What We’re Reading: Republicans speculate on election results, new HIV strain discovered

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Republicans advise Trump that election results are “wake-up call”

Democratic victories in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia Tuesday left some Senate Republicans concerned for President Trump and the GOP as the 2020 election nears.

In a surprising turn of events, Kentucky – a typically red state – turned blue after Republican incumbent Matt Bevin lost in the gubernatorial race to Andy Beshear.

Virginia Democrats took control of both houses and now have unified control of the state government for the first time in 26 years.

Some Republican’s are trying to minimize the loss, others are urging for some type of correction.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) both mentioned the need to win back suburban voters going forward.

Graham said that style and tone were more important factors than policy in Tuesday’s results.

First new HIV strain discovered after two decades

Scientists have found a new strain of HIV after 19 years of research, according to CNN.

The report was published Wednesday — it stated that the strain is part of the Group M version of HIV-1, the same virus family that is responsible for the global HIV pandemic.

This is the first new Group M HIV strain that has been identified since 2000.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that current treatments for HIV will work against this strain and others as well.

“There’s no reason to panic or even to worry about it a little bit, not a lot of people are infected with this,” Fauci said. “This is an outlier.”

2 million pounds of poultry recalled for metal contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service announced Wednesday that “extraneous metals” could be present in over 2 million pounds of chicken.

The USDA classified this recall as “Class I” which means that the items produced between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4 are part of a “health hazard situation.”

This means that there is a “reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

Simmons Prepared Foods is recalling several of its chicken products during the time period identified by the USDA.

“Simmons has issued a precautionary and voluntary recall of approximately 2 million pounds of fresh and frozen chicken products,” the company said in a statement. “We are working closely with regulatory authorities and affected customers to expedite this product recall.”

Former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

Two former Twitter employees have been charged by the Justice Department for using  Twitter’s information on objectors to spy for Saudi Arabia, according to the Washington Post.

One of those implicated is a known associate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to court documents.

The charges were brought a day after the arrest of former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo. He has been accused of spying on three users, including one who allegedly talked about the operations of Saudi leadership.

The second former employee, Ali Alzabarah, is a Saudi citizen who allegedly accessed the personal information of over 6,000 Twitter accounts on behalf of Saudi Arabia in 2015. 

A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was charged for spying and allegedly acting as an intermediary between Saudi officials and Twitter employees.