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Historic Number of Women Elected to Congress



    Historic Number of Women Elected to Congress

    If President Donald Trump wants to get legislation passed through the House, it means working with a historic number of women in Congress.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018)

    Ask Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley what happened Tuesday night and her answer comes quickly: "Progress."

    When Pressley goes to Washington in January, she will be joined by a historic number of women she says will have a diversity of perspective and life experience that will bring new issues into the spotlight.

    "The issues that we address will be more robust and more fully informed," Pressley said. "I also know that it means the solutions will be much more innovative, that's been proven."

    Pressley will join two other Massachusetts women in the House -- including newly elected Congresswoman Lori Trahan, who acknowledged, during her victory speech, the retiring Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas for paving the way.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    "Because you took this leap 11 years ago, when there weren't 237 women running alongside you," Trahan said. "You did it all on your own."

    Democratic political analyst Jesse Mermell says in our diverse country, government needs to represent the community for it to work well, including diversity of race, religion and sexual orientation.

    "More and more, we are starting to see our government starting to look like the people," Mermell said. "It's a great thing."

    No one was watching the election night results more closely than Rep. Katherine Clark, Who won her own re-election bid with 76 percent of the vote. She spent the past year recruiting candidates, many of them women , around the country specifically to flip Republican seats.

    "I think Donald Trump was very helpful to me in my efforts to recruit this class ... in that people really saw some of the values under attack," she said.

    Clark says women tend to be collaborative and put the focus on solutions, which she says will be a welcome addition to the House debate.

    YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    [NATL] YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    Machelle Hackney of Maricopa, Arizona, is accused of forcing her adopted children to participate in her YouTube channel and abusing them if they did not recall their lines or perform as directed. Hackney's channel had accrued hundreds of millions of views since she joined in 2012.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

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