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During her first congressional hearing, freshman congressional lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes revealed how easy it is for today’s politicians to get rich at our expense. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) exposed some of the biggest flaws and loopholes in campaign finance laws this week ― and she did it in just five minutes. Alexandria played a game with witnesses in which she pretended to be “a really, really bad guy” who wants to abuse the U.S. system as much as possible. Then, in a series of questions, she explored the world of payoffs, dark money, PACs and more. She even revealed how it was perfectly legal for a lawmaker to invest in an industry, write laws to benefit that industry, and then increase the value of their investments in that industry. Then, in a artfully drawn denim, she showed that, as lax as the laws are for members of Congress, there are even fewer restrictions for a president.


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Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced joint resolutions today that recognize the economic, social and environmental impacts of a changing climate and call for a comprehensive approach to address its causes and effects. Freshman Congress member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and veteran lawmaker Sen. Edward Markey’s resolution spells out congressional support for a Green New Deal — an ambitious plan to remake the U.S. economy and drastically reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions. The resolution calls for generating 100 percent of the nation's power from renewable sources, making all buildings energy efficient, and eliminating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector within about 10 years. The plan also proposes massive investments in research and development to make the U.S. a leader in clean energy technology.