The Morning Dispatch: Tensions Flare in the Taiwan Strait

Happy Thursday! It’s not just you—the Earth has been spinning faster lately. June 29 was the shortest day on record at a full 1.59 millisecond less than the average day. We knew something felt off.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Senate voted 95 to 1 Wednesday to ratify the NATO alliance applications of Finland and Sweden. Only Republican Sen. Josh Hawley opposed the move. All 30 NATO members must approve the applications of the two states, which decided to seek membership after Russia invaded Ukraine.

  • Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski, 58, died in a car crash Wednesday afternoon along with staff members Zach Potts and Emma Thomson. “She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” her office said in a statement. “Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.”

  • Negotiations on an Iran nuclear deal resume today in Vienna after stalling in June. The 2015 nuclear deal—which limited Iranian nuclear development in exchange for lifting some Western sanctions—fell apart after the Trump administration withdrew from it in 2018 in hopes of a better deal. European Union officials mediating negotiations have circulated a draft agreement to bring the parties back to the table, but U.S. officials don’t expect much progress.

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