The Morning Dispatch: Former Clinton Campaign Attorney Acquitted in Russia Probe

Happy Wednesday! A typical White House press briefing nowadays receives between 20,000 and 50,000 views on YouTube, but yesterday’s edition is at 2 million and counting. 

The spike is no doubt attributable to the public’s rabid interest in National Economic Council Director Brian Deese’s thoughts on inflation, and has nothing to do with members of the international Korean “KPop” sensation BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”) dropping by to talk about Asian representation and the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • In a New York Times op-ed published Tuesday night, President Joe Biden announced the United States will provide Ukraine with “more advanced rocket systems and munitions” so it can “fight on the battlefield and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table.” Biden had said Monday his administration would not send Ukraine any rocket systems that could strike across the border into Russia and wrote yesterday his administration is “not encouraging or enabling” Ukraine to do so. Biden also claimed in his op-ed the United States “will not try to bring about” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ouster, despite him saying a few weeks ago Putin “cannot remain in power.” 

  • The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday Iran has almost enough near-weapons-grade enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb and hasn’t provided credible answers to the agency’s questions about the material’s existence. Negotiations between Iran, the Biden administration, and a handful of other nations have largely stalled over the United States’ refusal to remove the Foreign Terrorist Organization designation from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

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