The Daily Populous

Friday January 15th, 2021 night edition

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The government is hoping to prevent future attacks but also to uncover potential foreign involvement in or support of right-wing activities, the source said.

During a press conference on Tuesday on the investigation into the Capitol riot, acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said the “scope and scale of this investigation in these cases are really unprecedented.”

One of the ways extremist groups have made money in recent years is online through cryptocurrency and crowdfunding.

Bitcoin, which was anonymously released online in 2009 as open-source software, exists only virtually.

It does not utilize a central bank or administrator to disburse funds, nor does any government control or distribute it.

Bitcoin wallet addresses are permanent, and the digital ledger of transactions, called the blockchain, is public and can’t be changed.

Chainalysis investigators relied on openly available information, or public bitcoin transactions, to investigate and map out the large transaction. »

COVID-19 is not influenza

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Comparison of the characteristics, morbidity, and mortality of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza: a nationwide, population-based retrospective cohort study. »

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner spent $100,000 of taxpayer money renting a bathroom so Secret Service agents didn't have to use theirs

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have spent more than $100,000 on accommodations for their Secret Service detail after barring the agents from using their bathrooms, The Washington Post reported.

In September 2017, the federal government began renting a $3,000-a-month studio apartment across the street from the Trump/Kushner residence for the agents' bathroom needs.

In a statement to The Post, a White House spokesman, Judd Deere, denied that Trump and Kushner had prohibited their Secret Service detail from using the bathrooms in their house. »

If the Capitol Is Closed to the Public, Why Did Some Republican Congress Members Give Tours the Day Before Insurrection?

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It’s been a week since a violent group of terrorists stormed the Capitol looking to overthrow democracy and Democrats have questions, a lot of questions.

“Members of the group that attacked the Capitol seemed to have an unusually detailed knowledge of the layout of the Capitol Complex.

Groh said that she had no idea why the button had been removed from the office, but I think there might be a few Republican Congress members who could explain it. »

America has tuned out the coronavirus at the peak of its destruction

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The big picture: It's not even sufficient to say the pandemic is “still going on,” as if it’s a fire that hasn’t finished burning out.

The U.S. averaged 244,519 new cases per day over the past week, a 13% jump from the week before.

That’s been our problem this whole time, and newly discovered variants of the virus appear to spread even more easily. »