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Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer won't run for office this year, choosing instead to pour $30 million into a targeted effort to help Democrats win back control of Congress, per The Washington Post. Steyer had previously floated running for governor or senator in his home state of California.

Why it matters: Steyer has already invested millions in a campaign to get President Trump impeached, but his new effort could have a more immediate impact by working to raise millennial turnout in important congressional swing districts across the country — including in "purple areas" like south Florida and the Philadelphia suburbs.

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Senate confirms Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as commerce secretary

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The Senate voted 84-15 on Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to lead the Commerce Department.

Why it matters: The agency promotes U.S. industry, oversees the Census Bureau, plays a key role in the government's study of climate change through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and evaluates emerging technology through the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Supreme Court likely to favor Republican-backed Arizona voting laws

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared to favor Republican-backed voting restrictions in Arizona that Democrats argue violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The Justices' decision in the case could weaken Section 2 of the VRA, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race.