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The Federal Communications Commissions's head, Ajit Pai. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Tens of millions of the comments that the Federal Communications Commission received about net neutrality rules were from bots impersonating Americans, per the Washington Post. The comments went both ways — some supporting the regulations and some criticizing them. New York's Attorney General Eric Schniederman wrote to the FCC that his office has been investigating "hundreds of thousands" of fake comments that seemingly came from New Yorkers. The FCC has not provided "crucial evidence" to assist in the probe, he wrote.

Why it matters: The FCC just announced it would repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations. Schniederman is suggesting that the decision was influenced by fake comments. Per Axios' David McCabe, the public's ability to have a voice in this matter is being called into question, which is something that is likely to come into play in a court challenge.

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Food banks feel the strain without holiday volunteers

People wait in line at Food Bank Community Kitchen on Nov. 25 in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City

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.