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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made the rounds on the morning news shows Monday after her "60 Minutes" interview last night where she struggled to answer questions about her school choice policies.

On Fox News: "We have uh — many other venues in our country that are kept safe an schools have to be a part of that equation as well ... We’re going to advance ways in which schools can be made safer for students."

On NBC's Today Show: "Everything is on the table .... The [White House plan announced Sunday] is really the first step in a more lengthy process."

  • DeVos also told Savannah Guthrie that she supports the president's proposal of arming of teachers, but said she doesn’t have a percentage in mind of how many school instructors should be able to carry weapons:
  • “It should be those who are capable and qualified and only in places where it’s appropriate .... The point is that schools should have this tool if they choose to use the tool. … Nobody should be mandated to do it."

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CDC panel: COVID vaccines should go to health workers, long-term care residents first

Hospital staff work in the COVID-19 intensive care unit in Houston. Photo: Go Nakamura via Getty

Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line to get coronavirus vaccines in the United States once they’re cleared and available for public use, an independent CDC panel recommended in a 13-1 emergency vote on Tuesday, per CNBC.

Why it matters: Recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines have accelerated the timeline for distribution as vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna undergo the federal approval process. States are preparing to begin distributing as soon as two weeks from now.

Obama: Broad slogans like "defund the police" lose people

Snapchat.

Former President Barack Obama told Peter Hamby on the Snapchat original political show "Good Luck America" that "snappy" slogans such as "defund the police" can alienate people, making the statements less effective than intended.

What he's saying: "You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done," Obama told Hamby in an interview that will air Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. EST on Snapchat.

Nasdaq's ultimatum

Photo: Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images

New diversity and inclusion rules are on the table for some of America's most powerful corporations, courtesy of one of its most powerful stock exchanges.

What's new: Nasdaq is threatening to delist companies that won't move toward having at least one woman and at least one underrepresented minority or LGBTQ person on their corporate boards.