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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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