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Cokie Roberts dies at 75

Journalist and author Cokie Roberts
Cokie Roberts. Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Award-winning journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts has died at the age of 75, reports ABC News.

The big picture: Roberts was a pioneer for women in journalism. She shaped the earliest coverage at NPR in the 1970s, won numerous awards for her work at ABC and authored six bestsellers on women in America. In addition, she was named one of the 50 greatest women in broadcast journalism by the American Women in Radio and Television.

Critics decry attack ad targeting Ocasio-Cortez aired during Dem debate

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking at an event
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

A TV ad that ran during Thursday night's Democratic primary debate and targeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), has garnered backlash against the Republican PAC that bankrolled the commercial and the network that ran it, reports the New York Times.

The impact: Ocasio-Cortez said the ad's creator, a group called New Faces GOP, is essentially writing "a love letter to the G.O.P.’s white supremacist case." Others are questioning why ABC, the network that hosted the 3rd round debate night, approved and ran the ad. Some are calling for a boycott of ABC, per the Times.