The White House recently hosted Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and several other progressive lawmakers to discuss issues like filibuster reform and minimum wage increases. This is a great move by the White House, but it could also be a complete farce. What matters now is whether the White House is going to listen to the progressives or to the centrists, who have also been given private audiences at the White House. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced