Wednesday's Mini-Report, 7.15.20

Today's edition of quick hits.
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By Steve Benen

Today's edition of quick hits:

* The best news I heard all day: "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Wednesday, one day after she was admitted with a possible infection, a Supreme Court spokesperson said in a statement. 'She is home and doing well,' the spokesperson said."

* Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) announced today that he has "tested positive for COVID-19, the first known governor to be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. Stitt, a Republican, told reporters during a news conference that he was tested Tuesday 'and the results came back positive.'"

* The stockpile is back in the news in a discouraging way: "The federal government may not have the capacity to supply medical professionals with personal protective equipment amid the latest surge in coronavirus cases, according to internal administration documents obtained by NBC News."

* Referring to coronavirus testing, Donald Trump told CBS News yesterday, "There are many people that think we shouldn't do this kind of testing because all we do — it's a trap."

* No good can come of this: "To help figure out the U.S. citizenship status of every adult living in the country, the Trump administration has made agreements to accumulate driver's license and state identification card information from states including Iowa, Nebraska, South Carolina and South Dakota, NPR has learned."

* Possible progress: "Moderna is aiming to begin its final phase of testing for its coronavirus vaccine July 27. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotech company is the first in the U.S. to announce an estimated start date for phase 3 trials."

* Culture of corruption: "The U.S. government has paid at least $970,000 to President Trump’s company since Trump took office -- including payments for more than 1,600 nightly room rentals at Trump’s hotels and clubs, according to federal records obtained by The Washington Post."

* The latest congressional infection: "Rep. Morgan Griffith, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has tested positive for coronavirus -- a diagnosis that comes five days after the Virginia Republican attended a GOP press conference and which spurred an effort at contact tracing within the group."

* Tulsa: "A search for a mass grave in Tulsa is ongoing this week, nearly 100 years after a white mob killed an unknown number of Black victims and destroyed the city's 35-block 'Black Wall Street' -- a thriving business district."

* Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has some good advice for Congress: "To continue to provide services that its citizens need and to avoid severe budget and employment cuts that will drag down the economy, states and localities need more federal help. Providing that help is in everyone’s interest."

See you tomorrow.