The Morning Dispatch: Is the Supreme Court Trump’s Last Resort?

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States confirmed 49,002 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday per the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, with 5.8 percent of the 847,306 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 1,233 deaths were attributed to the virus on Wednesday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 201,957.

  • President Trump said Wednesday he wants to seat a new Supreme Court justice as quickly as possible because he thinks the election “will end up in the Supreme Court,” and “I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation.” Asked by a reporter if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses, Trump demurred. “We’re going to have to see what happens,” he said. “I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster.”

  • A grand jury in Louisville yesterday indicted one of the three police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, charging him with three counts of wanton endangerment. Despite a mayoral curfew and restricted movement in the city center, protests broke out around Louisville after the decision. According to police, two officers were shot and wounded during the chaos. Both are expected to recover, per the police chief.

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