The Morning Dispatch: Biden, World Leaders Huddle on Russia

Happy Friday! Today is our last Declan-less TMD for a while—unless of course you all band together as a mob over the weekend to demand his firing! We’ve done fine without him, haven’t we? Dead weight, if you ask us! (Please don’t say anything rash—in his absence we have nearly died.)

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States will admit 100,000 Ukrainian and other refugees fleeing as a result of Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression, President Joe Biden confirmed Thursday. According to the U.N. refugee agency, more than 3.5 million people have fled from Ukraine since February.

  • President Biden met with other NATO leaders for an emergency summit Thursday in Brussels to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Afterward, the U.S. and other allies announced additional sanctions on more than 400 Russian individuals and entities. 

  • Initial jobless benefit claims dropped from 28,000 to 187,000 the week that ended March 19 from the previous week, according to the U.S. Labor Department Thursday. That is the lowest level of unemployment benefit claims since September 1969 and is lower than economists predictions, which placed estimates closer to 210,000. 

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