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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: SAUL LOEB/Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) announced on Friday via tweet that no member of her staff would make less than $52,000 a year. Salaries will top out at $80,000, significantly lower than the $154,634 median pay for chiefs of staff, according to Roll Call.

Why it matters: "It's likely one of the highest entry-level salaries on the Hill," Cortez said in her tweet. "We pinch pennies elsewhere, but it's worth every dime to pay a living wage." During the transition period after Ocasio-Cortez won her congressional seat in the 2018 midterms, she expressed her concern about being able to afford rent in D.C., where, according to Zillow, the median rent is $2,700 a month.

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Bipartisan group of senators unveil $908 billion COVID stimulus proposal

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in the Capitol in 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday proposed a $908 billion coronavirus stimulus package, in one of the few concrete steps toward COVID relief made by Congress in several months.

Why it matters: Recent data shows that the economic recovery is floundering as coronavirus cases surge and hospitals threaten to be overwhelmed heading into what is likely to be a grim winter.

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Patch, the hyperlocal (and profitable) local digital news company, has built a new software platform called "Patch Labs" that lets local news reporters publish their own newsletters and websites, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: It follows a growing trend of journalists going solo via newsletters at the national level.

Scoop: Politico stars plot new Playbook

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Three of Politico’s biggest reporting stars plan to launch a competitor to the company’s Politico Playbook franchise, sources tell me. 

Why it matters:  Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan will launch a daily newsletter in 2021 as a stand-alone company, the sources say. In effect, they will be competing against the Playbook franchise they helped create and grow.