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Photo: Jason Cohn For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak announced on Sunday that he is running for president, becoming the 25th Democrat to join the race.

Catch up quick: The 67-year-old Sestak is a former 3-star admiral and and was the "highest ranking military officer ever elected to Congress" from 2007 to 2010. Sestak graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and has a Master's and a PhD from Harvard. He made two failed bids for Senate in 2010 and 2016, earning the Democratic nomination in his first run but falling short in his second.

In his "Plan for America" outlined on his campaign website, Sestak details some of his priorities. They include:

  • Rebuilding America's infrastructure.
  • Restoring the Affordable Care Act.
  • Rejoining the Paris Climate Accord.
  • Rejoining the Iran Nuclear Deal.
  • Improving veteran reentry services.
  • Ending child separation and enacting immigration reform.
  • Strengthening antitrust laws.
  • Overturning Citizen's United.

The bottom line: Sestak is entering the largest Democratic primary field in history with little national name recognition and multiple other well known candidates polling under 1%.

Editor's note: This post has been corrected to reflect the fact that Joe Sestak is the 25th Democrat to declare (not the 24th).

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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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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.