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Gregory Bull / AP

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said a $1 trillion spending bill must include funding for a border wall and additional immigration agents, per the AP. That might drive a wedge in negotiations ahead of the government shutdown deadline next week.

We want wall funding. We want (immigration) agents. Those are our priorities…We know there are a lot of people on the Hill, especially in the Democratic Party, who don't like the wall, but they lost the election.

The Dem take: Matt House, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's spokesman says, "Not only are Democrats opposed to the wall, there is significant Republican opposition as well."

What it means: These provisions might mean Congress balks on a bigger package and just passes a temporary spending bill to avoid a shutdown.

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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.