The Daily Populous

Monday August 22nd, 2022 night edition

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WASHINGTON — Former NBA player Dennis Rodman said Saturday that he plans to visit Russia to seek the release of Brittney Griner, the WNBA star who was sentenced to nine years in prison on drug charges earlier this month.

"I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl," Rodman told NBC News at a restaurant in D.C. "I'm trying to go this week.".

And he has credited himself with helping to secure the release of American Kenneth Bae from North Korea.

The U.S. has imposed stiff sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine and is aiding Ukraine’s forces.

The U.S. offer to Russia involved a swap of Griner and Whelan for imprisoned Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.

Rodman, who was in Washington for a sneaker convention, does not need special permission from the U.S. to enter Russia — just a visa from Moscow.

Though he has a much more established relationship with Kim, Rodman expressed confidence in his understanding of Russia's president. »

Donald Trump launched a furious attack on 'broken down hack' Mitch McConnell and his 'crazy wife' in bust-up over GOP Senate candidates

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Trump said McConnell was a "broken down hack politician" who should support GOP Senate hopefuls.

Former President Donald Trump has launched a furious attack on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a dispute over the GOP Senate mid-term campaign.

Trump wrote on Truth Social that McConnell's comments about GOP Senate candidates were "an affront to honor and to leadership.". »

Russia can't recruit new combat units: not enough people willing to go to war – Ukrainian Intelligence

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The Ukrainian intelligence reports that Russia cannot form new military units due to the lack of people willing to fight.

Source: Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

Details: Military authorities in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Oblast have failed to form a tank battalion, though the procedure has been going on since the beginning of July. »

NDR 2022: Singapore to repeal Section 377A, amend Constitution to protect definition of marriage

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The Government had also held extensive discussions with religious groups, grassroots leaders, Singaporeans from different backgrounds, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups, he said.

“For these reasons, the Government will repeal Section 377A and decriminalise sex between men.

This will bring the law into line with current social mores, and I hope, provide some relief to gay Singaporeans.”. »