez.'" He emphasized his point by exaggerating the "r" in the politician's name.

Ocasio-Cortez was obviously not amused by the comment. "If by 'the Latina thing,' she means I actually do the work instead of just talk about it, then yeah, I’m doing 'the Latina thing,'" she fired back. "Unless of course, she‘s talking about being multilingual, which we know isn’t a ‘Latina thing.’ It’s a '21st-century' thing."

Ocasio-Cortez then scolded Fox News for frequently pronouncing her last name incorrectly. "By the way: Fox News likes to say my name (incorrectly) as 'Cortez,' which I can only imagine is bc that sounds more ‘stereotypically’ Hispanic + probably incites more ‘anxiety’ for them," she added. "Pro Tip: My last name is not 'Cortez,' just as theirs isn’t “Ingra” or “Carl” or 'Hann.'"

Check out Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's tweet below.

Siri, show me the brand of ‘economic anxiety’ that mocks Americans of color as unintelligent + unskilled, while *also* mocking those same Americans for speaking more languages than you: pic.twitter.com/HXBC7Osexu

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019

By the way: Fox News likes to say my name (incorrectly) as “Cortez,” which I can only imagine is bc that sounds more ‘stereotypically’ Hispanic + probably incites more ‘anxiety’ for them.

Pro Tip:My last name is not “Cortez,” just as theirs isn’t “Ingra” or “Carl” or “Hann.”

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019

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New Zealand Has Banned The Sale Of Semi-Automatic Guns And Riffles

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Wednesday (March 20) the nation would no longer sell semi-automatic guns and riffles. The sweeping legislation went into effect one week after an Australian man opened fire and killed 50 Muslim men, women and children.

"Today I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. We will also ban all assault rifles," Ardern said at a press conference.

Prime Minister Arden said the new law would take effect Wednesday (March 20) at 3 PM local time and said dealers "should now cease" selling the guns.

"We will ban all high-capacity magazines. We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military-style semi-automatic weapon. We will ban parts that cause a firearm to generate semi-automatic, automatic or close to automatic gunfire," she continued.

The prime suspect in the attack reportedly obtained a gun license in 2017 and began purchasing more guns in the most following.

"This is just the beginning of the work we need to do," Ardern said.

The prime minister also noted that there are many in New Zealand who obtained their weapons legally and haven't used them for violence. She said a buyback program will be implemented at local police stations ensuring gun owners receive proper compensation for their weapon. Penalties will be put in place for those who don't participate.

The program may cost between $100 million and $200 million, but Prime Minister Arden says it's necessary "to ensure the safety of our communities."

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Donna Brazile Signs On As Fox News Contributor

On Monday afternoon (March 18), Donna Brazile inked a new contract to become a contributor for Fox News. According to Politico, the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairperson will provide statements on the nation's politics on Fox Business as well as the flagship cable station Fox News.

"In order for us to best decide as a people how to better protect and preserve our way of life, we need to first be able to hear what others are saying without the filter of bias and contempt," Brazile wrote in an op-ed about her decision. "Not until we once again become practiced at treating those of differing views with civility and respect can we begin to join together to solve the myriad of problems our country must overcome."

Brazile also mentions how important the upcoming 2020 presidential election is for the country, and that through her new platform, listening to the other side might disperse necessary information.

"In order for us to best decide as a people how to better protect and preserve our way of life, we need to first be able to hear what others are saying without the filter of bias and contempt," Brazile continued. "Not until we once again become practiced at treating those of differing views with civility and respect can we being to join together to solve the myriad of problems our country must overcome."

In 2016, Brazile resigned from her on-screen position at CNN on reports of collusion during Hilary Clinton's previous presidential campaign. Brazile was accused of sharing information with Clinton's team ahead of a town hall. In an attempt to get ahead of the criticism Brazile believes will come her way, she reiterated the need to have an open mind.

"There’s an audience on Fox News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats," she said. "We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather than retreat into our ‘safe spaces’ where we simply agree with each other.”

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