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Tom Steyer speaks to supporters in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo: Steve Pope/Getty Images

Tom Steyer announced Tuesday he's launching "Operation Accountability," a grassroots campaign putting some of his 7.1 million impeachment supporters on the ground in districts represented by Democratic Reps. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, Jerrold Nadler of New York, and Elijah Cummings of Maryland.

Why it matters: Steyer decided he doesn't need to run for president to try to bring about political change. He's investing $40 million to impeach President Trump, some of which will go toward this campaign. The 3 House members were selected because of their leadership on crucial committees, "giving them the power to investigate the president and begin the process towards impeachment," his campaign wrote in a statement.

It won't stop there: The campaign will expand to at least another 10 congressional districts represented by Democrats. The goal of the campaign is to encourage House Democrats to start immediately impeachment proceedings.

  • "Operation Accountability" will include a full media campaign spanning digital, TV and direct mail; dedicated paid staff in each district; coordinated outreach to his Need to Impeach grassroots supporters; various town hall events; and continued public opinion polling.

By the numbers: Steyer's campaign released polling from Neal's and Nadler's districts today, showing 90% of voters in both districts are "less likely to vote for [their member] if he opposes impeachment."

  • Over 90% of voters in both districts believe "Trump is unfit for office."

What they're saying: "The American people understand that every day Trump is in office, Congress is enabling the erosion of our democracy and the rule of law," Steyer said in a statement.

Go deeper: Freshman Democrats balk at impeaching Trump.

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Facebook Oversight Board overturns 4 of its 5 first cases

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Facebook's independent Oversight Board published its first set of decisions Thursday, overturning 4 of the 5 cases it chose to review out of 20,000 cases submitted.

Why it matters: The decision to go against Facebook's conclusions in 4 out of 5 instances gives legitimacy to the Board, which is funded via a $130 million grant from Facebook.

New York AG: State severely undercounted COVID nursing home deaths

Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Data from New York's public health department undercounted COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%, according to a report released Thursday by state Attorney General Letitia James.

The big picture: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration did not include nursing home patients who died after being transferred to the hospital in its tally of over 8,500 nursing home deaths, according to the report. Data provided to the attorney general's office from 62 nursing homes "shows a significantly higher number of resident COVID-19 deaths can be identified than is reflected" in the official count.

Trading platforms curb trading on high-flying Reddit stocks

Major trading platforms including Robinhood, TDAmeritrade and Interactive Brokers are restricting — or cutting off entirely — trading on high-flying stocks like GameStop and AMC Entertainment.

Why it matters: It limits access to the traders that have contributed to the wild Reddit-driven activity of the past few days — a phenomenon that has gripped Wall Street and the country.

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