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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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What to expect from the final debate of the 2020 election

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Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.

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FBI: Russian hacking group stole data after targeting local governments

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Energetic Bear, a Russian state-sponsored hacking group, has stolen data from two servers after targeting state and federal government networks in the U.S. since at least September, the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said on Thursday.

Driving the news: Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced Wednesday that Iran and Russia had obtained voter registration information that could be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system.