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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) sees his role as "not just the center of the resistance" against President Trump but as a "positive alternative" to him, he told CNN's "The Van Jones Show" Saturday.

What he's saying: "If he attacks our diversity, if he attacks people, demeans them and dehumanizes people, I’m going to stand up for them," Newsom told host Van Jones, adding he'd do the same on efforts against clean air, clean water and the Affordable Care Act. "I do govern the most un-Trump state in America ..."

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Why it matters: As California spearheads liberal states' fight against Trump in the lead-up to the 2020 elections, Newsom and the president have clashed on several issues.

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"Neanderthal thinking": Biden slams states lifting mask mandates

States that are relaxing coronavirus restrictions are making "a big mistake," President Biden told reporters on Wednesday, adding: "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking."

Driving the news: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Wednesday he will end all coronavirus restrictions via executive order, although some businesses are continuing to ask patrons to wear face masks. Mississippi is lifting its mask mandate for all counties Wednesday, per Gov. Tate Reeves (R).

Cuomo: "I am not going to resign"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized Wednesday for acting in a way that made women feel "uncomfortable," but insisted that he has "never touched anyone inappropriately" and said he will not resign.

Driving the news: Cuomo reiterated in his first public appearance since sexual harassment allegations surfaced that he will fully cooperate with a team of independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, but suggested that demands for his resignation from were simply "politics."

Facebook to lift political ad ban imposed after November election

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Facebook will finally allow advertisers to resume running political and social issue ads in the U.S. on Thursday, according to a company update.

The big picture: Facebook and rival Google instituted political ad bans to slow the spread of misinformation and curb confusion around the presidential election and its aftermath.

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