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Noah Berger / AP

Facebook will build a second $250 million data center on top of an existing $250 million investment, according to an announcement from New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. The data center has an area equal to 17 football fields. Martinez is touting the investment as a win in its effort to bring technology and energy projects to the state.

The impact: Martinez notes that the company anticipates having as many as 1,000 workers onsite at the peak of construction, as well as more full-time jobs for the expansion once complete. But it's worth remembering that once built, even the most massive of data centers aren't big sources of jobs. Generally only a relative handful of people are needed to handle management and security.

Gut Check: While $500 million is a lot of change, it's not atypical for the types of data centers built by the Facebooks, Googles and Apples of the world. Indeed, most large-scale, data-based companies build data centers around that size. Also, unlike engineering operations, which tend to be concentrated in a few tech hubs around the country, data centers tend to get built in places with cheap electricity, cheap water for cooling, and tax breaks.

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

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Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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