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Senate candidate Mitt Romney tours Gibson's Green Acres Dairy in Ogden, Utah, on Friday. Photo: Gene Sweeney Jr. / Getty Images

"Mitt Romney's extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role in the Senate as a political and moral counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified," AP's Matthew Daly writes.

Why it matters: "If he does go after Trump, Romney will find himself among a dwindling breed in Congress."

The backdrop:

  • "The 2012 GOP nominee for president announced Friday he is running for the Utah Senate seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch."
  • "Romney, 70, [has been] one of his party's fiercest critics of President Donald Trump."
  • Trump said in 2016 that Romney "choked like a dog."

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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.