The Daily Populous

Friday April 16th, 2021 night edition

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This is not an article about how Russian interference in the 2016 election was the single worst thing that ever happened.

The purpose here is to point out that Paul Manafort, his campaign manager for a key stretch of the campaign, appears to have worked regularly with a Russian intelligence agent during that time.

Specifically, Manafort's deputy, Rick Gates, said he was instructed to share campaign polling data with Kilimnik.

The report—which, again, Republican allies of Donald Trump signed their names to—characterized Kilimnik as a "Russian intelligence officer.".

Konstantin Kilimnik (Kilimnik) is a Russian and Ukrainian political consultant and known Russian Intelligence Services agent implementing influence operations on their behalf.

During the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, Kilimnik provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.

Now we're talking "strategy," too, and Treasury says outright that Kilimnik provided the info to Russian intelligence. »

‘Indiana Jones 5’: Mads Mikkelsen Joins Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge In Sequel

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EXCLUSIVE: Following the news that Phoebe Waller-Bridge had landed the female lead in the next Indiana Jones movie, Lucasfilm has found Harrison Ford’s next co-star in Mads Mikkelsen, who is set to join the next installment.

Plot details are still vague on what new adventure awaits Jones, as are details behind who Mikkelsen will play.

At the BAFTAs, where Mikkelsen was nominated for best actor, the film took home the award for Best Film Not in the English Language. »

$1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

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Retail sales surged a seasonally adjusted 9.8% after dropping about 3% the month before, the Commerce Department said Thursday, April 15.

Newly vaccinated and armed with $1,400 stimulus checks, Americans went on a spending spree last month, buying new clothes and going out to eat again. »

Mitch McConnell blocked the Ruth Bader Ginsburg memorial from the Capitol Rotunda

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has a reputation as one of the most ruthless members of Congress other than Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon and feminist hero, McConnell allegedly refused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) request to honor the justice with a memorial in the Capitol Rotunda.

Ginsburg would have been the first woman to lie in state in the rotunda. »

Europe eyes strict rules for artificial intelligence

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Companies that don't comply could be fined up to €20 million or 4 percent of their turnover.

The rules are the first of their kind to regulate artificial intelligence, and the EU is keen to highlight its unique approach.

That means AI systems that streamline manufacturing, model climate change, or make the energy grid more efficient would be welcome. »