Mar 21, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets her first TIME Magazine cover

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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Older candidates take the lead on social media

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — all close to 80 — are pushing the boundaries on social media, while their younger Democratic presidential rivals are comparatively staying out of the fray.

The big picture: President Trump's unexpected rise to political power has shown Democrats and world leaders the power of harnessing popular internet culture to get elected.

South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures as coronavirus cases jump

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures, with several towns in the north effectively placed in lockdown, as it confirmed two deaths and infections rose to 79.

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders waves to supporters at a campaign rally on Friday in Las Vegas. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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