The Daily Populous

Thursday September 23rd, 2021 morning edition

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McConnell said "Democrats shouldn't play Russian roulette" with the economy as his party refuses to help avert a default.

"Step up and raise the debt ceiling and cover all that you've been engaged in all year long," he told reporters.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats are playing a dangerous game by not raising the debt ceiling to avoid a default on the US's bills, even though it's one he started.

"My advice to this Democratic government, the president, the House and Senate: don't play Russian roulette with our economy," he said at a Wednesday press conference.

McConnell isn't budging from his refusal to renew the nation's ability to pay its bills, known as the debt ceiling.

"If Mitch McConnell wants to say Democrats shouldn't play Russian roulette with the economy, why is he the one that loaded the gun in the first place?" »

Afghanistan girls soccer team given asylum in Portugal

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Then the message finally came early Sunday: A charter flight would carry the girls and their families from Afghanistan - to where they didn't know.

Robert McCreary, a former congressional chief of staff and White House official under President George W. Bush who has worked with special forces in Afghanistan and helped lead the effort to rescue the national girls soccer team, said Portugal granted the girls and their families asylum.

Wida Zemarai, a goalkeeper and coach for the Afghanistan women's national soccer team who moved to Sweden after the Taliban ascended to power in 1996, said the girls were emotional after their rescue. »

Kansas Boy’s Bug Collection Garners Blue Ribbon at State Fair—and Federal Investigation

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A student earned a blue ribbon for his science project at the Kansas State Fair—as well as a federal investigation.

The 4-H member submitted a bug collection as his entry, which included a spotted lanternfly—an invasive insect that is wreaking havoc across the Northeastern United States.

At the Kansas State Fair, the boy’s entry earned him a blue ribbon, the competition’s second-highest award. »

Germany to end quarantine pay for those without vaccinations

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Critics have said such rules would be equivalent to a mandate for COVID-19 vaccinations because many workers cannot afford to stay at home without pay.

Vaccinations are not compulsory in Germany but authorities have been taking measures that make it increasingly inconvenient to be unvaccinated.

Germany has fully vaccinated 74% of adults, compared to 72.3% across the European Union as a whole, official data show. »

What Does Evergrande Meltdown Mean for China?

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That is why Chinese regulators have decided to have a showdown with creditors over Evergrande.

To erase the assumption of moral hazard would mean wiping out the structural underpinnings of the country’s credit markets.

The third problem with allowing Evergrande to fail and refusing to support creditors is the most fundamental problem of all. »