The Morning Dispatch: A Tale of Two Tech Titans

Happy Thursday! The New York Knicks won their first playoff game since 2013 last night, but it’s important to remember that two of their best players—and their head coach—came from the Chicago Bulls. So it’s kind of like the Bulls got the win, too. 

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • President Joe Biden said in a statement Wednesday he has asked the intelligence community (IC) to “redouble their efforts” to investigate the origin of COVID-19, “including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.” Biden said the IC has yet to reach a definitive conclusion on the issue, as “the majority of elements do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one [theory] to be more likely than the other.”

  • The Senate voted unanimously yesterday to pass Sen. Josh Hawley’s bill that would require the director of national intelligence to declassify “any and all information” the federal government has about links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and COVID-19’s origins. The legislation would need to be approved in the House and signed by President Biden to go into effect.

  • A gunman killed eight people at a rail yard in San Jose, California on Wednesday. The suspect—who was a transit system employee and died after likely shooting himself—is believed to have set his home on fire prior to the shooting, according to a spokesman for the Santa Clara County sheriff’s office.

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