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Mark Zuckerberg today broke his silence on the "Cambridge Analytica situation," but there were several issues that his post didn't address.

Bottom line: It took five days to come up with this?

1. Why Facebook didn't publicly disclose the misuse of data by Cambridge Analytics when it learned about it in 2015. Nor why it didn't subsequently reveal it in the midst of several controversies related to the election of Donald Trump, including "fake news," whose campaign was known to have contracted with Cambridge Analytics.

2. Why Facebook's PR machine last Friday night opted to front-run exposés by both The Guardian and NY Times.

3. Whether he'll answer calls to testify on the matter in front of Congress, and his thoughts on the possibility of greater social media regulation.

4. An apology.

Thought bubble: If you're reading Zuckerberg's note and wondering why Facebook hadn't yet taken these seemingly basic steps, it's because the company is now begrudgingly curbing its core business function: collecting and providing access to data. It's not something it naturally wants to do.

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FBI, Homeland Security warn of increasing threat to Capitol

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The FBI and Department of Homeland Security predict violent domestic extremists attacks will increase in 2021, according to a report reviewed by Axios.

Driving the news: The joint report says an unidentified group of extremists discussed plans to take control of the Capitol and "remove Democratic lawmakers" on or about March 4. The House canceled its plans for Thursday votes as word of the possible threats spread.

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Pope Francis set to make first papal visit to Iraq amid possible turmoil

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Pope Francis is forging ahead with the first papal trip to Iraq despite new coronavirus outbreaks and fears of instability.

The big picture: The March 5–8 visit is intended to reassure Christians in Iraq who were violently persecuted under the Islamic State. Francis also hopes to further ties with Shiite Muslims, AP notes.

"Neanderthal thinking": Biden slams states lifting mask mandates

States that are relaxing coronavirus restrictions are making "a big mistake," President Biden told reporters on Wednesday, adding: "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking."

Driving the news: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Wednesday he will end all coronavirus restrictions via executive order, although some businesses are continuing to ask patrons to wear face masks. Mississippi is lifting its mask mandate for all counties Wednesday, per Gov. Tate Reeves (R).