Making a good pasta sauce is, in many ways, like raising a child. It requires time, effort, and patience. Like children, a pasta sauce needs a good base; crushed tomatoes, onions, garlic, maybe mushrooms. Once the base has been established, it is up to the parents, or the chef, to choose how they would like to best go about taking care of their baby. One school of thought is to let the sauce do what it likes, but keep a close eye, while others recommend to constantly stir the sauce and never let it out of one’s sight. As time progresses, both the chef and the parent will notice how their babies react to certain teachings and styles of care taking. All in all, the best children, and pasta sauce, are created with love, respect, understanding, and, I’ll say it again, patience. 

Bon appetit, here’s what you missed in the news yesterday. 

Beto 2020, But For Real

Beto O’Rourke was tragically defeated in his home state of Texas, despite doing everything in his power to look appealing to die-hard conservatives, but, at his core, people knew that he was a progressive through and through. Today, he declared his candidacy for president. In less than two years, O’Rourke went from a general nobody, who also happened to be a congressional representative, to a national superstar. 

“The challenges that we face right now, the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate, have never been greater, and they will either consume us or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America. In other words, this moment of peril produces perhaps the greatest moment of promise for this country and for everyone inside of it.”

Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Interestingly enough, Beto’s words following his announcement contain language not typically found in the ideologies of the Democratic Party. When he talks about America’s crisis working as a fuel for the greatest moment in our history, it almost sounds like a speech that President Trump would give at a stump rally. The 46-year-old politician has been lauded, as well as ridiculed, for being Congress’ resident bad boy. He is, by no means, a conventional candidate for president, mainly because people just cannot seem to get a read on him. He proved conservative enough to convince a significant portion of Texans to rally behind him in his Senate race, despite losing. On the other hand, O’Rourke has regularly called for the impeachment of President Trump, publicly advocated for Medicare, and made “calls to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.”

Mueller, Show Us Your Cards

We’ve heard that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. What we haven’t seen is the actual report, and Congress is not happy with that fact. In a bipartisan vote that took place on Thursday, the House of Representatives unanimously voted for Mueller’s report to be released when everything is printed and prepped. Several members of Congress, including Rep Will Hurd (R-TX), said that full transparency is “the only way to prevent future speculation.”

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