The Morning Dispatch: Sweden and Finland to Seek NATO Membership
Happy Monday. Our heart breaks for those who knew and loved the 10 people killed in Buffalo on Saturday.
With so much still unknown, we’re going to take another 24 hours to report and gather information on this tragic story as it unfolds.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
An 18-year-old gunman shot 13 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, killing 10 of them before being taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder. Eleven of the 13 people shot were black, and law enforcement officials purport to have found a 180-page document from the accused shooter detailing his racist motives for the massacre, which he attempted to livestream. The FBI is investigating the attack as both a hate crime and as racially motivated violent extremism.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell led a delegation of Republicans to Ukraine on Saturday—including Sens. Susan Collins, John Cornyn, and John Barrasso—that met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv over the weekend. “The United States stands squarely behind Ukraine and will sustain our support until Ukraine wins this war,” McConnell said, pushing back against some of his party’s more isolationist voices. “America’s support for Ukraine’s self-defense is not mere philanthropy. … It is squarely in our national interest to help Ukraine achieve victory in this war and to help Ukraine and other countries deter other wars of aggression before they start.”