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Democratic presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio meets with local farmers about their concerns during a campaign stop. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed that it seems unlikely he will qualify for the first Democratic primary presidential debate, but he argued that doesn't signal a failing campaign, reports Politico.

"We have a third poll that we think is a qualifying poll from Reuters that puts me at the qualifying level. But remember, even if you get those three polls, there's still a comparative dynamic with the candidates that has to ensue, so I'm not setting the expectation that I'll be in it."
— Bill de Blasio told Politico

Why it matters: De Blasio's campaign is already off to a rocky start — just 1 day in — with some questioning why he'd even want to join such a crowded Democratic field. But the chance to step onto the debate stage could present an opportunity to reintroduce himself to American voters and specify policy priorities.

Context: Already, de Blasio said he has secured at least 1% in 3 polls. But because there are now 23 Democrats — and the DNC has said that no more than 20 candidates will appear in the June or July debates — he may need to collect contributions from 65,000 unique donors, including 200 donors from 20 different states to qualify.

Go deeper: Which 2020 candidates have qualified for the debates

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WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release"

A medical syringe and vial with fake coronavirus vaccine in front of the World Health Organization (WHO) logo. Photo Illustration: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Top scientists at the World Health Organization on Friday called for more detailed information on a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

Why it matters: Oxford and AstraZeneca have said the 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. AstraZeneca has since acknowledged that the smaller dose received by some participants was the result of an error by a contractor, per the New York Times.

Court rejects Trump campaign's appeal in Pennsylvania case

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A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously rejected the Trump campaign's emergency appeal seeking to file a new lawsuit against Pennsylvania's election results, writing in a blistering ruling that the campaign's "claims have no merit."

Why it matters: It's another devastating blow to President Trump's sinking efforts to overturn the results of the election. Pennsylvania, which President-elect Joe Biden won by more than 80,000 votes, certified its results last week and is expected to award 20 electoral votes to Biden on Dec. 12.

Dave Lawler, author of World
3 hours ago - World

Belarus dictator Lukashenko says he'll leave post after new constitution

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Longtime Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has said he will step down after a new constitution comes into force, according to Belarusian state media.

Why it matters: Lukashenko has faced three months of protests following a rigged election in August. He has promised to reform the constitution to reduce the near-absolute powers of the president, but has insisted that his strong hand is needed to see that process through.