The Morning Dispatch: The Looming Social Security Crisis

Happy Friday! The story about McDonalds’ McFlurry machines we mentioned yesterday goes even deeper than we imagined.

Thanks to several readers for writing in and sending us this deep dive into the situation, which is legitimately pretty sketchy!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • At least 46 people have died in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Maryland after Ida—no longer a hurricane but still a powerful storm—caused flash floods across the Northeast.

  • A new real-world study from Israeli researchers found that, 12 days after receiving a third dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, adults’ relative risk of a confirmed COVID-19 infection decreased more than 11-fold, and their relative risk of severe illness decreased more than 10-fold.

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