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Attorney General William Barr. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to a statement Monday from Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.

"Following General Barr’s confirmation, senior career ethics officials advised that General Barr should not recuse himself from the special counsel’s investigation. Consistent with that advice, General Barr has decided not to recuse."

Why it matters: Barr came under scrutiny when he was first nominated by President Trump when it was revealed he wrote an unsolicited memo to Justice Department officials criticizing the premise of Mueller’s investigation into obstruction of justice. He told lawmakers during his Senate confirmation hearing last month that he would make the final decision on whether to recuse himself from the investigation, but pledged to follow DOJ guidelines and make public as much information from the final Mueller report as legally possible.

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America's food banks are sounding the alarm during this unprecedented holiday season.

The big picture: Soup kitchens and charities, usually brimming with holiday volunteers, are getting far less help.

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

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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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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving.
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions.
  3. World: Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021 — Europeans extend lockdowns.
  4. Economy: The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.