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Trump looks for his water bottle. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Giving a 21-minute wrap-up on his Asia trip in the Diplomatic Room yesterday, "Trump pauses address to nation to take 2 big swigs of water," by AP's Ken Thomas:

"At first, he couldn't find any in his presidential lectern. 'They don't have water? That's OK,' he said. When he was informed it was sitting on a small table to his right, the president unscrewed the cap, took a drink [of the Fiji water] and then resumed his speech. He took another swig later in the speech. ... Trump's water break drew instant comparisons to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's 2013 speech after then-President Barack Obama's State of the Union."

  • Trump said at a campaign event in Fort Worth in February 2016: "When they put Marco on to refute President Obama's speech, do you remember that catastrophe? ... He's like this: 'I need water. Help me, I need water' ... This is on live television. This total choke artist ... Unbelievable."
  • Rubio retweeted yesterday's Fox video and added: "Similar, but needs work on his form. Has to be done in one single motion & eyes should never leave the camera. But not bad for his 1st time."

Trump used variations of "respect" eight times: "Everywhere we went, our foreign hosts greeted the American delegation, myself included, with incredible warmth, hospitality, and most importantly respect."

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

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Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.

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