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Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

President Trump stopped by a Coast Guard station in Florida this Thanksgiving, saying he was "very proud" of the entire branch, particularly after rescue efforts from Hurricane Harvey: "If you were looking at it as a brand, theres no brand that went up more than the Coast Guard, with what happened in Texas."

As in his earlier remarks to troops overseas, he spoke a bit about the state of the economy: "The country's doing really well. Stock market, all time high. This is all good stuff."

On military equipment

  • "Were ordering tremendous amounts of new equipment. We're at 700 billion dollars for the military. And, you know, they were cutting back for years. They just kept cutting, cutting, cutting the military. And you got lean, to put it nicely it was depleted, was the word. And now its changing."
  • "Even if they're allies you never know about an ally, an ally can turn... I always say, Make ours a little bit better... Keep about 10 percent in the bag."
  • The F-35 fighter jet is almost like an invisible fighter... I said, 'how good is this plane?' They said, 'well sir you can't see it... it wins every time because the enemy cannot see it.'"

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Starbucks drops worker vaccine mandate after SCOTUS ruling

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Starbucks announced in a memo to employees Tuesday that it has dropped plans to implement a vaccine mandate for all U.S. workers, AP reported on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The company's decision comes in response to the Supreme Court's ruling last week to block the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.

2 hours ago - Health

Omicron hits American hospitals disproportionately hard

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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

America is seeing more COVID hospitalizations than other wealthy countries during the Omicron surge, according to Our World in Data.

Why it matters: Vaccines keep the vast majority of COVID cases out of the hospital, but vaccination rates are also lower in the U.S. than these other countries.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: The end of the Omicron wave is in sight — Transplants rebound from COVID lull.
  2. Vaccines: WHO: No evidence that healthy children, teens need boosters — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden to announce plan to distribute 400 million masks for free — Government website for free COVID tests launches early.
  4. World: WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older.
  5. Variant tracker