The Daily Populous

Wednesday April 8th, 2020 night edition

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order today (April 6) establishing U.S. policy on the exploitation of off-Earth resources.

That policy stresses that the current regulatory regime — notably, the 1967 Outer Space Treaty — allows the use of such resources.

For example, the United States, like the other major spacefaring nations, has not signed the 1979 Moon Treaty, which stipulates that non-scientific use of space resources be governed by an international regulatory framework.

And in 2015, Congress passed a law explicitly allowing American companies and citizens to use moon and asteroid resources .

The executive order, called "Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources," has been in the works for about a year, a senior administration official said during a teleconference with reporters today.

Artemis aims to land two astronauts on the moon in 2024 and to establish a sustainable human presence on and around Earth's nearest neighbor by 2028.

In December 2017, for example, he signed Space Policy Directive-1 , which laid the groundwork for the Artemis campaign. »

UK rejects Trump's offer to help with Boris Johnson's coronavirus treatment

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman has rejected President Donald Trump's offer to help with Johnson's COVID-19 treatment.

The UK government has rejected President Donald Trump's offer to help with the COVID-19 treatment of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Johnson's spokesman rejected the offer on Tuesday, saying "any treatment he receives is a matter for his doctors.". »

Landlord changes locks on California church after pastor said he'd continue to hold services

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But within the past week, the landlord of the Cross Culture Christian Center in Lodi, Calif. changed the locks, so congregants couldn't enter the building for Palm Sunday services.

Church vs. coronavirus: California pastor says stay-at-home orders violate freedom of religion.

His brother, Pastor Jon Duncan, had continued to hold in-person services despite the coronavirus outbreak. »

Acting Navy Secretary Modly resigns

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Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after traveling nearly 8,000 miles to Guam to berate thousands of sailors on Monday, later saying he stood "by every word," and then subsequently apologizing for the remarks within the span of about eight hours.

"This morning I accepted Secretary Modly's resignation," Defense Secretary Mark Esper wrote in a memo he tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

"He resigned on his own accord, putting the Navy and the sailors above self so that the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and the Navy as an institution, can move forward.". »

Tiger King's creators cut Joe Exotic's racism from Netflix show

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But it seems the show couldn't include everything, even a rant from tiger keeper Joe Exotic about him not being allowed to use the N-word as a white man.

Speaking to THR, the show's creator Rebecca Chaiklin explained why the clip had been cut from the documentary series.

Related: What the Tiger King documentary didn't tell you about Joe Exotic and his husbands. »