The Daily Populous

Saturday November 2nd, 2019 morning edition

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Mr. Trump has broadly criticized how the United States distributes foreign aid, and some conservative Middle East policy analysts have argued that aid to the Lebanese military could end up helping Hezbollah.

One congressional official said it was troubling that the White House had ordered the action against the recommendations of both the State and Defense Departments.

The official said that the United States closely monitors how the aid is used, and that any fear that the money could fall into the hands of Hezbollah is a myth.

In December, Jim Mattis, who was defense secretary at the time, described the Lebanese Army Forces as “legitimate” and a partner of the American military.

“They are helping to keep the situation stable right now,” he said, speaking of a flare-up in tensions between Hezbollah and Israel, two longtime enemies.

“Does that mean we should be O.K. with what the L.A.F. is doing now?”

There should be more accountability, there should be a little bit more tough love, but to cut off the aid would be, I think, counterproductive for our interests. »

Beto O'Rourke is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Rep. for Texas Beto O'Rourke speaks at the Iowa Federation Labor Convention on August 21, 2019 in Altoona, Iowa.

Former Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke said Friday that he will drop out of the 2020 presidential race, making him the latest candidate to exit the still-crowded but narrowing Democratic primary contest.

"Our campaign has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively," O'Rourke announced in a series of tweets. »

Protestors Rally Outside Blizzcon 2019 with ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Costumes

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Everyone (well almost everyone) proved to be a man of their word as protestors have been seen flooding the gates outside Blizzcon dressed in ‘Winnie the Pooh’ costumes.

People have been spotted using ‘Free Hong Kong’ placards outside, with ‘Free Hong Kong’ merchandise (including T-shirts) being sold outside.

Livestreams covering the protests outside Blizzcon with the tag line “Let’s raid Blizzcon, they can’t stop us all”. »

Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion

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Google has just announced that it’s buying wearable company Fitbit for $2.1 billion.

“Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads.“.

According to a separate press release issued by Fitbit, the company will still take privacy for health and fitness data seriously, noting that “Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads.”. »

Living Skin Can Now be 3D-Printed With Blood Vessels Included

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Development is significant step toward skin grafts that can be integrated into patient’s skin.

TROY, N.Y. — Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a way to 3D print living skin, complete with blood vessels.

The advancement, published online today in Tissue Engineering Part A, is a significant step toward creating grafts that are more like the skin our bodies produce naturally. »