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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) reprimanded Chase Bank on Twitter midday Saturday for suggesting that people who struggle with bills or have poor credit are irresponsible, calling the financial institution's comments "heinous."

What she's saying: Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that "1 of the greatest scams in US is the idea that financial struggle is due to 'poor character.'”

The New York legislator said part of what makes Chase Bank's tweet "so bad [is] ...the idea that if you choose to have any expense beyond mere animalistic survival - an iced coffee, a cab after a 18hr shift on your feet - you deserve suffering, eviction, or skipped medicine."

She added that even though she personally makes more money now than she did a year ago and people consider her "rich," it's not the type of rich that should be taxed. She says policy-wise she is referencing: "nesting-doll yacht rich. For-profit prison rich. Betsy DeVos, student-loan-shark rich. Trick-the-country-into-war rich. Subsidizing-workforce-w-food-stamps rich."

Driving the news: Her public condemnation follows the introduction of a bill that she and 2020 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday to prevent credit card interest rates from rising above 15% and capping consumer loans.

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Salesforce rolls the dice on Slack

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Salesforce's likely acquisition of workplace messaging service Slack — not yet a done deal but widely anticipated to be announced Tuesday afternoon — represents a big gamble for everyone involved.

For Slack, challenged by competition from Microsoft, the bet is that a deeper-pocketed owner like Salesforce, with wide experience selling into large companies, will help the bottom line.

FBI stats show border cities are among the safest

Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation; Note: This table includes the eight largest communities on the U.S.-Mexico border and eight other U.S. cities similar in population size and demographics; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

U.S. communities along the Mexico border are among the safest in America, with some border cities holding crime rates well below the national average, FBI statistics show.

Why it matters: The latest crime data collected by the FBI from 2019 contradicts the narrative by President Trump and others that the U.S.-Mexico border is a "lawless" region suffering from violence and mayhem.

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The rise of military space powers

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Nations around the world are shoring up their defensive and offensive capabilities in space — for today's wars and tomorrow's.

Why it matters: Using space as a warfighting domain opens up new avenues for technologically advanced nations to dominate their enemies. But it can also make those countries more vulnerable to attack in novel ways.