The Daily Populous

Thursday April 28th, 2022 day edition

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Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina appears to have violated a federal conflict-of-interest law by failing to report his stake in a cryptocurrency named for the anti-Joe Biden slogan "Let's Go Brandon.".

By law, members of Congress must quickly and publicly report their crypto purchases in certified congressional documents, known as periodic transaction reports.

The purchase appears to have happened in late December, according to Cawthorn's Instagram profile.

Cawthorn could've lied about purchasing the crypto, or he could've told the truth but failed to file the required documents.

If he did make the purchase, he could be penalized over explicit House rules on cryptocurrency disclosure.

News about the crypto purchase was originally published in the Washington Examiner, which reported that Cawthorn may be in violation of insider-trading laws.

If Cawthorn violated the STOCK Act, he would join 59 other members of Congress who have violated the 2012 Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act. »

Proud Boys member pleads guilty for role in US Capitol attack

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Colon admitted to crossing police barricades during the riot before climbing a wall to gain access to a higher level of the Capitol.

Colon, 45, was charged in February 2021, along with four other members of the Kansas City metro chapter of the Proud Boys group.

Colon’s plea comes two weeks after a Proud Boys leader, Charles Donohoe, pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding, and assaulting and impeding police officers. »

Plastic-eating Enzyme Could Eliminate Billions of Tons of Landfill Waste

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“Beyond the obvious waste management industry, this also provides corporations from every sector the opportunity to take a lead in recycling their products.

Through these more sustainable enzyme approaches, we can begin to envision a true circular plastics economy.”.

The model predicts which mutations in these enzymes would accomplish the goal of quickly depolymerizing post-consumer waste plastic at low temperatures. »

6 Russian oligarchs have died in alleged suicides since start of 2022 - National

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Last week, within 48 hours of each other, two Russian oligarchs were found dead alongside their families in what investigators are labelling murder-suicides.

Since the start of 2022, four other Russia-connected oligarchs have mysteriously died by suicide.

It’s not uncommon for opponents and critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin to be assassinated, disappear or be thrown in prison. »

What’s Putin’s Next Move? Look to Syria

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Syria illustrates the extent to which the Kremlin can adapt in the face of adversity — and play a long game.

Just like Russia’s most recent push in Ukraine, the initial phase of Russia’s military intervention in Syria hit big obstacles.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures while speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their talks in Damascus, Syria, on Sept. 7, 2020. »