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Salvini at a rally this week in Turin. Photo: Mauro Ujetto/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League party and interior minister in Italy's new populist coalition, has called for a registry of all Roma (known pejoratively as gypsies) living in Italy, and for those without citizenship to be expelled.

  • Yes, but: Luigi Di Maio, leader of the Five Star movement and Matteo's coalition partner, has called that order "unconstitutional."

The bigger picture: Salvini has already contributed to a showdown in Europe over immigration by turning away hundreds of rescued migrants. Germany's Angela Merkel, meanwhile, is facing her own coalition split on immigration, and is facing a rapidly approaching deadline to secure a European deal on how to deal with migration.

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CDC: It's time for "universal face mask use"

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The CDC is urging “universal face mask use” for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, citing recent case spikes as the U.S. has entered a phase of “high-level transmission” before winter officially begins.

Why it matters: Daily COVID-related deaths across the U.S. hit a new record on Wednesday. Face coverings have been shown to increase protection of the wearer and those around them, despite some Americans' reluctance to use them.

2 hours ago - World

Saudi Arabia and Qatar near deal to end standoff, sources say

Qatar's prime minister (R) attends the 2019 Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are close to a deal to end the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf following U.S.-mediated reconciliation talks this week, sources familiar with the talks tell me.

Why it matters: Restoring relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar would bring a sense of stability back to the Gulf after a 3.5 year standoff. It could also notch a last-minute achievement for the Trump administration before Jan. 20.

House passes bill to decriminalize marijuana

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), a longtime marijuana legalization advocate and co-sponsor of the bill. Photo: Pete Marovich For The Washington Post via Getty Images

The House on Friday voted 228-164 in favor of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, marking the first time a congressional chamber has voted in favor of decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.

Why it matters: The Washington Post describes the bill as a "landmark retreat in the nation’s decades-long war on drugs," which has disproportionately affected people of color.

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