The Daily Populous

Friday June 17th, 2022 day edition

image for Mitt Romney and Rand Paul among 14 Republicans voting against healthcare for veterans suffering from burn pits

Fourteen Republican senators, including Mitt Romney and Rand Paul, have voted against providing healthcare and benefits to US veterans who came home from America’s post-9/11 wars sick and dying from rare cancers and respiratory illnesses.

On Thursday, the Senate passed the SFC Heath Robinson Honoring our PACT Act – a landmark bill that will presumptively link 23 conditions to a veterans’ exposure to burn pits while on deployment overseas.

The bill sailed through the Senate with largely bipartisan support, with 84 senators voting in favour of its passage.

All Democrats voted yes to passing the bill – but 14 Republicans voted no.

Despite the efforts of the 14 Republicans, the bill is likely just days away from being signed into law.

Mitt Romney was among the 14 Republicans voting against the bill (Getty Images).

“I no longer have to carry Heath on my shoulders while I’m advocating for all the other veterans who are out there sick and dying.”. »

Russian spy tried to penetrate war crimes court, say Dutch

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The Hague (AFP) – The Netherlands said Thursday it had stopped a Russian spy posing as a Brazilian intern from infiltrating the International Criminal Court, which is investigating war crimes in Ukraine.

Cherkasov was put on the next flight back to Brazil, where police said he was arrested for identity fraud.

The Dutch said Cherkasov could have accessed "highly valuable" intelligence on the ICC's probe into war crimes in Ukraine or even influenced criminal proceedings at the Hague-based tribunal. »

Same-Sex Marriage Support Inches Up to New High of 71%

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Seventy-one percent of Americans say they support legal same-sex marriage, which exceeds the previous high of 70% recorded in 2021 by one percentage point.

The current 40% among this group who support same-sex marriage is within the 39% to 44% range Gallup has recorded since 2016.

As Gallup's trend on support for legal same-sex marriage inches ever upward, the question is when it will reach its ceiling. »

Dragon's Dogma 2 Officially In Development and Its Being Built on the RE Engine

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Hideaki Itsuno, the director of the original Dragon's Dogma, announced the sequel at the end of the 10 Years of Dragon's Dogma livestream today.

Dragon's Dogma was directed by Capcom's Hideaki Itsuno, best known for his work on Devil May Cry.

There was also hope after Netflix chose to bring a Dragon's Dogma anime to its subscribers in 2020. »

The Consequences of Conquest

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But if Beijing gained control of Taiwan and based military assets there, China’s military position would improve markedly.

Beijing’s ocean surveillance assets and submarines, in particular, could make control of Taiwan a substantial boon to Chinese military power.

A Chinese assault on Taiwan could shift the military balance of power in Asia in any number of ways. »