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October 28, 2020

The only thing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is wary of sharing is her ambitions for higher office.

Ocasio-Cortez became the breakout star of the House's progressive left from the moment she ousted a longstanding moderate. But when she's asked about where she'll go next, the usually outspoken lawmaker gets unusually "guarded and cautious about her words," Vanity Fair reports in a profile of Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez's "aspirations are a matter of endless speculation," Vanity Fair writes, with a Senate seat, House leadership spot, or Cabinet post all suspected to be in the cards. Ocasio-Cortez doesn't necessarily shut those guesses down. "I don't know if I'm really going to be staying in the House forever, or if I do stay in the House, what that would look like," she said. "I don't see myself really staying where I'm at for the rest of my life."

Still, Ocasio-Cortez rejects the idea of "aspir[ing] to a quote-unquote higher position just for the sake of that title," she said. "I think it's part of our cultural understanding of politics, where — if you think someone is great, you automatically think they should be president," Ocasio-Cortez added. "I joke. I'm like, 'Is Congress not good enough?'"

Julián Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary and 2020 presidential candidate, isn't afraid to forecast his predictions. "I've told her, I fully expect that she's going to run [for president] one day, and that she should," he said. "She absolutely has the talent, the dynamism, and the leadership ability." Read more at Vanity Fair. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 21, 2017

Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough couldn't help but wonder Monday what's next for fired chief strategist Stephen Bannon, now that his tenure at the White House has ended. "If I'm Steve Bannon and I look at the landscape and I look at Fox News trying to figure out exactly what it's going to be after Roger Ailes, I team up and start a conservative populist network," Scarborough said. "I mean, the money there would be outrageous."

Mark Halperin pointed out that Breitbart News was "influential" prior to and during Bannon's tenure at the White House. Now that Bannon is back at Breitbart with White House experience under his belt, Halperin noted that Bannon has "the capacity ... to increase their influence." "And their influence in offices of House Republican members is bigger on many days than Fox News is," Halperin said of Breitbart.

Meanwhile, Scarborough was still thinking about that television network. "I would just be surprised if he and [Breitbart financial backers] the Mercers weren't trying to figure out a way to start a TV network that competes with Fox," Scarborough said.

Watch Scarborough imagine the possibilities below. Becca Stanek

April 7, 2016

The Onion knew Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would be on a Time cover before Time did. Way back in March 2015, the satirical site predicted that "sooner or later" we would be seeing an "inevitable issue featuring a close-up of Ted Cruz's face." This week, that prophecy was actualized:

While the details of the Cruz shot were spot-on, The Onion was a little less prescient when it came to the headline. Rather than dubbing Cruz "The Game Changer" or "The Firebrand," Time instead went with "Likable Enough?"

Of course, The Onion didn't miss the chance to give a comment to Time on its news prediction capabilities:

"The customarily precise reporting in this article once again proved why The Onion is the most accurate, most trusted, and most infallible publication humankind has ever known. We are committed to providing our 12 billion readers in over 500 countries with disturbingly comprehensive news coverage and upholding the very highest standards of journalistic excellence that all other lesser publications — such as your own — have long since abandoned. We look forward in the weeks and months ahead to subsuming your publication’s market share and draining whatever relevance it may still possess." [Time]

Here's hoping some of The Onion's latest headlines — including "Hillary Clinton Appears Before Rally Completely Nude In Bid For Authenticity" and "Vanilla Shortage Could Raise Ice Cream Prices" — don't prove similarly prophetic. Becca Stanek

January 17, 2015

It's BYOC — Bring Your Own Cheese — on Jan. 21, 2015.

The White House's second-annual Big Block of Cheese Day will feature senior officials answering online questions from U.S. citizens. Originally a first-season storyline on political drama The West Wing, Big Block of Cheese Day is an homage to the time President Andrew Jackson actually brought a huge slab of cheddar to the White House and invited citizens to come by, carve off some cheese, and discuss the pressing issues of the day.

You can read more about the history behind the odd event here, but wouldn't it be more fun to see characters from The West Wing badger actual Press Secretary Josh Earnest about the tradition? Good — check it out in the video, below. —Sarah Eberspacher

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