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Joe Sestak. Photo: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Democrat Joe Sestak is a former Pennsylvania congressman and three-star admiral, serving as the "highest ranking military officer ever elected to Congress" from 2007 to 2010. He is an alumnus of the U.S. Naval Academy and obtained his master's and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He made 2 failed bids for Senate in 2010 and 2016, earning the Democratic nomination in his first run, but falling short the second time.

Key facts about Joe Sestak:
  • Current position: N/A
  • Age: 67
  • Born: Secane, Pennsylvania
  • Undergraduate: U.S. Naval Academy
  • Date candidacy announced: June 23, 2019
  • Previous roles: 3-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, Pennsylvania congressman
Joe Sestak's stance on key issues:
  • Climate change: Wants to rejoin the Paris Accord and impose a fee on carbon polluters.
  • Health care: Aims to restore the Affordable Care Act and employ a public option to expand access to health insurance. He's also in favor of allowing the re-importation of lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada.
  • Education: Supports Common Core and expanding access to early childhood education to all 4-year-olds. He is also seeking to restructure federal student loans.
  • Foreign policy: Wants to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal and grow military cyber capabilities.
  • Immigration: Ending child separation at the border, passing comprehensive immigration reform, creating a path to naturalization for undocumented immigrants and securing the border with technology such as drones and sensors.
  • Women's rights: Supports closing the gender pay gap and guaranteeing a woman's access to reproductive health services.
  • Corporate power: Seeks to strengthen antitrust laws and curtail the influence of lobbying. He also wants to enact data privacy reform to ensure "personal data belongs to a person, not to a corporation or government," per his campaign website.
Key criticism of Joe Sestak:
  • Sestak is largely seen as having entered the race too late to generate momentum.
1 fun thing about Joe Sestak:

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59 mins ago - World

Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to actually deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.

Updated 1 hour ago - Economy & Business

S&P 500 on track for worst-ever start to year

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Stocks suffered their steepest drop of the year early Monday, putting the S&P 500 on course for its worst-ever start to a year.

Driving the news: The benchmark S&P 500 dropped for its fifth straight day, with losses nearing 3% in early trading, momentarily putting it on track to fall into a "correction." Some of the steepest losses were recovered in early afternoon trading.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
3 hours ago - Health

Health care workers hit new breaking point

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The ranks of health care workers are dwindling and stretching what it means to be reaching their "breaking points," particularly at small nonprofit hospitals.

The big picture: Even as Omicron cases have begun to wane in some places, many hospitals are still fielding a crush of patients amid record employee callouts.