The Morning Dispatch: SCOTUS Hears Arguments on the Texas Abortion Law

Happy Tuesday! Today’s the day we find out who wins the Virginia gubernatorial race, which in turn will determine the size of Democrats’ spending bills, the outcome of the 2022 midterms, the 2024 presidential nominees, whether we go to war with China, and the survival of the human race as we know it. No pressure!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • In a report published over the weekend, the Centers for Diseases Control concluded that available evidence shows both fully vaccinated individuals and those previously infected with COVID-19 have a “low risk” of additional infection for at least six months, but that “substantial immunologic evidence” indicates that vaccination following infection “significantly enhances protection and further reduces risk of reinfection.”

  • Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has encouraged Ethiopian citizens to “join the fight” against the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in recent days amid reports that TPLF forces killed more than 100 youths while capturing the city of Kombolcha. A TPLF leader denied the allegation.

  • The Supreme Court on Monday sent back a case brought by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany challenging a New York mandate that health insurance policies cover abortions, asking the lower court to reconsider their earlier ruling in light of June’s Fulton v. Philadelphia decision, which allowed a Catholic foster care organization to continue operating. The court also declined to hear Dignity Health v. Minton, a case brought by a Catholic hospital that was sued after refusing to perform a hysterectomy on a transgender man.

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