The Morning Dispatch: The GOP Senate Tightrope

Happy Wednesday! Things are moving very fast all of a sudden: We hope you’ll join us for our special Dispatch Live tomorrow evening after the final presidential debate. Great for if you watched the debate and just couldn’t get enough (unlikely) or skipped it altogether and want to catch up on what went down (much more reasonable). And have we mentioned we’ve got a post-election event coming up?

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States confirmed 60,582 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday per the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, with 6.7 percent of the 906,932 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 849 deaths were attributed to the virus on Tuesday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 220,944. According to the COVID Tracking Project, 39,230 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. (*Due to either a glitch or the reclassification of existing cases, the cumulative case count on the Johns Hopkins Dashboard decreased. We’ve reached out to the dashboard’s creator for clarification, but in the meantime pulled the 60,582 daily figure from the COVID Tracking Project.)

  • The Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against Google, alleging the technology company used exclusionary practices to unlawfully undermine competition. “For years, Google has accounted for almost 90 percent of all search queries in the United States and has used anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in search and search advertising,” the suit reads.

  • According to a Tuesday ACLU filing, lawyers appointed by a federal judge to identify migrant families separated by the Trump administration have been unable to track down the parents of 545 children. The filing says approximately two-thirds of these parents were deported to Central America before being reunited with their children.

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