The Daily Populous

Wednesday October 23rd, 2019 morning edition

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Two members of the far-right Proud Boys were sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for their roles in a street fight after a speech last year at New York's Metropolitan Republican Club.

Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 40, were convicted in August on charges stemming from the October 2018 fight between members of the Proud Boys and the loosely organized anti-fascist group known as Antifa after a speech by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes .

Instead, prosecutors relied heavily on video, including security camera footage that showed Proud Boys members starting the fight.

Members of the Proud Boys and groups that were protesting McInnes' speech were then seen kicking and punching each other on the sidewalk.

Ten members and associates of the Proud Boys were arrested in the days following the clash.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal advocacy organization, has designated the all-male Proud Boys as a hate group.

McInnes, a Vice Media co-founder, quit the Proud Boys a month after the clash outside the Metropolitan Republican Club. »

Susan Rice: Lindsey Graham is 'a piece of s--t'

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She made the remark after Tommy Vietor, another former Obama adviser, first used the term to refer to Graham during a discussion about the 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya.

"Right, because Lindsey Graham isn't just a piece of shit now," Vietor said before Rice interrupted.

"Susan Rice, who was a disaster to President Obama as National Security Advisor, is now telling us her opinion on what to do in Syria. »

US Ambassador Testifies Trump Directly Tied Ukraine Funding to Biden Investigation

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Ambassador Bill Taylor testified today that President Trump directly linked funding for Ukraine to an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.According to several people in the room, Mr. Taylor acknowledged that the President wanted an investigation into Mr. Biden, as well as a public statement from Ukraine that they were also investigating the company that Mr. Biden’s son worked for.Members of Congress who heard the testimony described it as “devastating for the President.”

In his opening statement , “Taylor said that he and Sondland spoke by phone about why the aid was frozen, and Sondland cited the need for Ukraine to open an investigation among other reasons.

”Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch described the testimony as “ a sea change ” in the investigation. »

Electric cars to get green number plates under government plan

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Plates will mean perks such as free parking as part of scheme to push zero-emission vehicles.

Green coloured number plates will be issued for electric cars under government plans to encourage drivers to buy zero-emission vehicles.

A consultation has been launched on the proposals, modelled on a scheme in Canada which appeared to push up electric car sales. »

Ken Loach Says Marvel Films Are "Made as Commodities Like Hamburgers"

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The lineup of veteran directors giving the Marvel Cinematic Universe a kick (when prompted) trundles on.

"They're made as commodities like hamburgers, and it's not about communicating, and it's not about sharing our imagination," he said.

Loach follows Francis Ford Coppola, who branded Marvel titles "despicable," and Martin Scorsese, who sparked the debate when he said they were "theme park films," adding later that they were "invading" cinema. »