The Morning Dispatch: Of Vaccines and Variants

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Israeli Parliament voted narrowly yesterday to formally approve the anti-Benjamin Netanyahu coalition government negotiated by Naftali Bennett and Yair Lipid. The vote elevated Bennett to prime minister, a position Netanyahu had held for the past 12 years.

  • The New York Times reported last week that, in an effort to investigate the leaking of classified information, the Trump Justice Department subpoenaed Apple in 2017 and 2018 for “data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, aides and family members.” Former Attorney General Bill Barr told Politico he was “not aware of any congressman’s records being sought in a leak case” while he led the Justice Department, and The Daily Beast reported former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been telling associates the same. Top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, plan to call Barr and Sessions to testify on the matter, and the Justice Department’s inspector general announced plans to investigate the matter internally.

  • Yesterday, the New York Times added that the Trump Justice Department also subpoenaed Apple in February 2018 to access information about Don McGahn and his wife. McGahn was serving as President Trump’s White House counsel at the time. 

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