The Morning Dispatch: Trump Tries To Take Control

Happy Tuesday. At some point we’ll feel OK about putting a joke or two up here again, but today is not that day.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Monday night, 1,811,360 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 21,188 from yesterday) and 105,165 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 784 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.8 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 17,340,682 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (403,791 conducted since yesterday), 10.5 percent have come back positive.

  • Facebook employees staged a “virtual walkout” to protest their company’s hands-off approach to President Trump’s behavior on social media. The social media giant’s laissez-faire speech policies have come under increased scrutiny in light of Twitter’s recent decision to fact-check and add content warnings to the president’s more inflammatory or misleading posts.

  • In retaliation for the Trump administration’s recent move to eliminate Hong Kong’s status as an autonomous economic entity, the Chinese Communist Party reportedly ordered its state-owned entities to halt purchases of American soybeans and pork.

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