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July 1, 2022

The 7 things you need to know for Monday, June 20

The 7 things you need to know for Monday, June 20  The Washington PostView Full Coverage on Google News

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Americans are starting to spend less on travel and restaurants.

  • It’s a worrying sign: This type of spending — which also includes things like haircuts and home repairs and cleaning — makes up more than two-thirds of the U.S. economy.
  • What’s behind this? Prices have risen 8.6% in the past year, and financial markets have grown volatile, with investment values plummeting.
  • What’s next?A recession is not inevitable,” members of President Biden’s Cabinet stressed this weekend, pointing to strong job numbers and ways to bring down gas prices.

2

Coronavirus vaccines for kids under 5 are finally here.

  • The latest: The CDC signed off on giving the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shots to as many as 19 million U.S. children. They should be available tomorrow.
  • Why it matters: This was the last group without access to a vaccine. Since the pandemic began, more than 13.5 million U.S. kids have tested positive for the coronavirus.

3

Russian troops have detained or abducted hundreds of Ukrainian civilians.

  • All over Ukraine, people are missing. Authorities say these cases are part of a pattern of Russian disappearances, a tactic designed to demoralize civilian resistance.
  • What else to know: European Union leaders will meet Thursday and Friday to decide if Ukraine will be granted candidate status.

4

A former guerrilla fighter will be Colombia’s first leftist president.

  • Who is he? Gustavo Petro, a 62-year-old senator and former rebel. He received over half the vote in yesterday’s election.
  • His ideas: Petro promised to transform an unequal society. He wants free higher education, universal public health care and higher taxes on the wealthiest Colombians.
  • The pattern: Colombia is one of Latin America’s most historically conservative countries, but governments are moving left across the region after the coronavirus pandemic’s economic assault.

5

Apple Store workers approved their first U.S. union.

  • Where? Towson, Md., near Baltimore. Workers there voted 65 to 33 to join a union Saturday, becoming the first of the tech giant’s U.S. retail stores to take that step.
  • The bigger picture: It’s part of an organizing movement sweeping the nation. Workers at tech companies are banding together to demand higher pay, better benefits and more leverage.

6

Swimming’s governing body banned most transgender women from competing.

  • What’s happening? FINA’s new policy, announced yesterday, requires transgender athletes to have completed their transition by age 12 to swim in women’s competitions.
  • The background: Penn’s Lia Thomas became the first openly transgender woman to win an NCAA Division I swimming title this year, intensifying debate over the rules.

7

Parts of Yellowstone National Park will reopen after devastating floods.

  • The damage: Last week, a massive explosion of water surged through the region, sweeping away homes, bridges and roadways. These maps and videos show the flood’s full force.
  • The plan: Entrances to the south loop of the popular tourist destination will reopen Wednesday. However, Yellowstone’s north loop could remain closed for repairs all summer.

And now … these flavors could soon find their way into your shopping cart: Here are six food trends to watch in 2022.

John Taylor contributed to today’s briefing.

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