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⚡️ Breaking: Boeing 737 MAX grounding could stretch into 2020, government and industry officials tell The Wall Street Journal.
Top Democrats are circulating a poll showing that one of the House's most progressive members — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — has become a definitional face for the party with a crucial group of swing voters.
The poll — taken in May, before Speaker Pelosi's latest run-in with AOC and the three other liberal House freshmen known as "The Squad" — included 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education.
Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.
Between the lines: Dems are performing better with these voters than in 2016 (although still not as well as in 2018). So party leaders will continue to try to define themselves around more mainstream members.
The other side: Three members of The Squad — Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — defended their approach while appearing in Philadelphia yesterday on a panel at the annual Netroots Nation conference, AP's Juana Summers reports:
President Trump tweets this morning:
Reality check: Trump didn't specifically name anyone he thinks should "go back," but of the 4 progressive Democratic congresswomen in headlines for clashing with Pelosi — AOC, Tlaib, Omar and Pressley — only Omar is an immigrant to the United States.
Speaker Pelosi responds: "When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to 'Make America Great Again' has always been about making America white again."
Saikat Chakrabarti, 33, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, "isn’t just running her office. He’s guiding a movement," David Montgomery writes in a seven-page profile in today's Washington Post Magazine.
Chakrabarti, who grew up in Fort Worth and got a Harvard computer science degree before working on the tech side of a hedge fund, tells The Post:
The whole theory of change for the current Democratic Party is that to win this country we need to tack to the hypothetical middle. What I think that means is, you don’t take unnecessary risks, which translates to: You don’t really do anything.
Whereas we’ve got a completely different theory of change, which is: You do the biggest, most badass thing you possibly can — and that’s going to excite people, and then they’re going to go vote. Because the reality is, our problem isn’t that more people are voting Republican than Democrat — our problem is most people who would vote Democrat aren't voting.
P.S. In Maureen Dowd's column today ("Scaling Wokeback Mountain"), Rahm Emanuel calls Chakrabarti "a snot-nosed punk" who doesn't know the battle scars Speaker Pelosi has from leading liberal fights.
James Mann, who's working on a book about Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, writes in today's WashPost Outlook section that in the days before the moon landing — 50 years ago next Saturday — "there were acute fears of a mishap":
"The White House chief of staff instructed William Safire, then a White House speechwriter (and later a New York Times columnist), to draft a remarkable speech for President Richard Nixon to deliver ... if the astronauts were stranded."
Big parts of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown were blacked out last night during a massive power outage that brought the curtain down on Broadway shows, stalled traffic and left the subway in disarray. (AP)
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After getting sidelined during standard-setting at the birth of the internet, China is laser-focused on dominating creation of global norms for artificial intelligence, Axios emerging-tech reporter Kaveh Waddell writes.
What's happening: As AI moves into commercial use, each superpower is trying to standardize the field to its advantage, from minute technical standards to procedures for removing bias from algorithms.
A social-media parable ... A bright blue lake in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk has become an Instagram sensation with newlyweds and others because of the pristine turquoise waters, AP reports from Moscow.
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