The Morning Dispatch: Thousands Protest Across Russia

Happy Thursday! A few of your Morning Dispatchers attended a real-life baseball game yesterday. Can’t recommend this whole “get vaccinated and resume doing the stuff you enjoy doing” thing highly enough!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • One day after a Minnesota jury found Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Department of Justice is opening an investigation into the city of Minneapolis and its police department (MPD) focused on the MPD’s policies, training, and use of force, as well as allegations of discriminatory policing.

  • A few hundred protesters gathered in Columbus, Ohio last night after a police officer shot and killed a 16-year-old girl on Tuesday while responding to a 911 call. Bodycam footage released by the police department shows Ma’Khia Bryant was holding a knife and lunging at another teenager when Officer Nicholas Reardon fired four shots at her.

  • Senate Republicans agreed Wednesday to keep their years-long ban on legislative earmarks in place despite House Republicans and Democrats in both chambers lifting their own prohibitions on the practice. The agreement is not binding, however, and some GOP senators may still request earmarks during the spending process.

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