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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Moderna announces 94.5% efficacy rate on COVID-19 vaccine | Second coronavirus vaccine over 90% | Fauci touts results as ‘truly outstanding’ | Timing for general public | Trump walks back tweet saying Biden ‘won’ | Trump’s national security adviser vows ‘professional transition’ of power | House returns | 15 days to fund the government and for coronavirus relief negotiations | SpaceX astronauts sneak Baby Yoda onto spacecraft



Amazing news on a second COVID-19 vaccine!:



The drug company Moderna, who has also been working on a coronavirus vaccine, announced this morning that its vaccine is 94.5 percent effective. https://bit.ly/36HZYoO 

Didn’t we know this already?: Last week, drug company Pfizer announced that its vaccine is more than 90 percent effective. This means a second vaccine appears to be effective.  

What to know about the trial: Moderna performed its vaccine trial on 30,000 volunteers, half of which were given a placebo. Of the 15,000 volunteers receiving a placebo, 90 developed COVID-19. Of the 15,000 who received the actual vaccine, just 5 tested positive for the coronavirus. There were 11 severe cases that were all from the placebo group.   

What happens next?: Moderna will seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration. If authorized, it can begin vaccinating people in December (!)

When can the general public receive the vaccine?: Most people could start receiving the vaccine in the spring, after high priority groups have first received it.



REACTION FROM DR. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Ex-Trump doctor turned GOP lawmaker wants Biden to take cognitive test White House officials won't say if US will meet July vaccine goal MORE:

Via CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen, Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, touted the news. https://cnn.it/36JQOYS

Yes, yes, yes!: "These are obviously very exciting results…It's just as good as it gets -- 94.5% is truly outstanding." 

Fauci’s timing: "I think that everybody else will start to get vaccinated towards the end of April. And that will go into May, June, July. It will take a couple of months to do."


Following Moderna’s announcement, “The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened with a gain of more than 350 points Monday, rising 1.2 percent. The Nasdaq composite rose roughly 0.1 percent, and the S&P 500 index rose 0.8 percent.” https://bit.ly/3psgfXw

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To bring Katy Perry into this: ‘You’re hot then you're cold, you're yes then you're no, you're in then you're out’:

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Over the weekend, President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE walked back a tweet that he said President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE won the presidential election. https://bit.ly/2IJWWZl 

Trump tweeted on Sunday morning: “He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!” https://bit.ly/3pxoYYw

Trump also tweeted: “All of the mechanical ‘glitches’ that took place on Election Night were really THEM getting caught trying to steal votes. They succeeded plenty, however, without getting caught. Mail-in elections are a sick joke!” https://bit.ly/2KdLC8d 

Shortly after: #TrumpConceded trended on Twitter. https://bit.ly/36CXfNC

But Trump later clarified: “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!” https://bit.ly/36GNH3Z


Speaking to The Hill’s editor-at-large Steve Clemons at the Global Security Forum, “President Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, on Monday said there will be a ‘professional transition’ to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration despite Trump’s refusal to concede that he lost the election.” https://bit.ly/36ALDdS 

In O’Brien’s words: “If there is a new administration, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies. We may have policy disagreements but look, if the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — and obviously things look that way now — we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council. There’s no question about it.”


“If you believe Donald Trump WON THE ELECTION [which he did not], then you also believe Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Nikki Haley warns Republicans on China: 'If they take Taiwan, it's all over' The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE will still be vice president and therefore the Georgia Senate races won't affect Senate control. [this is the logic problem now facing the Senate GOP] https://bit.ly/38NtNHp


Set your clock for 15 days. Go.:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, the House and Senate are both in session with 15 works days left to avert a government shutdown and to negotiate a long-awaited coronavirus relief package. https://bit.ly/38KBo9y

Why 15 days: Congress will be out next week for Thanksgiving and is currently scheduled to leave Washington on Dec. 11 for the year. 

Where the coronavirus relief deal stands: “Both sides say they want a deal on a relief bill. But while it's still relatively early in the lame-duck session, there's no clear path at the moment to a deal, despite the steep economic and health consequences.” 

Where government funding stands: “Congress has until Dec. 11 to fund the government. One question looming over any talks is whether President Trump, fuming over his election loss, will sign anything beyond a continuing resolution, a short-term bill that would fund the government until early next year at fiscal 2020 levels.”


House leadership elections: House Republicans are scheduled to hold their leadership elections on Tuesday; Democrats are planning their elections for Wednesday and Thursday. The gist: Leadership in both parties are expected to retain their positions.

Nominations: “Senate Republicans appear poised to confirm Judy Shelton to the Federal Reserve board after keeping her nomination in limbo for months.”  

Twitter and Facebook executives are back: “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Graham, Whitehouse: Global transition to renewables would help national security Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals MORE (R-S.C.) announced late last month that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergTexas governor signs ban on outside help for election administrators Hillicon Valley: NATO members agree to new cyber defense policy | YouTube banning politics, elections in masthead ads | 50 groups urge Biden to fill FCC position to reinstate net neutrality rules Pink Floyd's Roger Waters: 'No f---ing way' Zuckerberg can use our song for ad MORE will testify before the committee on Tuesday … Graham is expected to focus the hearing on the platforms’ handling of the 2020 elections and a recent New York Post article that Twitter initially prevented the spread of on its platform.”  

Context and details for eachhttps://bit.ly/38KBo9y





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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 11,048,174 

U.S. death toll: 246,255 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y


Journalists everywhere take notes:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/35BkoRi 

Read the excerpthttps://bit.ly/3lFrGci

Throwback — 20 years ago, minus 10 days:





The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in D.C. and is flying to Dover, Del., later today. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' Biden's plan for Central American kids is no substitute for asylum State Department bans Guatemalan lawmaker from entering US MORE are in Wilmington, Del.

TodayPresident-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris receive a briefing on the economy.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump and Vice President Pence have lunch together.

2 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence leads a teleconference with governors on COVID-19. 

2 p.m. EST: The House meets.  

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets. 

4:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence leaves for the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. 

5:05 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence participates in a dignified transfer of a fallen soldier at Dover Air Force Base. 

5:30 p.m. EST: A cloture vote on a nomination in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/32MGnTa

6:30 p.m. EST: Votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3pAcj71 

6:55 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence returns to Washington, D.C. 

Nov. 19: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “The Hill's Diversity & Inclusion Summit.” Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/35q97mo


1:45 p.m. ESTPresident-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris deliver remarks on the economy. C-SPAN livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2K3n5T5

11 p.m. EST: “NASA provides full coverage of SpaceX Crew Dragon docking to the International Space Station, followed by a welcoming ceremony and news conference.” C-SPAN livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2K5kaJA


Today is National Fast Food Day.

Space launches are so incredibly cool:

Four astronauts launched into space yesterday evening aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. https://cbsn.ws/35AOfJl

How long it will take the crew to reach the International Space Station: 27 hours 

The astronauts: “Commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi” https://cbsn.ws/35AOfJl


Omg, the astronauts snuck a Baby Yoda onto the spacecraft: No, seriously! Here’s a photohttps://bit.ly/3f4y1v5

This is a wild photo of the rocket launching through the cloudshttps://bit.ly/3kCLfAo

If you missed it — here’s video of the launchhttps://bit.ly/2H6z0hT 

Whoa — check out the view from The University of Central Florida: 



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/32RknH3 

And from a nearby hospital — it’s amazing how clearly you can see ithttps://bit.ly/3noZ5rS 

The view from Miamihttps://bit.ly/2UuK9Mr

Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence buys .9M home in Indiana There is no pandemic recovery plan without the arts and culture Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' MORE attended: Here are photos of them watching: https://bit.ly/2UwCflV

And to make you smile on a Monday afternoon, here’s a hamster with a creative solution: https://bit.ly/32PeyK8