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In a 97-2 vote Wednesday, the Senate voted to place new sanctions on Russia over interference in the 2016 election. The measure has been attached to a bill sanctioning Iran for its continued work on developing ballistic missile technology. The two voting against were Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee.

The legislation would enable fresh sanctions on entities engaging in "malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government." It would also require Congress to review any attempt by the president to ease or end existing penalties.

Timing: The measure was approved in the Senate just two days after it was announced by leaders of the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations committees, and must now be approved by the House then signed into law by Trump.

Why this matters: The bill is a rebuke to the Trump administration, which many Senators argue has not done enough to punish Moscow for meddling in U.S. politics and around the world.

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China bans Cruz and Rubio over Xinjiang criticism

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China said Monday that it will ban entry to Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over their criticisms of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, the AP reports.

The big picture: The move seems to be retaliatory after the U.S. announced sanctions on four Chinese officials for human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the region last week.

Roger Stone says he plans to campaign for Trump

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Roger Stone told Axios in a phone interview that he plans to write and speak for President Trump's re-election now that Stone "won't die in a squalid hellhole of corona-19 virus."

"I'm asthmatic," said Stone, 67. "Sending me to a prison where I could not be socially distanced ... would, I think, be a death sentence."

Facebook's plan: Make nice, but don't give in

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Facebook last week took steadily intensifying heat from fleeing advertisers and boycott leaders and received a big thumbs-down from its own civil-rights auditors. Its response, essentially: We hear you, but we'll carry on.

The big picture: Early on in Facebook's rise, CEO Mark Zuckerberg learned to handle external challenges by offering limited concessions and soothing words, then charging forward without making fundamental changes.