The Daily Populous

Monday May 2nd, 2022 day edition

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday a $33 billion Ukraine aid package will include provisions for the U.S. government to seize and sell Russian oligarchs' assets, and give the proceeds to the invaded country.

"Ukraine needs all the help it can get and, at the same time, we need all the assets we can put together to give Ukraine the aid it needs," Schumer said at a news conference in New York City.

"It's time for sanctioned Russian oligarchs to be held accountable for the ill-gotten wealth that they have received," Schumer added.

Driving the news: Schumer's announcement follows a Biden administration proposal last week for the federal government to sell assets seized from Russian oligarchs over the Russian military invasion of Ukraine and use the proceeds for military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

"This is the kind of stuff we're talking about: yachts, mansions," Schumer continued, noting artwork and helicopters would also be targeted.

Zoom in: United Nations officials have said there's "no question" Russian forces are using food as a weapon of war in Ukraine. »

California 100 percent powered by renewables for first time

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California 100 percent powered by renewables for first time.

Environmentalists who've pushed for years for all of California's power to come from renewables were jubilant as they watched the tracker edge closer to 100 percent.

tweeted Dan Jacobson, senior advisor to Environment California, who ran the campaign for SB 100, California's 2018 law requiring the state to use 100% clean energy by 2045. »

Aspen Medical was given more than $1 billion in government PPE contracts despite no experience in large-scale procurement

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Aspen Medical was given a glowing recommendation from Health Minister Greg Hunt Former Liberal health minister Michael Wooldridge is a lobbyist for the company.

Canberra-based Aspen Medical would go on to win taxpayer-funded contracts — without a public tender — worth more than $1.1 billion.

He said the fact that Mr Hunt signed it while the government was in talks with Aspen Medical was remarkable. »

Telling lies has become the norm for today's Republicans

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The former President lies incessantly, and his aberrant behavior compels fellow Republicans to lie about him.

One of the GOP's most successful political consultants of recent decades issued that judgment in a confessional 2020 memoir.

Like other GOP candidates in 2016, Trump promised that his tax plan would benefit the middle class, not the rich. »