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Evan Vucci / AP

In 2014, Sean Spicer, then RNC communications director, delivered "17 Rules for Life" at his high-school alma mater — Portsmouth Abbey — a Catholic Benedictine boarding and day school on the shores of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.

Here are the Sean Spicer ('89) rules, drawn from a Boston Globe front-pager yesterday, and an article in the school's alumni magazine that was reposted on a blog:

  1. There are no jobs for "anything." [Before a job interview, know what you want to do.]
  2. Think before you tweet, post or upload.
  3. Showing up is half the battle; showing up early and often is the other half.
  4. Take responsibility when you screw up — you will be rewarded.
  5. Never give up.
  6. [Lost to history.]
  7. Have a plan but be flexible.
  8. Trust your gut.
  9. Perception is reality.
  10. Get to know the international students and understand their different perspectives.
  11. Make good friends. Find a mentor.
  12. Remember to say thank you, orally and in writing.
  13. Your mail can always be addressed to "occupant." [According to the alumni magazine, "Here Sean stressed the importance of being the person you truly want to be. Do not be arrogant and pretentious in an enviable position you have attained. With these comments he clearly reflected the Benedictine value of humility."]
  14. Have a relationship with God.
  15. It's true — it is who you know.
  16. Follow your mom's advice: It's not what you say, but how you say it.
  17. Life is short; leave it on the field.

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President Trump and his allies are piling extreme pressure on Attorney General Bill Barr to release a report that Trump believes could hurt perceived Obama-era enemies — and view Barr's designation of John Durham as special counsel as a stall tactic, sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Speculation over Barr's fate grew on Tuesday, with just 49 days remaining in Trump's presidency, after Barr gave an interview to the Associated Press in which he said the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread fraud that could change the election's outcome.

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The CDC will soon shorten its guidance for quarantine periods following exposure to COVID-19, AP reported Tuesday and Axios can confirm.

Why it matters: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which can occur before a person knows they're sick or if they're infected without feeling any symptoms. The current recommended period to stay home if exposed to the virus is 14 days. The CDC plans to amend this to 10 days or seven with a negative test, an official told Axios.

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CDC panel: COVID vaccines should go to health workers, long-term care residents first

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Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line to get coronavirus vaccines in the United States once they’re cleared and available for public use, an independent CDC panel recommended in a 13-1 emergency vote on Tuesday, per CNBC.

Why it matters: Recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines have accelerated the timeline for distribution as vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna undergo the federal approval process. States are preparing to begin distributing as soon as two weeks from now.