The Daily Populous

Friday December 28th, 2018 morning edition

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"Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border," Trump tweeted Thursday.

But according to an INSIDER poll, most Americans would prefer to put the $5 billion Trump is demanding toward other policy goals.

At the start of the government shutdown, Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lamented House Republicans inclusion of $5.7 billion in border-wall money in their doomed funding package.

"And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall.

INSIDER polled these alternatives against funding for the wall and found that the wall was not a particularly popular option.

Of those who identified as moderately or very conservative, about 53% wanted the wall, with 22% preferring infrastructure improvements and 16% preferring healthcare.

Total 1,025 completed respondents December 21-22, margin of error plus or minus 3.12 percentage points with 95% confidence level. »

Exclusive: White House mulls new year executive order to bar Huawei, ZTE purchases

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is considering an executive order in the new year to declare a national emergency that would bar U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by China’s Huawei and ZTE, three sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

In August, Trump signed a bill that barred the U.S. government itself from using Huawei and ZTE equipment.

The FCC is also considering whether to require carriers to remove and replace equipment from firms deemed a national security risk. »

Police have video of Kevin Spacey groping a busboy, complaint says

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So he sent her video on Snapchat of Spacey groping him, the complaint states.

In his interview with police, investigators showed the busboy that video and confirmed his and Spacey's clothing that night.

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China 'bans Lady Gaga' after Dalai Lama meeting

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Lady Gaga has reportedly been added to a list of hostile foreign forces banned by China’s Communist party after she met with the Dalai Lama to discuss yoga.

The Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in March 1959, insists he is merely seeking greater autonomy from Chinese rule for Tibetans.

But a report about the Dalai Lama’s meeting with Lady Gaga appeared to have been deleted from the NetEase website. »