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Donald Trump shakes hands with former FBI Director James Comey. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images

Former FBI Director James Comey's forthcoming book,"A Higher Loyalty" is making a splash in the days before its release as several leaked excerpts reveal it to be an unfiltered look at his short-lived time in the Trump administration.

What’s next: The book hits shelves on Tuesday, and Comey is doing a nationwide press tour in the weeks that follow.

  • Comey accuses Trump of having been more concerned about his political appearance while President-elect than Russian meddling, and says the Trump team's approach was focused on “how to position these findings for maximum political advantage.” (Politico)
  • Comey details the now-infamous "loyalty dinner," writing: "The president of the United States had invited me to dinner and decided my job security was on the menu." (Axios)
  • He refers to Trump as "untethered to the truth" and unethical. (Washington Post)
  • Comey describes feeling as though Trump was sitting "on a throne" in the Oval, "separated from everyone who spoke to him by a large block of wood." He adds that Bush #2 and Obama never did that. (Axios)
  • Comey says John Kelly called him after his firing and told him he was “sick” about the situation and “intended to quit” in protest. Kelly “said he didn’t want to work for dishonorable people,” referring specifically to Trump. (The Daily Beast)
  • Comey admits that even though Trump's actions might be unethical, they "may fall short of illegal."(Washington Post)
  • He says "it's possible" that President Trump was in Moscow at a hotel with hookers who were "peeing on each other." He continued "I honestly never thought those words would come out of my mouth." (NY Post)
  • He also jabs at Trump's physical appearance, saying he is "orange" with "white half-moons" under his eyes and really does have small hands. (Washington Post)

Go deeper: Trump reacts to the Comey book, calls him an “untruthful slime ball"

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  2. Vaccines: Data demonstrates most-vaccinated counties less vulnerable to worst of COVID — Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters.
  3. Politics: NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private employers — Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy.
  4. World: U.S. announces $400M for global COVID vaccine distribution — Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles downWHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron.
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NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private employers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Monday announced a new COVID vaccine mandate for all private companies.

Why it matters: De Blasio, speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," said the "first-in-the-nation measure" will go into effect starting Dec. 27. It will apply to approximately 184,000 businesses.

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A big part of America's supply chain is for sale

Illustration: Allie Carl, Sarah Grillo/Axios

America's supply chain crisis is a series of intersecting bottlenecks, including insufficient labor and warehouse space, all driven by surging U.S. consumer behavior. But one piece has gotten short-shift on the attention meter: Chassis, the steel frames on which trucks carry shipping containers.

Driving the news: Apollo Global Management is seeking a buyer for Direct ChassisLink, the largest U.S. intermodal chassis provider, as first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed by Axios.