The Morning Dispatch: The Court Gets Busy
Happy Tuesday! Have we mentioned we’ve got a post-election event coming up?
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The United States confirmed 58,756 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday per the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, with 4.7 percent of the 1,239,417 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 426 deaths were attributed to the virus on Monday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 220,095. According to the COVID Tracking Project, 37,744 Americans are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications.
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two cases involving the Trump administration’s immigration policies—one involving the use of $2.5 billion in military funds to construct the southern border wall, and another requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while the government considers their requests.
In a 4-4 decision, SCOTUS also rejected Pennsylvania Republicans’ request to stop state election officials from counting mail-in ballots received up to three days after Election Day. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had previously upheld the change.