The Daily Populous

Sunday December 29th, 2019 night edition

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Donald Trump stepped in to cut Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico by more than half of the original amount that was agreed to during bipartisan negotiations, according to a new report.

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Despite all that, the president reportedly intervened to remove $6.3bn (£4.8bn) in funding from Puerto Rico in the budget before it went up for a vote and was passed by the House earlier this week.

The US territory was left with just $5.7bn (£4.4bn) in Medicaid funding in the congressional budget.

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News of the president’s intervention in the congressional spending bill was first reported by Politico, which cited four unidentified sources familiar with the discussions.

But the agreement poses potentially significant issues for Puerto Rico, which, like other US territories, has its federal funding for programmes like Medicaid capped by the administration. »

Nearly 500 million animals killed in Australian bushfires, experts fear

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Around 480 million animals are feared to have died in the bushfires sweeping Australia, including nearly a third of the koalas in New South Wales's main habitat.

Ecologists at the University of Sydney estimate around 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles have been killed, directly or indirectly, by the devastating blazes since they began in September, The Times reported.

More than 100 fires continue to rage across the country, having so far consumed more than five million hectares of land. »

Sydney fireworks: Thousands sign petition to halt 'traumatic' show

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More than a quarter of a million people have signed a petition calling for Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks to be cancelled and the money spent on fighting fires that threaten the city.

Some A$5.8m (£3m; $4m) was reportedly spent on fireworks in Sydney last year, the petition says.

The display should also be cancelled as it "may traumatise some people" who are dealing with "enough smoke in the air". »

The real reason Futurama was canceled

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According to Groening, Fox seemingly never really wanted Futurama to succeed.

Futurama was canceled at Fox because the network spent years — essentially from before the show even hit television sets — walking it down the road to the chopping block.

During an interview with Mother Jones, Groening was asked about working in Hollywood (i.e., working with Fox). »

Republicans Are Fiscally Reckless and Irresponsible

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The U.S. economy has been growing for 10 years as of July, the longest economic expansion on record.

But the naked lies from Republicans demonstrate that their approach has nothing to do with what is best for the American people.

They are nothing if not reckless and irresponsible. »