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An unhinged trespasser broke into the empty Queens campaign offices of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday, and barricaded himself into a closet before cops hauled him out.

The man, whose name was not released by police, was emotionally disturbed, police said.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., shown here at the U.S. Capitol on May 22, was reportedly in Washington on Saturday when a suspect broke into her campaign offices in the New York City borough of Queens. (Associated Press)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., shown here at the U.S. Capitol on May 22, was reportedly in Washington on Saturday when a suspect broke into her campaign offices in the New York City borough of Queens. (Associated Press)

He busted into AOC’s offices at 74-09 37th Ave. in Jackson Heights sometime before 5 p.m., police said.

When cops arrived, he sprayed them with a fire extinguisher and fled into a utility closet, police said.

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Once they got him out, cops took him to Elmhurst Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

AOC was in Washington on Saturday.

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Sponsors of legal immigrants to the United States received word Friday that they’ll be on the hook “for every dollar” if those immigrants end up receiving welfare funds or other public support instead of earning a living and paying taxes.

The message came Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia state attorney general who last week became acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) following his appointment by President Trump.

“If the sponsored immigrant receives any federal means-tested public benefits, the sponsor will be expected to reimburse the benefits-granting agency for every dollar of benefits received by the immigrant,” Cuccinelli wrote in a USCIS memo.

“If the sponsored immigrant receives any federal means-tested public benefits, the sponsor will be expected to reimburse the benefits-granting agency for every dollar of benefits received by the immigrant.”

— Ken Cuccinelli, acting director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

‘Enforceable contract’

In addition, the same message instructed agents who work for USCIS to remind applicants and sponsors that “the Affidavit of Support is a legal and enforceable contract between the sponsor and the federal government.”

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Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia state attorney general, is now acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Associated Press)

Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia state attorney general, is now acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Associated Press)

According to Cuccinelli, all federal agencies dealing with immigration issues will be working to update or initiate procedures and regulations to make sure that immigrants who are ineligible for public benefits do not receive them, in accordance with a May 23 directive from the president.

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“The President has made it a priority to ensure that every individual who seeks to come to the United States is self-sufficient, temporarily or permanently,” Cuccinelli wrote. “The principle of self-sufficiency has been enshrined in our immigration laws since the 1800s, and we as an agency must ensure that immigrants who become part of this great country abide by this principle.”

“The President has made it a priority to ensure that every individual who seeks to come to the United States is self-sufficient, temporarily or permanently.”

— Ken Cuccinelli, acting director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Cuccinelli took over at USCIS last Monday, coming to the job with a reputation as a hardliner on immigration issues. For example, he has been an advocate for denying citizenship to American-born children of parents living in the U.S. illegally and for limiting in-state tuition at public universities to citizens or legal residents.

He replaced Lee Francis Cissna, who reportedly had lost President Trump’s confidence.

Critical of McConnell, others in GOP

But Trump likely named Cuccinelli an acting director because his chances of winning Senate confirmation were said to be slim, Roll Call reported.

The outspoken Cuccinelli, as president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee that has opposed many incumbent Republicans, has been critical of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others in the GOP.

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“Mitch McConnell has filled the Senate with people like Lisa Murkowski, John McCain, Shelley Moore Capito, Lamar Alexander and Dean Heller who all promised the voters they would repeal Obamacare, but when the time came to do it they refused,” Cuccinelli wrote in an August 2017 fundraising memo, according to Roll Call. “Instead of admitting his mistake, McConnell is blaming the President for having ‘excessive expectations’ even though he was the one who set those expectations with years of empty promises!”

Trump’s appointment of Cuccinelli came as the president is dealing with a growing crisis as tens of thousands of Central American migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border each month, overwhelming the system, and he has struggled to deliver on his signature issue of reduced immigration and tighter border security.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Some Republicans in Congress on Friday reintroduced a proposal calling for a ban on burning the American flag – and they’ve already won an endorsement from President Trump.

“All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!,” the president wrote in a Twitter message Saturday.

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The proposal is being sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and in the House by Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas. It calls for the U.S. Constitution to be amended so Congress would have “constitutional authority to ban the desecration of the United States flag.”

“The American Flag is a symbol of freedom – and it should always be protected,” Daines wrote Friday.

Added Cramer: “A flag worth dying for is a flag worth protecting.”

“Adding a Constitutional amendment to protect this symbol of freedom and liberty is not an attack on another Constitutional amendment,” he continued, “rather, it is an affirmation of the unifying principles our nation stands for.”

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The amendment would be necessary because the Supreme Court has ruled in the past that flag-burning is a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment.

The new proposal was reintroduced Friday, which was Flag Day – and coincidentally President Trump’s 73rd birthday.

President Trump arrives to speak at a "Salute to Service" dinner, July 3, 2018, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (Associated Press)

President Trump arrives to speak at a “Salute to Service” dinner, July 3, 2018, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (Associated Press)

Critics on social media were quick to attack the proposal. Here are some samples:

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According to the Washington Times, amendments can be added to the Constitution if two-thirds of both the House and Senate agree on a proposal and then three-fourths of the states ratify it, or if two-thirds of state legislatures call a convention to propose changes to the Constitution, and then three-fourths of the states ratify the change.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., believes a push for President Trump’s impeachment by congressional Democrats will only lead to his re-election.

“To my Democratic colleagues in the House, if you bring impeachment after [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller issued his report … then it’s going to blow up in your face,” Graham told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro on Saturday’s installment of “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”

“You’re being unfair to the president and he’s going to get re-elected,” he said.

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Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC., questions Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC., questions Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

When asked about escalating tensions with Iran, Graham praised Trump for pulling out of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal and for applying sanctions against the country.

He urged the president to stand tough and not let Iran flex its muscle over the Strait of Hormuz, an international shipping gateway between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The waterway separates Iran and the United Arab Emirates and is 21 miles across at its narrowest point.

The strait is critical to the oil industry, with it being used to ship more than 22 million barrels of oil and products per day in the first half of 2018.

“To President Trump, do not let them take over the Strait of Hormuz,” Graham said. “Keep the pressure on and if they continue to do this, sink their navy like Ronald Reagan did back in the ’80s.”

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Iran threatened to close the strait earlier this year and the U.S. blamed the country for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this week. Graham touted Trump’s confrontational style of diplomacy, saying it has yielded positive results.

“He has put Iran on the run. He’s taken on China. He’s got [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro on the ropes,” Graham said. “I love this man’s foreign policy.”

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President Trump said he’s been briefed by Navy pilots regarding sightings of unidentified flying objects, but remained skeptical of the existence of UFOs.

George Stephanopoulos of ABC News raised the issue during an interview with Trump released Saturday.

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“I was struck in the last few couple of weeks, we’re reading more and more reports of Navy pilots seeing lots and lots of UFOs,” Stephanopoulos said to a smiling Trump. “Have you been briefed on that? What do you make of it?”

In 2014 and 2015, pilots with the U.S. Navy reported multiple UFO sightings during training maneuvers.

In 2014 and 2015, pilots with the U.S. Navy reported multiple UFO sightings during training maneuvers.

“I want them to think whatever they think,” Trump replied, referring to the Navy pilots. “I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly.”

The Navy recently announced it would update guidelines for how its pilots report “unidentified aircraft” in response to reports of strange sightings. Navy strike group pilots reported seeing strange objects flying above 30,000 feet at hypersonic speeds with no visible engine or infrared exhaust fumes, according to the New York Times.

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The new protocol doesn’t mean Navy officials believe in UFOs, but “rather that the strange sightings warrant an investigation and need to be formally documented.”

Asked if he knew if there were evidence of extraterrestrial life, Trump said “I think our great pilots would know. And some of them see things a little bit different from the past. We’re watching, and you’ll be the first to know.”

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A lawsuit filed by a former campaign staffer who accused Donald Trump of forcibly kissing her was dismissed by a federal judge on Friday.

According to Politico, U.S. District Court Judge William Jung
tossed out Alva Johnson’s complaint, saying in his 15-page order that “the complaint presents a political lawsuit, not a tort and wages lawsuit.”

Jung added, “If plaintiff wishes to make a political statement or bring a claim for political purposes, this is not the forum.”

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Johnson was director of outreach and coalitions for the Alabama GOP primary in 2016 and later did similar work in Florida.

The former staffer told MSNBC in February that in August 2016, she briefly interacted with Trump on an RV during a campaign stop in Florida. Before he stepped off the bus to speak with campaign interns, she told him to “go kick ass” and said she hadn’t seen her family in a very long time. Johnson said Trump held her hand and began getting closer.

“I knew it was inappropriate because I worked in human resources. So I knew that it was completely inappropriate,” Johnson told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “It was gross and creepy. Like I could sometimes still see those lips.”

“This accusation is absurd on its face. This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eyewitness accounts,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in February.

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The judge also said criticized the complaint for including “immaterial and impertinent” allegations against Trump.

“Though this simple battery appears to have lasted perhaps 10-15 seconds, plaintiff has spent 29 pages and 115 paragraphs in the complaint setting it forth. Many of these allegations describe 19 unrelated incidents involving women upon whom Defendant Trump allegedly committed nonconsensual acts, over the past four decades with differing circumstances,” Jung wrote in his order.

Jung said he would allow Johnson to file a reframed complaint in the next 30 days.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke took an unconventional approach to reaching out to African-American voters Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina and saying white Americans do not know the full story of slavery.

O’Rourke spent Friday at a Baptist church in Beaufort, S.C., where the former Texas congressman met with leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, a culture of coastal slave descendants whose separation from the mainland allowed them to retain much of their African heritage, including a unique dialect and skills such as cast-net fishing and basket weaving.

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“White Americans do not know this story,” O’Rourke said after a tour of the church’s grounds, where he learned that anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman had lived in the area.

The former Texas congressman also addressed reparations, which he supports, though he was not clear about the specifics of what they’d entail.

“The answer is yes. We must repair this country from its very founding, kidnapping peoples from West Africa, bringing them here in bondage to literally build the wealth of the United States,” O’Rourke said. “The path there, though, has to come through learning and telling this American story with everyone. Then, I think, we define what reparations look like.”

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O’Rourke said he still supports the creation of a commission to further study the issue.

The candidate has addressed his white privilege while campaigning in an effort to appeal to more diverse voters.

“As a white man who has had privileges that others could not depend on, or take for granted, I’ve clearly had advantages over the course of my life,” O’Rourke told NBC News’ “Meet The Press” in March.

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The stop in Before was the first of 10 events planned by O’Rourke in the state over the next three days, centered around an appearance at a forum in Charleston on Saturday sponsored by the Black Economic Alliance.

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are also slated to speak at that event.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Carrie Severino, chief counsel to the Judicial Crisis Network, defended President Trump’s decision to add a citizenship question to the Census and suggested that debate over the issue indicated a deeper problem.

“This is something that should be totally unremarkable,” Severino said on Saturday while appearing on “America’s News HQ.”

“The fact it’s even being challenged shows a disturbing trend towards attempts to push back on the very concept of citizenship and its frightening to think there could be several justices in the [Supreme] Court who would suggest that’s not even an appropriate question.”

The citizenship question faced review by the Supreme Court which is expected to announce its ruling on the issue in the Summer of 2019. The question came under scrutiny after news surfaced that one of its proponents pushed the questions as a way to help Republicans electorally.

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It also faced criticism from Democrats who predicted it would skew estimates that contributed to decisions about federal funding.

But for Severino, the question’s inclusion was “common sense.” “This is a question that should really be unremarkable. The citizenship question has been on some form of the U.S. Census for the vast majority of its history,” she said.

She added that “it is very foundational that a country ought to know how many citizens it has. It’s something the United Nations recommends its member nations do.”

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Elizabeth B. Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, argued that was just a “cover up” reason since citizenship information was already available from other sources.

Severino, in response, pushed back on the idea that people would refuse to answer the question, saying that they decline to answer that question at similar rates to the question of whether they’re married or not.

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A recently elected California lawmaker is being criticized for appearing to  invite only Christians to a town hall meeting held earlier this week, just days after being sworn in.

Brian Dahle, a Republican, won a state Senate seat in a special election this month and was sworn in Wednesday. He held a “Faith and Values Town Hall” Thursday in the Northern California city of Redding.

His invitation on Facebook specifically said, “Christians from local churches” were invited, sparking criticism from some.

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California state Sen. Brian Dahle sparked criticism from some after appearing to only invite Christians to a town hall earlier this week.

California state Sen. Brian Dahle sparked criticism from some after appearing to only invite Christians to a town hall earlier this week. (Brian Dahle / Facebook )

“There are particular values that those of the Christian faith care deeply about as they shape the society and culture of our cities, states and nation,” the invite stated. “Because it can be difficult to know who our elected officials are, and what policies and legislation they are voting for on our behalf, many Christians have chosen to simply pray for the nation. Prayer is vital, but in addition to prayer, all citizens — including those of faith — are encouraged to be informed as they participate in the basics of their civic duties.”

“Hmmm. I’m sure your non-Christian constituents are soooo happy about this,” one person wrote in response.

Dahle’s former opponent, Silke Pflueger, told Action News Now he was “disturbed by our senator-elect holding a town hall where only Christians are invited.”

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In response to his critics, Dahle told the news station “They are getting to use their constitutional right to say that they don’t agree with what I’m doing but I have a constitutional right to also stand up here and say, ‘Hey, I think people of faith should be involved,” said Dahle. “So I applaud it, I think it’s great. That’s what I love about this country.”

He said he would continue to work for all his constituents on any issues they might have.

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Activists took to the streets Saturday to hold rallies calling for the impeachment of President Trump, as they seek to pile further pressure on Democratic leaders in Congress to back a push to oust the president.

“Donald Trump’s abuses of our communities and country demand action from Congress, which has the responsibility and authority to hold Trump accountable,” a website page for the  “#ImpeachTrump: Act to Defend Democracy” national day of action by left-wing group MoveOn read. “The next crucial step is an inquiry into whether to draft articles of impeachment.”

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The call included a note that the actions “are intended to be nonviolent and peaceful” and that organizers expect protesters to “act lawfully” and de-escalate any confrontation.

While protests were being eyed across the country, California seemed to be the main state for the demonstration. The Mercury News reported that more than 140 rallies were expected through Southern California.

The outlet reported that the day began with a protest in Seal Beach — aptly named “Impeach on the Beach” where demonstrators spelled out “Impeach!” with beach towels.

Some rallies appeared to have the support of Democratic lawmakers. The Oregonian reported that an #ImpeachTrump rally in downtown Portland would feature Rep. Earl Blumenauer.

“An impeachment inquiry is the best way for Congress to continue to investigate Trump’s crimes, misconduct and abuse of power,” the event details read.

The Washington Examiner reported that some events will be protests, while others will be readings of pro-impeachment speeches from Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Minn.

The rallies come amid continued calls for Trump’s impeachment by the left-wing base of the Democratic Party in the wake of the release of the partially-redacted Russia report.

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While that report did not find sufficient evidence to charge members of the Trump team with conspiracy, and declined to make a call on if Trump obstructed justice, Democrats have claimed that the report raises further questions about both topics and have sought to continue investigations in the House.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Wednesday held the second in a series of hearings on the Russia controversy, to examine what he called “the disturbing findings” of the report. Republicans slammed what they called a “grotesque spectacle.”

However, Democratic leaders have expressed nervousness about a push for impeachment. Such a push may succeed in the House, but would almost certainly fail in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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This week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that impeachment was “not even close in our caucus.”

“It’s not off the table,” the speaker said, before adding, “I don’t think you should impeach for political reasons and I don’t think you should not impeach for political reasons.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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