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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

She has yet to endorse a 2020 presidential contender, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has offered her take on a handful of candidacies and worked with several White House hopefuls on legislation.

Why it matters: Since her improbable 2018 win over Rep. Joe Crowley, at the time the No. 4 House Democrat, Ocasio-Cortez has become a household name. The freshman lawmaker has 5.5 million Twitter followers, giving her commentary influence. Her district is 49% Hispanic and heavily Democratic. However, many consider her, as a democratic socialist, the face of the far-left. Just how desirable her favor would be to more moderate candidates is unclear.

Where it stands:

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren: In May, Warren and Ocasio-Cortez teamed up to probe Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on his role in the Sears' bankruptcy proceedings and possible conflicts of interest, according to CNBC. Sears sued Mnuchin and 3 other board members in April over alleged wrongful transfers of $2 billion in company assets. A bankruptcy hearing is scheduled for Sept. 18.
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: The two joined forces on a bill to help individuals with criminal records obtain fair housing, reports CNN. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services in mid-July.
    • Another proposal announced on July 29 focuses on ensuring climate plans include low-income communities, per the New York Times. The period for public comment on the draft legislation ends Sept. 30.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden: In an interview with Vogue, Ocasio-Cortez said she doesn't think Biden would be a "pragmatic" choice. The latest polls show Biden with a significant lead in the Democratic presidential race, the New York Times reports.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: In May, the two introduced legislation capping consumer loans and preventing credit card interest rates from rising above 15%. The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services.
    • Ocasio-Cortez worked on Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Former Rep. John Delaney: After Delaney said he supported single-payer health care, but not Medicare for All, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at him to "sashay away" from the 2020 race. Delaney challenged Ocasio-Cortez via Twitter in early June to a debate, writing they both have "the same goal, universal healthcare for everyone, we just have different ways of getting there." Ocasio-Cortez rejected the offer.
  • Sen. Cory Booker: In Booker's spat with Biden over the former VP's comments on segregationist senators, Ocasio-Cortez said Booker didn't owe Biden an apology.

Of note: On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Ocasio-Cortez praised the candidates who spoke Spanish during the first rounds of debates, including former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker and former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, saying, "It was a good gesture to the fact that we are a diverse country."

The bottom line: In a New Yorker interview, Ocasio-Cortez said she had no plans to endorse any candidate anytime soon, but she wasn't sure whether she'd wait for a nominee to emerge.

Go deeper: AOC sued after Trump court ruling for blocking Twitter users

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Republican Sen. Sasse slams Nebraska GOP for "weird worship" of Trump after state party rebuke

Sen. Ben Sasse, (R-Neb.) Photo: Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images

The Nebraska Republican Party on Saturday formally "rebuked" Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) for his vote to impeach former President Trump earlier this year, though it stopped short of a formal censure, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Sasse is the latest among a slate of Republicans who have faced some sort of punishment from their state party apparatus after voting to impeach the former president. The senator responded statement Saturday, per the Omaha World-Herald, saying "most Nebraskans don't think politics should be about the weird worship of one dude."

Cuomo barraged by fellow Dems after second harassment accusation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced a barrage of criticism from fellow Democrats after The New York Times reported that the second former aide in four days had accused him of sexual harassment.

Why it matters: Cuomo had faced a revolt from legislators for his handling of nursing-home deaths from COVID. Now, the scandal is acutely personal, with obviously grave political risk.

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Fauci: Children "very likely" to get COVID vaccine at start of 2022

NIAID Director Anthony Fauci. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Children under age 12 will "very likely" be able to get vaccinated for coronavirus at the "earliest the end of the year, and very likely the first quarter of 2022," NIAID Director Anthony Fauci told "Meet the Press" Sunday.

Why it matters: Children generally aren't at risk of serious coronavirus infections, but vaccinating them will be key to protecting the adults around them and, eventually, reaching herd immunity, writes Axios' Caitlin Owens.

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