Happy Tuesday. It is Tuesday, isn’t it? The days are starting to run together now that we never see the sun.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
As of Monday night, there are now 46,438 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 40 percent increase from yesterday) and 586 deaths (a 41 percent increase from yesterday), leading to a mortality rate of 1.3 percent, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard. About 15 percent of all coronavirus tests in the United States have come back positive, per the COVID Tracking Project, a separate dataset with slightly different top-line numbers.
The Senate failed yet again on Monday to reach agreement on the $2 trillion stimulus package negotiators are hammering out—46 of 47 Democrats voted against advancing the proposed legislation—but both Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed optimism a deal would be reached today.
The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are increasingly likely to be postponed until next year. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has not made any formal announcements, but IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today “the games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”