The Daily Populous

Sunday February 9th, 2020 day edition

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Trump not only had Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman transferred out of the White House, he had him fired from his National Security Post and escorted out of the building.

Vindman’s twin brother, who also works on the NSC, was summarily fired and escorted out as well, as The New York Times reports.

If that weren’t enough Trump then turned around and had his Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, fired as well.

Both Vindman and Sondland had testified before Congress, proving the whistleblower’s claims that the president engaged in disturbing behavior by extorting Ukraine.

The General Accounting Office substantiated that claim, stating that Trump’s withholding of hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid was illegal.

It is disgraceful and criminal to demote / fire witnesses – as we are seeing with Vindman, his brother, Sondland.

But this could get even worse – including bogus criminal charges against perceived Trump enemies in FBI and elsewhere. »

A new study reveals the US could save $600 billion in administrative costs by switching to a single-payer, Medicare For All system

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And anxieties around the possibility of medically induced poverty are driving poor health habits among US consumers.

I (Zach) believe a shift toward a single-payer Medicare For All system in US healthcare could be a potential balm to the system's current admin cost crisis. »

The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President

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After the 2016 election, much was made of the threats posed to American democracy by foreign disinformation.

But he played a crucial role in delivering Trump to the Oval Office—and his efforts will shape this year’s election.

This article appears in the March 2020 print edition with the headline “The 2020 Disinformation War. »

Texas teen shot dead for defending classmate from bully days earlier, police say

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Police say it was just after 4:30 p.m. when Reynolds was shot outside his home, on the grounds of an apartment complex.

Police say a 15-year-old who was still in middle school confronted Reynolds in the hallway of the Pinewoods Apartments days after Reynolds stopped the 15-year-old from assaulting another student.

Police say security cameras captured the 15-year-old pulling a .40 caliber gun and shooting Reynolds. »

Park Secrets Disney Doesn’t Want You to Know

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It’s not surprising that a lot goes into running a theme park, and nowhere is that more true than Disney.

However, there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes that Disney would rather its guests and fans didn’t know.

Well, wonder no more — check out these 25 park secrets that Disney doesn’t want you to know. »