The Morning Dispatch: How Worried Should We Be About New COVID Strains?

Happy Monday! We here at The Morning Dispatch support Packers coach Matt LaFleur throwing the NFC Championship Game by kicking a field goal down eight with two minutes to go. Way to go Matt! [Editor: No, “we” don’t. But the pain of a loss in the NFC Championship still beats years of futility of a once-great franchise.]

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The House of Representatives will transmit its article of impeachment against former President Trump to the Senate later today, but—per a deal negotiated by congressional leaders—the Senate trial will begin the week of February 8.

  • Russian security forces detained more than 3,500 protesters who took to the streets this weekend in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was jailed last week upon his return to Moscow. 

  • The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the two suicide bombings in Baghdad that killed 32 people in total and wounded at least 75 others last Thursday.

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