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Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden was left with hairline fractures in his foot and will require a walking boot after slipping while playing with his dog Major on Saturday, his office announced on Sunday.

Details: Kevin O'Connor, Biden's doctor, originally said that the president-elect had "sustained a sprain of his right foot" and initial X-rays showed "no obvious fracture," per pool reports.

  • "A follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot," O'Connor said in a statement later in the evening.
  • "It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks."

For the record: Major is one of the Bidens' two German shepherds and will be the first rescue dog to inhabit the White House. The Bidens also plan to get a cat in January.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of Biden's hairline fractures.

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The Republicans who acknowledged Biden's win after the Electoral College vote

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is the latest Republican to accept Joe Biden as president-elect after the Electoral College affirmed his election victory on Monday.

Why it matters: Many GOP lawmakers have for weeks refused to accept Biden's win, highlighting President Trump's influence over the party, even as his efforts to overthrow the election based on false allegations of widespread voter fraud proved unsuccessful.

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The incoming administration is planning extraordinary steps to protect its most prized commodity, Joe Biden, including requiring daily employee COVID tests and N95 masks at all times, according to new guidance sent to some incoming employees Tuesday.

Why it matters: The president-elect is 78 years old and therefore a high risk for the virus and its worst effects, despite having received the vaccine. While President Trump's team was nonchalant about COVID protocols — leading to several super-spreader episodes — the new rules will apply to all White House aides in "high proximity to principals."

Justice Department drops insider trading inquiry against Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) walking through the Senate Subway in the U.S. Capitol in December 2020. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Department of Justice told Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Tuesday that it will not move forward with insider trading charges against him.

Why it matters: The decision, first reported by the New York Times, effectively ends the DOJ's investigation into the senator's stock sell-off that occurred after multiple lawmakers were briefed about the coronavirus' potential economic toll. Burr subsequently stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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