The Morning Dispatch: Bitcoin Takes a Plunge

Happy Thursday! LeBron James hit an off-balance 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring last night to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Golden State Warriors 103-100 and put the defending NBA champs into the playoff bracket. Don’t worry: Cubs updates will return next week.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As Israel and Hamas continued into their 10th day of fighting on Wednesday, President Joe Biden told Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call that “he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,” according to a White House readout of the conversation. Netanyahu rejected Biden’s support for a ceasefire, tweeting Wednesday that he is “determined to continue this operation until its goal is achieved, to restore peace and security to you, the citizens of Israel.”

  • The House of Representatives voted 252-175 Wednesday to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Thirty-five Republicans voted in support of the bill—bucking GOP House leadership, which had urged the conference against it. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it will need at least 10 Republican votes to pass.

  • Before the House vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would follow the lead of his colleagues in House leadership by opposing the commission legislation. “It’s not at all clear what new facts or additional investigation yet another commission could lay on top of the existing efforts by law enforcement and Congress,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday. 

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