The Daily Populous

Saturday August 3rd, 2019 night edition

image for Kentucky Democrats: 'Just Say Nyet To Moscow Mitch'

Democrats in Mitch McConnell's home state are hawking T-shirts with a barbed message — "Just say Nyet to Moscow Mitch" — as they try to capitalize on a bitter dispute involving the Republican senator over election security legislation.

The Kentucky Democratic Party said Wednesday it's launching a "Moscow Mitch" webstore, intensifying a dig that has struck a nerve with the normally unflappable Senate majority leader.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough quickly weighed in with the "Moscow Mitch" nickname, a moniker Kentucky Democrats say was coined by a retired schoolteacher in the state.

The shirt declares "Just say Nyet to Moscow Mitch" in yellow, Soviet-style letters.

"We've even thrown in a 'Moscow Mitch' Cossack-style faux-fur hat for extra snark," the party said in a news release.

But the "Moscow Mitch" nickname could be ringing in McConnell's ears Saturday, when he's scheduled to attend the state's leading political event — the Fancy Farm picnic in western Kentucky.

There, prominent politicians regularly take turns taking digs at their rivals, while shouting partisans try to rattle the speakers. »

Exclusive: Manchester United complete Harry Maguire transfer from Leicester for £85million

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The long-running Harry Maguire transfer saga finally came to an end on Friday morning when Leicester City accepted an £85 million offer from Manchester United that makes the England international the most expensive defender in history.

At that point it became simply too good a price for Leicester to turn down and the club felt that it was right that Maguire, who has handled an awkward situation well, should be allowed to leave.

It seals a remarkable transformation in the career of the 26-year-old Maguire, who joined Hull City from Sheffield United for £2.5 million almost five years ago to the day. »

Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

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The balloons are carrying hi-tech radars designed to simultaneously track many individual vehicles day or night, through any kind of weather.

The US military is launching unmanned surveillance balloons over portions of the midwest.

The new balloons promise a cheap surveillance platform that could follow multiple cars and boats for extended periods. »

NASA gives SpaceX a challenge with the moon as a prize

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He has also suggested that the new rocket could land on the moon in two years.

If SpaceX is able to land a Starship on the lunar surface, the space agency will partner with the company to conduct voyages to the moon on the rocket ship.

Mark Whittington is the author of space exploration studies “Why is It So Hard to Go Back to the Moon? »