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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told New York Magazine that "in any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party."

Why it matters: Her statement is reflective of the widening split between moderates and progressives in the Democratic Party as the 2020 presidential campaign begins to heat up. "Democrats can be too big of a tent," she said.

The big picture: AOC endorsed progressive stalwart Bernie Sanders for president, and her work on his behalf has triggered speculation that she might inherit his mantle for the 2024 presidential election.

  • In a SurveyMonkey poll for Axios on possible Democratic 2024 contenders, she was the top choice who didn't run in the current cycle — as 20% of respondents said they'd consider voting for her next time.
  • She has said that a variety of issues core to her democratic socialist platform — from Medicare for All to the elimination of student debt — have risen to the forefront of the 2020 Democratic primary discussion to Sanders

The state of play: She told the magazine that her insurgent primary victory over former Rep. Joe Crowley, who was then one of the most powerful forces in Democratic House leadership, has led top, moderate-leaning Democrats to regard her with a wary eye as the 2020 cycle approaches.

  • "What was frustrating was getting singled out over and over again over a series of interviews by the Democratic leadership. ... As a consequence of my victory, many people are inspired to run for office, and in a body where 70% of the seats are safe red or safe blue, that de facto means a lot more primaries. A lot of members think I’m like a Koch brother."

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Net neutrality on the line under Biden

Federal net neutrality rules are back on the table in the Biden administration, after being nixed by Trump, but now might be complicated by the debate over social media companies' behavior.

Axios Re:Cap digs into why net neutrality matters and what comes next with Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief of The Verge and host of the Decoder podcast.

House grants waiver for retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon

Defense Secretary nominee Lloyd Austin Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House voted 326-78 on Thursday to grant retired Gen. Lloyd Austin a waiver to lead the Pentagon, clearing the way for the Senate to confirm President Biden's nominee for defense secretary as early as this week.

Why it matters: Austin's nomination received pushback from some lawmakers, including Democrats, who cited a law that requires officers be out of the military for at least seven years before taking the job — a statute intended to reinforce the tradition of civilian control of the Pentagon.

Amanda Gorman steals the show on Inauguration Day

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Axios Visuals

Poet Amanda Gorman by far generated the most average interactions on social media on Inauguration Day, according to exclusive data from NewsWhip.