The Morning Dispatch: Biden’s Big Friday

Happy Monday! We were barely able to finish today’s newsletter in time because we devoted our entire weekend to getting really, really mad at an anthropomorphic bird.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The House of Representatives ended a months-long standoff Friday night and voted 228-206 to pass the bipartisan infrastructure package approved by the Senate in August. Thirteen Republicans crossed party lines to support the $1 trillion bill that includes about $550 billion in new spending, while six progressive Democrats voted against it. 

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that U.S. employers added 531,000 jobs in October, beating the Dow Jones expectation of 450,000 and dropping the unemployment rate to 4.6 percent.

  • Pfizer’s oral COVID-19 antiviral, PAXLOVID, was found to reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by 89 percent when taken shortly after a COVID diagnosis, according to data from a randomized Phase II/III trial of high-risk patients released on Friday. Just 0.8 percent of those receiving PAXLOVID within three days of COVID symptom onset were hospitalized, compared to 7 percent of those who received a placebo.

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