The Daily Populous

Wednesday October 28th, 2020 morning edition

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(CNN) The White House included ending the coronavirus pandemic on a list of the Trump administration's science and technology accomplishments, despite nearly half a million Americans tested positive for Covid-19 in just the last week.

A White House Office of Science and Technology Policy news release made the claim in announcing a document highlighting the administration's science and technology achievements over the past four years.

"Highlights include: ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC," the news release sent to reporters read.

The news release comes as the country reports the largest number of daily cases seen to date .

The seven-day average of daily new cases reached an all-time high of 68,767 on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The abysmal week was marked by the two worst days of daily new cases reported since the pandemic began.

The seven-day average of new tests performed, meanwhile, has risen only 2.87% over the past week, according to the Covid Tracking Project. »

Ted Cruz is asked why national debt is paramount to Republicans only when a Democrat is in the White House

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Read: How each president has contributed to the national debt.

Axios on Monday asked Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican, why his party tends to focus on the national debt when Democrats hold the White House, but to turn their attention elsewhere when the GOP is in charge of the executive branch.

The exchange was widely shared on social media, with one tweet offering up a cartoon criticism of what Cruz and his party have meant for the debt:. »

Nigerian judge throws out case against 47 men for homosexuality

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A court in Lagos throws out a case against men charged with public displays of affection with members of the same sex.

A judge in a Nigerian court has thrown out a case against 47 men charged with public displays of affection with members of the same sex, ending what had widely been seen as a test of the country’s laws banning homosexual relationships.

Police said the men were being initiated into a gay club, but the defendants said they were attending a birthday party. »

BBC finds Facebook failed to remove child porn. Facebook reports BBC to authorities

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A BBC investigation has revealed that 80 per cent of child abuse images it reported to Facebook were not removed.

Facebook responded to the allegations by requesting the BBC send examples of the material to it, then reporting the team to the authorities for sending them.

However, in this instance, the BBC is suggesting the content and its validity on the site is black and white. »

Trump’s finances: President has real estate debts of $1.1bn with $900m due in four years

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The huge sums of money are linked to his commercial real estate properties and golf courses, says the Financial Times.

Mr Trump also has $257 million in loans taken out against Trump properties, which were packaged up and sold to a commerical mortgage-backed securities trust.

They are also loans on Trump golf courses in New Jersey and Washington DC, and a residential tower in New York City. »