The Daily Populous

Friday December 4th, 2020 evening edition

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All the harrumphing was about an improper Oval Office tryst that did indeed tarnish the highest position in the land.

This is just 173 shy of the death toll of 9/11—that cataclysmic event that reordered elements of American society.

Of course, Trump cannot be expected to note the ghastly milestones.

His inept response to the crisis has led to a death count far higher (per capita) than that in other industrialized democracies.

It is true that 81 million Americans voted to fire Trump, no doubt much because of his coronavirus malfeasance.

For them, the staggering loss of life for which Trump bears partial responsibility was not a deal-breaker.

He is watching television, writhing in anger, and obsessing over fact-free allegations about an election theft that did not happen. »

House passes ‘Tiger King’ bill to ban private ownership of big cats

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The House on Thursday passed a bill that could prevent the emergence of another “Tiger King.”.

But some in Congress want to make sure no one else can ever allow the public to interact with big cats like the “Tiger King” did at the former Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma.

The House in a 272-114 vote Thursday passed legislation known as the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which would ban private ownership of big cats such as tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars or cougars. »

Fauci says he accepted Biden's offer to be chief medical adviser "on the spot"

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The government's top infectious-disease expert Anthony Fauci said Friday that he "absolutely" will accept the offer from President-elect Joe Biden to serve as his chief medical adviser, telling NBC's "Today" that he said yes "right on the spot.".

Why it matters: President Trump had a contentious relationship with Fauci, who has been forced during the pandemic to correct many of the president's false claims about the coronavirus.

Biden, meanwhile, has emphasized the importance of "listening to the scientists" throughout his campaign and transition. »

Sheriff who refused to enforce restrictions tests positive for Covid-19

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(CNN) As California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered restrictions aimed at curbing a surge of Covid-19 cases , Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones declined to enforce them.

"Yesterday, December 1st, Sheriff Scott Jones received positive test results for Covid-19," the sheriff's office said in a statement .

"He was tested when he developed symptoms late last week after a workplace exposure to an employee that later tested positive.". »

The Real Reason Charles Dickens Wrote A Christmas Carol

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Dickens set out to write his pamphlet-turned-book in spring 1843, having just read government report on child labor in the United Kingdom.

The report took the form of a compilation of interviews with children—compiled by a journalist friend of Dickens—that detailed their crushing labors.

He read of 8-year-old children who dragged coal carts through tiny subterranean passages over a standard 11-hour workday. »