The Morning Dispatch: What Texts to Mark Meadows Tell Us About January 6

Happy Tuesday! Time’s Person of the Year may be Elon Musk, but The Dispatch’s Person of the Year is … Steve Buscemi.

He hasn’t done anything particularly noteworthy in 2021 (that we know of), but it seems like he’s generally a pretty good guy—and Lord knows we could use more of those nowadays. Congratulations to Steve Buscemi!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday afternoon that 74 people in the state had been confirmed dead in the wake of this weekend’s tornadoes, with more than 100 still missing or unaccounted for. It will take “a week or even more before we have a final count on the number of lost lives,” Beshear added. President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to several parts of the state on Wednesday to survey the damage.

  • The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a district judge’s ruling from earlier this year requiring the Biden administration to reimplement the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, or “Remain in Mexico” policy.

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