The Morning Dispatch: The 2020 Home Stretch

Happy Tuesday! We hope you all enjoyed your long weekend as much as we did. On to the news!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States confirmed 24,936 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with 4.2 percent of the 588,909 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 274 deaths were attributed to the virus on Monday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 189,206.

  • In the midst of ongoing demonstrations, Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova—a member of the opposition Coordination Council set up to ensure a power transfer—has disappeared. Witnesses claim to have seen her being abducted by masked men in a public park in Minsk, while Belarusian police have denied detaining her. 

  • In an afternoon press conference on Monday, President Trump called Joe Biden a “stupid person” and described Sen. Kamala Harris as “not a competent person,” excoriating them for questioning whether the White House was pushing a politicized vaccine timeline. He also defended himself from the article in The Atlantic that claimed he had called veterans “suckers,” arguing that soldiers loved him in spite of their commanders, who, in his telling, “want to do nothing but fight wars” in order to make money for arms manufacturers.

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