The Daily Populous

Tuesday May 4th, 2021 evening edition

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The GOP’s vision for American life is that Democrats stole the 2020 election from Donald Trump.

The party’s central idea for national governance is that Donald Trump should be in charge of it.

And its policy agenda is, well, doing things that could make it easier for Trump to win in 2024.

There are heretics like Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, who dared to suggest that Trump’s incitement of a riot at the Capitol in January was bad.

There are pariahs like Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who voted to convict the former president in two impeachment trials for abusing power.

And there is a party that can’t quite yet bring itself to cast out Cheney and Romney.

After January 6, some commentators spoke of a “civil war” within the Republican Party and the wider conservative movement between the pro-Trump and anti-Trump factions. »

NASA solar probe becomes fastest object ever built as it 'touches the sun'

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Nothing built by human hands has ever traveled faster than NASA's Parker Solar Probe, a diminutive, scorch-proof spacecraft about the size of a small car that is practically "touching the sun."

In late April, it smashed two wild space records, dethroning the previous champion -- which also happened to be NASA's Parker Solar Probe -- and its journey is really just beginning.

The probe, which launched in August 2018 on a mission to study the sun, has been flying ever closer to our solar system's furnace, using the planet Venus as a slingshot. »

Idaho legislative intern reports rape, is ID’d by lawmaker

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The harassment began soon after a report by a 19-year-old intern, who alleged an Idaho lawmaker raped her, became public.

I can take people laying out their opinion on me,” the intern told The Associated Press in a phone interview Sunday evening.

The Idaho probe began in March after the intern reported that the lawmaker raped her in his apartment after they went to a Boise restaurant. »