The Morning Dispatch: Will Facebook Reinstate Trump?

Happy Thursday! The Cubs just swept the reigning World Series champion Dodgers. Last night’s extra-inning, walk-off win almost gave one Morning Dispatcher a heart attack, but it was well worth it! 

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Facebook’s independent oversight board on Wednesday upheld the social media company’s decision back in January to restrict then-President Donald Trump’s ability to post on his Facebook and Instagram accounts, but added that the platform’s “indefinite” suspension of him is “not appropriate.” Facebook now has six months to “reexamine the arbitrary penalty it imposed on January 7 and decide the appropriate penalty.”

  • U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced Wednesday that the Biden administration would support the World Trade Organization’s proposal to temporarily waive intellectual property patent restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines, citing the need for developing nations to vaccinate their populations as quickly as possible. Pharmaceutical companies oppose the move, with the industry’s trade association saying it will “sow confusion between public and private partners, further weaken already strained supply chains and foster the proliferation of counterfeit vaccines.”

  • The U.S. birthrate fell by 4 percent in 2020 according to CDC data released yesterday, marking the sixth straight year of decline. At 3,605,201, 2020 saw the fewest number of births reported in the United States since 1979.

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