The Morning Dispatch: Grappling With Our Nation’s History

Happy Monday! We hope you had a wonderful (as possible) Fourth of July weekend. It would’ve been better, of course, with real, live Major League Baseball games, but because—as Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle said—sports are “the reward of a functioning society,” we guess we’ll accept batting practice dingers, too.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Sunday night, 2,888,586 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 49,044 from yesterday) and 129,947 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 271 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 4.5 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 35,512,916 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (654,489 conducted since yesterday), 8.1 percent have come back positive.

  • The U.S. Navy deployed two aircraft carriers—the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and the U.S.S. Nimitz—to the South China Sea over the weekend near military exercises being conducted by the Chinese military. 

  • Kanye West announced via Twitter on Saturday his plans to run for president in 2020, but the rapper and fashion designer has yet to file with the Federal Election Commission—and the deadline to get on the ballot has already passed in several states.

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