Both AOC and Beto continue to break through news cycles clogged by Mueller and the shutdown:

Ocasio-Cortez, described by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the Darling of the Left, Nightmare of the Right,” is driving an actual policy debate on taxes, Medicare and free tuition. Last week, she taught a social media class to older House Dems.

O’Rourke, 46, gets coverage for hitting the road on a solo road trip to fuel 2020 buzz and shake off what he called a “funk” after losing to Sen. Ted Cruz. But one Democratic operative tells the N.Y. Times that some chafe at his “Beto-first politics.”

Neera Tanden, president of the progressive Center for American Progress, told me: “Both of them understand that people are tired of traditional politics and looking for authenticity.”