The Morning Dispatch: Biden Waives Nord Stream 2 Sanctions

Happy Friday! Summer weather is here in earnest in the D.C. area, where we’re back to pushing 95 degrees for the foreseeable future. Jury’s still out on whether relaxed post-COVID work rules will permit wearing shorts and Aloha shirts to the Dispatch office.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Israel and Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire after a violent 11 days. Both Israel and Hamas confirmed the agreement in statements. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added in his statement that “the reality on the ground … will determine the future of the operation.”

  • The House passed a $1.9 billion emergency spending bill to beef up security around the Capitol building. The bill was passed by only one vote, with some members of “the squad” of progressive Democrats voting no because it would give more money to police. The funding is a response to the January 6 attacks on the Capitol. 

  • President Joe Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law yesterday, which aims to curb violence and hate crimes against Asian-Americans. 

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