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Soldiers take part in an operation to clear a highway close to Sao Paulo. NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images

What started as a strike by truckers against rising gas prices has developed into a nationwide protest and political crisis in Brazil. Ten days after the start of the protest, the country is still paralyzed and economic losses are estimated in billions, per the NY Times.

Why it matters: Brazil is the biggest economy in South America, and is heading into unpredictable presidential elections this fall. The government of president Michel Temer already has rock bottom approval ratings, and after pushing a program of fiscal responsibility has now had to capitulate and offer fuel subsidies. That doesn't seem likely to satisfy the millions of Brazilians who are now protesting not just gas prices, but government ineffectiveness and corruption.

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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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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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