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Tucker Carlson responded on his Fox News show Monday to audio footage of controversial past comments he'd made by declaring, "we will never bow to the mob."

Why it matters: His remarks on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" were the first time he had responded on TV and at any great length to the audio releases by liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America of comments he'd made on "Bubba the Love Sponge" radio show. He did not directly respond to the remarks that were attacked for being racist, sexist and homophobic, saying it was "pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context.

What he's saying: "The great American outrage machine is a remarkable thing," he said. Carlson claimed the "liberal mob" was working hard to kill his show. "Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day," he said. "[W]e've always apologized when we're wrong, and will continue to do that. That's what decent people do. They apologize. But we will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what."

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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.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
6 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

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.

7 hours ago - Health

Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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.