The Daily Populous

Sunday January 24th, 2021 morning edition

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As top EU officials noisily demanded his release but took no concrete action, Navalny, the Russian opposition leader who was immediately arrested upon his return to Moscow after recovering in Germany from an assassination attempt, escalated his battle with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.

Throughout the report, which was written in Navalny’s voice, there were dashes of his trademark acerbic humor.

During a debate in the European Parliament plenary on Tuesday, the EU’s high representative for foreign policy, Josep Borrell, led the West’s condemnation cavalry.

During the debate, some MEPs called for sanctioning Russian officials who participated in Navalny’s arrest or in the poisoning attack.

Navalny rose to prominence as an anti-corruption crusader, but his battle with Putin has been personal at least since 2014 when Navalny and his brother, Oleg, were convicted on trumped-up fraud charges.

Adding to the absurdity, Putin, who avoids ever uttering Navalny’s name, had taken credit during his annual news conference for allowing Navalny to leave Russia for treatment.

“Here they aren’t sticking needles with tubes in my body and aren’t connecting wires to me (at least not yet),” Navalny said. »

AOC Accuses GOP Senator Josh Hawley of 'Trying to Wiggle Out of Inciting a Riot'

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Ocasio-Cortez has accused both Hawley and Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, for inciting a mob of pro-Trump rioters to storm the U.S. Capitol.

Hawley was the first senator to publicly announce that he would object to the election certification of President Joe Biden.

The GOP senator has also faced calls to resign from protesters who have gathered in downtown St. Louis, chanting slogans like "No Hawley. »

Capitol rioter charged with threatening to 'assassinate' Rep. Ocasio-Cortez

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(CNN) The Justice Department revealed new charges against a Texas man who allegedly participated in the Capitol attack and posted online death threats against Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a US Capitol Police officer.

Garret Miller of Texas faces five criminal charges stemming from the Capitol insurrection, including trespassing offenses and making death threats.

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to keep him in jail pending trial, and a detention hearing is scheduled for Monday. »

Bernie Sanders Warns Democrats They'll Get Decimated in Midterms Unless They Deliver Big

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Senator Bernie Sanders warned Democrats they could face a wipeout in the 2022 midterm elections unless they "significantly improve" the lives of Americans, now that they control the House, Senate and presidency.

It is time to think big, very big," Sanders said on Thursday, according to a McClatchy report.

"With Joe Biden as president and Democrats controlling the House and Senate for the first time since 2010, we will be judged on what we deliver for the American people in their time of need. »