Happy Tuesday! In our quest to find something—anything—to highlight as good news nowadays, we fell prey to a misleading social media post. The fireworks video we linked to in “Something Fun” yesterday was not, in actuality, a show commemorating the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but rather a simulation from a couple of years ago. Still fun to watch, but we regret the mischaracterization.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The United States confirmed 34,756 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with 4.1 percent of the 853,561 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 440 deaths were attributed to the virus on Monday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 170,492.
CNN reports that Russia wasn’t the only foreign adversary to place bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan; U.S. intelligence officials believe Iran paid bounties to the Taliban as well.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee next week regarding recent changes to Post Office operations.