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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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Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective in children ages 5 to 11, albeit at a lower dose than adults receive, the companies said in a press release announcing results from a pediatric trial.

Why it matters: The trial results are a much-needed source of hope for families with elementary school-aged children, who currently aren't eligible for a vaccine.

The pandemic made our workweeks longer

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The average American's workweek has gotten 10% longer during the pandemic, according to a new Microsoft study published in Nature Human Behaviour.

Why it matters: These longer hours are a key part of the pandemic-induced crisis of burnout at U.S. firms — and workers are quitting in droves.

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky to herald "travel revolution"

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky will argue this week that the world is undergoing a "travel revolution," in which some parts of the industry stay shrunk but the sector ultimately comes back "bigger than ever."

Why it matters: Chesky, who faced the abyss when the world shut down last year, foresees a significant shift in how people move around, with more intentional gatherings of family, friends and colleagues — even if routine business travel is never what it once was.