Tom Steyer is leading a campaign to impeach President Trump. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Tom Steyer is a Democrat who wants Democrats to win in November, but he isn't listening to party leaders who want him to stop talking about impeachment.

Driving the news: Steyer told Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere that Democrats (like Nancy Pelosi) "have normalized this presidency" by not calling for impeachment, and he argues they're writing off younger voters in particular who largely support it.

Battle lines: Democratic leadership worries Steyer is hurting their chances of taking back the House by focusing on impeachment

  • An April poll from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist found 47% of Democratic voters would "definitely vote against" a Congressional candidate who wants to impeach President Trump.
  • Moderate Democratic candidates aren't even talking about President Trump on the campaign trail. And if they are, the DCCC suggests they show "a willingness to work with the President when his agenda might help the district."
  • Steyer's impeachment petition has collected 5.4 million signatures. His team told Politico that among the impeachment supports, there are approximately 10,000 voters in all 75 of NextGen America's targeted House districts, many of which are considered swing voters.

By the numbers, per Politico: Steyer has spent $40 million on nine TV ads about impeachment, he's hired more than 500 staffers across the country, and he's visiting at least 30 cities to hold impeachment town halls with voters.

Bottom line: Tom Steyer's not going anywhere — if anything, he's expanding his impeachment campaign ahead of the November election.

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Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

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