Happy Friday! While Declan’s been on vacation this week, he’s been using some of his hard-won leisure time to send Andrew cruel taunts about how the St. Louis Cardinals missed out this week on trading for generational outfielder Juan Soto. It may be for this karmic reason that the Cardinals trounced the Cubs in both ends of a doubleheader yesterday.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The spending bill deal struck between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin cleared what may be its last major hurdle Thursday after Sen. Kyrsten Sinema agreed to support the legislation in slightly modified form. The tax-and-spend climate, health care, and energy package—the full text of which is not yet public—will head to the Senate floor Saturday for debate.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced yesterday that the Department of Justice will bring federal charges against four former and current Louisville police officers implicated in the March 2020 death of Breonna Taylor. The charges include civil rights and obstruction offenses, unlawful conspiracy, and unconstitutional use of force. Among the officers charged is Brett Hankinson, who was brought to state trial on wanton endangerment charges for shots fired into a neighboring apartment during the botched raid on Taylor’s home. He was found not guilty on all counts.
American WNBA player Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony Thursday. Griner had been detained by Russian authorities in February for bringing a small amount of cannabis oil into the country. President Biden called the sentence “unacceptable” and has been discussing a prisoner exchange with Russia to bring Griner back to America.