The Morning Dispatch: Tragedy in Atlanta

Happy Monday! Congratulations to our colleague Sarah Isgur, who became a mother on Friday (meet Nate!).

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Sunday night, 2,094,058 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 19,532 from yesterday) and 115,732 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 296 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.5 percent (the true mortality rate is likely much lower, between 0.4 percent and 1.4 percent, but it’s impossible to determine precisely due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 23,535,104 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (494,800 conducted since yesterday), 8.9 percent have come back positive.

  • The Biden campaign has begun narrowing down its vice presidential search, and is reportedly working from a short list that includes Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Val Demings, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

  • Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned over the weekend after an officer in her department shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man who the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) says failed a field sobriety test, was resisting arrest, and grabbed an officer’s Taser. A video released by the GBI appears to show Brooks running away from the officers with an object in his hand.

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