The Daily Populous

Friday January 8th, 2021 night edition

image for A private astronaut explains how Axiom plans to replace the International Space Station and potentially save NASA billions per year

NASA wants to deorbit the International Space Station before the end of this decade.

The space agency and Congress want a commercial replacement in orbit before the ISS is trashed in the Pacific Ocean.

Axiom Space, a startup founded by a former NASA executive, is working to build, launch, and assemble "AxStation," an all-private outpost.

After 20 years of continual human habitation, the International Space Station — a football field-size laboratory that zips around Earth a more than 17,000 mph — is at a crossroads.

On the other hand, the facility is no spring chicken: Congress wants it be vacated and destroyed by the end of 2030.

In turn, NASA could save billions for year while having access to a new, state-of-the-art facility.

An illustration of AxStation, the first private space station being designed and built by Axiom Space. »

Articles of Impeachment officially drafted against President Trump

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(WREX) — A member of the U.S. House of Representatives has officially drawn up Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump.

On Thursday, Rep. Omar posted photos of the Articles of Impeachment and said: “We need to move quickly to remove this President from office.”.

The move to impeach President Trump comes after a chaotic day at the US Capitol where four died and dozens were arrested. »

Trump was ‘completely wrong’ to encourage supporters to storm Capitol, Boris Johnson says

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Donald Trump was “completely wrong” to cast doubt on the result of the US presidential election and to encourage supporters to storm the Capitol building, prime minister Boris Johnson has said.

It came after Labour branded the PM “spineless” for failing to call out Mr Trump’s lies about election fraud.

But the fact of the matter is right now this isn’t about our relationship with Donald Trump. »

US politicians who engage in “negative partisanship”, referring to hostile, nonsubstantive rhetoric about an opposing party or statements emphasizing defeats of partisan opponents, are not rewarded with higher evaluations from citizens. Voters don’t want representation focused around polarization.

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In most cases, Costa’s research found, the tactic actually hurts those lawmakers in the eyes of the public.

Costa claimed that in the end, “people still want representation based on issues, not partisan affect.”

The first revealed that respondents strongly preferred representatives who align with their policy views over those who voice animosity toward the opposing political party. »

65% of Americans support monthly $2,000 COVID stimulus payments, new poll shows

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans are on board with a progressive proposal — backed by some Massachusetts lawmakers — calling on the federal government to cut monthly $2,000 stimulus checks to Americans over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll shows.

Forty-one percent of respondents “strongly support” the idea, while 24% “somewhat support” it.

The poll comes as millions of Americans are starting to receive $600 one-time direct payments approved in the latest stimulus package. »