The Morning Dispatch: Bye Bye, Bibi?

Happy Thursday! The FDA announced yesterday that Americans shouldn’t eat cicadas if they’re allergic to seafood. We probably would have ended the press release after “Americans shouldn’t eat cicadas.” (No offense, Alec and Ryan.)

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid told President Reuven Rivlin yesterday that he had successfully brokered an agreement among an ideologically diverse group of lawmakers to form a governing coalition and oust longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Isaac Herzog, a former chairman of Israel’s center-left Labour Party, was elected Tuesday to succeed Rivlin next month and become the 11th President of Israel.

  • Punchbowl News reported yesterday that Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled late last week that Democrats can use the budget reconciliation process—which permits the Senate to bypass the filibuster and pass legislation via simple majority vote—more than once in any given year, but only in specific circumstances. They cannot use it as a shortcut “simply to avoid the regular legislative process,” MacDonough reportedly said, and “there have to be reasons beyond political expediency for triggering the majority threshold, such as an economic downturn.”

  • Iran’s largest warship and one of its major oil refineries both caught on fire Wednesday, with the former sinking in the Gulf of Oman. It is unclear at this point how the fires started or if they are connected.

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