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U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman gives a speech last year. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that the Trump administration's long-awaited Middle East peace plan would be delayed "for several months" on Sunday, per the Jerusalem Post.

Background: Friedman's comments confirm Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement last week that the U.S. had decided to delay the peace plan's release until after Israel's early elections on April 9. The Trump administration has long been coy on when the plan — which President Trump previously said he wanted published by February — will finally be released publicly with Friedman stating in November that it would come at the "appropriate time."

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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.