Today is May 12, Mother’s Day. Here are the stories I am following:
1) AOC briefly takes Pelosi’s spot in presiding over House; reportedly youngest woman to wield gavel. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday briefly grabbed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s gavel to preside over the House — reportedly becoming the youngest woman ever to do so. The Democrat, who represents New York’s 14th Congressional District, tweeted the news. “Every day here is a sacred privilege + responsibility entrusted to me by my community. I never forget that, and moments like these drive it home,” she wrote. Ocasio-Cortez, 29, presided over the House of Representatives for roughly an hour as part of a routine rotation of members, Reuters reported.
MY TAKE: If not for the 1M new Democrats coming in via the southern border this year, the Democrats would be scaring away just about every person in their party. If I am wrong, America is LOST.
2) Minnesota to consider move to permanent daylight savings time. Mike Freiberg, a Democratic member of Minnesota’s House of Representatives, introduced a bill to end the twice-yearly time change. If his legislation passes, Minnesota would remain on daylight saving time — permanently. There are nearly a dozen states considering the same move.
MY TAKE: I am all for it.
3) Drug makers accused of wrong doing. U.S. states filed a lawsuit accusing Teva Pharmaceuticals USA of orchestrating a sweeping scheme with 19 other drug companies to inflate drug prices — sometimes by more than 1,000% — and stifle competition for generic drugs, state prosecutors said on Saturday.
Soaring drug prices from both branded and generic manufacturers have sparked outrage and investigations in the United States. The criticism has come from across the political spectrum, from President Donald Trump, a Republican, to progressive Democrats including U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is running for president.
The 20 drug companies engaged in illegal conspiracies to divide up the market for drugs to avoid competing and, in some cases, conspired to either prevent prices from dropping or to raise them, according to the complaint by 44 U.S. states, filed on Friday in the U.S. District Court in Connecticut. A representative of Teva USA, a unit of Israeli company Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, said it will fight the lawsuit.
MY TAKE: These scum need to be fined at the top, versus fined as a company. The CEOs need to go to jail — hold them accountable. That’s how it stops.
4) Biden camp responds after Giuliani’s canceled trip to Ukraine. Joe Biden’s campaign has offered its first response after President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said he would make a now-canceled trip to Ukraine to urge the country to investigate the Democratic presidential candidate.
MY TAKE: I am so tired of this story. Is anyone concerned about the homeless, our southern border, or healthcare prices?
5) Mother’s Day. When Americans celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, they will be continuing a tradition that most famously dates back to 1908, when Anna Jarvis sent 500 white carnations to Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in her hometown of Grafton, W.Va.,for what’s widely considered the first Mother’s Day celebration on May 10, 1908. Mother’s Day got federal recognition six years later when Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation declaring the second Sunday of May, a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”
MY TAKE: Hardest job in the world is being a mom. God bless all of you moms today!