Mathematica: Rand Paul’s Political Future at Risk, 700,000 Rogue Drones And More

By Allen McDuffee
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Some of today explained, in numbers…

  • Rand Paul’s political future is in the hands of 340 Central Committee members in Kentucky, who will decide if Rand Paul can simultaneously run for president and his Senate seat — a current violation of electoral rules in the state.
  • Rogue drones are becoming increasingly problematic across the U.S. and Americans are expected to buy 700,000 of them this year, a 63 percent increase from 2014.
  • Genetically modified foods are not safe, according to 57% of U.S. adults.
  • China’s exports fell by 8.3% in July compared to last year. The country devaluing its currency helps exporters sell Chinese goods abroad.
  • Rick Perry only raised $1.1 million in the second quarter. And that’s why he had to stop paying staffers in South Carolina.

The Rundown

1. Mitch McConnell’s Trump Calculation 

Jane Mayer at The New Yorker takes a deep dive on the risk of McConnell’s refusal to restrain the chief executive of the United States. 

2. 500,000+ Zoom Accounts Are For Sale on the Dark Web

Credentials of individuals and high-profile companies like Chase have been swept up, marking a new headache for the videoconferencing giant.

3. Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden

Sanders told Biden, “We need you in the White House,” during a teleconference. But how many of his supporters heard him?

4. Paul Manafort Is Seeking Prison Release Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Trump’s former campaign manager claims he is “high risk.” 

5. Joe Biden Could Get a Critical Boost From a Black VP Pick

New polling suggests Biden could garner more enthusiasm among black voters in battleground states by picking a black woman.

6. Sanofi and GSK Partner on COVID-19 Vaccine

The Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline vaccine will enter clinical trials later in 2020, but still won’t be available until late 2021. 

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