DML Morning Briefing, Nov. 20
By Ryan Lynch

Today is November 20. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.

1.Multiple dead, several others injured in shooting at Colorado Springs club
FoxNewsA shooting early Sunday morning in Colorado left at least five people dead and at least another 18 injured, according to police.

Colorado Springs Police responded to a shooting at around midnight local time. The incident occurred at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ club, on North Academy Blvd.

The suspected gunman was taken into custody. He was transported to the hospital to receive treatment.

Several victims are also being treated at various hospitals.

Ryan Lynch: This has to stop in America. I blame our current administration for our crime crisis.

2.Donald Trump reacts after Elon Musk reinstates his Twitter account, ending lifetime ban
FoxNewsDonald Trump has been officially reinstated to Twitter but on Saturday afternoon the former president cast doubt that he would return to the platform.

Trump posted on Truth Social, a social media service he has used since receiving a lifetime ban on Twitter in January 2021, that he would not be switching back over.

“Vote now with positivity, but don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere. Truth Social is special!” he posted.

Twitter CEO Elon Musk formally reinstated Trump this weekend after conducting a poll on the platform that received more than 15 million votes.

Ryan Lynch: Do you think Trump will return to the platform?

3.’I WILL become governor!’: Arizona GOP hopeful Kari Lake insists she’s still on track to overturn Dem rival’s election win, as AG’s office demands explanation for polling day issues before certifying the result
DailyMailArizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has insisted she’ll still become governor after the state’s assistant attorney general demanded explanations to polling day issues before agreeing to certify Lake’s Democrat rival’s win.

GOP rising star Lake spoke exclusively to Saturday after her campaign was handed a lifeline on Saturday when the state’s attorney general’s office demanded explanations for a string of election day problems before the final results can be certified.

Lake told it vindicated her decision to fight on, even though the Associated Press and other news organizations called the race for her opponent.

With more than 95 percent of votes tallied, Lake trails Democrat Katie Hobbs by fewer than 18,000 votes. The Associated Press has already called the race for Hobbs – but Lake, who was widely expected to win the contest, is having none of it.

Ryan Lynch: Arizona needs to fix its voting process. Maybe Florida could provide a tip or two. It’ll be interesting to watch what Lake does next and ultimately how Arizona will reacts to the final results.

4.Ukraine nuclear power station shelled, UN nuclear watchdog says
CNBCUkraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is under Russian control, was rocked by shelling on Sunday, drawing condemnation from the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog who said such attacks risked a major nuclear disaster.

Repeated shelling of the plant in southern Ukraine has raised concern about the potential for a grave accident just 500 km (300 miles) from the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident, the 1986 Chornobyl disaster.

More than a dozen blasts shook the Zaporizhzhia plant, which Russia took control of shortly after its February invasion of Ukraine, on Saturday evening and Sunday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.

An IAEA team on the ground said there had been damage to some buildings, systems and equipment at the plant, Europe’s largest nuclear power station. The IAEA team could see some of the explosions from their windows.

Ryan Lynch:  Russia shelling these facilities knowing the potential risks involved. I’m shaking my head.

5.How monoclonal antibodies lost the fight with new COVID variants
NPRMonoclonal antibodies were once the star of COVID-19 outpatient treatments. Since they first became available in 2020 – even before the first vaccines – more than 3.5 million infusions of the factory-grown proteins have been given to patients in the U.S. to help reduce risk of hospitalization.

But one by one, different monoclonal treatments have lost their efficacy against new variants of the coronavirus. The rise of Paxlovid antiviral pills earlier this year, further dented their appeal.

Now, a new wave of omicron subvariants that are the best yet at evading the immune system’s current defenses have taken over in the U.S. They’re expected to knock out bebtelovimab, the last monoclonal antibody treatment standing against the coronavirus. Soon, it’ll join bamlanivimab, casirivimab, sotrovimab and others in the graveyard of monoclonals that once targeted past COVID strains until they were outflanked by variants that evaded their protection.

“Monoclonals had their day, like the Model T or the biplane,” says Carl Dieffenbach, director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institutes of Health, and lead of the NIH’s Antiviral Program for Pandemics, “Now it’s time to move on.”

Ryan Lynch: With all viruses, keeping your immune system strong and your body healthy is essential. Hopefully, we don’t go into another COVID scare.

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