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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump reportedly "berated" Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday, which prompted her to draft a resignation letter, reports the New York Times, as he "railed" at his cabinet over immigration and "their lack of progress" in closing the borders to illegal immigrants.

What happened: Trump reportedly called out Nielsen, specifically — who Axios' Jonathan Swan has reported, is Trump's "immigration scapegoat." The Times adds that she said she shouldn't continue as Secretary if Trump saw her as failing to do her job. A Homeland Security official denied the report, telling Axios that Nielsen "did not threaten to resign, did not write a letter, and did not offer to resign."

The backdrop: The two have clashed over a family separation policy, with Nielsen urging against taking children from their parents after crossing the border illegally.

  • Nielsen said in a statement: “The President is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of Congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people. I share his frustration."

Go deeper: The Kirstjen Nielsen backstory

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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.