Happy Monday! Running for office the first time, Donald Trump mocked John Kerry mercilessly on the campaign trail after the secretary of state broke his leg in a biking accident. But after Joe Biden fell off his bike this weekend, Trump simply expressed hope that his successor was okay. The weight of the presidency changes a man.
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Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Saturday formally endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for young children, meaning kids 6 months through 5 years of age are eligible for vaccination beginning this week.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s political party, La République En Marche!, was dealt a blow in parliamentary elections over the weekend, with early projections showing that while it will maintain a plurality, the party lost the outright majority it secured in 2017. En Marche! is expected to win between 210 and 230 of the National Assembly’s 577 seats, while Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s left-wing coalition is expected to win between 165 and 185 seats and Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Rally is expected to win between 87 and 102 seats. Macron was reelected in April with nearly 60 percent of the vote, but Sunday’s results indicated a deep dissatisfaction with the direction of the country and will make it difficult for Macron to enact his agenda.
Senator Gustavo Petro—the left-wing senator, former mayor of Bogotá, and onetime guerrilla fighter—was elected president of Colombia on Sunday with just over 50 percent of the vote, eking out a narrow win over businessman Rodolfo Hernández.