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Ayanna Pressley and Michael Capuano at a debate. Photo: Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The September 4 primary is all about Ayanna Pressley who is running in Massachusetts to replace incumbent Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano who has been in Congress since 1999.

Why she matters: She's part of the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wing of the Democratic Party; an African-American woman, a political newcomer and a survivor of sexual abuse.

As the New York Times put it: "It’s not a sight you see every day, certainly not around Boston — a black woman mounting a plausible challenge to a 10-term white congressman from her own party, a politician with vast connections who votes the progressive line and opposes everything Trump."

  • It's worth noting that Rep. Capuano joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus in his first term in office. This race has really come down to a fight about increasing diversity and electing a new generation of leaders of Congress.

She's raised nearly $900,000, per FEC reports, and in the 36 hours after Ocasio-Cortez's win, her campaign received 205 contributions totaling nearly $18,000 — more than 3x the number of contributions she received in the same period the week before.

P.S. from Washington Post's Dave Weigel: "In four of September's five primary states — Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island and New York — efforts are underway to dismantle the party establishment, starting with long-tenured politicians who first took power when compromises with the right were more routine."

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Meadows cooperating with House Jan. 6 select committee

Mark Meadows. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is cooperating with the House select committee in charge of investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the panel said Tuesday.

Driving the news: Meadows, who failed to appear before the panel earlier this month, is believed to have insight into former President Trump's role in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's election win.

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  1. Health: Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters — Omicron variant lifts Moderna's stock price — CDC strengthens COVID booster recommendation.
  2. Politics: Biden says fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns."
  3. States: Federal court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for health workers in 10 states — NYC urges masks indoors "at all times" regardless of vaccination status — New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
  4. World: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating worldWHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries — First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
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College football gone mad

Former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly walks in front of his players. Photo: David Madison/Getty Images

In the span of two days, the head coaches of two of the biggest college football programs in America have jumped ship, wooed by even greater challenges — and the almighty dollar.

Driving the news: Lincoln Riley is ditching Oklahoma for USC in a deal reportedly worth $110 million. LSU poached Brian Kelly from Notre Dame with a reported 10-year, $100 million contract.