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Evan Vucci / AP

In true Trump fashion, the president took to Twitter today to condemn last night's media reports that his administration has been in close contact with Russian officials, claiming the "fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred."

The targets: Trump called out CNN and the NYTimes, claimed that the stories are an effort to deflect attention from Hillary Clinton's loss, and endorsed Fox & Friends over MSNBC and CNN. He then pivoted to how the leaks are illegally being given out to these "failing" news organizations "like candy" by the intelligence community, suggesting that the leaks are the real problem. He also publicly wondered why more scrutiny wasn't given to Obama when Putin took Crimea from Ukraine.

The puzzler: Trump also thanked Eli Lake, the Bloomberg View columnist, for telling Sean Hannity last night that "The NSA & FBI...should not interfere in our politics...and is [a] 'Very serious situation for USA.'"

It was clear he didn't read Lake's column, which includes this quote:

The point here is that for a White House that has such a casual and opportunistic relationship with the truth, it's strange that Flynn's "lie" to Pence would get him fired. It doesn't add up.

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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 senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

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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.

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Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

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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.

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