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Facebook is taking a cue from Snapchat by adding a 24-hour set of stories on its mobile app with nearly identical functions to Snapchat Stories. Just like Snapchat, the so-called "Facebook Stories" will also have features to tack on top of photos.

Jet-setting: It all started in Poland where Facebook tested the product in September, then called "Messenger Day," in its Messenger app, according to TechCrunch. Now users in Ireland can test it on iOS and Android, per Business Insider. Although the photos won't be in the News Feed, they will be at the top of the mobile app for friends to observe.

Why this matters: Facebook is working to block out Snapchat from the market after it tried to buy Snapchat in 2013 and failed. And this is not the first time Facebook has tried to borrow from Snapchat's game. Zuckerberg's company…

  • Launched disappearing messages with the Poke app in 2012
  • Made a similar attempt with the Slingshot app in 2014
  • Bought Instagram in 2012, which launched private picture messages in 2013 through Instagram Direct and then made its own Instagram Stories in 2016 — which has already met Snapchat's daily user base of 150 million

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.