What Do You Need to Know to Start Your Day?

Hi, I’m Rachael Larimore, managing editor of The Dispatch.

I help guide the editorial operations here and make sure the trains run on time. Back when I joined The Dispatch in October, The Morning Dispatch (TMD) was the first new project we conceived and started sending out. And even with all the other great work we’ve done since our launch, we consider it a flagship of sorts—it represents a crucial part of our mission. We’re a small band of curious souls with a bit of a skeptical streak and an endless appetite for news. We view the mission of The Dispatch to help you make sense of the day’s events and weed out the clutter. We provide fresh, fact-driven reporting and the context necessary to understand it. Very simply: What’s important and why.

Each day, we take great care in compiling the top section of The Morning Dispatch— what we call “Quick Hits.” Think of this section as the newsletter equivalent of your favorite radio station offering up news and the traffic report at the top of the hour. We link to an array of stories that are important to know about, and that you might have missed in the onslaught of so much news. We try to read everything, so you don’t have to.

Next is my favorite section, composed of two or three items that explain events in more depth, often with original reporting and analysis. Recently, for example, we took a deep dive into how the IMF is predicting a contraction of the global economy due to the pandemic, and what that means for the United States. A post last week delved into the failure of the Senate GOP’s police reform bill, looking into not just the politics of the legislation, but the increasing popular support for changes to law enforcement.

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