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In a long, sweeping memo posted Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg called for the creation of a global community on Facebook to fight worldwide health and infrastructure challenges and to bring humanity together.

Zuckerberg says Facebook will pivot from its mission of helping family and friends stay in touch to connecting the world through social infrastructure. He says Facebook's next chapter will seek to build more supportive, safe, informed, civically-engaged and inclusive communities.

What stood out: Zuckerberg ites a decline in social infrastructure — less participation in churches, unions, organized sports — as causing society to lose hope in the future. He hopes to build on Facebook-driven communities, like groups and events, to create a more supportive and safe society. He acknowledges the existence of misleading information on Facebook and says he hopes to make improvements to ensure readers have a well-rounded news experience.

Why it matters: Until recently, Facebook — which has nearly 2 billion global monthly users — has been hesitant to accept its role as a news and information company. But after reports of Facebook fake news affecting election results and multiple instances of violent crime occurring on the platform, the tech giant has taken steps to reposition itself as a driver of social change, not just a messaging platform.

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Sen. Susan Collins during her reelection campaign. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

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Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.

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Sens. Tim Kaine and Susan Collins are privately pitching their colleagues on a bipartisan resolution censuring former President Trump, three sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction in his second impeachment.