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Happy Friday! A big thanks to the nearly 1,000 of you who tuned in to last night’s edition of Dispatch Live! Things certainly got … interesting. (If you missed it, members can watch a replay here.) 

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States confirmed 65,028 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with 8.4 percent of the 774,193 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 1,058 deaths were attributed to the virus on Thursday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 144,242.

  • President Trump announced on Thursday that he is canceling the portion of the Republican National Convention scheduled to take place in Jacksonville, Florida, citing concerns over rising coronavirus cases in the state. “There’s nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe,” Trump said. His formal nomination is still scheduled to occur in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 24.

  • More than 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, marking the first week-over-week increase in initial unemployment claims in nearly four months. About 31.8 million Americans are currently collecting unemployment benefits; the CARES Act’s $600-per-week boost is set to expire at the end of this month.

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