Feb 23, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pledges to pay staffers a "living wage"

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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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.