The Daily Populous

Wednesday December 25th, 2019 night edition

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If Sen. Bernie Sanders is the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, he can reportedly count on the backing of former President Barack Obama.

That's according to a source close to the 44th president, speaking to The Hill, who said that Obama is ready to "go to bat" for whoever wins the nomination.

On Monday, The Hill's source made clear that Obama will step up for the eventual nominee in a piece largely framed around how Obama is warming to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

as a candidate—indicated the former president will step up for the eventual nominee, even if it's Sanders.

The former president isn't the only intraparty Sanders opponent who has signaled a willingness to support the Vermont senator should he win the nomination.

Columbia University lecturer Tom Watson, a vocal Sanders critic, has repeatedly tweeted his enthusiasm for supporting the eventual Democratic nominee—even if it's Sanders.

"If you do not think the GOP is watching these attacks and will amplify them in the general, you're wrong. »

Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Illinois on New Year's Day

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Many pot-smoking adults in Illinois will ring in the new year on a high note when recreational marijuana use becomes legal in the state on Jan. 1.

FILE PHOTO: An employee holds a jar of marijuana on sale at the Greenstone Provisions after it became legal in the state to sell recreational marijuana to customers over 21 years old in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S., December 3, 2019.

Illinois joins 10 other states and the District of Columbia where small amounts of the drug for adult use is legal. »

French company liable after employee dies during sex on business trip

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A French company has been found liable for the death of an employee who had a cardiac arrest while having sex with a stranger on a business trip.

A Paris court ruled that his death was an industrial accident and that the family was entitled to compensation.

But under French law an employer is responsible for any accident occurring during a business trip, judges said. »

Hong Kong Protestors Boycott 'Ip Man 4' for Donnie Yen and Producer's Pro-Beijing Stance

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Hong Kong protestors are boycotting Ip Man 4: The Finale to oppose the pro-Beijing stance of producer Raymond Wong and stars Donnie Yen and Danny Chan.

But in Hong Kong, the pic has grossed $660,000 since bowing Friday, finishing in second place behind Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The first Ip Man pic won best film and action choreography honors at the 2009 Hong Kong Film Awards. »

NASA contractor convicted of substituting Chinese steel for space launch, then covering it up

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A 32-year-old man was found guilty after he reportedly purchased Chinese parts for a NASA space launch project and tried to cover it up.

Yun worked for the CBOL Corporation which provides parts and materials to the aerospace industry, including NASA.

Yun was responsible for a contract that would provide stainless steel tubing to carry rocket fuel in support of NASA’s Space Launch System/Orion project at Kennedy Space Center. »