Pelosi's feud with Ocasio-Cortez tests party heading to 2020

The Virginian-Pilot | July 10, 2019

Pelosi's feud with Ocasio-Cortez tests party heading to 2020
They don't talk to each other much, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But they're lately speaking at one another in a way that threatens party unity and underscores broader tensions reshaping the Democrats. Their power struggle has spilled open in what could be a momentary blip or a foreshadowing of divisions to come. It started with a rare public rebuke Pelosi chiding AOC, as she's called, in a newspaper interview; AOC responding pointedly on Twitter that's now challenging the House agenda and rippling into the 2020 presidential campaign. A new test will come this week on a must-pass defense bill that the White House on Tuesday threatened to veto. At its core, the tension between the most powerful Democrat in the country and one of the party's newest, most liberal members embodies a debate over how best, in style and substance, to defeat President Donald Trump. And both sides think they're right.

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AOL’s co-founder Steve Case is searching for the next big investment in places where venture capitalists by and large ignore. In his 35-ft big red bus, Case is scouring the middle of the U.S. with his $150 million “Rise of the Rest” fund, a money stream meant to flow to entrepreneurs in small to mid-size cities like Indianapolis, Detroit, and Birmingham. The goal is to jump start local economies, giving entrepreneurs often overlooked by traditional investors a shot at capital. Case has visited 38 cities and 26 states so far.