AOC walks onstage at 2019 SXSW. Photo: Samantha Burkardt/Getty Images for SXSW

"[Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez represents a merging of movement and electoral politics that hasn’t permeated the rest of the party, let alone the rest of the country," writes Charlotte Alter in AOC's debut Time magazine cover story.

The big picture: Alter writes that AOC's key proposals — the Green New Deal and Medicare for All — won't come to fruition in 2 years, but that's not really the point. Ocasio-Cortez's focus is on 2025 as the Democratic Party gears up for 2020, and she's "thinking about how to define the agenda for the next 2 decades," not the next 2 years.


  • AOC says she grew up as a "dorky kid" who helped her mom clean neighbors' homes, showing a working-class connection.
  • Her reportedly transformative trip to the Standing Rock Reservation's protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline and a mid-trip stop to Flint, Michigan, where the attention on environmental degradation left her "more open to taking risks."
  • Her shift from a 2016 Bernie Sanders campaigner to a congresswoman, thanks to a letter of recommendation from her brother that depicted "someone who watched her family struggle through the financial crisis.”

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  1. Politics: The swing states where the pandemic is raging — Pence no longer expected to attend Barrett confirmation vote after COVID exposure.
  2. Health: 13 states set single-day case records last week
  3. Business: Where stimulus is needed most.
  4. Education: The dangerous instability of school re-openings.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota COVID cases traced to 3 Trump campaign events
  6. World: Unrest in Italy as restrictions grow across Europe.
  7. Media: Fox News president and several hosts advised to quarantine.

Republicans and Dems react to Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation

President Trump stands with Judge Amy Coney Barrett after she took the constitutional oath to serve as a Supreme Court justice during a White House ceremony Monday night .Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Trump said Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court and her subsequent taking of the constitutional oath Monday was a "momentous day," as she she vowed to serve "without any fear or favour."

Of note: As Republicans applauded the action, Democratic leaders warned of consequences to the rush to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a conservative so close to the election, as progressives led calls to expand the court.

Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Mexico ahead of expected arrival in U.S.

Hurricane Zeta's forecast path. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Zeta made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 1 storm late Monday packing maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Monday as Zeta strengthened into a hurricane earlier Monday.