The Daily Populous

Tuesday December 18th, 2018 morning edition

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A Fox News guest proposed a crowdfunding campaign to avoid the looming government shutdown over disagreements about funding for a border wall to separate the U.S. and Mexico.

New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin appeared Monday on Fox & Friends, where he reiterated an argument made in his Saturday column.

The president's request for funding is a departure from earlier claims that Mexico would pay for the wall.

He needs Democrats' support because of the 60-vote threshold to advance the measure in the Senate, according to The Washington Post.

The president has at various times changed how much he said the wall will cost.

Trump adviser Stephen Miller placed responsibility for impending shutdown on Democrats while speaking Sunday on Face the Nation.

If government leaders cannot settle their differences before Friday, 420,000 people will be forced to work without pay, while 380,000 others will be sent home, according to NPR. »

Burnout, stress lead more companies to try a four-day work week

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It sounds too good to be true, but companies around the world that have cut their work week have found that it leads to higher productivity, more motivated staff and less burnout.

Companies that have already tried it say it’s better for productivity and staff wellbeing,” said TUC economic head Kate Bell.

(This version of the story corrects paragraph 13 to reflect that the study was conducted by Kronos and Future Workplace). »

Mark Zuckerberg Lost $15 Billion This Year, More Than Any of the 500 Richest Billionaires in the World

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But the events of 2018 have done the unprecedented for Zuckerberg: his net worth backtracked to where it was almost two years ago.

On Monday, March 19, Facebook’s stock price closed 7% lower ($173) than it closed on the Friday before and Zuckerberg lost $5 billion on that day.

By the end of July 26, Zuckerberg had lost $15.9 billion and another $2.2 billion in the days that followed. »

This Is How North Korea Once Stole 1,000 Volvos from Sweden

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Despite a collapsed economy and severe international sanctions, there's a healthy mix of old Soviet and European beaters, imported luxury cars, and home-grown copycats plying the wide streets of Pyongyang these days.

And as NPR reports, among them is a hardy band of 1973 Volvo 144s, survivors from a 1,000-car fleet that the North Koreans boosted from Sweden in the mid-1970s.

A year later, with economic ties deepening between the two countries, Sweden became the first Western nation to open an embassy in Pyongyang. »