The Morning Dispatch: Making the Stimulus Sausage

Happy Tuesday! The Major League Baseball season is officially set to start on time (pitchers and catchers report to spring training in about two weeks!), so it’s a Happy Tuesday indeed.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Defense Department on Monday announced a $230 million deal with Ellume, an Australian company whose at-home rapid COVID-19 test the Food and Drug Administration granted an emergency use authorization in December. Ellume will initially provide 8.5 million tests to the federal government, and be able to manufacture 19 million per month once U.S. manufacturing is at full capacity.

  • President Biden on Monday night reimposed a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports from the United Arab Emirates that President Trump rescinded just days before he left office last month. “In my view,” Biden wrote, “the available evidence indicates that imports from the UAE may still displace domestic production, and thereby threaten to impair our national security.”

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell waded into the intra-GOP squabbles last night, declaring Rep. Liz Cheney “an important leader in our party and in our nation” and decrying Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s embrace of “loony lies and conspiracy theories” as a “cancer for the Republican Party.”

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