The Morning Dispatch: Trump Relents on Omnibus

Happy Monday! We hope those who celebrate had a wonderful Christmas, and were able to make the most of the holiday in this very strange year.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • After initially voicing his opposition to the bipartisan omnibus spending bill passed by Congress last week that included $900 billion in coronavirus relief, President Trump backtracked and signed it into law last night, averting a government shutdown. 

  • A Christmas morning bombing in Nashville, Tennessee, destroyed dozens of buildings, but no one besides the alleged culprit—who federal authorities identified as 63-year-old Anthony Warner—died in the blast. The explosion damaged an AT&T facility, leading to widespread phone and internet outages in the area for days.

  • The United Kingdom and the European Union reached a trade agreement last week that will govern their post-Brexit dealings beginning on January 1. The U.K. will exit the EU’s single market and customs union at year end, but the two sides will continue to trade tariff-free, albeit with additional bureaucracy and reduced flow of both services and workers.

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