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Italian town puts dozens of homes on market for as little as €1 | World news

British house prices may be falling, but you would still be hard-pressed to find a cheaper property than those on sale in one Sicilian town, where homes are going for as little as €1.

Dozens of properties have been put up for sale in Sambuca, a hilltop town with stunning views across the Mediterranean island, for less than the price of a takeaway coffee.

The deal is a bid to revive an area that has undergone depopulation in recent years, with residents moving to bigger cities.

A street in Sambuca, Sicily

Buyers of the houses in Sambuca must commit to spending at least €15,000 on refurbishments. Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Alamy Stock Photo

According to local officials, anyone interested can more or less make a purchase straight away.

“As opposed to other towns that have merely done this for propaganda, this city hall owns all €1 houses on sale,” Giuseppe Cacioppo, Sambuca’s deputy mayor and tourist councillor, told CNN. “We’re not intermediaries who liaise between old and new owners. You want that house, you’ll get it [in] no time.”

There is a catch, though – new owners must commit to refurbishing their property within three years, at a cost starting from €15,000 (£13,200), and will need a €5,000 security deposit. This will be returned once the refurbishment is complete.


But buyers won’t be disappointed, according to Cacioppo.

“Sambuca is known as the ‘city of splendor’,” he added. “This fertile patch of land is dubbed the ‘earthly paradise’. We’re located inside a nature reserve, packed with history. Gorgeous beaches, woods and mountains surround us. It’s silent and peaceful, an idyllic retreat for a detox stay.”

With the population dwindling, Cacioppo said the town needs outsiders to prevent it from going under.

“We can’t afford to lose our lovely Arab heritage. Luckily, foreigners are lending a hand in this rescue crusade,” he said.

The two-storey dwellings are built with reddish-pink stone and feature courtyards, palm gardens and arcaded entrances. It is also possible to see Sicily’s Mount Etna volcano on days when the sky is clear enough.

Judiciary Dems seize on report that Trump told Cohen to lie before Congress

Rep. David Cicilline

Rep. David Cicilline is the chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. | Alex Edelman/Getty Images

Leading Democrats and members of the House Judiciary Committee said late Thursday that President Donald Trump would have obstructed justice if he instructed his former personal attorney to lie before Congress.

“If the President directed [Michael] Cohen to lie to Congress, that is obstruction of justice. Period. Full stop,” Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island wrote online.

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That post came less than half an hour after the publication of a report by BuzzFeed News stating that the president ordered his longtime ex-fixer to lie to lawmakers about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, citing two law enforcement officials involved in the investigation of the matter.

“THIS IS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE,” tweeted Rep. Ted Lieu of California.

“This stunning Trump Tower Moscow story establishes a clear case of Obstruction of Justice, a felony. I’ve lost count now how many times @realDonaldTrump has engaged in Obstruction of Justice,” Lieu wrote in another post, adding: “Oh, fyi the first Article of Impeachment for Richard Nixon was Obstruction of Justice.”

As chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, Cicilline is charged with overseeing House Democrats’ policy and messaging arm. Lieu is a co-chair of the committee.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman and frequent Trump foil Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also weighed in on the report, tweeting that the allegation of subornation of perjury by the president “is among the most serious to date.”

“We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true,” Schiff wrote online.

“If the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached,” tweeted Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), who sits on the Intelligence committee.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called on special counsel Robert Mueller to brief members of Congress on potential evidence of the claims against the president.

“Listen, if Mueller does have multiple sources confirming Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress, then we need to know this ASAP,” Murphy tweeted. “Mueller shouldn’t end his inquiry, but it’s about time for him to show Congress his cards before it’s too late for us to act.”

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani dismissed the story Thursday evening, telling various media outlets: “If you believe Cohen I can get you a good all cash deal on the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Cohen is scheduled to testify publicly to the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7.

Former Attorney General William Barr, Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department, said earlier this week at his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee that a president persuading a witness to commit perjury or change his or her testimony would constitute an obstruction of justice.

“This is now squarely within the ambit, if these reports are accurate, of criminal activity by Donald Trump,” former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal said Thursday on CNN.

Trump cancels U.S. delegation to Davos forum: press secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has canceled his delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week due to the partial U.S. government shutdown, according to a statement released by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday.

Trump, who attended last year’s Davos event, had planned to go again this year but pulled out last week as he grapples with Democrats in Congress over funding for a wall on the border with Mexico that has led to a partial shutdown of the government.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were expected to lead the U.S. delegation in Trump’s place, two senior administration officials said this week.

“Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as needed, President Trump has canceled his delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,” Sanders’s statement said.

Mnuchin and Pompeo had planned to speak jointly to the opening session of the forum on Jan. 22. They were also expected to jointly host a dinner of the Group of Seven foreign and finance ministers to discuss national security and economic issues.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer also planned to be part of the delegation.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Lisa Lambert and Sonya Hepinstall

Dispute over rules riles California’s legal pot market

California has finalized its rules governing the nation’s largest legal marijuana market, a milestone coming more than a year after the state broadly legalized cannabis sales for adults.

But a dispute over home deliveries into communities that ban pot sales could end up in court. And the hundreds of pages of dense regulations are unlikely to resolve other disputes, including how purity and potency tests are conducted for infused cookies and other products.

Even if imperfect, the rules were welcomed by many in the industry who have been contending with shifting temporary regulations since California kicked off broad legal sales last year.

“Love it or hate it, California has regulations for commercial cannabis. There are no asterisks,” said Hezekiah Allen, chair of cannabis growing cooperative Emerald Grown and former executive director of the California Growers Association, an industry group.

Meanwhile, the regulations that deal with the minutia of running a legal pot business do not address other broad challenges in the industry, from a lack of banking access for pot companies that will likely need to be resolved in Washington to what to do about a thriving illicit market that is undercutting legal sales.

“Do these solve every problem that exists in the cannabis business regulatory regime? Absolutely not,” said Assemblyman Ron Bonta, a Democrat from Oakland who said the rules nonetheless create a strong foundation for a market that has gotten off to a shaky start.

By far the biggest dispute focused on deliveries. The rules released Wednesday will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.

The regulation by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who predict it will create an unruly market of largely hidden pot transactions, while undercutting control by cities and counties.

The League of California Cities said the rule conflicts with Proposition 64, the law approved by voters in 2016 that opened the way for broad legal sales, which says local governments have the authority to ban nonmedical pot businesses.

“This decision puts the public safety needs of communities across the state at risk,” league executive director Carolyn Coleman said in a statement.

Many cannabis companies and consumers had pushed for the change, since vast stretches of the state have communities that banned commercial pot activity or not set up rules to allow legal sales. That means residents in those areas were effectively cut off from legal marijuana purchases.

“The public spoke loud and clear in favor of statewide delivery,” cannabis bureau spokesman Alex Traverso said in a statement.

Bonta said he supports statewide deliveries for medical patients, regardless of local bans, but not recreational users. He suggested legislation may be needed to deal with the dispute.

Kenny Morrison, president of the California Cannabis Manufacturers Association, said the state failed to examine the experience in other states, which in turn has created costly problems for California companies with labeling and testing.

Industry officials have complained that the state rules force growers and manufacturers to hit too tiny a target when gauging levels of THC in products, the psychoactive chemical that causes marijuana’s high.

Rules require the THC concentration come within 10 percent of what is advertised on a product label. Company executives say some products are being rejected after landing outside the margin by tiny amounts, and that hitting that required range is even more difficult with low-dose products.

Colorado allows a more sensible 15-percent range, Morrison said. He said the state also should be mirroring rules set by the federal government, which could eventually oversee the national pot market. Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.

“Nobody cares more about the quality of the product than the manufacturer,” he said.

Ruben Honig, executive director of the United Cannabis Business Association in Los Angeles, said the state’s biggest challenges remain cutting hefty tax rates that can approach 50 percent in some communities and cracking down on widespread illegal sales.


Blood is a member of AP’s marijuana beat team. Follow him on Twitter at

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when will anti-fraud measures be introduced in 2019?

The code was first published in September and a consultation ended in November (read the Telegraph’s contribution here). However, despite initial suggestions the rules would be enforced immediately after publication, this has not happened thanks to arguments over who will pay for refunds where neither the bank nor the victim was at fault.

The rulebook has been drawn up by a steering group instructed by the Payment Systems Regulator, the watchdog, but the PSR was unable to confirm a date for its implementation. A spokesman said the group was reviewing submissions to the consultation and a response was expected in early 2019.

Implementation date: early 2019

Confirmation of payee

This could be an incredibly powerful tool in fighting bank transfer scams, as many fraudsters rely on diverting a legitimate payment from the victim to a different source.

At the moment you are prompted to enter the payee’s name when you send money online, but this is not checked against anything. Confirmation of payee would mean you would be alerted if the name you entered did not match the name registered on the account.

This could avoid situations in which a victim believes they are paying a builder, for example, when in fact they are sending the money to criminals.

The software is being developed by Pay.UK and will be introduced in two stages. Banks must be able to receive and respond to requests by April 1 and must be able to send requests for their own customers by July 1. The PSR is currently consulting on the plans with responses welcomed until Jan 4.

Implementation date: fully operational by July 1

Lindsey Graham wants Pelosi and Trump to stop their ‘sophomoric’ stunts

Lindsey Graham

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham took to Twitter on Thursday to express his frustration with President Trump and the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants the president and speaker to play nice.

The feud between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the partial government shutdown reached new levels this week when Pelosi essentially uninvited the president from delivering the State of the Union in the House Chamber. Trump, in turn, barred Pelosi from boarding a government plane for a trip to Afghanistan just under an hour before she was scheduled to leave.

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“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” Trump wrote.

Each side cited the government shutdown in foiling the other’s plans. Pelosi argued it would not be possible to secure the Capitol when so many federal workers are going unpaid. Trump said it would be “inappropriate” for Pelosi to travel with no deal to end the shutdown in sight.

But Graham said both sides were just being petty.

“One sophomoric response does not deserve another,” Graham wrote Thursday on Twitter. “Speaker Pelosi’s threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly political. … President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO is also inappropriate.”

Graham, who has been a vocal Trump supporter, has diverged from the president’s agenda recently. In addition to Trump blocking Pelosi’s travel plans, the president’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria also garnered a criticism from Graham that has been uncharacteristic since the 2016 election.

Iran-Contra and the Fallibility of Presidential Deal-Making

Thirty-three years ago today, Ronald Reagan made an entry in his diary that, considering the disaster it eventually led to, was remarkably brief, and surprisingly candid. After mentioning meetings with an Italian political leader and a group of conservative state legislators, the 40th U.S. president wrote this:

“Only thing waiting was N.S.C. wanting decisions on our effort to get our 5 hostages out of Lebanon. Involves selling TOW anti-tank missiles to Iran. I gave the go-ahead.”

Reagan, who was less than a month away from his 75th birthday, then spent four times as much space in his journal describing the preparations for his annual physical at Bethesda Naval Hospital. It went well, apparently. The doctor, whom Reagan noted was a woman, told him after looking at his CAT scan that he had the “innards” (Reagan’s word, not the doctor’s) of a man 20 years younger.

“My day was made,” Reagan wrote, “so off to Camp David.”

What Reagan had unwittingly done that day was set in motion a series of events that would be known by the end of the year as the “Iran-Contra scandal,” which led to the alienation of U.S. allies and more hostages being taken, not to mention a lengthy special prosecutor’s investigation that tarnished Reagan’s legacy and compromised the re-election chances of his successor.

The covert initiative that he approved on January 17, 1986 had been brought to him by National Security Adviser Robert C. “Bud” McFarlane, a Naval Academy grad and decorated U.S. Marine who’d seen combat in Vietnam and retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel. McFarlane had resigned as NSC director six weeks earlier, but the plans he’d brought to the president to free the kidnapped Americans — one of whom was the CIA Beirut station chief William Buckley — were  now in effect.

“Reagan convinced himself that he was dealing with middlemen and not the kidnappers themselves and therefore was not trading arms for hostages,” wrote Lou Cannon. “Nothing good came of this.”

In a 2014 magazine piece on the topic of presidential leadership, Reagan’s preeminent biographer offered a succinct, and chilling summation of the ensuing scandal:

McFarlane’s successor John Poindexter turned over the operational details to Oliver North, a swashbuckling Marine who served on the National Security Council staff. On May 25, 1986, McFarlane, North and a CIA official who spoke Farsi flew to Tehran from Tel Aviv in an unmarked Israeli 707 loaded with anti-aircraft spare parts. They bore gifts of pistols and a chocolate layer cake decorated with a brass key plus maps for intelligence briefings on Iraq. The Americans were met by an arms buyer and Iran Revolutionary Guards who unloaded the spare parts, took the gifts and ate the cake.

The U.S. delegation spent four days in Tehran without seeing a high-ranking official. The “moderate Iranians” were fictional; the entire operation was orchestrated by the Iranian government.

Reagan was heartened when an American hostage was released in July, as Secretary of State George Shultz had predicted, but the arms sale provided more incentives for kidnapping hostages than releasing them. Three Americans were taken in Lebanon in September and October. After 500 anti-tank weapons were delivered to Iran at the end of October, three hostages were freed — and three other Americans were kidnapped in January 1987. A year after Reagan approved the arms deal, the same number of hostages were in Lebanon. Two of the original seven had died, including Buckley, but they’d been replaced by other captives.

Meanwhile, the “Contra” part of the scandal was the attempt by North to divert $12 million of the proceeds to the Contras (short for counterrevolutionaries), the forces opposing Nicaragua’s Marxist government.

Although Reagan had once compared the Contras to the Founding Fathers, he knew nothing about the diversion of arms sales profits, as Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh finally acknowledged on August 3, 1993. By then, Bill Clinton was in the Oval Office and Reagan was struggling with Alzheimer’s disease.

Is any of this relevant to us today? Perhaps. First, let’s start with the obvious point: For those who think Robert Mueller’s probe into President Trump’s 2016 campaign is wrapping up, how do we know? Walsh didn’t issue his final report until four-and-a-half years after Reagan was out of office.

A more universal point is that all presidents, even those not given to making absurd boasts, seem to overestimate their skills at salesmanship. When my father interviewed Reagan soon after his first meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev, he asked the president what he thought was the most neglected aspect of his biography. Reagan unhesitatingly harked back to his time in Hollywood — specifically citing his negotiations with movie producers while he was president of the Screen Actors Guild.

What had he learned from these interactions? “That the purpose of a negotiation is to get an agreement,” Reagan replied.

Ronald Reagan didn’t enter politics until he was 55, and this was the attitude he brought with him, and it was at the root of his acquiescence to dealing with “moderate” Iranians. It was a hope of finding the elusive middle ground of mutual interests between opposing parties.

Donald Trump had just turned 70 when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination, also with established theories about human nature — and his own efficacy. “Deals are my art form,” he says in the opening of his famous bestseller. “Other people paint beautifully on canvass or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. It’s how I get my kicks.”

Certainly, it would thrill any president to broker détente between Seoul and Pyongyang, while simultaneously ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. And we don’t have to wait for the publication of Donald Trump’s diary to know how he rationalized his doubts away when it came to this undertaking. He publishes his whims, in real-time, on Twitter, as he did last April. “Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week,” Trump tweeted. “Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!”

But Kim Jong Un had plenty of incentives to give up his nukes before Trump ever entered politics, as did Kim’s father. But this is a dictator notorious for his atrocities, most of them against his own people — sometimes the victims are his own family members.

While Ronald Reagan was trying to free William Buckley, Hezbollah was torturing the former CIA man to death, a savagery that lasted 15 months and that his executioners videotaped. In other words, international relations are rarely like business deals with fellow Americans. Not everyone in the world can be reasoned with. Optimism, self-confidence, even good intentions — admirable qualities, to be sure — are not always enough in a president. 

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.

Mistaken email prompts man to attend stranger’s bachelor party in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An email about a bachelor party sent to the wrong person has led to an Arizona man taking a trip to a Vermont ski resort to attend the party of someone he doesn’t know this weekend.

William Novak of Phoenix got the email on Jan. 7 about the ski weekend for Angelo. He didn’t know the person but the party with its over-the-top invitation sounded like a good time so he emailed back as a joke to say he was in. Novak, 35, about the same age as the others invited, expected to get no response or one recognizing his humor. Instead, the party-goers from New Jersey and New York agreed that Novak should join the fun.

“When they wrote back and they were like ‘if you’re serious, we’re serious, get here’ I was blown away. I just started cracking up laughing. I was like ‘oh my gosh, these guy seem insane,’” he said.

Likewise, Angelo Onello’s brother, who sent the email, appreciated his humor.

“It started as a joke and ended up being probably a good mistake,” said Devin Onello, who said he and Novak have hit it off ever since.

Novak, a father of a 10-month-old who with his wife has spent much of their savings on renovating their old house, had a hard time rationalizing spending $750 on airfare, ski rentals and lift passes so he started a GoFundMe page with the heading, “Help me go the bachelor party of a stranger.” By the time he and his family had eaten dinner that day, his trip was funded.

He’s only skied once — at age 14 on a church trip — but said he’s up for the adventure.

The party organizers say the weekend will be tough on his liver. Novak told them he’s not much of a drinker, which they said was OK because he could be the designated driver. He offered to bring his Nintendo switch to play but they said Angelo is not much of a video game player. As a spoof he also offered to bring Soduko puzzles, which they took him up on.

Others have also offered to pitch in, with one company offering Hawaiian shirts for the occasion, a Vermont bar providing locally made beer, and a tattoo artist offering to make matching tattoos, which Novak says he declined.

When Novak learned that Angelo and his fiance are expecting a baby, a woman in Mesa, Arizona, where Novak works, made a baby blanket. His neighborhood in Phoenix is also sending a gift bag of locally made items.

Novak plans to fly into Boston and rent a car and drive to Okemo on Friday. He’s changed his route so he can pick up the beer in Brattleboro on the way.

“I’m just the sort of person who tries to be open to things,” he said.


US stocks are little changed after strong start to 2019

U.S. stocks are little changed Thursday morning as the market’s recent rally loses steam. Health care and communications companies are edging upward while banks and technology companies are slipping. Morgan Stanley dropped after its fourth-quarter results fell short of Wall Street’s expectations while railroad operator CSX fell after forecasting weaker revenue growth in 2019.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index stayed at 2,615 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 37 points, or 0.2 percent, to 24,170. The Nasdaq composite gained 5 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,040. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 3 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,458.

BANKS CLANK: Morgan Stanley skidded 6.1 percent to $41.79 after its earnings and revenue disappointed analysts. Like a number of other big financial companies, Morgan Stanley was hurt by difficulties in trading during the volatile fourth quarter. While Morgan Stanley’s traders are considered some of the best in the business, their stock trading revenue was flat over the last three months of the year and bond trading revenue tumbled 30 percent. The S&P 500 lost 14 percent during the last quarter of the year.

Other banks also traded lower. KeyCorp lost 4.4 percent to $16.02 after posting a smaller-than-expected profit. M&T Bank stood out and its shares rose 3.5 percent to $159.87.

STOPPED THAT TRAIN: Railroad company CSX fell 2.6 percent to $63.68 after saying its revenue growth will be in the low single digits in 2019. Its revenue rose 7 percent last year.

US-CHINA TENSIONS: The trade spat between the U.S. and China remained a chief area of concern for investors. Late Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. prosecutors are investigating Chinese technology giant Huawei over possible theft of trade secrets from T-Mobile and other U.S. companies. Intellectual property rights and theft of trade secrets is a central issue in the trade dispute, and criminal charges could ratchet trade tensions even higher. But on Thursday, China’s government said the top trade envoys from both countries will meet in Washington later this month, a possible sign of progress toward ending their dispute.

TARNISHED: Signet Jewelers plunged 22.3 percent to $25.93 after it said its holiday season had been difficult and slashed its annual forecasts. The company said competition grew tougher in December and sales of some key products were weak. The company also said fewer customers came to its stores last month.

A series of big luxury retailers including department stores like Macy’s have said they struggled over the holidays even though consumer confidence is high and pay for workers is rising. The stock market‘s steep losses in December appear to have made some consumers reluctant to splurge.

HARD DRIVE HARD TIMES: Western Digital lost 6.4 percent to $35.42 and Seagate shed 3.2 percent to $38.44 as digital storage companies sank.

OVERSEAS: The British FTSE slipped 0.5 percent and the CAC 40 of France fell 0.4 percent. Germany’s DAX dipped 0.3 percent.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 0.5 percent and Japan’s Nikkei 225 index edged 0.2 percent lower. South Korea’s Kospi added 0.1 percent.

BONDS: Bond prices headed lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.74 percent from 2.73 percent.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil fell 1.8 percent to $51.37 a barrel in New York, while Brent crude, the international standard, declined 1.4 percent to $60.49 a barrel in London.


AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at

Ocasio-Cortez hosts Twitter 101 for Democrats

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chronicled her move from the Bronx to D.C. through casual Instagram stories from her kitchen — a medium that has been mimicked across the party, not always with the same success. | Andrew Harnik



Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who has rocketed to fame with her liberal platform and social media savvy, led a crash course on Twitter for fellow Democrats on Thursday.

“Class was in session this morning! I was thrilled to offer some insights on Twitter and social media to my. colleagues this morning,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter, where she has 2.4 million followers.

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“Now Majority @WhipClyburn is teaching me what all the bells mean in the Capitol,” she added, tagging Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.).

Following her electoral success last year, when she upset Democratic veteran Rep. Joe Crowley in a primary, Ocasio-Cortez chronicled her move from the Bronx to Washington through Instagram stories — a medium that has been mimicked across the party, and not always with the same success. Ocasio-Cortez has also used Twitter to claim news reports were biased or to rebut opposition to her policy objectives, which she has proudly deemed “radical.”

When critics surfaced a video of Ocasio-Cortez dancing as a college student, the congresswoman tweeted a new video of herself dancing in front of her office.

“I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous,” she shot back in the tweet. “Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too. Have a great weekend everyone :)”

The tweet, garnished with a dancing emoji, garnered more than 700,000 likes.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) tweeted a selfie from Thursday’s social media course, tagging Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Debbie Dingell of Michigan, Jim Himes of Connecticut, David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania, who were in attendance.

“The below pic is called a selfie,” Lieu wrote.

Shortly after the class, Cicilline tweeted a gif of John Travolta in the movie “Pulp Fiction” with the caption “where’s Mitch?” Ocasio-Cortez and a several other Democratic freshmen had gone hunting around the Hill on Wednesday for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hoping to confront him about the partial government shutdown, which entered its 27th day Thursday.