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Tom Steyer in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Tom Steyer is launching a 10-day, six-figure TV ad campaign tomorrow highlighting President Trump's inconsistencies on what happened with Stormy Daniels.

Why it matters: This is another attack against the president that Steyer can use in his impeachment campaign — which has 5.2 million signatures and includes 8 "impeachable offenses" — as a way to keep these issues in front of voters just six months out from the midterm election.

The ultimate goal of this ad: impeachment. "Mr. Trump can’t continue to break the law without consequences," said Kevin Mack, lead strategist at Need To Impeach. "Let’s hope Congress finally decides to do their jobs."

The problem: Democrats are divided on impeachment, and many are advising the party not to talk about it during the midterm election cycle.

Between the lines: Steyer hasn't said whether he'll run for president in 2020. But the expanding impeachment campaign (with town halls in Iowa and across the country) certainly wouldn't hurt his name recognition during an election in which Trump will actually be on the ballot — unlike the November election.

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Facebook said late Thursday that a mix of "technical problems" and confusion among advertisers around its new political ad ban rules caused issues affecting ad campaigns of both parties.

Why it matters: A report out Thursday morning suggested the ad tools were causing campaign ads, even those that adhered to Facebook's new rules, to be paused. Very quickly, political campaigners began asserting the tech giant was enforcing policies in a way that was biased against their campaigns.

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Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles' heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don't have the cash.

Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.