Republican senatorial candidates are growing feathers and clucking very loudly. In Louisiana, incumbent Bill Cassidy has simply refused to debate Democratic candidate Adrian Perkins, the mayor of Shreveport. In Mississippi, incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, noted Virgil Kaine cosplayer, is likely going to be successful in her quest to duck Mike Espy and, most spectacular of all, in Alabama, football meathead Tommy Tuberville has taken a dive against incumbent Democratic senator Doug Jones.
Having been left for dead by Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff in their last encounter, which produced a haymaker that will live forever in political lore, incumbent Republican David Perdue of Georgia has bailed on their last scheduled encounter.
Source: Republican Senate Candidates Are Chickening Out of Their Debates From Maine to Mississippi
Martin Aspen, the author behind a viral phony “intelligence” document about the Vice President’s son that made it to Trump’s inner circle, is not the Swiss security analyst he claims to be. Namely because Martin Aspen doesn’t exist. Even his profile picture is apparently computer-generated.
Per NBC News, the 64-page document appears to be from a fake “intelligence firm” called Typhoon Investigations and its author’s identity is completely fabricated, according to an analysis by disinformation researchers at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. No one by that name has ever worked for the intelligence firm that Aspen cites as his previous employer, the company told the outlet, and a search through public records in Switzerland came up empty too.
Christopher Balding, a blogger and professor who was one of the first to post the document and took partial credit for writing it, confirmed to the outlet that Aspen doesn’t exist. According to Balding, Aspen is “an entirely fictional individual created solely for the purpose of releasing this report.”
Source: Fake Persona Behind Hunter Biden Report That Sparked Conspiracy
Continuing to take a conservative and cautious approach to the coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco city officials on Friday announced they will temporarily halt further reopenings because of an uptick in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.
At a virtual news conference, officials said the daily number of new infections has grown during the last two weeks from 3.14 per 100,000 to 4.17. Hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19 grew from 21 to 37.
“We are proceeding with caution,” Mayor London Breed said. “Some of the decisions we made will still move forward, but others will need to take a pause until we see an improvement in the numbers.”
San Francisco’s go-slow approach to reopening has made the city the first major urban center in California to enter the state’s yellow tier, signaling the risk of infection is minimal. Even so, the city has chosen to follow its own metrics rather than reopen sectors that the state otherwise permits.
Source: Amid coronavirus uptick, San Francisco pauses further reopenings – Los Angeles Times
Two new studies highlight the COVID-19 infection risks facing healthcare workers (HCWs) and their patients and families, the first study showing that more than 5,300 Minnesota HCWs had had high-risk contact with an infected person without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) by July, and the other finding that while overall risks to HCWs are low, those who provide patient care are much more susceptible. Of high-exposure-risk HCWs in the first study, 7% tested positive, but HCWs exposed to infected household or social contacts had a 13% positivity rate. Family, friends pose highest risk of infection The first study, published today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that, by Jul 11, 5,374 Minnesota HCWs had had high-risk prolonged close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 while not wearing appropriate PPE, and one third of those exposures occurred outside of patient care settings.
Source: High-risk COVID contact puts health workers, patients, families at risk | CIDRAP