The Morning Dispatch: The Sunny Side of Pandemic News

Happy Tuesday! Quick note before we begin. After receiving a helpful email from a reader, your Morning Dispatchers reassessed some of the historical and political implications behind referring to “Burma” as “Myanmar” and the city of “Rangoon” as “Yangon” in previous stories about the Southeast Asian country. In today’s coverage and in future coverage, we will opt to use the historical names of “Burma” and “Rangoon”—as is official United States government policy—in rejection of the military leadership’s unilateral renaming of the country in 1989.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The U.S. Supreme Court dealt Donald Trump two blows yesterday, first announcing it would not hear the Pennsylvania GOP’s challenge that extending the deadline to receive mail-in ballots in the state was unconstitutional. The Court also announced that it would not step in to block eight years of Trump’s financial records from being turned over to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. This does not make Trump’s records public information, but does mean the grand jury investigation into whether or not his company violated state law in New York will continue.

  • Following the water treatment facility hack in Florida earlier this month, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and FBI have been encouraging government and business entities to update their Windows operating systems and implement multi-factor authentication.

  • The Biden administration announced a series of reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program on Monday aimed at refining the targeting of the federal funding. For two weeks, starting tomorrow, only businesses with 20 employees or fewer will be able to apply for PPP loans.

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