The Morning Dispatch: Is Covid Over?

Happy Wednesday! Over the past decade, the Green Bay Packers have won the NFC North eight times; the Chicago Bears have won it just once. (What does this have to do with anything, you ask? Nada. But Declan is off again today, so we’re taking our shots while we have the opportunity. Plus, it’s a good way to see if he’s reading TMD even on vacation.)

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson faced aggressive questioning Tuesday from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of her confirmation hearings. Brown parried many of those questions emphasizing a limited role for the judiciary and the impartiality of judges. “My north star is the consideration of the proper role of a judge in our constitutional scheme. Judges should not be speaking to political issues,” Jackson said. The hearings are scheduled to resume this morning at 9:00 a.m.

  • President Biden is expected to announce more sanctions against Russia on Thursday. Biden travels to Europe today, and he will have meetings with officials from NATO, the EU and the G-7 in Brussels on Thursday, after which he’ll announce sanctions, according to the Washington Post. On Friday, Biden will travel to Poland.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pressed the Italian government to seize a yacht—the Scheherazade—widely believed to be owned by Vladimir Putin. Speaking to the Italian parliament Tuesday, Zelensky urged the country’s leaders to be more aggressive in seizing assets of Russian leaders and oligarchs. “Don’t be a resort for murderers. Block all their real estate, accounts and yachts—from the Scheherazade to the smallest ones,” Zelensky said. An investigation released Monday by journalists working for jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny provided detailed evidence of the yacht’s connections to Russian intelligence services and Putin. 

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