The Morning Dispatch: Breaking Down the So-Called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

Happy Tuesday! One day into the new job Esther is already furious at the Buffalo Bills for matching the Bears’ offer sheet on restricted free agent offensive lineman Ryan Bates and blocking him from coming to Chicago. (Yes. Most enraged. And I definitely know what all those sports words mean. -E)

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Russia and Ukraine are set to resume cease-fire talks in Turkey today, after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this weekend Ukraine might accept an officially neutral status as part of a peace agreement, which would prohibit the country from joining NATO in the future. For now, fighting continues, and the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that two Ukrainians and a Russian oligarch involved in the negotiations were seemingly poisoned earlier this month—a possible attempt to sabotage the talks. They’ve since recovered from the non-life threatening symptoms, including, allegedly, peeling skin and temporary blindness.

  • President Joe Biden released a $5.8 trillion budget request for fiscal year 2023 on Monday that included $30 billion for police and community anti-violence programs, a 1.5 percent real increase in defense spending, and a 20 percent tax on households worth more than $100 million. The White House hopes the extra tax revenue will help shrink the deficit by $1 trillion over a decade, but an administration’s annual budget request is a wishlist that can (and generally does) end up looking very different after congressional negotiations. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, for example, is already giving Biden’s proposed tax on unrealized capital gains the stink eye.

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed into law a much-debated bill limiting how—and at what grade levels—public school teachers can lead lessons about gender identity and sexual orientation.

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