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President Trump said on Wednesday at meeting on tax reform that he is "totally opposed to domestic violence." This is the first comment the president has made on the issue of domestic violence since allegations of domestic abuse surfaced about former staff secretary Rob Porter.

Why it matters: Trump has only made comments defending the accused through since allegations were published against Porter last week. In a statement read yesterday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, "above all, the President supports victims of domestic violence and believes everyone should be treated fairly and with due process." Per Axios' Jonathan Swan, he's been criticizing Porter privately, calling him "sick."

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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.
3 hours ago - Health

Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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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.

3 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.