The Daily Populous

Tuesday December 22nd, 2020 evening edition

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Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)—voted against the coronavirus relief portion of the sprawling package (pdf), which President Donald Trump is expected to sign.

"I voted against the latest Covid-19 relief legislation because it is woefully inadequate in addressing the needs of people," Tlaib said in a statement late Monday.

"I have watched as many of my colleagues rush to provide billions to corporations and wealthy individuals, while admonishing the needs of the majority of families.".

"Republicans continue to do all they can do to poison our society further with corporate greed, while abandoning the very people they are supposed to be working for," Tlaib added.

The Vermont senator voted for the relief legislation, noting that "the average family of four will receive a direct payment of $2,400.".

"Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues have stonewalled state and local aid, along with survival checks that meets the scale of the crisis. »

Woman enslaved as a maid for nearly 40 years freed

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The 46-year-old was found living in a small room in an apartment in Patos de Minas, in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais.

She had worked for the family for most of her life without pay or any time off, according to labour inspectors.

Madalena Gordiano worked for 38 years for the same family in Brazil without payment or compensation in slavery-like conditions. »

'It's hostage-taking.' AOC lashed out after lawmakers got only hours to read and pass the huge 5,593-page bill to secure COVID-19 relief

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Lawmakers had only a few hours to read the 5,593-page, $1.4 trillion bill, which was published in the afternoon and passed the same night.

It was an omnibus measure that included a host of other measures along with the $900 billion in coronavirus relief.

Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that there was no way lawmakers could have read the whole thing and said the process was serving the American people poorly. »

After permit approved for whites-only church, small Minnesota town insists it isn't racist

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Despite a council vote officially approving the permit this month, residents are pushing back against the decision.

“No institution that proposes to exclude people on account of race is allowed to run an operation in the state of Minnesota,” Tribe said.

“The biggest thing people don’t understand is, because we’ve approved this permit, all of a sudden everyone feels this town is racist, and that isn’t the case,” he said. »