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Tom Steyer is helping Democrats win House seats this cycle. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Tom Steyer is launching a "Blue Wave" program to expand NextGen America's volunteer network from 11 states to all 50 states by creating an online community to help engage voters before November.

Why it matters: For all the impeachment tension between Steyer and Washington Democrats, this is just another way he's trying to help the Democratic Party take back control of the House this year.

The details: The program will create an online community of volunteers who will work to meet NextGen America's goal of texting 7 million voters and making 500,000 calls in the group's targeted congressional districts.

  • This "distributed organizing" model is similar to what Bernie Sanders used in 2016.
  • Steyer is announcing the full details of the program on Facebook Live later this afternoon.
  • “We’re leaving no stone unturned and ensuring that every American who wants to fight back has the opportunity, resources, and training that they need to be a part of the blue wave that will take back Congress this year,” Steyer said in a statement.

Between the lines: Steyer has been traveling all over the country holding town halls, and he's collected more than 5 million signatures for his impeachment campaign. Looking ahead, his latest "Blue Wave" program isn't a bad way to test best campaign strategies for a 2020 presidential run.

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Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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John Weaver, Lincoln Project co-founder, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages

John Weaver aboard John McCain's campaign plane in February 2000. Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.

  • “To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
  • “The truth is that I'm gay,” he added. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”