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President Trump said during a press conference Monday that he does not think Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lied about his drinking habits during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, adding that he felt Kavanaugh was candid about his alcohol use.

"I watched him and I was surprised at how vocal he was about the fact that he likes beer and he's had a little bit of difficulty. ... I really believe he was very strong on the fact that he drank a lot."

Why it matters: Kavanaugh's drinking during high school and college — and his discussion of it during the hearing — has become a focal point of the opposition to his confirmation. But, despite Trump's comments, Kavanaugh simply admitted to drinking in high school and college, claiming he never drank to the point of blacking out or passing out.

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Cold December as safety nets expire

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Safety nets are likely to be yanked from underneath millions of vulnerable Americans in December, as the coronavirus surges.

Why it matters: Those most at risk are depending on one or more relief programs that are set to expire, right as the economic recovery becomes more fragile than it's been in months.

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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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