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Companies have ambitious goals to bulk up staffing for the holiday season, but the tight labor market might make meeting those targets tough.

Why it matters: Unemployment is at a record low and this is a take-your-pick job market, so hiring for the holiday season will likely be more difficult than usual. (Yes, it's already starting.) There's no guarantee that offering perks like paid time off or bonus eligibility will attract more seasonal workers.

Hiring plans by the numbers:

  • Target: 120,000, 20% more planned than last year
  • UPS: 100,000, about 5% more planned than last year
  • FedEx: 55,000, 10% more planned than last year
  • Macy's: 80,000, in line with last year's initial hiring plans

The other side: According to James Dion, who runs the retail consultancy firm Dionco, companies might have to pay a little more, but they will be able to find workers to take on a part-time gig — maybe as an additional job — for the holidays.

  • "If [companies] have any trouble getting workers, they will continue to raise the salary until they get them," Dion said. One example: Target, which is upping wages for seasonal employees this year.

The bottom line: There are major consequences if companies do not hire enough workers to meet the demand of the holiday season. (Ask UPS, which had to draft its accountants and other staff to deliver packages last year.) With insufficient service, sales will suffer.

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has summoned FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to the West Wing for a 9:30am meeting Tuesday to explain why he hasn't moved faster to approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, two senior administration officials told Axios.

Why it matters: The meeting is shaping up to be tense, with Hahn using what the White House will likely view as kamikaze language in a preemptive statement to Axios: "Let me be clear — our career scientists have to make the decision and they will take the time that’s needed to make the right call on this important decision."

Scoop: Schumer's regrets

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Chuck Schumer told party donors during recent calls that the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fact that Cal Cunningham "couldn't keep his zipper up" crushed Democrats' chances of regaining the Senate, sources with direct knowledge of the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Democrats are hoping for a 50-50 split by winning two upcoming special elections in Georgia. But their best chance for an outright Senate majority ended when Cunningham lost in North Carolina and Sen. Susan Collins won in Maine.

Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns

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Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on election fraud conspiracy theories, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.