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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The United States confirmed 60,864 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday per the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, with 7.8 percent of the 771,155 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 912 deaths were attributed to the virus on Tuesday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 200,724.
Sen. Mitt Romney announced yesterday he intends to “follow the Constitution and precedent” and vote on President Trump’s coming Supreme Court nominee “based upon their qualifications.” His support for moving forward with the process increases the likelihood that President Trump’s nominee—set to be announced Saturday evening—will be confirmed to the court.
Slightly more than a week away from a potential government shutdown, the House approved a bipartisan short-term spending bill negotiated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin that will fund the government through December 11. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law once it passes the Senate.