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Representatives like Lucy McBath (D-GA) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA). Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

More than 2,000 women will serve in statehouses across the country, further extending this year’s reach of women in legislature positions, the AP reports.

Why it matters: Women will now represent roughly a quarter of all state lawmakers in the U.S., shattering the record of 1,875 who served in 2018. And that number is poised to grow: In Colorado and Nevada, women are expected to grab a majority of the lower legislative chambers, depending on final vote counts of uncalled races. Meanwhile, the AP has still not called 216 state legislative elections, "races that include about 185 female candidates." Go deeper: The new Democrats in DC

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  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day — U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record.
  2. Politics: States beg for Warp Speed billions.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.

Technical glitch in Facebook's ad tools creates political firestorm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: SOPA Images / Contributor

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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States beg for Warp Speed billions

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing center yesterday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Photo: David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP

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.