The Morning Dispatch: China Talks Start Chilly

Happy Monday! It’s early, but “JonnyD” has one of the best March Madness brackets left in not only the TMD pool, but also the entire country. Nice job calling the Loyola Chicago upset of Illinois … we guess.

And quick clarification from our piece Friday on Iowa’s 2nd congressional district: Democrat Rita Hart did not “strike out in court” before appealing to the House to overturn the election results—she bypassed the court system entirely. Apologies for the confusion.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Centers for Disease Control updated its coronavirus guidelines for K-12 schools on Friday, reducing the recommended distance between elementary school students (and middle and high school students where community transmission is low) from six feet to three feet. The guidelines continue to recommend six feet of separation for adults at all times, as well as for students when masks cannot be worn.

  • With the United States continuing to face a surge of undocumented immigrants at the southern border, the Biden administration has moved to secure an $86 million contract with hotels in Arizona and Texas to house families and children. More than 5,000 unaccompanied children were in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody at the end of this week.

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