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Hey kids, you could be up next to get the magic mRNA superpower:

Pfizer announced this morning that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11, according to testing. 

What happens now?: Via The New York Times’s Apoorva Mandavilli, “Pfizer and BioNTech plan to apply to the Food and Drug Administration by the end of the month for authorization to use the vaccine in these children. If the regulatory review goes as smoothly as it did for older children and adults, millions of elementary school students could be inoculated before Halloween.”  

Same dose?: No, Pfizer used a third of the dose that is used for people ages 12 and up.

Grab your bag, your camera and your vaccine card — You may enter:

Via The Hill’s Nathaniel Weixel, “The Biden administration on Monday said it plans to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated international visitors beginning in early November.” 

The requirement for visitors: “All foreign visitors must be vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination before boarding a U.S.-bound airline, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsOvernight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — NIH study finds mix-and-match boosters effective More than one-third of eligible seniors have received boosters, White House says White House tells states to prepare plans to vaccinate kids in coming weeks MORE said. He added that that must also provide a negative test no later than 72 hours prior to flying. There will be no quarantine requirement.” 

Are all vaccines eligible?: “The administration will leave it up to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine which vaccines qualify.”

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National Mall display on pandemic deaths


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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 42,091,633 

U.S. death toll: 673,781 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 386 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 763,444 doses

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.

Breakdown of the numbers:


To say it went from 0 to 60 somehow feels like an understatement:



France angrily withdrew its ambassadors from the United States and Australia on Friday over a submarine deal. 

I’m sorry, what?: Via The Associated Press’s Elaine Ganley, “What the French now call a ‘grave crisis’ erupted over the sudden, surprise end to a 2016 contract worth at least $66 billion between France and Australia to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines. Instead, Australia signed on with the United States and Britain for eight nuclear-powered submarines. France insists it was not informed of the deal in advance.”

Why France is so angry: Via The New York Times’s David E. Sanger, “The United States and Australia went to extraordinary lengths to keep Paris in the dark as they secretly negotiated a plan to build nuclear submarines, scuttling France’s largest defense contract…” 

What now?President BidenJoe BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia  Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE and French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronFrench ambassador to Australia blasts sub deal with US: 'Way you treat your allies does resonate' America's subplot and Europe caught in the undertow UN agency to pay salaries of Afghan health care workers MORE will speak in the next few days, at Biden’s request.


Coming in hot!:

The House and Senate are both in session for the first time since the end of July. 

What is giving Democrats headaches: “Democrats are confronting two quickly approaching deadlines: The Sept. 30 cliff to prevent a government funding shutdown and House Democrats' self-imposed timeline for voting on the roughly $1 trillion Senate-passed infrastructure deal.”


Punting the government funding deadline: “The House will vote on a short-term government funding bill this week that is expected to fund the government into early December, as well as provide new funding for natural disasters and Afghan refugees.” 

The debt ceiling: “House Democrats are also expected to vote this week to suspend the debt ceiling, which kicked back in on Aug. 1. Democratic leadership hasn’t said if they will tie the debt fight to the continuing resolution (CR) or try to pass it on its own or attached to another bill.” 

Working on the $3.5 trillion social spending bill: “Though House committees have voted on their individual pieces of the $3.5 trillion plan, Democrats face plenty of roadblocks before they have an agreement on a final version that they can send to Biden. Complicating the negotiations, Democrats need near unity in the House, where [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)] can only lose three members, and total unity in the Senate, where [Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHispanic organizations call for Latino climate justice in reconciliation Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act To Win 2022: Go big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx voters MORE (D-N.Y.)] can’t lose any of his.” 

Voting rights: “Democrats will vote as soon as this week on a revamped voting and election reform legislation after Schumer moved to tee it up.”  

Abortion: “The House will vote on legislation this week to codify Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing access to abortion, after the Supreme Court declined to block a Texas law that bans most abortions. “ ^Yes, but: “Though the bill will be able to pass the House, it is expected to hit a wall in the Senate. The Senate’s version of the bill only has the backing of 48 senators with no GOP senators and [Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)] and Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDemocrats struggle to gain steam on Biden spending plan Building back better by investing in workers and communities Barletta holds wide lead over GOP rivals in early poll of Pennsylvania governor race MORE (D-Pa.) not signed on.” 

Defense bill: “The House will take up a sweeping defense policy bill this week, in a potential proxy battle over Biden’s Afghanistan policy.” 

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jordain Carney


Let’s get Elizabeth MacDonough a button that plays this sound:


Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough on Sunday ruled against Democrats' plan to provide 8 million greencards as part of their $3.5 trillion spending bill, dealing a significant blow to Democrats' immigration reform chances.” 

Why: To be included in the reconciliation bill and bypass any Republican support, the policy must be directly tied to the budget. MacDonough says the immigration plan is not directly related to spending. 

MacDonough wrote in the ruling, obtained by The Hill: "The policy changes of this proposal far outweigh the budgetary impact scored to it and it is not appropriate for inclusion in reconciliation.” 

What happens now?: Schumer said Democrats have alternative proposals and will be meeting with the Senate parliamentarian in the coming days.


Omar, a member of the liberal “squad,” is calling on Democratic leaders to ignore the parliamentarian’s ruling.

She tweeted: “This ruling by the parliamentarian, is only a recommendation. 

@SenSchumer and the  @WhiteHouse can and should ignore it. We can’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to do the right thing.”



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How cool!?:


Civilian astronauts return to Earth


Tidbit in Virginia:


A Trump yard sign in Virginia with Pence's name taped over



The House and Senate are in. President Biden is in Washington, D.C., and is heading to New York this afternoon. Vice President Harris is also in Washington. 

11 a.m. EDT: President Biden left Rehoboth Beach, Del., and returned to the White House. 

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden receives the President’s Daily Brief. 

2 p.m. EDT: The House meets. 

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. 

3:55 p.m. EDT: President Biden leaves for New York, N.Y. 

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris hosts a reception for the Congressional Black Caucus’s 50th anniversary at her residence. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: A judicial confirmation vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today 

6:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden participates in a bilateral meeting with U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres.

6:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today


1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Buttigieg hits back after parental leave criticism: 'Really strange' Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream 

2:30 p.m. EDT: Defense Department Spokesperson John KirbyJohn KirbyChina, US military officials held talks to discuss relations Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — The Quad confab MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream


Today is National Pepperoni Pizza Day!

And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here’s a family of three in matching footwear: