The Morning Dispatch: Mattis Breaks His Silence

Happy Thursday. Right at the top, we want to note a quick correction: Yesterday’s Morning Dispatch misidentified a military vehicle seen on the streets of D.C. as a tank; it was actually a truck used for refueling. Thanks to those of you who caught the error; we’ll spend the weekend drilling our military vehicles flash cards in penance.

And a reminder to our members: There is a Dispatch Live event tonight. Sarah, Jonah, David, and Steve will take your questions and discuss the latest news at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. To join your fellow Dispatch-ers for an hour of lively discussion, register here.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Wednesday night, 1,851,520 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 19,699 from yesterday) and 107,175 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 995 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.8 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 18,214,950 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (457,112 conducted since yesterday), 10.2 percent have come back positive.

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