The Morning Dispatch: A Setback for the Surveillance State 

Happy Friday! And best of luck to Morning Dispatcher Sarah who is officially birthing her “Lil Brisket” later today!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Thursday night, 2,022,488 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 22,588 from yesterday) and 113,818 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 923 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 21,888,068 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (420,248 conducted since yesterday), 9.2 percent have come back positive.

  • Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley apologized for his role in President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square last week for a photo op after protesters were relocated with rubber bullets and tear gas. “I should not have been there,” Milley said. “My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”

  • 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week, the fewest since the coronavirus crisis began in earnest 12 weeks ago, but still a historically high number.

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