The Morning Dispatch: Rising Inflation Puts Build Back Better at Risk

Happy Monday. Our hearts go out to the dozens who were killed by the tornadoes that touched down this weekend, and the thousands whose communities have been affected. WLKY in Louisville has compiled a list of ways to help those affected by the storms.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • A series of tornadoes touched down in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois over the weekend, leaving at least 80 dead, according to officials—and likely more. Declaring it “one of the largest tornado outbreaks in our history,” President Joe Biden approved Kentucky’s emergency declaration on Saturday and said FEMA is on the ground in the affected states. More than 50,000 households in Kentucky remained without power as of Sunday evening.

  • The Supreme Court on Friday allowed Texas’ recently enacted abortion law—S.B. 8, which allows private individuals to bring lawsuits against anyone who helps perform an abortion after six weeks of gestation—to remain in place, arguing abortion providers cannot sue Texas state officials to stop that portion of the law from going into effect because Texas state officials have no role in enforcing it. The Court, however, allowed the lawsuit against state medical licensing board officials—which is limited to whether those officials have any role under the law in pulling abortion provider licenses—to continue.

  • At least 55 people died and more than 100 others were hospitalized when a truck carrying more than 160 Central American migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border tipped over and crashed into a bridge in southern Mexico on Thursday. The United Nations’ International Organization for Migration said Friday that about 650 people have died attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border this year, the largest number since 2014.

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