The Morning Dispatch: The Struggle to Reopen Schools

Happy Monday! On this day 206 years ago, British soldiers fighting in the War of 1812 engaged in a “mostly peaceful protest” by burning the White House to the ground.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States confirmed 30,682 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with 4.9 percent of the 622,311 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 425 deaths were attributed to the virus on Sunday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 176,797.

  • Two major storms—Tropical Storms Marco and Laura—are expected to hit Louisiana within days of each other, with the former expected to make landfall as early as today.

  • Firefighting crews in Northern California are struggling to contain some of the state’s worst wildfires on record. At least six people are dead, and nearly 1 million acres of land have been blazed.

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