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Former guerrilla leaders and peace activists attend an event marking one year since the signing of Colombia's peace accord with rebels Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, at Colon theater in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. Photo: Ricardo Mazalan / AP.

Colombians remain divided over the year-old peace deal that ended a 50-year long war in the country, and the country's political elite faces a profound crisis of legitimacy. Graft scandals have hit every branch of the government over the past year, and corruption now eclipses security as a top concern for voters. More than 80 percent of Colombians say they have a negative view of all political parties.

Why it matters: There is an important connection between the problem of corruption and the prospects for peace. Making peace agreements stick is never easy—just ask former-Yugoslavians, Rwandans, or Salvadorans, for starters. In an increasingly polarized society, a government that lacks trust and legitimacy will have an especially difficult time providing the public goods that are indispensable to anchor peace and prosperity. Whether that dynamic changes after next March's presidential election is the critical question for Colombia today.

Go deeper: Watch my video explainer on the situation in Colombia recorded on location in Bogota — with a bonus orthographic lesson.

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  1. Health: Trump, Melania received COVID vaccine at White House in January — CDC director warns "now is not the time" to lift COVID restrictions.
  2. Vaccine: J&J CEO "absolutely" confident in vaccine distribution goals Most states aren't prioritizing prisons for COVID vaccines — Vaccine hesitancy is shrinking.
  3. Economy: Apple says all U.S. stores open for the first time since start of pandemic — What's really going on with the labor market.
  4. Sports: Poll weighs impact of athlete vaccination.
  5. World: Italy tightens restrictions as experts warn of growing prevalence of variants — PA announces new COVID restrictions as cases surge.
  6. Local: Colorado sets timeline for return to normalcy.
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Trump received COVID vaccine at White House in January

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Former President Trump and former first lady Melania Trump were both vaccinated at the White House in January, a Trump adviser tells Axios.

Why it matters: Trump declared at CPAC on Sunday that "everybody" should get the coronavirus vaccine — the first time he's encouraged his supporters, who have been more skeptical of getting vaccinated, to do so.

Biden administration seeks to allow separated migrant families to reunite in U.S.

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced Monday that the Biden administration will explore "lawful pathways" to allow migrant families separated under the Trump administration to reunite in the U.S.

Why it matters: Biden has pledged to reunite the hundreds of families still separated as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, and signed an executive order last month creating a family separation task force chaired by Mayorkas.

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