The Daily Populous

Friday December 25th, 2020 night edition

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But it is this very lack of surprise that underlines why Trump's pardon spree is a problem.

As we were repeatedly warned would happen when Trump took office, Trump is normalizing corruption — at least on the Republican side.

That is why, despite reports that he "just wants to move on," Biden can't move past Trump's crimes.

Even noble bills that introduce stronger rules don't matter, if the norm in D.C. is that the rules are never enforced on Republicans.

Trump understands this, which is why he's stripping consequences away for all the people who committed crimes for him, or even just crimes he likes.

The only way to keep Republicans from going buck wild with the financial crimes and campaign cheating is to see Trump himself prosecuted.

Trump and his cronies need to taste justice for there to be any hope of fixing what's so broken in this country. »

Around the world, people yearn for significant change rather than a return to a “pre-COVID normal”

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Further, 86% would prefer to see the world change significantly – and become more sustainable and equitable – rather than revert to the status quo ante.

Nearly nine in ten want the world to change instead of returning to how it was.

Globally, 86% of all adults surveyed agree that, “I want the world to change significantly and become more sustainable and equitable rather than returning to how it was before the COVID-19”. »

The promise of conditional cash transfers

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Simply giving cash with a few strings attached could be one of the most promising ways to reduce poverty and insecurity in the developing world.

And while these policies have been around for a few decades, little is known about how much so-called conditional cash transfers (CCT) improve people's lives over the long term.

Significantly fewer kids suffered from stunted growth when their parents got cash—an outcome that requires continuous investment throughout childhood. »

UK and EU agree post-Brexit trade deal

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As a PhD student at Swansea University she regularly drives to Bristol to fly home via Dublin.

As a woman who lives with multiple disabilities she is concerned about how health insurance will work in the future.

The cost of health insurance is higher anyway for disabled people and I’ve got ill abroad before. »

GOP blocks $2,000 checks as Trump leaves COVID aid in chaos

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Unemployment benefits, eviction protections and other emergency aid, including smaller $600 checks, are at risk.

The optics appear terrible for Republicans, and the outgoing president, as the nation suffers through the worst holiday season many can remember.

Those votes totals would be enough to override a veto should Trump decide to take that step. »