The Morning Dispatch: Why Your Rent Is Up

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins announced Wednesday she will support Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, making her the first (and potentially only) Republican who will vote to confirm Jackson next month. “In my view, the role the Constitution clearly assigns to the Senate is to examine the experience, qualifications, and integrity of the nominee,” Collins said. “It is not to assess whether a nominee reflects the ideology of an individual Senator or would rule exactly as an individual Senator would want.”

  • The United Nations reported Wednesday more than 4 million people—nearly 10 percent of the country—have now fled Ukraine as refugees since Russia’s invasion began last month. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov contradicted earlier positive statements on Wednesday, saying Tuesday’s peace talks with Ukrainian officials didn’t make any headway. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed Russia has continued airstrikes on Kyiv.

  • Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs announced Wednesday it was triggering an emergency plan in preparation for a potential cut-off in Russian gas supply after the Kremlin demanded all payments be made in rubles. “There are no supply bottlenecks at present,” said Economic Minister Robert Habeck. “Nevertheless, we need to step up our preventive measures in order to be ready to cope with any escalation by Russia.” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, meanwhile, announced Poland plans to stop importing Russian coal within the next few weeks, and Russian oil and gas by the end of the year.

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