A pro-Bernie Sanders rally in Philly during the 2016 DNC. Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Two progressive groups, Organizing for Action and ACRONYM, are investing heavily in digital organizing and advertising two months out from the 2018 midterms.

Why it matters: They're tapping into the grassroots energy they've seen growing since the first Women's March after President Trump's inauguration in the hopes of helping Democrats up and down the ballot on Nov. 6.

Driving the news: OFA launched a Campaign Organizing Bootcamp today — drawing from their collective experience on Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns — which includes free webinars teaching people best practices for "get out the vote" efforts and digital organizing in the final 60 days of an election.

  • ACRONYM, the digital-first startup working to elect progressive Democrats, is investing $10 million in digital ads to help 75 Democrats running in state legislature races. They're working with the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

This follows a trend of Democrats going digital throughout 2018, from ActBlue's record-breaking fundraising to Joe Biden's Instagram TV series.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  3. Politics: Former Pence aide says she plans to vote for Joe Biden, accusing Trump of costing lives in his coronavirus response.
  4. Health: Pew: 49% of Americans wouldn't get COVID-19 vaccine if available today Pandemic may cause cancer uptick The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine — COVID-19 racial disparities extend to health coverage losses.
  5. Business: Retail sales return to pre-coronavirus trend.
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Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's anti-chaos theory

CNN's Anderson Cooper questions Joe Biden last night at a drive-in town hall in Moosic, Pa., outside Scranton. Photo: CNN

Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue "wall to wall" in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.

Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained uncertain long after Election Day.

Biden's hardline Russia reset

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When he talks about Russia, Joe Biden has sounded like Ronald Reagan all summer, setting up a potential Day 1 confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin if Biden were to win.

Why it matters: Biden has promised a forceful response against Russia for both election interference and alleged bounty payments to target American troops in Afghanistan. But being tougher than President Trump could be the easy part. The risk is overdoing it and making diplomacy impossible.