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Rep. James E. Clyburn speaks during a House Coronavirus Subcommittee hearing on June 22, 2021. Photo: Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) made a rare intervention into a Democratic party primary Tuesday, endorsing Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown in the race for the Cleveland-based congressional seat, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Clyburn's endorsement of Brown over progressive Nina Turner — who is surging in her campaign and is an outspoken ally of Sen. Bernie Sanders —highlights ideological and generational rifts in the Democratic party, per the Times.

  • Brown and Turner are vying for the congressional seat vacated by the housing secretary, Marcia Fudge.

The big picture: In addition to Clyburn's endorsement, Brown has received the backing of establishment Democrats, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio.

  • Turner has earned the endorsements of members of the House Progressive Caucus, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Ohio), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).

Flashback: Clyburn endorsed then-presidential candidate Joe Biden before the South Carolina primary in 2020, catapulting him to victory in the state. The endorsement came as Sanders was surging early during the primaries.

What they're saying: "What I try to do is demonstrate by precept and example how we are to proceed as a party,” Clyburn told the Times.

  • “When I spoke out against sloganeering, like ‘Burn, baby, burn’ in the 1960s and ‘defund the police,’ which I think is cutting the throats of the party, I know exactly where my constituents are. They are against that, and I’m against that.”

The other side: "You can’t take any one race and paint it as some larger aggregate for the whole country,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Times.

  • “But I do think that Nina is a beloved leader in the progressive movement, and the degree of excitement that she’s generated and grass-roots energy and organizing in her direction is a real testament to the asset that the base of our party can provide.”

Go deeper: James Clyburn says"Defund the police" could hurt Black Lives Matter

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Pelosi's back-to-school math problem

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may need votes from an unlikely source — the Republican Party — if she hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by next Monday, as she's promised Democratic centrists.

Why it matters: With at least 20 progressives threatening to vote against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill, centrist members are banking on more than 10 Republicans to approve the bill.

How long it’s taken to confirm Supreme Court justices

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Data: Axios research, U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court Historical Society; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

It takes a U.S. president an average of 70 days from the date a Supreme Court seat is vacated to nominate a replacement, according to data from the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Why it matters: With news outlets reporting liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's plans to retire, Democrats will be looking to confirm President Biden's nominee with enough time to refocus the national political debate ahead of the midterms.

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Blizzard likely to hit New England this weekend as "bomb cyclone" forms

Computer model projection of the precipitation and wind field from the weekend storm in the Northeast. (Earth.nullschool.net)

A powerful blizzard is likely to strike parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic beginning Friday and lasting into the weekend, with snow totals that are likely to be measured in feet.

The big picture: The joining of weather systems embedded in both the polar, or northern branch, of the jet stream and the southern branch is projected to create a bomb cyclone. Such storms undergo a process known as bombogenesis, with their minimum central air pressure readings plunging at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.