The Morning Dispatch: One Congressional Crisis Down, One to Go

Happy Thursday! Please pour one out for the tubercled-blossom pearly mussel, a species not seen since 1969, which the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service formally proposed labeling extinct yesterday. Tubercled-blossom pearly mussel, we hardly knew ye.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Fumio Kishida, Japan’s former foreign minister, is set to become the country’s prime minister next month after being elected leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Kishida will replace Yoshihide Suga, who announced a few weeks ago that he would step down after just one year on the job.

  • YouTube announced Wednesday that it is expanding its medical misinformation policies to include content about “currently administered” vaccines. “Specifically, content that falsely alleges that approved vaccines are dangerous and cause chronic health effects, claims that vaccines do not reduce transmission or contraction of disease, or contains misinformation on the substances contained in vaccines will be removed,” the company said.

  • Axios reported yesterday that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley “directly blamed the State Department for a botched evacuation from Afghanistan” in a classified briefing with senators this week, saying officials “waited too long” to order the operation out of Kabul’s airport.

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