The Daily Populous

Thursday May 14th, 2020 day edition

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— Federal agents served a search warrant at the Washington, D.C., home of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Wednesday night as the investigation continued into stock trades he made in an early stage of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Los Angeles Times reports members of the FBI seized a cellphone belonging to Burr after the search warrant was served.

“We’ll decline to comment,” Carroll responded in an email also copied to the personal attorney’s spokesperson.

Burr unloaded up to $1.7 million in publicly traded stocks on Feb. 13, weeks before the stock market dipped over the coronavirus outbreak.

The move contrasted with some of Burr's public comments on the outbreak, including a Feb. 7 op-ed he co-authored, detailing the federal government's preparedness.

Last week, ProPublica reported Burr's brother-in-law also sold stock in February, on the same day as Burr.

That analysis was echoed on social media by Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. »

Mitch McConnell is pushing the Senate to pass a measure that would let the FBI collect Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

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An amendment proposed by McConnell would, for the first time ever, let the FBI collect records on Americans' web-browsing and search histories without a warrant.

Another amendment drafted by McConnell would give the attorney general more oversight of FBI investigations into political operatives, like the recent FBI investigation into the Trump campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing forward with an amendment that would let the FBI collect records on Americans' web-browsing and search histories without a warrant this week. »

Baltimore Restaurant Owner Can't Get Employees to Return Because They Make More in Unemployment

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A Baltimore restaurant owner said Tuesday that she can't get employees to return to work because they make more in unemployment benefits than in working for her business.

"They don't want to [come back to work] and I don't really want a restaurant full of unhappy employees," Wagner told the tv station.

A Congressional Research Service report on state unemployment insurance released late last year indicated that most states provide unemployment payments to residents for up to 26 weeks. »

Most of the Drug Arrests in the US Involve a Gram or Less

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Furthermore, about 40% of arrests for hard drug are for trace amounts – a quarter of a gram or less.

What’s more, the racial distribution of these small quantity arrests reveal importance differences between arrests for different types of drugs.

Finally, this study shows that 71% of drug arrests are not for hard drugs, but for marijuana. »

ANALYSIS: Netflix Saved Its Average User From 9.1 Days of Commercials in 2019

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The average Netflix subscriber spent over two hours a day streaming Netflix content in 2019.

With no commercials, two hours of Netflix saves users from over 36 minutes of ads daily, or 219 hours of ads a year .

Last year, Netflix VP of Original Content Cindy Holland announced that the average Netflix user spends two hours a day using the service. »