The Morning Dispatch: Retail Bounces Back (Some) in May

Happy Wednesday! First things first, there was an error in yesterday’s newsletter regarding the conceptual difference between textualism and originalism; originalists should have been described as “those who attempt to determine what a law’s text was publicly understood to mean at the time it was passed.” Thank you to those who pointed out the mistake, it’s been corrected!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Tuesday night, 2,137,716 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 24,228 from yesterday) and 116,962 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 840 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.5 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 24,449,307 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (464,715 conducted since yesterday), 8.7 percent have come back positive.

  • Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops on the border between the two countries. Tuesday’s casualties were the first that Indian soldiers had experienced along the border in a clash with Chinese forces since 1975.

  • North Korea blew up a liaison office it shared with South Korea in the border city of Kaesong on Tuesday, and threatened to send troops into the demilitarized zone between the two countries.

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