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The State Department is reversing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's decision to suspend two programs aimed at hiring minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need: the Pickering and Rangel fellowship programs, according to Buzzfeed.

Catch up quickly: The Pickering and Rangel Fellows impacted by the decision signed on to the program two years ago with the promise of becoming full Foreign Service Officers after two years of graduate school and an internship. Now they'll be able to take the entry level class at the Foreign Service Institute, one of the first steps to becoming a full-fledged diplomat, as planned.

Why it matters: This may ease some of the low morale that's been creeping around State due to the hiring freeze, Tillerson's plan to axe more than 2,000 jobs, and failing to hire at the highest levels around the department. As Buzzfeed points out, the fellows will be the first wave of hiring at State in "almost 8-9 months."

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Wall Street wonders how bad it has to get

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Wall Street is working out how bad the economy will have to get for Congress to feel motivated to move on economic support.

Why it matters: A pre-Thanksgiving data dump showed more evidence of a floundering economic recovery. But the slow drip of crumbling economic data may not be enough to push Washington past a gridlock to halt the economic backslide.

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Moderna to file for FDA emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine

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Moderna announced that it plans to file with the FDA Monday for an emergency use authorization for its coronavirus vaccine, which the company said has an efficacy rate of 94.1%.

Why it matters: Moderna will become the second company to file for a vaccine EUA after Pfizer did the same earlier this month, potentially paving the way for the U.S. to have two COVID-19 vaccines in distribution by the end of the year. The company said its vaccine has a 100% efficacy rate against severe COVID cases.

The social media addiction bubble

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Right now, everyone from Senate leaders to the makers of Netflix's popular "Social Dilemma" is promoting the idea that Facebook is addictive.

Yes, but: Human beings have raised fears about the addictive nature of every new media technology since the 18th century brought us the novel, yet the species has always seemed to recover its balance once the initial infatuation wears off.