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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks to protesters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018. Photo: Tasos Katopodis via Getty Images

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has emerged as the Democratic Party's "candidate-of-the-moment" for the 2020 presidential elections, writes Rebecca Traister in NYMag.

Why it matters: With frustration and contempt for the current administration at an all-time high, the 69-year-old Warren — who couples a progressive vision with a populist firebrand unfazed by the prospect of going tweet-to-tweet with President Trump — may offer the "the persistence" its best chance to win the White House in 2020.

The backdrop: In 2016, Warren disappointed her supporters by declining to run for president in 2016 and later refusing to endorse fellow populist Bernie Sanders during the primary. She continued to draw ire for voting to confirm Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

But in the months since, the "ongoing parade of horribles" offered up by the administration has caused Warren to change her tune and become a vociferous, unabashed opponent of all things Trump.

  • It started in February, when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell inadvertently coined her battle cry by ordering her to stop speaking on the Senate floor: "Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
  • Warren has since assailed a range of Trump allies that include Ben Carson, the Mercer family, and most recently Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, whose labeling of her Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a "threat to individual liberty" may be "the closest Trump has come to hanging raw meat in front of a hungry bear," Traister writes.
  • When it comes to President Trump himself, Warren has been outspoken about his "incompetence," calling him a “thin-skinned bully who thinks humiliating women at 3am qualifies him to be President.”

What they're saying: Not all Democrats think Warren is the right pick for 2020. Some still hold it against her for not endorsing Bernie Sanders in 2016, while others believe her politics skew too far left or think she'll be depicted as "the reanimation of Hillary Clinton."

But for many, Traister writes, Warren is "a brawler" and thus "the perfect person — left, female, and furious — to avenge the loss of Hillary while also bringing to the White House a politics far more progressive than Clinton ever would have."

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Why it matters: The first Biden-era jobs report shows hiring surged as coronavirus cases eased — though a full recovery remains far off. Economists expected the economy to add roughly 182,000 jobs last month, after adding a paltry 49,000 in January.

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What's happening: The Labor Department reported Thursday that the productivity of American workers fell by a revised 4.2% annual rate in the fourth quarter, the largest decline in 39 years.

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The FBI on Thursday arrested former State Department aide Federico Klein, a Trump appointee who worked on the former president's 2016 campaign, on charges related to the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, according to a court filing.

Why it matters: The 42-year-old Klein is the first member of the Trump administration to be arrested in connection with the insurrection, which led to the former president's second impeachment and charges against over 300 people.