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The Democratic National Committee announced a new requirement on Thursday that each of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates will include at least 1 female moderator, Refinery29 reports.

Why it matters: Fresh off 2018's "Year of the Woman," 6 females have entered the 2020 presidential race — more than ever before. The DNC has taken action to help guarantee the debates during this election cycle touch on topics such as child care and paid family leave.

What they're saying: A DNC spokesperson told Refinery29:

"The DNC is committed to an inclusive and fair debate process. That means that all 12 DNC sanctioned debates will feature a diverse group of moderators and panelists including women and people of color, ensuring that the conversations reflect the concerns of all Americans."

The big picture: While the DNC strives for diversity among its moderators, the organization faced resistance after announcing increased requirements for candidates to participate in the debates. Some operatives and activists are concerned the new qualifications could make it more challenging for candidates of color and women to qualify, per Buzzfeed.

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Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions previously imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds the first significant action by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

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11 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

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Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.