The Morning Dispatch: The Mail-In Ballot Battle

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Wednesday night, 1,551,668 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 23,773 from yesterday) and 93,431 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 1,553 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 6 percent (the true mortality rate is likely lower, but it’s impossible to determine precisely due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 12,647,791 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (413,804 conducted since yesterday), 12.3 percent have come back positive.

  • U.S. attitudes toward China have soured substantially over the course of the coronavirus crisis, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll: 31 percent of voters now say China is an “enemy,” an increase of 11 percentage points from January, while the share who describe China as an “ally” or a “friend” has fallen from 32 percent to 23 percent.

  • Planned Parenthood is facing scrutiny after revelations that 37 of its affiliates applied for and received a combined $80 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans despite being ineligible for the program under the terms of the law. 

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