on February 4, President Trump delivered his State of the Union address, in which he said this: Protecting Americans' health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat. And the reaction to that speech from the Pelosi Democrats? Famously, when the president reached the end of his speech, Speaker Nancy Pelosi ostentatiously stood and ripped the speech in half. That doesn't count the Democrat members who made a point of walking out on the speech or labeling it, as Pelosi did, a "pack of lies." read more
Roughly a decade ago, Skid Row's future looked more hopeful. In 2006, Police Chief William Bratton and Central Division Commander Andrew Smith implemented a strategy of Broken Windows policing for Skid Row, called the Safer Cities Initiative, which led to a 42 percent reduction in major felonies, 50 percent reduction in overdose and natural deaths, and 75 percent reduction in homicides. "We've broken the back of the problem," said Chief Bratton then, reporting that the overall homeless population had been reduced from 1,876 people to 700 people"an astonishing success. The progress proved short-lived. Arguing that Broken Windows policing "criminalizes homelessness," activists slowly dismantled the Safer Cities Initiative through civil rights lawsuits and public pressure campaigns. Today, Skid Row's homeless population is estimated to be at least 2,500 people, and crime has been rising for years.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed a slate of progressive challengers to Democratic candidates and incumbents, working to create a liberal counterweight to the party's official campaign arm. read more