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In an interview with the Washington Post, 2020 presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg took stances on a string of key 2020 issues, and readily attacked President Trump on his foreign policy decisions as commander-in-chief.

On Iran: Buttigieg said he would rejoin the Iran nuclear deal. "I'm extremely rattled by the sabre-rattling. ... It’s mystifying to me that John Bolton, one of the architects of the Iraq war, probably the greatest American policy disaster of my lifetime, is allowed anyone near the situation room.”

Climate change: He wants to rejoin Paris climate agreement with a focus on combatting climate change through multilateral foreign policy. He also wants to restore the EPA's carbon emissions rule for new coal plants.

On his husband Chasten’s role: Buttigieg said he doesn’t plan on putting Chasten in the West Wing if elected. "He'd make an amazing First Gentleman. I've never hired family. .. He helps me govern right now."

Trade war with China: Buttigieg said he would remove the tariffs and launch a new conversation with China. "We need to be on the front foot standing up to China."

U.S.-Mexico border wall: He would not tear down what has been built by the Trump administration. "Building them was a waste of money. Tearing them down would be another waste of money."

Breaking up Big Tech: Buttigieg dodged whether he would regulate Big Tech like Facebook. He said it’s clear that the U.S. needs a different type of regulation.

On Israel: "Being supportive of Israel doesn’t have to mean you’re supportive of the Israeli political right wing. I’m not.”

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Oxford and AstraZeneca's vaccine won't just go to rich countries

Waiting, in New Delhi. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

While the 95% efficacy rates for the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines are great news for the U.S. and Europe, Monday's announcement from Oxford and AstraZeneca may be far more significant for the rest of the world.

Why it matters: Oxford and AstraZeneca plan to distribute their vaccine at cost (around $3-4 per dose), and have already committed to providing over 1 billion doses to the developing world. The price tags are higher for the Pfizer ($20) and Moderna ($32-37) vaccines.

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  1. Vaccines: Key information about the effective COVID-19 vaccines — Oxford University's 90%-effective vaccine.
  2. Health: U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations keep breaking recordsWhy we're numb to 250,000 coronavirus deaths — Americans line up for testing ahead of Thanksgiving.
  3. Travel: Air travel's COVID-created future — Over 1 million U.S. travelers flew on Friday, despite calls to avoid holiday travel.
  4. World: England to impose stricter regional systemU.S. coronavirus hotspots far outpacing Europe's — Portugal to ban domestic travel for national holidays.
  5. Economy: The biggest pandemic labor market drags.
  6. Sports: Coronavirus precautions leave college basketball schedule in flux.

Biden transition names first Cabinet nominees

Biden with John Kerry. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday unveiled his nominations for top national security positions in his administration, tapping former Secretary of State John Kerry as his climate czar and former deputy national security adviser Avril Haines as director of national intelligence.

Why it matters: Haines, if confirmed, would make history as the first woman to oversee the U.S. intelligence community. Biden also plans to nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to become the first Latino secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.