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Facebook is launching a "Facebook Creator app" on IOS and, soon, Android to help social media influencers create more content and connect with their fans. The app will allow users to access exclusive tools that make live broadcasts easier and more personalized. It will include access to analytics about pages, videos and fans, as well as a "Community" tab that will let users connect with fans in a centralized commenting space across Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.

Why it matters: YouTube, owned by Alphabet, is considered one of the most lucrative platforms for social media influencers. This is Facebook's way of increasing opportunities for them to bring their communities to Facebook-owned properties.

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Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes on the Senate runoffs

The future of U.S. politics, and all that flows from it, is in the hands of Georgia voters when they vote in two Senate runoffs on January 5.

Axios Re:Cap digs into the election dynamics with former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democrat who served between 1999 and 2003.

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Cuomo orders emergency hospital protocols as COVID capacity dwindles

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that struggling state hospital systems must transfer patients to sites that are not nearing capacity, as rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations strain medical resources.

Why it matters: New York does not expect to get the same kind of help from thousands of out-of-state doctors and nurses that it got this spring, Cuomo acknowledged, as most of the country battles skyrocketing COVID hospitalizations and infections.

Arizona certifies Biden's win

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Arizona officials certified the state's presidential election results on Monday, paving the way for President-elect Joe Biden to be awarded its 11 electoral votes.

Why it matters: The move deals yet another blow to President Trump's efforts to block or delay certification in key swing states that he lost. Biden beat the president in Arizona by more than 10,000 votes.