President Biden on Thursday announced sanctions on Russia for interference in the 2020 election, calling them “measured” and proportionate, while setting the stage for a summer summit in Europe with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The United States is not looking to kick off a cycle of escalation and conflict with Russia,” Biden said in remarks at the White.

Separately, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) voiced opposition Thursday to consideration of legislation by fellow Democrats to expand the size of the Supreme Court, saying the issue should be studied first by a commission recently announced by Biden. The issue is being pressed by liberal Democrats.

Here’s what to know:

  • Americans filed 576,000 initial jobless claims last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, with such claims falling to their lowest level since March 2020.
  • Biden will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next month at the White House.
  • The U.S. intelligence community has “low to moderate” confidence in reports of Russia encouraging Taliban attacks on U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan, the White House said.
  • The Senate voted 49 to 34 on Thursday to advance the nomination of Vanita Gupta to be associate attorney general, with a confirmation vote likely next week.