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Democrats' shift to the left with big ideas like Medicare for All, along with the rise of progressives led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is changing the balance of power in the party’s unofficial policy establishment, Axios' Sam Baker and Ben Geman report.
The universe of new or newly prominent progressive groups includes Data for Progress and New Consensus, which both worked with the Sunrise Movement, a group that's providing a lot of the advocacy muscle behind the Green New Deal.
Individual experts are also playing a big role as Democrats’ 2020 candidates look beyond the familiar left-of-center policy framework.
The old guard — which includes Obama-era stalwarts like the Center for American Progress — is sometimes reacting to big policy ideas, rather than writing them, as the party shifts to the left.
Another reason for the changing of the guard: The high-profile progressives leading the leftward shift — including Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders and Warren — are closely identified with specific policies. And they've gotten to that place without going through the Democratic policy establishment.
Alexi McCammond and Stef W. Kight contributed to this story.
What's new: An evening congressional budget deal includes money for new barrier construction at the border and new screening technologies at entry points, along with humanitarian aid sought by Democrats, AP reports.
President Trump campaigned in Beto O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso last night, "taunting the Democrat about the size of his crowd as they headlined dueling rallies separated by just a few hundred yards of parking lot and a chain link fence." (Houston Chronicle)
"Cliff Sims, the former White House communications aide who wrote ['Team of Vipers,"] an insider account of life working for President Trump, is suing the president in his official capacity," the N.Y. Times reports.
Be smart: Lawyers have wanted for a long time to test/contest these NDAs. Now they have a high-profile case.
"Reluctance to support female candidates is apparent in the language that voters frequently use to describe men and women running for office; in the qualities that voters say they seek; and in the perceived flaws that voters say they are willing or unwilling to overlook in candidates," N.Y Times political reporter Maggie Astor writes.
What's changing: "In 2018 ... many female candidates ran unabashedly as themselves, bucking the public images and political messages that women traditionally adhered to in campaigns."
"U.S. Steel Corp. will restart construction on an idled manufacturing facility in Alabama, and it gave some of the credit to President Trump's trade policies," AP's Jay Reeves reports from Birmingham:
"U.S. Steel said it ... plans to spend about $215 million, adding about 150 full-time workers. The furnace is expected to begin producing steel in late 2020."
WIRED co-founder Kevin Kelly has a big thinky piece about Mirror World — essentially a 1-to-1 map of our world that will merge our physical reality with the digital universe — which he says "will become the next great digital platform":
The mirrorworld [a term first popularized by Yale computer scientist David Gelernter] doesn’t yet fully exist, but it is coming. Someday soon, every place and thing in the real world — every street, lamppost, building, and room — will have its full-size digital twin in the mirrorworld.
For now, only tiny patches of the mirrorworld are visible through AR headsets. Piece by piece, these virtual fragments are being stitched together to form a shared, persistent place that will parallel the real world. ...
Google Earth has long offered a hint of what this mirrorworld will look like. ...
Deep in the research labs of tech companies around the world, scientists and engineers are racing to construct virtual places that overlay actual places. ... The Street View images in Google Maps are just facades, flat images hinged together. But in the mirrorworld, a virtual building will have volume ...
At first, the mirrorworld will appear to us as a high-resolution strata of information overlaying the real world. ... Eventually we’ll be able to search physical space as we might search a text — "find me all the places where a park bench faces sunrise along a river."
From Sara Fischer's weekly newsletter, Axios Media Trends:
"Nationalism’s largely unpredicted resurgence is sobering," Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose writes in introducing his new cover package:
The advocacy of ... nationalism ... drove some of the greatest crimes in history. And so the concept became taboo in polite society, in hopes that it might become taboo in practice, as well. Yet now it has come back with a vengeance.
Jill Lepore, Harvard history professor and New Yorker staff writer, concludes in "A New Americanism":
At the close of the Cold War, some commentators concluded that the American experiment had ended in triumph, that the United States had become all the world. But the American experiment had not in fact ended. A nation founded on revolution and universal rights will forever struggle against chaos and the forces of particularism. A nation born in contradiction will forever fight over the meaning of its history.
If you're still shopping for Thursday ... Oddball bouquets are getting more love: meaty ones made with bacon and beef jerky ... sour ones with pickles ... and sweet ones with candy, cupcakes and doughnuts, USA Today's Kelly Tyko writes.