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Mayor Pete Buttigieg responded to the fatal shooting in South Bend of a black man by a white police officer — the biggest crisis of his candidacy to date — at Thursday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: When asked why South Bend's police force has not caught up to the racial demographic of its city — its police force is 6% black in a city that is 26% black — Buttigieg responded, "because I couldn't get it done."

"My community is in anguish right now, because of an officer-involved shooting, a black man — Eric Logan — killed by a white officer. I'm not allowed to take sides until the investigation comes back, the officer said he was attacked with a knife but he didn't have his body camera on. It's a mess, and we're hurting.
"When I look into his mother's eyes, I have to face the fact that nothing that I say will bring him back. ... Until we move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism, whatever this particular incident teaches us, we will be left with the bigger problem of the fact that there is a wall of mistrust put up one racist act a time."

Driving the news: Eric Logan's family filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against the officer and the city.

Go deeper: Mayor Pete's crisis moment

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Scoop: USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images)

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of top administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
2 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

4 hours ago - Health

Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.