The Morning Dispatch: The Riveting Interpersonal Drama of Infrastructure Talks

Happy Monday! The TMD crew is getting a little smaller for a few weeks—but for very good reason!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The official death toll in the Surfside, Florida condominium collapse has risen to nine by Sunday evening, and will likely grow much larger as hundreds of emergency workers and first responders continue searching for more than 150 residents who remain unaccounted for. The Washington Post reported Saturday that an engineer warned in 2018 of “major structural damage” to the building, but another engineer hired by Surfside to investigate the cause of the collapse said the reaction to that initial report was overblown, and that its findings were fairly typical.

  • The Pentagon announced last night that U.S. military forces had carried out “defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region.” The administration said Iran-backed militias had used the facilities to launch UAV attacks on American personnel in Iraq, and President Joe Biden had ordered the strikes “pursuant to his Article II authority to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq.”

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