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The commission may consider a database and a ban on automated political ads. Photo: Marco Garcia / AP

The Federal Election Commission unanimously agreed to advance a vote that would strengthen the online political ad disclaimer rules. The vote comes a few months after evidence surfaced that Russian-backed groups used U.S. web platforms to illegally buy ads in the hopes of influencing the 2016 presidential election.

Why it matters: The fact that the Commission, which has historically been divided against party lines on this issue, was able to overcome gridlock shows how much public pressure and attention this issue has put on the FEC. "It should not have taken this grave a crisis for Washington to act," Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub said in a statement.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.