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The United States confirmed 77,611 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with 9.2 percent of the 839,868 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 1,473 deaths were attributed to the virus on Wednesday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 150,708.
Just days before the CARES Act’s $600-per-week unemployment insurance boost is set to expire, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that the administration and Democratic leaders are “nowhere close to a deal” on a new coronavirus stimulus bill.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper shared plans to shift 12,000 of the 36,000 U.S. troops currently stationed in Germany out of the country in the coming weeks. The move—which Esper said will cost “single-digit” billions of dollars to pull off—comes after years of President Trump criticizing Germany for its inadequate contributions to NATO’s defense spending.