The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 2nd, 2022 morning edition

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Jon Stewart has called on the US Senate to remain in session for as long as it takes to pass burn pits legislation in an impassioned speech on the steps of the US Capitol this week.

The comedian and activist turned up the heat on Republicans ahead of a second vote on The PACT Act, which provides healthcare for veterans exposed to burn pits, on Monday night.

Jon Stewart at protest in support of the bill providing health care for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits:.

Jon Stewart speaks on the steps of the US Capitol on Monday ahead of a vital vote on veterans healthcare in the US Senate (Twitter/Reuben Jones).

And you can troll me online.... but here’s the beautiful thing, I don’t give a s**t. I’m not scared of you.

“Because these are the people that I owe a debt of gratitude to, and we all owe a debt of gratitude to.

A Message to and from Mister Senator Ted Cruz...Attorney at Law#PassthePactact — Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) July 29, 2022. »

First Jan. 6 defendant convicted at trial receives longest sentence of 7 years

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The first U.S. Capitol riot defendant convicted at trial was sentenced to more than seven years in prison Monday, the longest punishment handed down to date over the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on Congress.

The defense for Reffitt, a 49-year-old former oil industry rig manager, asked for a below-guidelines sentence of two years in prison.

About 70 people have pleaded guilty and nine, including Reffitt, have been convicted at trial. »

For 1st time since Russia's invasion, Ukrainian grain ship leaves port of Odesa

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The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni left Odesa carrying more than 23,000 tonnes of corn destined for Lebanon.

The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni, carrying Ukrainian grain, leaves the port in Odesa, Ukraine, on Monday.

The holdup of food shipments because of the war has worsened rising food prices worldwide, and threatened hunger and political instability in developing nations. »

Biden: Killing of al-Qaida leader is long-sought ‘justice’

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President Joe Biden speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Washington, as he announces that a U.S. airstrike killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri in Afghanistan.

The strike was carried out by the CIA, according to five people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

When the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan demolished al-Qaida’s safe haven and scattered, killed and captured its members, al-Zawahri ensured al-Qaida’s survival. »

Sony says it believes Xbox owning Call of Duty ‘could influence users’ console choice’

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Sony believes Call of Duty could inspire users to switch to Xbox following Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

However, large portions highlight the importance the PlayStation firm puts in Call of Duty, a franchise which it claims “influences users’ console choice.”.

In its questionnaire answers, Sony calls Call of Duty “an essential game: a blockbuster, an AAA-type game that has no rival.”. »