The Morning Dispatch: Iran’s Protests Grow

Happy Monday! Even the saltiest and crankiest of Cubs fans have to admit Albert Pujols hitting his 700th home run was a pretty cool moment. Congratulations to the 42-year-old Cardinals slugger on becoming only the fourth player in major league history to reach that milestone.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • In an election with unusually low turnout, voters in Italy have given power to a right-wing coalition led by Giorgia Meloni of the nationalist Brothers of Italy party. Meloni and her coalition partners are strong skeptics of European governance and fierce critics of what they see as accommodationist policies towards migrants and refugees. 

  • Tropical Storm Ian is strengthening in the Caribbean Sea south of Cuba and could become a hurricane as early as today. President Joe Biden declared a preemptive federal state of emergency for multiple Florida counties—and Gov. Ron DeSantis declared one statewide—as Ian is expected to reach Florida later this week. Fiona, meanwhile, made landfall in Atlantic Canada on Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone, downing trees, washing away or damaging dozens of houses, and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1.6 percent on Friday and hit its lowest level of 2022 as central bank efforts to combat inflation raise global recession concerns. U.S. equity futures are down further this morning.

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