The Morning Dispatch: Biden’s First Meeting With Putin

Happy Thursday! It’s national Eat Your Vegetables Day, and we’re celebrating by dishing up items on bilateral diplomacy and monetary policy. But don’t worry, there’s dessert (Presented Without Comments) on the other end.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for their first bilateral summit of Biden’s term Wednesday. Both leaders said the talks were not hostile, but no breakthroughs emerged on any areas of national contention, including Russian cyberattacks against the United States.

  • The U.S. government has purchased an additional 200 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the biotech company announced Wednesday. According to the White House, the agreement applies to current as well as possible future iterations of the drug, such as pediatric doses or shots designed to combat new COVID variants.

  • The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to make Juneteenth, which commemorates the day the last enslaved Americans learned they had been emancipated, a federal holiday. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate earlier this week, and President Biden is scheduled to sign the legislation into law later today.

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