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Jeff Chiu / AP

Russian operatives with reported links to the Russian government remotely organized anti-immigrant rallies in the U.S. by using Facebook Events, The Daily Beast reports.

The events reportedly included an August 2016 anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rally in Idaho. The Facebook page behind that event had 133,000 followers when the social network shut it down last month.

This comes after Facebook last week confirmed a Russian company with links to the Kremlin was spreading politically aligned ads to Americans before and after the election using a $100,000 ad buy.

A Facebook spokesperson told Axios it "shut down several promoted events as part of the takedown we described last week." The company didn't explicitly confirm The Daily Beast's reporting, including on the contents of the events they took down. And as Gizmodo reports, it's not clear if these ads actually resulted in people showing up at these events.

Facebook is cooperating with the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and last week staff members briefed Senate and House committees on the $100,000 ad buy. Right now, Facebook is not required to attach disclaimers for political dollars funneling into the platform.

The big picture: This is raising questions about whether media is capable of manipulating democracy, as Axios' Sara Fischer reports.

Go deeper: Russia revelations spark demands for new media revelations.

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Colin Powell dies from COVID complications at 84

Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts

Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, died of complications from COVID-19, his family announced Monday. He was 84.

Driving the news: The Powell family said in a statement that he was fully vaccinated. "We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment."

Mike Allen, author of AM
4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

GOP senator calls for senility test for aging leaders

Photo: "Axios on HBO"

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a physician, told me during an "Axios on HBO" interview that he favors cognition tests for aging leaders of all three branches of government.

Why it matters: Wisdom comes with age. But science also shows that we lose something. And much of the world is now run by old people — including President Biden, 78 ... Speaker Pelosi, 81 ...  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, 70 ... and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 79.

Ina Fried, author of Login
4 hours ago - Technology

Intel CEO blames predecessors for manufacturing woes

Axios on HBO

When it comes to Intel's recent manufacturing problems, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger places the blame squarely on his predecessors — many of whom he notes were not engineers deeply steeped in chip technology, as he is.

Why it matters: Gelsinger has announced a broad plan to reinvigorate Intel by doubling down on manufacturing. However, the strategy depends on the venerable semiconductor giant recovering from recent stumbles.