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Elon Musk responds to request for comment from Washington Post by appearing to zing Jeff Bezos

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk appeared to take a swipe at fellow billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post.

Bezos purchased the paper in 2013 for $250 million in cash.

What are the details?

Earlier this week, the Post reached out to Musk for a story it was publishing about him.

The story, titled, “Elon Musk Moved to Texas and Embraced Celebrity. Can Tesla Run on Autopilot?” pondered whether Musk was taking on too much by trying to run Tesla from Texas.

The article, written by technology reporter Faiz Siddiqui, also explored what was reported as Musk’s “questionable business moves” and his criticism of California public officials who have insisted upon lockdown after lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Siddiqui insisted that the reporting was based on interviews with at least a dozen former and current Tesla employees, analysts, and investors.

When reached for comment, Musk said, “Give my regards to your puppet master.”

As Fox News reports, the two have reportedly been sniping at one another for years over their “ambitions in space,” as Musk owns SpaceX and Bezos owns Blue Origin.

As early as 2019, Bezos appeared to make a joke at Musk’s expense over the Tesla CEO’s desire to send people to Mars.

“My friends who want to move to Mars, I say, do me a favor and go live on top of Mount Everest for a year first, and see if you like it, because it’s a garden paradise compared to Mars,” he said at the time.

Fox reported that the paper has previously insisted that Bezos has “no editorial influence over the paper” and has published “plenty of stories casting [Bezos’ Amazon] in a negative light.”

Bezos and Musk have been flip-flopping positions as world’s richest person over the last several months.

Bezos most recently took the top spot once more as Tesla shares fell.

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COVID-19 mutation appears to be evolving to circumvent mask-wearing, hand-washing

Researchers say that a mutated strain of COVID-19 appears to be more contagious when compared to other strains of the virus, and transmission of the virus is less likely to be prevented by wearing a mask or washing hands.

The mutation, according to researchers, could be due to the virus’s response in circumventing masks and other social distancing-related efforts to tamp down the spread of the virus.

What are the details?

According to a Wednesday report from The Washington Post, scientists say that the study — conducted in Houston and released on Wednesday — appears to be the largest of its kind in the U.S., and is comprised of more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus.

Scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine, the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin all contributed to the study.

The study — which was not peer reviewed — found that people infected with the D614G mutation had higher loads of virus, meaning it was more contagious when compared with other strains of the virus.

“The new report, however, did not find that these mutations have made the virus deadlier or changed clinical outcomes,” the Post reported. “All viruses accumulate genetic mutations, and most are insignificant, scientists say.”

The outlet reported that 99.9 percent of cases during the “second wave” in the Houston area were infected with the D614G mutation.

Research suggests virus can become more contagious

David Morens, a virologist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the new research suggests that the virus could adapt to become more contagious.

“Wearing masks, washing our hands, all those things are barriers to transmissibility, or contagion, but as the virus becomes more contagious, it statistically is better at getting around those barriers,” Morens, who is senior adviser to Dr. Anthony Fauci, explained.

He added, “Although we don’t know it yet, it is well within the realm of possibility that this coronavirus, when our population-level immunity gets high enough, this coronavirus will find a way to get around our immunity. If that happened, we’d be in the same situation as with flu. We’ll have to chase the virus and, as it mutates, we’ll have to tinker with our vaccine.”

Jeremy Luban, a virologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, told the outlet that he believes the Houston paper “highlights the fact that, with respect to SARS-CoV-2, we need to remain vigilant, and increase our capacity to monitor the virus for mutations.”

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The McCloskeys set to speak at RNC: ‘Horrified at the prospect of their constitutional rights being compromised’

Mark and Patricia McCloskey are reportedly scheduled to appear at next week’s virtual Republican National Convention.

Who are the McCloskeys?

The McCloskeys gained notoriety in June after brandishing firearms at Black Lives Matter protesters who showed up outside their home, having forced themselves inside their private, gated community.

Authorities charged Patricia and Mark, both affluent personal injury attorneys in the St. Louis, Missouri, area, with felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon following the viral incident.

Despite the charges, the McCloskeys — both in their 60s — said that the demonstrators made them “fear for their lives” and insisted that they should be protected by Missouri’s castle doctrine, permitting them to defend themselves as well as their home.

Couple is ‘horrified’ over constitutional rights violations

According to a Monday report from the Washington Post, the McCloskeys will appear at the convention “on behalf of the president.”

On Monday evening, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed with the New York Times that the McCloskeys would, indeed, be appearing at the convention.

Patricia is reportedly not expected to speak, but will appear there to support her husband.

“She will be at her husband’s side,” the couple’s spokesperson told the outlet. “She is not built for this.”

“They, like many Americans, are horrified, if not mortified, at the prospect of their constitutional rights being compromised by the constitutional rights of others,” the spokesperson added. “My clients will fight to their death and they have professionally done so for 30 years each.”

Prominent Republican figures reportedly scheduled to appear at the Republican National Convention include former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, former Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, first lady Melania Trump, and more.

The outlet also reported that President Donald Trump is expected to speak from the White House, while Vice President Mike Pence will issue remarks from Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland.

‘Honoring the Great American Story’

According to CNBC, the convention’s theme will be “Honoring the Great American Story.”

The four-day convention will also have daily agendas.

“Monday’s tag line will be ‘Land of Promise,’ Tuesday will be ‘Land of Opportunity,’ Wednesday will showcase ‘Land of Heroes,’ and the final day, Aug. 27, will be built around a ‘Land of Greatness’ theme,” CNBC reported.

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