The Morning Dispatch: Trump Doubles Down on January 6 Role

Happy Wednesday! If Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow when he emerges in a few minutes, it means governors and mayors around the country will withdraw their mask mandates six weeks early.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday that U.S. job openings remained near record highs at the end of December, when there were 10.9 million unfilled jobs nationwide. The quits rate—the percentage of workers who quit their job during the month—was 2.9 percent, down slightly from 3 percent in November but also near record highs. (Reminder: The TMD Deputy Editor position is one of those 10.9 million job openings—apply here!)

  • Speaking at a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the United States “basically ignored” Russia’s security demands—guarantees on NATO expansion, ruling out weapons deployments near Russian borders, etc.—in the written communication delivered to Moscow last week. He accused the Biden administration of using Ukraine as a “tool” to “hinder the development of Russia,” but added that he hopes dialogue will continue so the two sides can “find a solution.”

  • The Biden administration sent deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology Anne Neuberger to NATO’s headquarters in Belgium on Tuesday to brief allies on what White House officials see as likely Russian cyberattacks on Ukraine.

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