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President Trump "should be ashamed of himself" for saying white nationalists are a small group of people, Former Colorado Gov. and 2020 Democratic hopeful John Hickenlooper told a CNN town hall Wednesday.

What he's saying: "The rise of Islamophobia and white nationalism are different sides of the same coin," Hickenlooper said, referring to Trump's remarks made after the fatal New Zealand attacks. "Anytime you are making comments and creating, fanning the flames of hatred, then you're doing a genuine harm to your community."

Details: During a wide-ranging town hall moderated by Dana Bash in Atlanta, Georgia, Hickenlooper said his centrist approach had helped bring groups such as environmentalists and oil and gas industry reps together when he was governor of Colorado. He believes that's why he's the best candidate to defeat Trump.

On the death penalty: Hickenlooper spoke out against the death penalty and said he would not carry it out. "It’s not a deterrent," he said. "It’s expensive. It prolongs misery, and the worse thing is it is random.”

On gun control: Hickenlooper pointed to his record as governor of Colorado, where he introduced weapons regulations.

On healthcare: He said healthcare should be a "right, not a privilege," but he doesn't believe it can be achieved via single-payer healthcare.

Go deeper: John Hickenlooper: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

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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.

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