Happy Friday! And good morning to all of our eastern Oklahoma readers who found out yesterday they’ve been living a lie. Boomer Sooner!
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
As of Thursday night, 3,112,252 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 57,602 from yesterday) and 133,228 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 930 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 4.3 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 38,032,966 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (601,300 conducted since yesterday), 8.2 percent have come back positive.
On the final day of the term, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that, based on 19th-century land treaties, a large part of the state of Oklahoma is actually within a Native American reservation. The court also issued two rulings related to President Trump’s financial records, sending both cases back to the lower courts to decide whether House Democrats or the Manhattan district attorney are entitled to the records. Neither case is now expected to be resolved before the November election.
The number of Americans filing initial unemployment insurance claims fell by 99,000 week-over-week to 1.3 million last week. It was the 16th straight week more than 1 million Americans filed initial claims. The total number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits during the week ending on June 27 fell by 698,000 to 18.1 million.