The Morning Dispatch: Democrats Bring Earmarks Back

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Snow, freezing temperatures, and sweeping power outages have clobbered Texas and Louisiana in recent days as Winter Storm Uri tears through parts of the southern United States. More than 3.6 million Texas households remained without power last night, and at least six people have been hospitalized due to weather-related accidents.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans on Monday to establish “an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission” to probe the “facts and causes” behind the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

  • The World Health Organization granted the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine emergency authorization yesterday, allowing U.N.-backed agencies to disperse the comparatively inexpensive and easy to store vaccine to developing nations around the world.

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