The Morning Dispatch: Senate Group Announces Bipartisan Gun-Bill Framework

Happy Monday! For anyone wondering where Declan has gone—he’s locked in a heated boxing match with the novel coronavirus (heard of it?) but expects to claim victory and return to your inboxes shortly.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Former Donald Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien will testify at today’s Jan. 6 committee hearing, which will likely include more evidence that Trump knew he lost the election. Stepien will appear alongside administration and local officials who rejected Trump’s fraud claims—and our colleague Chris Stirewalt, a former Fox News political editor fired after Fox called the Arizona election for President Joe Biden.

  • ​​Year-over-year inflation hit 8.6 percent in May, according to the Consumer Price Index, a new 40-year high and a reversal of April’s fall to 8.3 percent. Airfare, housing, and food fueled the gains—along with gas, which topped an average of $5 a gallon nationwide this weekend according to automobile association AAA.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention early Sunday dropped the requirement for international travelers to test negative for COVID-19 within 24 hours of flying to the U.S. Airlines had lobbied for the rule’s end, blaming it for depressing international ticket sales, which unlike domestic tickets have not rebounded to near pre-pandemic levels.

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