The Daily Populous

Monday May 4th, 2020 evening edition

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"I told Steve just today, we're not doing anything unless we get a payroll tax cut," Trump said during a Fox News town hall Sunday night, referring to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Economists have noted that a payroll tax cut—unlike additional direct payments, which Trump has opposed—would do nothing for those who have been thrown out of work by the coronavirus crisis.

Additionally, advocacy groups have warned that a payroll tax cut represents a threat to Social Security and Medicare.

"'Payroll tax cut' is code for 'gut Social Security and Medicare's dedicated funding, then demand benefit cuts,'" Social Security Works tweeted Sunday night.

As far as I can tell, Rs now have 2 redline demands — payroll tax cut and liability shield — Jeffrey Stein (@JStein_WaPo) May 4, 2020.

Postal Service, expands Medicare to cover the unemployed and uninsured, cancels rent and mortgage payments, and more.

"If the bill doesn't put people first, they should vote no," the group tweeted Saturday. »

72% in Japan see closure of unregulated meat markets as key to preventing pandemics, survey finds

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The Japanese figure came in below 85 percent in Hong Kong, 83 percent in both Myanmar and Vietnam, and 80 percent in Thailand.

However, the rate for Japan was just 54 percent — apparently because 59 percent answered there are no such markets in Japan.

The virus that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19 has infected more than 3.5 million people around the world, including over 15,000 officially in Japan. »

Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard, double the storage, and faster performance

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16GB of faster 3733MHz memory is now offered as a standard configuration on select models, and for the first time on a 13-inch Mac notebook, customers can choose a 32GB memory option.

With 32GB of memory, users will experience better performance while running multiple virtual machines and up to 50 percent faster performance when editing gigapixel images in Photoshop.

With a sleek aluminum unibody design in space gray or silver and weighing just 3 pounds, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is both highly portable and packed with performance and advanced technologies. »

Malaria 'completely stopped' by microbe

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Scientists have discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria.

Malaria is spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes, so protecting them could in turn protect people.

The malaria-blocking bug, Microsporidia MB, was discovered by studying mosquitoes on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. »