The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 27th, 2019 morning edition

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With the resignation of Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen, at the end of the week, the commission will be virtually paralyzed.

The reason for this: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his Republican-controlled U.S. Senate.

It was created in 1974 to enforce finance laws for House, Senate, presidential, and vice presidential campaigns.

Unlike most agencies, neither party is allowed to hold a working majority of seats at any time.

But while the commission has often deadlocked along party lines — especially in recent years — it still has played some role in issuing fines, auditing campaign filings, and investigating corruption.

But the Federal Election Commission has been a notable exception.

Two senators demanded that other expired seats be filled at the time, but this did not happen due to lack of agreement from then-Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. »

Trump says he's 'an environmentalist' after skipping G-7 climate meeting

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At a closing press conference before departing the summit, Trump was asked whether he still harbors skepticism about climate change.

A lot of people don’t understand that," Trump said, citing his experience filing environmental impact statements for real estate developments.

"I think I know more about the environment than most people," he added. »

A tribute to one of Silicon Valley's most influential and forgotten researchers at Xerox Parc event

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Mr Markoff uncovered some interesting experimentation initiated by a maverick CEO of electronics company Ampex, who in the early 60s wanted his engineers to take LSD to improve their creativity.

The board of directors said no, and then had to fire him after they discovered he'd snuck off anyway on a mountain hike with seven or eight engineers and given them LSD.

Lee Felsenstein ran the Homebrew Computer Club, and designed the Sol and Osborne 1, two of the original personal computers. »

Poll: Bernie, Warren surge to tie Biden atop Democratic field

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The Monmouth University poll, released Monday, shows Sanders and Warren deadlocked among Democratic voters at 20 percent, with Biden a point behind, at 19 percent.

Compared with the Monmouth poll in June, Sanders has ticked up 6 points, and Warren 5 points.

Ten candidates have already qualified: Biden, Warren, Sanders, Harris, Buttigieg, Booker, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Castro, Yang and O’Rourke. »

Disney+ Offers 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos at No Extra Charge in Latest One-Up of Netflix and Apple

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These premium streaming formats are sure to appeal to movie lovers, with content available for no extra charge in resolutions up to 4K, with Dolby Atmos object-based sound and high dynamic range (HDR) support.

Netflix and Apple TV both also support 4K, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, but Netflix charges extra for these streaming quality boosts.

Netflix currently charges $16 a month for its 4K, multi-screen service, while Apple hasn’t currently announced its pricing tiers. »