The Morning Dispatch: We’ve Got a Stimulus Deal

Happy Wednesday! Wake up and smell the stimulus: Trump, Schumer, McConnell, and Joe Manchin all finally have a $2 trillion deal they can all live with, which means the floodgates are about to open wide—assuming nothing too crazy derails things today. But when has that ever been known to happen!?

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Tuesday night, there are now 55,222 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 19 percent increase from yesterday) and 797 deaths (a 36 percent increase from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 1.4 percent. About 15 percent of all coronavirus tests in the United States have come back positive, per the COVID Tracking Project, a separate dataset with slightly different topline numbers.

  • Congressional negotiators at last struck a deal on a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package shortly before 1 a.m. this morning. (As we were set to hit “publish” on TMD this morning, the text of the deal had not yet been released.)

  • President Trump has landed on a target date for lifting nationwide social distancing measures, saying he “would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” April 12.

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