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Schumer and Trump at a meeting in the Oval Office. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday walked back an offer to discuss funding for the construction of President Trump's border wall.

The backdrop: This comes as Schumer is facing backlash from liberals and activists after some Senate Democrats voted on Monday to reopen the government instead of pushing harder for an immigration deal for DACA recipients as part of the agreement. Schumer’s withdrawal of the offer was first reported by Politico.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has recently promised to introduce a stand-alone immigration bill. But Senate aides and sources closely involved told Axios' Stef Kight that reaching an agreement to secure protections for DREAMers and a long-term budget spending plan by Feb. 8 looks almost impossible.
  • Per the Washington Post, Republican Sens. John Cornyn and David Perdue disclosed Tuesday that Schumer and Trump had discussed a $25 billion package to fund security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Go deeper: Axios' Stef Kight on why a DACA deal looks hard to reach.

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  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day — U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record.
  2. Politics: States beg for Warp Speed billions.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.

Technical glitch in Facebook's ad tools creates political firestorm

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

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing center yesterday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Photo: David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP

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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