The Morning Dispatch: Afghanistan on the Brink

Happy Wednesday! If all news days were as slow as yesterday, we’d be out of a job. But don’t worry—we still managed to cook up a (pretty great, in our opinion) newsletter for you.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Associated Press projected New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary for Eric Adams on Tuesday after the city’s Board of Elections released an additional round of results showing the former police officer and Brooklyn borough president with a lead of approximately 8,400 votes over NYC Sanitation Department Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. Adams declared victory, but Garcia has yet to formally concede.

  • The Pentagon announced on Tuesday it had canceled the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract originally awarded to Microsoft in 2019. The Defense Department said it determined that “due to evolving requirements, increased cloud conversancy, and industry advances, the JEDI Cloud contract no longer meets its needs.”

  • More than half (51.7 percent) of the coronavirus cases confirmed in the United States between June 20 and July 3 can be traced back to the more contagious Delta variant, Centers for Disease Control data released Tuesday showed, up from 30.4 percent during the two-week period immediately prior. Israeli data released yesterday showed Pfizer’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine remains highly effective at preventing severe illness and death from the Delta variant, but less so (64 percent) at protecting against infection.

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