The Morning Dispatch: Getting Hot Out There

Happy Wednesday! We’re glad Hong Kong has found a logical and humane way of curbing the spread of COVID-19: Slaughtering thousands of innocent hamsters. 

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • A January 2021 report from Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko was declassified Tuesday, revealing that Sopko warned the Defense Department months before President Joe Biden announced the United States’ final withdrawal from Afghanistan that the Afghan air force was at risk of collapsing without continued U.S. support.

  • The January 6 Select Committee announced Tuesday it had issued subpoenas to Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, and Boris Epshteyn for their roles in “publicly prompt[ing] unsupported claims about the 2020 election and participat[ing] in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of election results.” The committee has also subpoenaed and obtained phone records from Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle, according to CNN.

  • At least 26 people are dead after a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck western Afghanistan on Monday, according to a spokesman for the Badghis province where the tremors occurred. Five women and four children were reportedly among the casualties.

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