The Daily Populous

Wednesday February 12nd, 2020 morning edition

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WASHINGTON — Four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone quit the case Tuesday after the Justice Department said it would take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for President Donald Trump’s longtime ally and confidant.

The decision by the Justice Department came just hours after Trump complained that the recommended sentence for Stone was “very horrible and unfair.”

The Justice Department said the sentencing recommendation was made Monday night — before Trump’s tweet — and prosecutors had not spoken to the White House about it.

The recommendation raised the prospect that Stone could receive the harshest sentence of any of the half-dozen Trump aides charged in Mueller’s probe.

In a tweet early Tuesday, Trump said the case against Stone was a “miscarriage of justice.”

A Justice Department official said authorities decided to step in and seek a shorter sentence because they had been taken by surprise by the initial recommendation.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said prosecutors had told the department to expect a shorter recommendation. »

Scotland is taking steps toward independence vote: Sturgeon

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a speech after Brexit, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, February 10, 2020.

The Scottish leader said Scotland needed to have a referendum before declaring independence.

Sturgeon said it was not clear if Scotland could hold a referendum without acceptance by the British government, which so far refuses to contemplate another independence ballot. »

Trump 2021 Budget Seeks To Eliminate Library Funding (Again)

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Every year since his start as President, Trump has attempted to eliminate funding to libraries, and 2021’s budget proposal tries once more.

The 2021 budget proposes to eliminate the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which funds research, offers policy development, and provides grants for museums and libraries, among other roles.

“IMLS ensures public library services for all Americans, helps preserve the heritage of our nation, and provides critical funding for literacy and workforce development programs.”. »

Do morning people do better in school because school starts early?

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School tends to start early, which studies have indicated works out well for the grades of morning people.

Now, a group of Argentine scientists has tracked what happens to students' performance when there are different mismatches between chronotype and school start times.

As we noted above, there have been some indications that chronotype and school start times affect students' grades. »

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Trump proposes slashing CDC budget

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The proposal reduces and consolidates CDC funding for programs under the “chronic disease prevention and health promotion” category.

That includes programs addressing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, tobacco use, stroke, nutrition, physical activity, and arthritis.

There’s also a 3 percent cut to “public health preparedness and response” programs and a nearly 7 percent cut to global health programs. »