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Seth Perlman/AP

The Trump administration's new school lunch proclamation reverses regulations from one of Michelle Obama's signature programs.

  • Michelle's plan: The USDA set standards for the amount of calories, fat, and sodium found in the National School Lunches programs across the country, and required more whole grains, fruits, veggies, and nonfat milk options.
  • What's changing: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a rollback of these regulations beginning next school year. Schools will be allowed to serve 1% milk, opt out of whole-grain products, freeze sodium levels as they stand, and have more control over their cafeteria options.
  • Why? The administration believes that these healthier options are leading to more waste, as kids don't want to eat them.
  • What they're saying: "Just because children would rather eat heavily salted, processed foods at school doesn't mean they should," argued Ken Cook, president of Environmental Working Group.

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Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles' heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don't have the cash.

Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.

Court rules Minnesota absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Election Day

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An appeals court on Thursday ruled that Minnesota absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Why it matters: The ruling, which comes just five days before the election, blocks the state's plan to count absentee ballots arriving late so long as they're postmarked by Nov. 3 and delivered within a week of the election. Now those ballots must be set aside and marked late.

Twitter labels tweet from RT implying voter fraud in U.S. elections

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Twitter on Thursday labeled a tweet from Russian state media outlet RT (formerly Russia Today) that included a video implying widespread voter fraud is plaguing, and potentially delegitimizing, the U.S. election.

Why it matters: It's the first time Twitter has labeled RT's account with a civic integrity label, or a designation used to highlight efforts to manipulate or interfere in elections or other civic processes.