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Paul Manafort arriving at a federal courthouse in November. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

A federal grand jury brought new charges against President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort Friday, alleging he secretly paid former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine, according to court documents.

Why it matters: Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe has been particularly active in the past week, culminating in Manafort's business partner Rick Gates pleading guilty earlier this afternoon.

Details: The superseding indictment contains five counts: conspiracy against the U.S., conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, and false statements.

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Cold December as safety nets expire

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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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Food banks feel the strain without holiday volunteers

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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