The Daily Populous

Monday November 25th, 2019 morning edition

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The House Intelligence Committee is in possession of audio and video recordings and photographs provided to the committee by Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who reportedly played a key role in assisting him in his efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

The material submitted to the committee includes audio, video and photos that include Giuliani and Trump.

It was unclear what the content depicts and the committees only began accessing the material last week.

"We have subpoenaed Mr. Parnas and Mr. [Igor] Fruman for their records.

We would like them to fully comply with those subpoenas," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff told CNN Sunday, with a committee spokesperson adding they would not elaborate beyond the chairman's comments.

Parnas' associate, Fruman, has not cooperated with the committee.

Parnas, a Ukraine-born, American businessman, was subpoenaed last month by House committees at the same time as Fruman. »

Scoop: White House directed Lindsey Graham to block Armenian genocide resolution

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What happened next, which has not been previously reported: As Graham was leaving the Oval Office, senior White House staff asked him to return to the Senate and block the Armenian genocide resolution — a measure that would have infuriated Erdoğan.

A White House legislative affairs official told Graham that Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was going to bring up his Armenian genocide resolution and asked if Graham could "please object.".

Asked whether he felt uncomfortable blocking the Armenian genocide resolution, Graham replied: "Yeah. »

Queen cancels Prince Andrew's 60th birthday party

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Last week the Duke of York was interviewed on the British television programme Newsnight where he admitted to "letting the side down.".

The Sunday Times reports the Queen did not approve the interview.

Prince Charles was the driving force behind the Duke of York's decision to stand aside from his royal duties. »

Mastercard Bans Automatic Billing After Free Trials

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Isn't it annoying when you sign up for a free trial, and forget to cancel before the company starts billing you?

The credit card company this week announced a new policy requiring merchants to get a cardholder's approval at the end of a trial before they start billing.

"Free trial offers can be a legitimate and useful way to increase sales and improve consumer satisfaction," Mastercard wrote. »

El Nino swings more violently in the industrial age, compelling hard evidence says

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It is the first known time that enough physical evidence spanning millennia has come together to allow researchers to say definitively that: El Ninos, La Ninas, and the climate phenomenon that drives them have become more extreme in the times of human-induced climate change.

"There were three extremely strong El Nino-La Nina events in the 50-year period, but it wasn't just these events.

The team found the industrial age ENSO swings to be 25% stronger than in the pre-industrial records. »