The Morning Dispatch: Barrett’s Nomination Sets Off Mad Dash for Confirmation

Happy Monday! Congratulations to Magawa, the bomb-sniffing African giant pouched rat, on his award-winning performance uncovering 39 land mines and 28 pieces of unexploded ordnance in Cambodia. 🐀

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States confirmed 35,627 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday per the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, with 4.4 percent of the 806,258 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 264 deaths were attributed to the virus on Sunday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 204,750.

  • President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th Circuit to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. The Senate is expected to begin hearings on Barrett’s nomination on October 12.

  • The New York Times acquired President Donald Trump’s tax returns from sources “with legal access” to the records. The Times’ analysis, among other things, claims that the president is hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, and paid only $750 dollars in federal income tax in both 2016 and 2017.

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