The Morning Dispatch: The Debate Over Paying Families Separated at the Border

Happy Tuesday! It’s Justin Fields’ league, and the rest of the NFL is just living in it. (Yes, we know the Bears still lost.)

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Justice Department announced Monday it has indicted a 22-year-old Ukrainian national and a 28-year-old Russian national for their involvement in a series of ransomware attacks on businesses and government entities—including this summer’s Kaseya attack—and is seeking to extradite the 22-year-old from Poland where he was arrested. The Justice Department also said it seized more than $6 million in ransom payments, and the Treasury Department on Monday ​​sanctioned Russian cryptocurrency exchange Chatex for allegedly facilitating those payments.

  • Reuters reported Monday that—according to satellite imagery from late October—China’s military has constructed mock-ups of several different U.S. warships in the Taklamakan Desert near Xinjiang, potentially as training targets. At least one aircraft carrier and two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers are seen in the desert, where China has previously tested ballistic missiles. Asked about the report Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin said he’s “not aware of the situation you mentioned.”

  • Federal Reserve Gov. Randal Quarles announced Monday he will resign from the central bank’s seven-member board of governors at the end of December, opening up another vacancy for President Joe Biden to fill. Quarles—nominated by former President Donald Trump in 2017—had just completed a four-year term as the Fed’s vice chairman for bank supervision.

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