The Morning Dispatch: Will Russia Give Peace a Chance?

Happy Wednesday! On this day 41 years ago, Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by a deranged man who was seeking to impress Jodie Foster.

In one of the more baller moments in the history of the American presidency, the 70-year-old Reagan walked into George Washington University Hospital under his own power, told his wife Nancy that he “forgot to duck,” and removed his oxygen mask in the operating room to joke with his surgeons that he hoped they were all Republicans. (They weren’t, but said they would be for the day.)

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told PBS News on Monday Russia would only use nuclear weapons if there is a threat to the “existence” of the country, adding there is “not a reason” to use them as part of its invasion of Ukraine. “No one is thinking about using—even about [the] idea of using—a nuclear weapon,” he claimed.

  • Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the Czech Republic combined to expel more than 40 Russian diplomats from their respective capitals on Tuesday, claiming they were engaging in espionage and influence operations. “These intelligence officers are a threat to the security of [the Netherlands],” Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said, and Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney claimed the Russian diplomats’ “activities have not been in accordance with international standards of diplomatic behavior.”

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