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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.

Highlights:

  • 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.”

Go deeper: Wisconsin swing voters know AOC better than most 2020 Democrats

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.