Minutes after the House passed a bill Thursday to replace the Affordable Care Act:

  • DCCC launched a five-figure ad campaign on Facebook and Instagram, geo-targeting 30 vulnerable House Republicans.
  • Planned Parenthood had an ad on Twitter that warned vulnerable Republicans they will be held accountable for their vote.

By Thursday evening, Daily Kos announced it raised over $400,000 in under five hours through a digital fundraising effort promoted on social media, and Swing Left, an advocacy group aiming to re-take Congress in 2018, announced it had raised $500,000 in 24 hours.

Why it matters: The 24/7 news cycle created by cable news and intensified by Trump's use of social media has led to an environment in which advocacy groups, media companies and digital movements can leverage viral moments to launch their campaigns. Many groups had been preparing for a moment like this to launch a more fleshed-out Trump resistance campaign ahead of 2018.


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Data: The COVID Tracking Project. Note: Vermont and Hawaii were not included because they have fewer than 20 cases per day. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The United States' alarming rise in coronavirus cases isn't due to increased testing — particularly not where cases have grown fastest over the last month.

Why it matters: The U.S. doesn't yet know what it looks like when a pandemic rages on relatively unchecked after the health system has become overwhelmed. It may be about to find out.

The impending retail apocalypse

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Because of the coronavirus and people's buying habits moving online, retail stores are closing everywhere — often for good.

Why it matters: Malls are going belly up. Familiar names like J.C. Penney, Neiman Marcus and J. Crew have filed for bankruptcy. Increasingly, Americans' shopping choices will boil down to a handful of internet Everything Stores and survival-of-the-fittest national chains.

Biden campaign using Instagram to mobilize celebrity supporters

Collins appears on the Build live interview series in November 2019. Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

The Biden campaign is launching a new initiative today that will draft Hollywood celebrities for Instagram Live chats with campaign officials and other Biden supporters.

Why it matters: The campaign, called #TeamJoeTalks, is an attempt to open up a new front on social media, drawing on celebrities’ Instagram followers to help find and motivate voters while large parts of the country remain locked down.