The Daily Populous

Thursday May 20th, 2021 night edition

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The resolution is largely symbolic as Democratic leaders who support the sale are unlikely to give the legislation a vote and the window for lawmakers to force a vote to block the sale closes in a couple of days.

But the effort underscores the growing divide among Democrats on Israel as a bloody crisis in Gaza continues.

“For decades, the U.S. has sold billions of dollars in weaponry to Israel without ever requiring them to respect basic Palestinian rights.

In so doing, we have directly contributed to the death, displacement and disenfranchisement of millions,” Ocasio-Cortez in a statement announcing the resolution of disapproval.

Most arms sales are subject to a 30-day congressional review period during which lawmakers can block the deals if they want.

But some close allies, including Israel, are afforded a 15-day review period, and just two days remain in the window to block the latest sale to Israel.

"The United States should be prioritizing humanitarian aid and upholding human rights, not rushing through arms sales that could fuel further violence.". »

Paul Mooney Dies: Trailblazing Comedian, Writing Partner Of Richard Pryor Was 79

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His death was announced by his cousin, Rudy Ealy, to CNN contributor Roland Martin, who said Mooney died at his home in Oakland, CA.

That almost certainly included the legendary “Word Association” sketch, in which Pryor trades increasingly offensive racist terms with job interviewer Chevy Chase.

Chase has said he himself wrote the routine with Pryor, an assertion Mooney disputed. »

Dolly Parton hid a secret song at Dollywood that won't be released until 2045

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The song, recorded on a CD, is locked inside a box at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Dolly Parton released some of modern music's most iconic songs, but fans will have to wait three decades to hear one secret track.

The song, which was recorded onto a CD, was nestled into a chestnut wood box built by her Uncle Bill. »