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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn looks on as President Donald Trump announces that the Food and Drug Administration is issuing an emergency authorization for blood plasma as a coronavirus treatment during a press conference in James S. Brady Briefing Room at the White House on on August 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. The move by the FDA comes after President Trump accused the FDA of slow-walking the therapy to harm his reelection chances.(Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
Where Things Stand: Cooperate But Don’t Prime Badge
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The news out of the GSA last night was obviously newsworthy — the strongest indication yet that President Trump is running out of options to keep his claims of a stolen election afloat.

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 20:  U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien addresses the press during protocol signature for exports ceremony with Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil, amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the Itamaraty Palace on October 20, 2020 in Brasilia. Brazil has over 5.250,000 confirmed positive cases of Coronavirus and has over 154,176 deaths. (Photo by Andressa Anholete/Getty Images)
NYTVIRUS - Chief of Staff Mark Meadows looks on as President Donald Trump meets with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards in the Oval Office, Wednesday, April 29, 2020.  ( Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Where Things Stand: If The CDC Chief Isn’t ‘Closest To The Process’ Of Vaccine Creation, Who Is? Prime Badge
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We covered news this morning of White House chief of staff Mark Meadows attempts to distance President Trump’s own CDC director from the vaccine development process in order to adhere to Trump’s own political narrative surrounding its creation.

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23:  Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-N.C), speaks to members of the media during a closed session on Capitol Hill on October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper was on Capitol Hill to testify to the committees for the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)
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