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New York's Capitol Building in Albany. Photo: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee are teaming up in the battle for state legislature seats across the country — with the DNC set to invest an additional $500,000 in 11 state parties.

Why it matters: Democrats lost around 1,000 state legislative seats under Barack Obama. Control of state chambers grants control over map redistricting, which is currently favorable to Republicans. And this last-minute investment adds to the collective $35 million both groups have already put into the 2018 cycle.

The big picture: A lot of the midterms focus has been on House and Senate races, but the two groups believe "the first line of resistance against Republicans’ extremist policies starts in the states," according to a joint memo.

By the numbers: There are more than 6,000 state legislative seats up for election this cycle.

  • Per the memo, Democrats are 17 seats away from flipping eight state chambers in New York, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, New Hampshire and Florida.
  • The DNC has also invested $20 million in state parties across the country to elect Democrats at all levels.
  • The DNC and DLCC’s efforts have helped Democrats flip more than 40 state legislative seats so far.

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India crosses 1 billion COVID vaccinations milestone

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Thursday that the country's health workers have now administered more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines doses.

Of note: While this is a significant milestone for the country of 1.4 billion, which has been devastated by the coronavirus, only about 30% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, per AP. Roughly 75% has received at least one dose.

Trump says he plans to launch new social media network in 2022

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Former President Trump on Wednesday announced plans to launch a social media network called "Truth Social," and that it would go public via a SPAC.

Why it matters: Most ex-presidents are focused on their legacies, by creating presidential libraries or engaging in philanthropic endeavors. Trump, however, remains consumed by social media.

Beauty giant Coty Cosmetics looking to sell its own branded products

Coty Cosmetics CEO Sue Nabi. Photo: Axios on HBO

Coty Cosmetics CEO Sue Nabi tells Axios the beauty giant will “probably” introduce Coty-branded products one day.

Why it matters: Coty produces some of the world’s most popular fragrances, skin care products and color cosmetics on behalf of other well-known brands, but has shied away from producing its own branded products.