The Morning Dispatch: Our Weird Economy

Happy Friday! Out with general manager Ryan (Pace) and head coach Matt (Nagy), in with general manager Ryan (Poles) and head coach Matt (Eberflus). Look out NFL, the Bears are #Back. 

[Editor’s note: Chicago is just jealous of general manager (B)rian (Gutekunst) and head coach Matt (LaFleur).]

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday that real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2021, and 5.7 percent in 2021 as a whole. The former blew past most analysts’ expectations, and the latter represented the United States’ fastest year-over-year growth since 1984.

  • Justice Stephen Breyer on Thursday formally announced his intention to step down from the Supreme Court at the end of the court’s current term later this year—on the condition that “by then [his] successor has been nominated and confirmed.” President Joe Biden told reporters he has not yet selected Breyer’s successor, but confirmed he will nominate a black woman for the position—likely by the end of February. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, a key swing vote on any confirmation, told MetroNews in West Virginia it would “not bother” him if the nominee was more liberal than he is, as long as she is qualified.

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