The Morning Dispatch: George Floyd’s Death Sparks Protests

Happy Thursday! We broke the record for most reader comments on a TMD post yesterday—hats off to you all!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Wednesday night, 1,699,933 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 19,020 from yesterday) and we reached a grim but inevitable milestone in terms of the death toll: 100,442 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 1,526 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.9 percent (the true mortality rate is likely much lower, but it’s impossible to determine precisely due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 15,192,481 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (285,440 conducted since yesterday), 11.2 percent have come back positive.

  • Due to poor weather, SpaceX postponed a historic rocket launch: It would have been NASA’s first launch of a manned flight from American soil since the shuttle program ended in 2011. The next possible launch time is this Saturday at 3:22 p.m. ET.

  • President Trump will sign an executive order today born of his frustration with big tech platforms, proposing new federal restrictions on their operations in the name of extending free speech. 

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