The Morning Dispatch: Did ‘Republican Traitors’ Save the Filibuster?

Happy Friday! Let’s jump right in.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • A federal appeals court consisting of three Democratic appointees on Thursday temporarily blocked the release of former President Donald Trump’s records pertaining to this year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, which had been slated to begin being delivered to the January 6 select committee later today. 

  • The number of daily new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has increased 7 percent over the past two weeks while hospitalizations and deaths attributed to the virus are down 12 and 13 percent over the same timeframe, respectively. The Mountain West region is currently facing the most strain on its hospital systems.

  • Initial jobless claims decreased by 4,000 week-over-week to a pandemic-low 267,000 last week, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.

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