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July 19, 2021

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 398 words, a 1.5-minute read.

⚡️ Breaking: J. Thomas Manger, who for 15 years headed the police in Montgomery County, Maryland, will be the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police. Go deeper.

1 big thing: The next COVID battlefront

A vaccination center at UNLV in Las Vegas. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

A federal judge just gave colleges their first major win in the battle to require that students be vaccinated.

Why it matters: Many students and parents consider these mandates essential to safely returning to campus. 586 colleges nationwide have some form of vaccine mandate, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Between the lines: That list includes schools that say the vaccines must have full FDA approval. None of the vaccines have full approval.

"Judge Damon R. Leichty of the U.S. District Court for Northern Indiana said that while he recognized the students’ interest in refusing unwarranted medical treatment, such a right must be weighed against the state’s greater interest," the N.Y. Times reports.

  • His ruling said: "The Fourteenth Amendment permits Indiana University to pursue a reasonable and due process of vaccination in the legitimate interest of public health."

What's next: A lawyer for the plaintiffs said that a conservative group called America’s Frontline Doctors is prepared to bankroll an appeal all the way to the Supreme Court.

2. Pic du jour: "Freedom Day"

Photo: Chris Eades/Getty Images

British clubbers take to the dance floor at Pryzm nightclub to celebrate the relaxing of COVID rules in Brighton, England.

  • At a minute past midnight today, England dropped most of its remaining social restrictions, such as those requiring indoor mask-wearing and limits on group gatherings.

3. Catch up quick

  1. 🇨🇦 The reopening: Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be able to enter Canada for nonessential travel without quarantining starting Aug. 9. Go deeper.
  2. There's the data point: The U.S. recession triggered by COVID officially ended in April 2020 — at two months, the shortest downturn on record, the National Bureau of Economic Research announced.
  3. 38-year-old Paul Hodgkins of Tampa was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge stemming from his participation in the Capitol riot. Go deeper.
  4. NHL history: Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first active NHL player to come out as gay.
  5. Haiti's acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph says he will step down from the role, which had seen him serve as de facto leader of Haiti in the wake of President Jovenel Moïse's assassination earlier this month. Go deeper.

4. 1 fun thing: Favorite Olympic sports

Most anticipated events at Tokyo Olympics
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