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Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

To do what seemed to be the impossible and clench a victory over one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did things a little differently.

The big picture: Ocasio-Cortez didn't have the strong support of the Democratic party. Per the AP, she "built her team from the ranks of burgeoning progressive and social causes, ... worked house parties and political rallies to recruit people," and more.

The details of Ocasio-Cortez's campaign, per the AP: Her campaign manager is Virginia Ramos Rios, who came with "a background in insurance marketing and energy healing."

  • The neighborhood campaign captain was Naureen Akhter, "co-founder of a progressive Muslim group and part-time food blogger."
  • Her campaign posters were made by friend and former restaurant co-worker Jesse Korman, who told her to "express her passion and confidence" through the photos even after a long day of campaigning.
  • Volunteers were out in the community, talking to voters on the street and organizing phone-a-thons and fundraisers. They worked from an office "that shared a building with a tattoo parlor and a palm reading shop."
"Respect the hustle. We won bc we out-worked the competition. Period."
— Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter

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Czech police on Saturday connected two Russian men suspected of carrying out a poisoning attack in Salisbury, England, with a deadly ammunition depot explosion southeast of the capital, Prague, per Reuters.

Driving the news: Czech officials announced Saturday they're expelling 18 Russian diplomats they accuse of being involved in the blast in Vrbětice, AP notes. Czech police said later they're searching for two men carrying several passports — including two with the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

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The suspected gunman in this week's mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally purchased two "assault rifles" believed to have been used in the attack, police said late Saturday.

Of note: The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's statement that Brandon Scott Hole, 19, bought the rifles last July and September comes a day after the FBI told news outlets that a "shotgun was seized" from the suspect in March 2020 after his mother raised concerns about his mental health.