The Morning Dispatch: Germany Inches Left in Parliamentary Election

Happy Monday! We are not going to talk about yesterday’s football games.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Preliminary results from Germany’s election over the weekend show the center-left Social Democratic Party eking out a narrow win over longtime German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, 25.7 percent to 24.1 percent. Because the race was so close, the Social Democrats will need to build a coalition with other parties to form a government, a process that could take weeks, if not months.

  • Amid intra-Democratic party squabbles, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last night that the House will vote on the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure package on Thursday, breaking her promise with moderates in her caucus to hold a vote on the deal by September 27. “I’m never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes,” she told ABC News yesterday. “We’re going to pass the bill this week.”

  • The Justice Department announced Friday it had come to an agreement with Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Wanzhou Meng, detained in Canada since 2018 on behalf of the United States, whereby she can return home to China—and have the wire and bank fraud charges against her dropped—in exchange for admitting to misrepresenting the nature of Huawei’s operations in Iran. Two Canadians detained in China since 2018 on dubious charges of “endangering national security” were released as part of the deal.

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