The Daily Populous

Wednesday January 19th, 2022 night edition

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Data for Progress found that 67% of voters support banning lawmakers from trading stocks.

That figure jumped to 74% when voters were given reasons for and against a ban.

But Pelosi continues to resist a ban, opting to consider raising penalties for STOCK Act violations.

Asked if they would support or oppose a bill that would ban members of Congress and their senior congressional staff from buying and selling individual stocks, 43% of voters said they strongly supported a ban, while another 24% were somewhat supportive.

Support then jumped to 74%, while just 19% said they would oppose such a bill.

Several proposals to ban stock trading have emerged in the last week, including a bill sponsored by Democratic Sens.

Asked about Insider's project, Pelosi affirmed that members of Congress should report in a timely manner, but was dismissive of a broader stock trading ban. »

Welcoming the Incredible Teams and Legendary Franchises of Activision Blizzard to Microsoft Gaming

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As we pursue that mission, it is incredibly exciting to announce that Microsoft has agreed to acquire Activision Blizzard.

Once the deal is complete, the Activision Blizzard business will report to me as CEO, Microsoft Gaming.

As we extend the joy and community of gaming to everyone, we look forward to welcoming all of our friends at Activision Blizzard to Microsoft Gaming. »

Canadians donate thousands to animal-rescue organizations in honour of Betty White

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Animal rescue organizations across Canada have received thousands of dollars in honour of the late Betty White, the much-loved actor and animal-rights advocate.

In her honour, a social media movement called the #BettyWhiteChallenge popped up encouraging people to donate to local animal shelters.

The Ontario SPCA says it has received more than $50,000 in donations in honour of White since Friday. »

A man set himself on fire after a matchmaking agency refused to arrange a marriage for him

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A 64-year-old South Korean man set himself on fire during a dispute with an international marriage agency.

A 64-year-old South Korean man set himself on fire after a heated dispute with a matchmaking agency that refused to arrange a marriage on his behalf.

According to South Korean news agency Yonhap News, the staff at the marriage agency attempted to throw water on the man and put out the fire. »

Norwegian killer Breivik begins parole hearing with Nazi salute

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SKIEN, Norway, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik gave a Nazi salute on Tuesday as he arrivedin court for a parole hearing that will decide if he should be released after spending more than a decade behind bars.

1/2 Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik (C) arrives to hear the verdict in his trial at a courtroom in Oslo August 24, 2012.

Tuesday's hearing was Breivik's first public appearance since 2017, when he also displayed Nazi salutes in court. »