The Morning Dispatch: Dems in Disarray?

Happy Friday! Our condolences to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, who—citing the “hate” the Greenbrier County Board of Education has for him—withdrew his name from the Greenbrier East High School boys basketball coaching search this week.

Signing off the letter with his career .741 winning percent is a pretty baller move, though.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted Thursday to recommend booster shots to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine recipients over the age of 65 or with underlying conditions that make them particularly susceptible to the virus. The Food and Drug Administration had also authorized booster shots for those with jobs that put them at heightened risk for contracting COVID-19, but the CDC panel voted against including that group in their guidance. In a rare move late on Thursday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky overruled ACIP’s rejection and sided with the FDA, adding the jobs-based provision to her formal recommendation.

  • The House voted 420-9 on Thursday to approve $1 billion in funding to help Israel replenish its Iron Dome missile defense system following heavy fire between Palestinian and Israeli forces this spring. The measure was broken out into standalone legislation earlier this week after a handful of progressive lawmakers protested its inclusion in a package suspending the debt limit and funding the federal government.

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