The Daily Populous

Monday December 27th, 2021 night edition

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President Biden signed a bill Thursday funding research into neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Why it matters: The Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act ensures $100 million annually in federal funding from 2022-2026 to research cures for and the prevention and treatment of the progressive disease that affects cells in the brain and spinal cord.

What he's saying: "For too long there have been no survivors of ALS, but this bill can get us closer to changing that," Biden said.

He also praised Republicans and Democrats for coming together to pass the legislation.

And this is totally — totally, totally a bipartisan effort," Biden said.

Biden said the signing of the bill "truly represents the spirit of the season ... a season of hope and light, goodness and grace, and the power of unity in everyday Americans doing extraordinary things.".

Of note: The president signed a separate bill on Thursday banning imports from China's Xinjiang region and punishing the Chinese government for its genocide of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities. »

Jan. 6 panel signals interest in whether Trump committed crime

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Rep. Liz Cheney Elizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyPhotos of the Year Federal judge rules against Oath Keepers, upholding felony charge Kinzinger says Jan. 6 panel examining whether Trump acted criminally MORE (R-Wyo.

), the select committee’s vice chair, gave the first indication at a hearing earlier this month that the panel is examining whether Trump committed a crime.

Obstruction of an official proceeding is a charge that carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison. »

MSNBC columnist calls for end of NORAD Santa tracker 'out of concern for Santa's safety' from US military

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An MSNBC columnist is calling for the end of the NORAD Santa tracker, claiming that it is time to "decouple" Santa Claus from American military culture.

"No, I’d prefer we end the tradition because it’s about time that we decoupled St. Nick from the world’s most powerful military," Hayes Brown wrote.

One user explained that the military is "far from perfect" and the Santa tracker is a "tradition my kids love.". »

Thousands of Russian troops withdrawing from Ukraine border: report

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Thousands of Russian troops are reportedly withdrawing from the Ukrainian border after conducting drills for roughly a month.

Reuters reported on Saturday that more than 10,000 Russian troops were leaving a number of regions near Ukraine — including Crimea, Rostov and Kuban — and returning to permanent bases.

The news service pointed to reporting from the Interfax news agency, which cited the Russian military. »

Man killed in front of his 3 kids, girlfriend in potential Christmas Eve road rage shooting

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A man was driving with his girlfriend and three kids, heading to a Christmas Eve gathering, when he was shot dead in a possible road rage incident, police in Maryland said.

"Detectives are looking into whether this was possible road rage," police said in a statement.

"If any other drivers saw anything there on Christmas Eve or may have information that could help, please call us," Blazer said. »