The Morning Dispatch: Pain at the Pump

Happy Thursday! People Magazine on Wednesday named Paul Rudd this year’s Sexiest Man Alive. Jonah Goldberg, robbed yet again!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The consumer price index—a key measure of inflation—increased 6.2 percent year-over-year in October according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fastest rate of annual growth since 1990. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 240 points yesterday as investors projected sustained inflation will lead the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates earlier than expected.

  • White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said yesterday that approximately 900,000 children ages 5 through 11 have received their first vaccine dose since it was authorized by U.S. health regulators last week. 

  • U.S. District Judge Judith Levy on Wednesday approved a $626 million deal to settle a series of lawsuits stemming from the Flint water crisis. Once legal fees are paid, the bulk of the money will go toward children who were exposed to the lead-contaminated water.

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