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About "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez"
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, according to who you ask, is either the new face of the Democratic Party, or a political dilettante who has never held political office. She is either hailed as revolutionary light in darkness, or reviled as a representative of a massive threat to the American dream. In short, she is a polarizing and fascinating figure, and one who deserves at least a bit of applause for her win over long-time New York incumbent Joe Crowley.
Ocasio-Cortez is unapologetic about her progressive leanings and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. She has defended her “Medicare for All” healthcare plan despite its estimated $40 trillion cost, referred to the Israeli “occupation” of Palestine, and barred the press from two town hall meetings to provide a “safe space” for attendees. Her platform includes the elimination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a federal jobs guarantee. To her credit, Ocasio-Cortez has managed to invigorate a seemingly stagnant Democratic Party by appealing to younger voters, and has been labeled the future of the party by the DNC chairman Tom Perez.
This week’s final round gives you a deep dive into one of America’s most ascendant and polarizing political figures, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Other topics include international terrorism, the intersection of politics and economics, Myanmar’s continuing difficulties with reform, China’s Uighur minority, Mexico’s wildly popular new president, and more!
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