The Daily Populous

Thursday June 25th, 2020 day edition

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The US Defense Department has determined that 20 top Chinese firms, including Huawei, are either owned by or backed by the Chinese military.

The list, seen by US media, features video surveillance firm Hikvision, China Telecoms, China Mobile and AVIC.

The determination could lay the groundwork for new US financial sanctions against the firms.

It comes as the US has pressured other countries, including the UK, to bar Huawei for national security reasons.

Under US law, the Defense Department is required to track firms "owned or controlled" by China's People's Liberation Army that are active in the US.

Will this review determine specific sectors of the US economy that the Chinese are targeting for espionage and forced technology-transfer efforts?

The White House already taken several steps against Huawei and other Chinese firms, including barring US companies from selling them certain technology without permission. »

Fired Wilmington cop: “We are just going to go out and start slaughtering them f—— ni—–. I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.” [Free read]

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WILMINGTON — “We are just gonna go out and start slaughtering them fu—– ni—–.

The announcement came from the new Chief of Police Donny Williams — not even 24-hours into his first day as chief.

Related: Three Wilmington police officers off the force after they were recorded making racist comments [Free]. »

Why NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace says he’ll take embarrassment over the alternative

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Why NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace says he’ll take embarrassment over the alternative The 43 car driver thanked NASCAR and FBI for taking threat seriously.

"I want to thank my team, NASCAR and the FBI for acting swiftly and treating this as a racial threat.

Wallace also helped push NASCAR to ban the Confederate Flag from all events and races and celebrated the sport for enacting real change. »

White House ordered NIH to cancel coronavirus research funding, Fauci says

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Fauci responded to Veasey saying: “It was cancelled because the NIH was told to cancel it.”.

After the hearing, Fauci clarified to Politico that it was the White House that told the NIH to cancel the funding.

An unnamed White House official told Politico that the White House did encourage the funding cut, but ultimately it was the Department of Health and Human Services—of which the NIH is a part—that made the final decision. »

Twitter posts reveal polarization in Congress on COVID-19

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The algorithm they created could correctly classify the political party of the member who sent each tweet 76 percent of the time, based only on the text of the tweet and the date it was sent.

Democrats sent out significantly more tweets (19,803) about COVID-19 than did Republicans (11,084), the study showed.

For example, the word “health” was used in 26 percent of Democratic tweets, but only 15 percent of Republican tweets. »