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George W. Bush looks out at North Korea from the Demilitarized Zone, the tense military border between the two Koreas in 2002. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Former president George W. Bush criticized the Trump administration's decision to add North Korea to the travel ban this past week, Business Insider reports, citing a "source present at the dinner."

Bush reportedly said the U.S. should be encouraging dissidents and defectors to seek freedom from the North Korean regime, but suggested banning their travel to the U.S. doesn't contribute to that goal. His spokesperson told Business Insider that Bush didn't address Trump or the travel ban specifically, and instead was speaking "in broader strokes, welcoming and supporting dissidents."

One last nugget: When asked if he thought the Korean peninsula would ever reunify, Bush answered "not in my lifetime."

Bush was speaking at The Korea Society's annual dinner in New York city with about 400 guests present.

Go deeper with The Washington Post's Emily Rauhala: "Almost no North Koreans travel to the U.S., so why ban them?" Rauhala notes, "very few [North Koreans] — almost none — make the trip."

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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

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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.