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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is taking the first steps to run against President Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential election primaries. Weld ran in 2016 as a Libertarian, and switched back to the Republican Party earlier this year.

Weld's quotes from an event in New Hampshire, per WMUR:

  • "I'm here because I think our country is in grave peril ... And I cannot sit quietly on the sidelines any longer."
  • "We cannot sit passively as our precious democracy slips quietly into darkness. Congress must do its duty and citizens we must do ours."
  • "He has virtually spat on the idea that we should have freedom of the press ... He has failed to call out and denounce appalling instances of racism."

And Weld on Trump kicking U.S. reporters out of the Oval during his meeting with the Russians: An "act of such contempt not only towards the press but towards the United States as an institution."

The bottom line: Weld runs for a lot of elections.

Go deeper: Full list of 2020 candidates

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1 hour ago - Health

Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

Photo: Edmund D. Fountain for The Washington Post via Getty

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.

2 hours ago - World

European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

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.

2 hours ago - Health

Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo: Mohammed Abdu Abdulbaqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty

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.