The Morning Dispatch: COVID Case Counts Creep Higher

Happy Friday! After closing up shop (tent?) in the spring of 2017, the Ringling Brothers circus announced the Greatest Show on Earth will return next September. We’d like to thank politics for filling the void these past five years.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Senate voted 86-11 on Thursday to pass a $40 billion Ukrainian aid package, sending the measure to President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign it into law. The legislation—the largest of its kind since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—will appropriate about $9 billion to replenish the United States’ weapons stockpile, $6 billion to provide security assistance to Ukrainian forces, and $14 billion for various State Department activities—including $9 billion to prop up Ukraine’s economy, $400 million to investigate war crimes, and $300 million to rebuild and secure the American embassy in Kyiv.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau released its standard post-enumeration survey on Thursday, finding eight states (Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Utah) were statistically overcounted in the 2020 census and six states (Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas) were statistically undercounted. The bureau had previously estimated the 2020 census overcounted white and Asian residents and undercounted black, Hispanic, and Native American residents.

  • One week after the Justice Department said the U.S. Marshals Service would provide additional support to the marshal of the Supreme Court in the wake of the leaked Dobbs opinion, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced all Supreme Court justices will get “around-the-clock security” at their homes. “The Justice Department will not tolerate violence or threats of violence against judges or any other public servants at work, home, or any other location,” Garland said. 

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