The Daily Populous

Monday December 31st, 2018 night edition

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WASHINGTON — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Monday that she is establishing an exploratory committee to consider a 2020 White House bid, vowing to be a tenacious advocate for economic fairness and rebuilding the middle class.

“Our government is supposed to work for all of us, but instead, it has become a tool for the wealthy and well-connected,” she says in a more than four-minute video announcing her exploratory committee.

Her 2018 reelection campaign gave Warren more flexibility than other top-tier Democrats to test the themes of a potential 2020 national campaign.

The Cherokee Nation issued a statement calling DNA tests "useless to determine tribal citizenship” and said Warren was undermining their interests.

But Warren has sought to move beyond it and said she was simply trying to be transparent.

In the video released Monday, Warren focuses primarily on her vision of economic fairness but does not directly mention Trump.

Aides say Warren moved quickly to establish an exploratory committee in large part because she, unlike other top Democrats eyeing the race, does not have a leadership PAC. »

Duterte: Outrage as Philippines leader describes sexually abusing maid

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There has been a wave of criticism after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he sexually assaulted a maid when he was a teenager.

In a speech, he recalled confessing to a priest how he reached into the maid's underwear as she slept.

Women's rights group Gabriela said Mr Duterte was "unworthy of his position and should resign". »

New Year’s Eve in Times Square sounds like a urine-soaked hell

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So it goes in Times Square in the hours before the ball drops at midnight on Dec. 31.

He says it’s all worth it to catch the likes of Maroon 5 and Mariah Carey gratis.

She and Jimmy Tomczak, an author, spent more than 13 hours in Times Square “getting to know each other,” she said. »

Finally declassified: Swedish pilots awarded US Air Medals for saving SR-71 spy plane

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The crew descended to roughly 25,000 feet over Swedish airspace where they were intercepted by two pairs of Swedish air force Saab 37 Viggen fighter jets.

"We were performing an ordinary peace time operation exercise,” recalled retired Maj. Roger Moller, one of the Swedish air force pilots.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Williams salutes the Swedish pilots who were awarded the U.S. Air Medal in Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 28, 2018. »

College track star warned police about her ex-boyfriend 6 times in the 10 days before he killed her

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Lauren McCluskey, a track athlete at the University of Utah who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on October 22, 2018, did just that.

Campus police did end up escorting McCluskey to the car exchange, which went off without any acts of violence.

Dispatch responds by telling her campus police has jurisdiction over her case, routing her call back to University of Utah Police. »