The Morning Dispatch: Republicans Choose Their Corners in the January 6 Brawl

Happy Monday! On this day in 1964, the Beatles arrived in America for the first time. There was so, so, so much screaming.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • U.S. employment growth dramatically exceeded expectations in January, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting Friday that American employers added 467,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate ticked up to 4 percent from 3.9 percent in December, and average hourly earnings have increased 5.7 percent year-over-year.

  • Senior Biden administration officials reportedly told members of Congress last week the administration believes Russia has amassed along its border approximately 70 percent of the forces necessary to launch a full invasion of Ukraine. The officials do not believe Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a final decision on whether to invade, but said that if he does, it will likely be in the second half of February and could result in tens of thousands of deaths. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, meanwhile, cautioned on Sunday against believing “apocalyptic predictions,” maintaining Ukraine is “ready for any development.”

  • The House voted 222-210 on Friday to pass the America COMPETES Act, legislation aimed at bolstering the United States’ economic competitiveness vis-a-vis China. Although Friday’s vote was almost entirely along party lines after Republicans objected to the inclusion of what they saw as partisan “poison pills,” a similar bill received nearly 20 Republican votes in the Senate last year. The two chambers will seek to hammer out their differences in the coming weeks.

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