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Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Top foreign policy lawmakers in the Senate on Wednesday enforced a law that requires President Trump to launch an investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and enforce sanctions against any foreign individual found responsible for the matter.

The details: The effort, led by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and top Democrat Bob Menendez, requests an investigation under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act that requires the president to give a report to Congress within 120 days. The senators called the disappearance "a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights."

The backdrop: The Saudi journalist, who also wrote for the Washington Post, has been critical of the Saudi government. He disappeared last week after visiting the country's consulate in Turkey. Turkish investigators reportedly say he was assassinated there.

  • The request, which more than a dozen Democratic and Republican senators signed, could complicate the Trump administration’s relationship with the kingdom. Earlier this year, the State Department approved military arm sales to country worth slightly over $1 billion, and has promised continued support of Saudi Arabia military campaign in Yemen.

Go deeper: Khashoggi disappearance could impact Saudi Arabia's business deals

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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.

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