Happy Wednesday! It sure is nice having six extra hands aboard. How did the old guard survive these past eight months?
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
As of Tuesday night, 1,985,670 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 25,028 from yesterday) and 111,989 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 999 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.6 percent (the true mortality rate is likely much lower, between 0.4 percent and 1.4 percent, but it’s impossible to determine precisely due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 21,048,183 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (432,880 conducted since yesterday), 9.4 percent have come back positive.
Despite ongoing economic damage from the coronavirus, the stock market has rebounded strongly in recent days. The S&P 500 briefly reached its January 1 peak on Monday (although it remains below its February highs), while the tech-heavy Nasdaq index finished at a record high Tuesday.
President Trump, channeling a conspiracy theory that has percolated in far-right media, accused a 75-year-old man who was assaulted by Buffalo riot police last week of being a possible “ANTIFA provocateur” who “fell harder than he was pushed.” Asked about the accusation, Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney denounced it while countless other GOP senators uncomfortably avoided the question.