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President Trump speaks in the Navy locker room before Saturday's Army vs. Navy football game in Philadelphia, Dec. 14. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper touted during an appearance at an Army-Navy football game Saturday a new administration policy that makes it easier for military academy athletes to go pro.

Driving the news: Trump announced in June plans to enable student-athletes graduating from the academies and ROTC to "play professional sports before fulfilling their two-year active-duty military requirement," per Reuters.

  • Under the policy outlined last month, athletes must "get approval from the Pentagon chief" and "fulfill their military obligation or repay the costs of their education," AP notes.

Worth noting: In 2017, the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era policy allowing military service academy and ROTC athletes to be recruited directly into professional sports.

Game result: The Navy won the 120th playing of the game in Philadelphia 31-7, the New York Times reports.

Editor's note: This piece has been corrected to show that the new rule will allow student-athletes to play professional sports before fulfilling their military requirement (not delay professional sports).

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People wait in line at Food Bank Community Kitchen on Nov. 25 in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City

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The big picture: Soup kitchens and charities, usually brimming with holiday volunteers, are getting far less help.

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AstraZeneca CEO: "We need to do an additional study" on COVID vaccine

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AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said on Thursday the company is likely to start a new global trial to measure how effective its coronavirus vaccine is, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Following Phase 3 trials, Oxford and AstraZeneca said their vaccine was 90% effective in people who got a half dose followed by a full dose, and 62% effective in people who got two full doses.

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  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions.
  3. World: Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021 — Europeans extend lockdowns.
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  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.