The Daily Populous

Tuesday June 8th, 2021 evening edition

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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin opposes a sweeping voting-rights bill that his party's trying to pass.

Manchin cosponsored the same bill in 2019, when it also had no GOP backers.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in 2019 cosponsored the voting-rights bill that he recently announced he would vote against, arguing for a bipartisan bill instead.

Manchin's refusal to back the For the People Act has tanked Democrats' hopes of passing sweeping election reforms.

As the Senate is evenly divided, relying on a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris, Manchin can single-handedly block the bill's passage.

In an op-ed article for the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Sunday, Manchin argued that he couldn't support a voting-rights bill with no bipartisan support.

But Manchin was a cosponsor of a version of the bill introduced in 2019 that had no GOP cosponsors, a fact that his critics have highlighted. »

Texas bakery 'overwhelmed' with business after backlash over rainbow Pride cookies

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A Texas bakery that said it lost business and Facebook followers after it posted a photo of rainbow-frosted, heart-shaped cookies in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month has amassed many new fans from around the world.

Confections, a bakery in Lufkin, shared a photo of the cookies Wednesday on Facebook with a message: "More LOVE.

The next day, the bakery shared a more somber post about the backlash it said it received because it posted support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. »

Lawsuit claims iOS 14 battery drain bug is example of planned obsolescence

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Apple has been hit with a lawsuit claiming that recent iOS software updates "damaged iPhones by dramatically lowing processing speeds and battery life.".

The lawsuit claims that a slew of users have been reporting problems with iOS 14.5, iOS 14.5.1, and iOS 14.6 related to performance throttling and battery drain.

More specifically, the complaint attempts to draw a connection between battery drain and performance bugs and allegations of planned obsolescence. »

Labor Unions and American Poverty

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The authors use individual-level panel data, incorporate both household union membership and state-level union density, and analyze both working poverty and working-aged poverty (among households led by 18- to 64-year-olds).

Both union membership and state union density have statistically and substantively significant negative relationships with relative and anchored working and working-aged poverty.

Higher state union density spills over to reduce poverty among non-union households, and there is no evidence that higher state union density worsens poverty for non-union households or undermines employment. »

MoviePass actively tried to stop users from seeing movies, FTC alleges

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However, according to a Federal Trade Commission complaint released Monday, the company actively worked to prevent its customers from seeing movies in theaters.

First, according to an FTC press release announcing the complaint, MoviePass invalidated users' passwords and claimed, falsely, that it had detected fraud related to their accounts.

According to the complaint, MoviePass did this to 75,000 users — many of whom where then locked out of their accounts as "MoviePass's password reset process often failed.". »