The Morning Dispatch: Can the GOP Retake the Senate?

Happy Tuesday! NASA has released an approximation of what a black hole sounds like, and it’s a perfect way to start your morning—if you’re into Dante’s second circle of Hell, dementors, that sort of stuff.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The New York Times reported Monday that, between the National Archives, the Justice Department, and the FBI, the federal government has recovered “more than 300 documents with classified markings” from former President Donald Trump since he left office—including documents related to national security from the FBI, CIA, and National Security Agency. Trump went through the boxes of materials himself in late 2021 before turning some of them over, according to the Times report, and concerns he and his team were not being fully forthcoming with the relevant agencies contributed to the execution of a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago earlier this month.

  • Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart—the judge who signed the warrant authorizing a search at Mar-a-Lago earlier this month—issued an order on Monday instructing the Justice Department to propose redactions to the sealed affidavit explaining the rationale for the search, as he is likely to make at least some of it public due to “intense public and historical interest.” He added that it’s possible, however, the government will request such extensive redactions—to protect cooperating witnesses, evidence collection methods, and the investigation’s roadmap—that disclosure of the document is ultimately rendered “meaningless.” 

  • Pfizer and BioNTech announced Monday they have formally requested Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for their COVID-19 booster shot modified to target the original coronavirus strain and the latest iterations of the Omicron variant. The companies have already begun scaling up production of the updated vaccine—which has yet to be tested in a human clinical trial—in anticipation of expected authorization ahead of a fall booster campaign.

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