The Morning Dispatch: ACB Looks Inevitable

Happy Tuesday! For weeks, Joe Biden avoided giving a straight answer on court packing. Monday morning, TMD writes an item about his repeated equivocation. Monday evening, Biden finally cracks and tells WKRC in Cincinnati that he’s “not a fan of court packing.” We get results, folks.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States confirmed 41,586 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday per the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, with 4.1 percent of the 1,003,578 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 284 deaths* were attributed to the virus on Monday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 214,061. (*Due to either a glitch or the reclassification of existing deaths, the cumulative death count on the Johns Hopkins Dashboard decreased by about 700 yesterday. We’ve reached out to the dashboard’s creator for clarification, but in the meantime pulled the 284 daily figure from the COVID Tracking Project.)

  • European Union foreign ministers approved new sanctions against Russia in response to their suspected poisoning of prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny. A Soviet-era nerve agent, Novichok, was discovered in Navalny’s system last month.

  • A U.S. District Judge upheld a Minnesota state court agreement authorizing absentee ballots to be counted up to seven days after election day. The extension decision diverges from a recent federal appeals court decision in Wisconsin.

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