🇮🇷 Good Monday morning. Today is the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution sweeping Iran, nine months before 52 Americans were taken hostage for 444 days.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has attracted more online and media attention this year than any Democrat running for president, Axios' Sara Fischer, Neal Rothschild and Stef Kight report.
Like President Trump in 2016, Ocasio-Cortez has mastered Twitter while at the same time acting as a magnet in the digital and cable news ecosystem:
From a list of eight popular Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez attracted the second highest overall traffic — after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — between Jan. 3 (when she was sworn in) and Feb. 10 (Sunday) on the websites within Parse.ly's network.
How she does it: The digital dominance of Ocasio-Cortez comes not just from the velocity of her social media use, but the buzz around her policies, videos and viral quips.
Be smart: The Ocasio-Cortez web traffic blitz, and cable-news cascade, is because she has introduced — and aggressively defended and promoted — progressive policies around income taxes and climate change on social media.
Such hot-button issues flourish on social media and, particularly, Facebook.
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In a move aimed at China's swift rise in artificial intelligence, President Trump plans to sign an executive order today to strengthen the U.S. global position in AI competition, Axios emerging tech reporter Kaveh Waddell writes.
What's happening: White House officials shared a summary of the order with reporters yesterday, but haven't released a final text.
Details: Among the goals of the initiative are boosting investment in AI research, setting standards for AI systems developed in and out of government, training an AI-competent workforce, and involving allies in new strategies.
Progressive Democrats are pushing climate change to Washington’s front burner. Axios' Amy Harder breaks it down in her "Harder Line" column, illustrated by visuals editor Lazaro Gamio:
Drill down to see more graphics highlighting: A reality check on what addressing climate change requires ... What it means to economists ... What it means to Republicans who acknowledge the problem ... What it means to Trump and other Republicans.
An advance person's dream ... "Against a wintry Minneapolis backdrop, Amy Klobuchar announced her run for President ... with a vow to 'heal the heart of our democracy' and an emphasis on her Minnesota roots." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News spent nearly a year building a database of Southern Baptist leaders and volunteers who pleaded guilty or were convicted of sex crimes in the past 20 years."
Read "Abuse of Faith."
"Virginia is a state that for historical reasons has always imagined its political institutions and leaders as possessed of special virtue. Now they are known for uncommon vice," writes Politico's editor-in-chief John F. Harris in Politico Magazine.
Gov. Ralph Northam sat down with Gayle King of "CBS This Morning" for his first TV interview since the discovery of a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page:
KING: I know this has been a very difficult week for you in the state of Virginia. So where would you like to begin?
NORTHAM: Well it has been a difficult week. And you know if you look at Virginia's history we are now at the 400 year anniversary, just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort what we call now Fort Monroe and while —
KING: Also known as slavery.
"The brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress, Lauren Sanchez, supplied the couple’s racy texts to the National Enquirer, multiple sources inside AMI, the tabloid’s parent company," told The Daily Beast's Lachlan Markay with editor-in-chief Noah Shachtman.
Thursday will mark one year since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and parents are increasingly questioning the active-shooter drills that have become more prevalent since then, AP's Carolyn Thompson reports:
"No data exists ... to show whether a drill with simulated gunfire is more effective or whether an exercise that's been announced in advance is taken less seriously than a surprise."
"A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions ... Dan Mallory, who writes under the name A. J. Finn, went to No. 1 with his début thriller, 'The Woman in the Window.' His life contains even stranger twists," writes Ian Parker for The New Yorker:
Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance in L.A. last night to help open the Grammy Awards with host Alicia Keys, AP reports:
"Female artists took many of the biggest prizes," L.A. Times pop music critic Mikael Wood writes.