The Morning Dispatch: A Preview of the January 6 Hearings

Happy Wednesday! Any Aussie KFC fans in the house? If so, you have our condolences: crop-destroying floods in Australia have forced the fried chicken chain locations there to temporarily combine the lettuce on their sandwiches with cabbage. Blech.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Former Kansas resident Allison Fluke-Ekren pleaded guilty Tuesday to leading an ISIS women’s battalion. The former teacher converted to Islam and left the U.S. for stints in Libya, Iraq, and Syria, training women and girls—including her daughter—to fight and planning terrorist attacks until her detainment in 2021, according to the Department of Justice.

  • The FBI has seized the electronic data of retired Marine Gen. John Allen as part of an investigation of his connection to illegal lobbying on behalf of Qatar in 2017. Allen led U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan and heads the Brookings Institution, an influential think tank.

  • The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the U.S. trade gap—the difference between U.S. imports and exports—fell 19.1 percent in April thanks to a drop in domestic demand for foreign goods. A slowing global economy, pandemic disruptions, and the war in Ukraine will likely continue to depress import demand, and the World Bank on Tuesday lowered its global growth forecast for the year from 4.1 percent to 2.9 percent.

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