The Daily Populous

Wednesday February 26th, 2020 day edition

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U.S President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump was referring to Ebola — not the deadly coronavirus — when he claimed that "we're very close to a vaccine."

Trump discussed the fast-spreading virus, which has killed more than 2,700 people and infected tens of thousands more, at a press conference during a state visit to India.

The U.S. in late January imposed travel restrictions and quarantines in response to the spread of the coronavirus.

An NBC News reporter asked the president whether his administration's response to the coronavirus squared with his criticism in 2014 of President Barack Obama's handling of the Ebola outbreak.

But Trump said Tuesday there was a "big difference" between the coronavirus and Ebola, which carried an extremely high death rate at its peak.

White House spokesman Judd Deere told CNBC later Tuesday that Trump "was talking about the Ebola vaccine. »

Democratic debate: CBS, Bloomberg draw jeers for ad buy, ‘stacked’ audience

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“Ok why the hell is there a Bloomberg ad on during the debate?

Other viewers were dubious about the lively audience who cheered when Bloomberg spoke and loudly booed Sanders — with dozens of people accusing the ex-Big Apple mayor of stacking the audience.

A Bloomberg source denied the allegations and said each campaign was allotted the same number of tickets by the Democratic National Committee. »

Bob Iger to step down as Disney CEO, effective immediately

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Bob Iger will step down as Disney CEO and assume the role of executive chairman, Disney announced Tuesday.

Bob Chapek, who most recently served as chairman of Disney parks, experiences and products, will assume the role of CEO, effective immediately, Disney announced.

Chapek will continue to report to Iger and be appointed to the board of directors at a later date. »

'Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself' Mardi Gras float causes a stir

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A U.S. prosecutor overseeing the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking investigation said Monday, Jan 27, 2020 that Britain's Prince Andrew has been uncooperative in the inquiry so far.

One Mardi Gras float in particular has caused a bit of a stir on social media.

The float reportedly shows a ‘papier-mâché-Epstein’ in a prison jumpsuit with a woman that resembles Hillary Clinton, “appearing to strangle him from behind,” KTRH reports, adding, “The side of the float reads ‘Epstein didn’t kill himself.’”. »

Scotland to make period products such as tampons and pads free

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Scotland is set to be the first country in the world to make period products free to all.

Scottish MPs have backed plans to make products such as tampons and sanitary pads free at designated public places such as community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies.

The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill was proposed by Scottish MP Monica Lennon, who first submitted a draft proposal in 2017. »