The Morning Dispatch: Russian Bounties and Lots of Questions

Happy Monday! Let’s do this.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Sunday night, 2,548,992 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 38,655 from yesterday) and 125,803 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 264 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 4.9 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 30,988,013 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (586,369 conducted since yesterday), 8.2 percent have come back positive.

  • The New York Times reported that Russian military intelligence extended bounties incentivizing Taliban militants to kill American and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

  • President Trump retweeted a video on Sunday of a supporter from the Villages—a retirement community in Florida—shouting “white power.” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said Trump was unaware the white supremacist slogan had been used in the video and the tweet has since been deleted.

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