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President Trump is expected to announce today a reduction by as much as 92% of the land protected as part of Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, The New York Times reports. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will also lose about half of its protected land.

Why it matters: This would be the largest reduction of a national monument, and will be at the center of a debate over how much land a president is able to set aside as a national park or monument. The Times says the move comes "as the administration pushes for fewer restrictions and more development on public lands."

What's next: The Navajo Nation along with other tribes and conservation groups have threatened to go to court over Trump's decision to shrink the Bears Ears. Zinke also has called for a reduction of land in Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou monuments, according to AP. although details remain unclear. Zinke also plans to allow logging at a new national monument in Maine as well as grazing, hunting and fishing at two monuments in New Mexico.

Go deeper: The three national monuments that could lose land under Trump.

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3 hours ago - Health

Food banks feel the strain without holiday volunteers

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

America's food banks are sounding the alarm during this unprecedented holiday season.

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

5 hours ago - Health

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.

Updated 7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving.
  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.
  4. Economy: The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.