The Daily Populous

Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 morning edition

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If the Republican agenda is so unpopular, how does the party win elections?

But mainly the G.O.P.’s political achievements depend on identity politics — white identity politics.

Exploiting racial resentment to capture white working-class voters, while pursuing policies that benefit only the wealthy, has been the core of the party’s political strategy for decades.

That’s why, in an increasingly diverse country, Republican support has stayed overwhelmingly white.

Commentators keep calling Trump a “populist,” but the only way in which he actually caters to working-class white voters is by appealing to their racial animus.

“Deep-pocketed Republicans who snubbed Donald Trump in 2016 are going all in for him in 2020,” reports Politico.

Trump is giving the Republican establishment what it wants, and it will stick with him no matter what. »

‘Maxed out’: 48% of Canadians on brink of insolvency, survey says

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“Canadians appear to be maxed out with no real plan for paying back what they have borrowed,” said MNP President Grant Bazian in a release.

“This raises many alarming questions about how and if consumer debt will be repaid, particularly if conditions deteriorate or interest rates rise.”.

Quebec residents were second at 51 per cent, up five percentage points, followed by Ontarians at 48 per cent, up two points. »

Elon Musk says Neuralink machine that connects human brain to computers 'coming soon'

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Elon Musk has revealed his Neuralink startup is close to announcing the first brain-machine interface to connect humans and computers.

The entrepreneur took to Twitter to tell followers the technology would be “coming soon” – though he failed to provide details.

The startup’s website, which is advertising vacancies for 11 different jobs, describes the futuristic technology as an “ultra-high bandwidth” connection between the human brain and computers. »

Mueller report: Russia hacked state databases and voting machine companies

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The Russian intelligence officers at GRU exploited known vulnerabilities on websites of state and local election offices by injecting malicious SQL code on such websites that then ran commands on underlying databases to extract information.

In another operation, GRU officers sent spearphishing emails to election officials and executives of companies that make voting machines, the report said.

The Justice Department said the Russian military officers also hacked the website of a state election board and stole information on 500,000 voters. »

Britain breaks coal-free power record over Easter weekend

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Britain has broken its record for the longest continuous period without generating electricity from coal.

National Grid said that the coal-free period lasted more than 90 hours before coming to an end on Monday afternoon.

It is the longest period since the industrial revolution and breaks the previous record set in April 2018 of 76 hours and 10 minutes. »