Jan 29, 2019

Tom Steyer's impeachment campaign is going local

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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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

Countries where novel coronavirus cases are falling may be hit with a "second peak" if they relax restrictions too soon, World Health Organization emergencies chief Mike Ryan warned during a briefing Monday. "We're still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up," he added.

By the numbers: Almost 5.5 million people have tested positive for the virus as of Monday, and more than 2.2 million have recovered. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world (over 1.6 million from 14.6 million tests). The U.K. is reporting over 36,900 deaths from the coronavirus — the most fatalities outside the U.S.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 5,498,849 — Total deaths: 346,306 — Total recoveries — 2,233,180Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 1,662,768 — Total deaths: 98,223 — Total recoveries: 379,157 — Total tested: 14,604,942Map.
  3. World: Italy reports lowest number of new cases since February — Ireland reports no new coronavirus deaths on Monday for the first time since March 21 — WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns.
  4. 2020: Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina — Joe Biden makes first public appearance in two months.
  5. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks over Memorial Day.
  6. Economy: New York stock exchange to reopen its floor on Tuesday — White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Charities refocus their efforts to fill gaps left by government.
  7. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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LATAM Airlines files for U.S. chapter 11 bankruptcy

A LATAM air attendant aboard one of the company's planes in March. Photo: Kike Calvo/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

LATAM Airlines Group SA said in a statement early Tuesday the firm and its affiliates in in the United States, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S.

Why it matters: Latam is Latin America's largest airline and its shareholders include Delta Air Lines. CEO Roberto Alvo noted in the statement the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the airline industry.