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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of a lower court motion to temporarily exempt travelers with family members already in the U.S., such as grandparents, cousins and other relatives, from Trump's travel ban. SCOTUS gave Trump a partial victory by blocking a San Francisco court's decision that would have exempted thousands of refugees from the ban.

Why it partially matters: The Supreme Court will review arguments in the case when the justices return from summer recess in October. All of their interim decisions are only temporary.

Refresher: On June 26, SCOTUS allowed Trump's 90-day ban to go into effect for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries who lack any "bona fide relationship with any person or entity" in the U.S. The administration soon after issued guidelines clarifying that a parent, spouse, fiance, son or daughter, siblings, son-in-law or daughter-in-law would be allowed to enter the country, but grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, or siblings-in-laws would be banned.

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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.