The Morning Dispatch: Biden to Announce New Pandemic Strategy

Happy Thursday! Blue’s Clues turning 25 yesterday made the younger Morning Dispatchers feel really old and the older Morning Dispatchers feel, well … you know.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Police in Hong Kong arrested four members of the group that organizes an annual vigil commemorating the Tiananmen Square massacre, accusing them of not cooperating with an investigation into allegations they are acting as foreign agents.

  • Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani released a statement Wednesday apologizing to the Afghan people for not being able to avert the republic’s demise and claiming he believed his abrupt fleeing of the country on August 15 was “the only way to keep the guns silent and save Kabul and her 6 million citizens.”

  • The Louisiana Department of Health said yesterday that Hurricane Ida’s death toll in the state has risen to 26, with nearly a dozen additional people succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning or excessive heat due to extended power outages. About 300,000 customers in Louisiana remained without power as of Wednesday night.

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