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New Orleans Saints players kneel before the anthem is played. Photo: Henry Browne/Getty Images

A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday found that the majority of U.S. voters — 58% — don't find kneeling by NFL players during the national anthem unpatriotic.

Why it matters: President Trump's culture war against the NFL hinges on the argument that players are ignoring the wishes of their fans and disrespecting the flag and U.S. military by kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

  • The majority of Republicans (70%) find the protest unpatriotic, opposed to 23% who don't.
  • When it comes to athletes' right to protest, 82% of Democrats say they do have the right on the playing field or court — while 81% of Republicans say they do not.
  • 51% of voters support the NFL's new policy that requires players on the field to stand for the anthem.

One more thing: More broadly, Americans disapprove of how Trump is handling race relations — with 61% against and 33% in support.

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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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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.