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Biden to say Trump has "fomented" violence

Joe Biden will give a speech Monday in Pittsburgh that will attempt to draw a contrast between himself and President Trump on the issue of law and order, arguing that there would be more violence in America if Trump is re-elected.

What he'll say: "This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence — because for years he has fomented it," Biden is expected to say, according to prepared remarks.


  • "He may believe mouthing the words 'law and order' makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is."
  • "Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is re-elected?"

Why it matters: Biden wants to turn Trump's accusation that the country can't feel safe with Biden in charge back on the president.

  • Trump continues to claim that cities run by Democrats are less safe. His re-election campaign has put out ads that say, “You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” and falsely claim that Biden supports defunding the police.

Between the lines: Biden is not in an ideal position. He's been forced out onto the physical campaign trail because Trump and his Republican allies continue to dominate the narrative on safety and policing under a Democratic administration, with Biden so far leaving the accusations largely untouched.

  • Biden will argue that the nation's current crises "keep multiplying" under Trump.
  • He'll add that Trump is a "president who sows chaos rather than providing order," picking up on Biden's increased focus on civil unrest in recent days.

Go deeper: Top Democrats fear that protests could help Trump win

AstraZeneca CEO: "We need to do an additional study" on COVID vaccine

AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said on Thursday the company is likely to start a new global trial to measure how effective its coronavirus vaccine is, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Following Phase 3 trials, Oxford and AstraZeneca said their vaccine was 90% effective in people who got a half dose followed by a full dose, and 62% effective in people who got two full doses.

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National standardized tests delayed until 2022 because of COVID-19

National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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"Relaxing too fast": Europeans extend COVID lockdowns to reduce risk of Christmas third wave

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021

Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.

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The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season

The pandemic has upended Thanksgiving and the shopping season that the holiday kicks off, creating a new crop of economic winners and losers.

The big picture: Just as it has exacerbated inequality in every other facet of American life, the coronavirus pandemic is deepening inequities in the business world, with the biggest and most powerful companies rapidly outpacing the smaller players.

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Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving

Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Sara Wise/Axios

The daily rate of new coronavirus infections rose by about 10 percent in the final week before Thanksgiving, continuing a dismal trend that may get even worse in the weeks to come.

Why it matters: Travel and large holiday celebrations are most dangerous in places where the virus is spreading widely — and right now, that includes the entire U.S.

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Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment, per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds one of the first significant actions by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

Editor's note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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