The Morning Dispatch: Republicans’ Retirement Problem

Happy Wednesday! One of your Morning Dispatchers put the finishing touches on this newsletter while eating a bunch of frozen mini corn dogs at 1:00 a.m. Can you tell?

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Tuesday approved a request from the U.S. Capitol Police for an extension of the National Guard’s deployment to the Capitol. About 2,300 service members—approximately half the current number—will continue to guard the complex through May 23.

  • The House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act last night 225-206, with five Republicans voting in favor. The bill—which would beef up the National Labor Relations Board and make it easier for independent contractors to form and join unions—will not pass in the Senate as currently constructed.

  • Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill banning almost all abortions in the state, excluding instances when a pregnant woman’s life is endangered by carrying a child to term. The legislation—which does not include exceptions for pregnancy by rape or incest—will face immediate legal challenges, which pro-life advocates hope will rise to the Supreme Court.

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