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President Trump speaks with General Motors CEO Mary Barra during a meeting with automobile industry leaders at the White House in 2017. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he urged General Motors to stop making cars in China and open a new plant in Ohio to replace the one the company is planning to close. Trump later echoed those remarks while speaking with reporters on his way to a Mississippi rally:

"I was very tough. I spoke with [GM's CEO Mary Barra] when I heard they were closing and I said, 'This country has done a lot for General Motors and you better get back [to Ohio] soon.' ... I have no doubt in a not-too-distant future [GM] will put something else in."
— President Trump speaking with reporters on Monday

Why it matters: At a 2017 Ohio rally, Trump promised residents that manufacturing jobs would be returning to the state, telling the crowd: "Don't move. Don't sell your house." But on Monday, GM announced that it plans to cut 15% of its salaried workforce (roughly 14,700 people) in North America and idle factories in Michigan, Ohio, Maryland and Canada.

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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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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.