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Sarah Sanders takes questions from behind the podium. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said this afternoon that the allegations of sexual harassment against President Trump are a settled subject because he addressed them during the campaign. "We feel strongly the people of this country addressed it when they elected Donald Trump as president,” she said.

She was responding to a comment by Sen. Al Franken about the "irony that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office," made during a speech announcing his resignation.

  • On Roy Moore's candidacy: Sanders repeated the White House's message that the allegations are "troubling," and the "people of Alabama" will decide Moore's fate.
  • On the California fires: The White House is speaking regularly to local authorities.
  • On the corporate tax rate: "22 [percent] is better than what we have."
  • On Donald Trump Jr.'s congressional testimony: "We believe his lawyers had a reason not to answer those questions," Sanders said. Trump Jr. claimed attorney client privilege.
  • On a possible government shutdown: "We expect a clean CR to pass with Democratic support."

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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.