The Daily Populous

Friday December 16th, 2022 morning edition

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The bill, which passed 233-191 with some Republican support, would offer voters in the U.S. territory three options: statehood, independence or independence with free association.

“It is crucial to me that any proposal in Congress to decolonize Puerto Rico be informed and led by Puerto Ricans,” said Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which oversees affairs in U.S. territories.

The proposal would commit Congress to accept Puerto Rico into the United States as the 51st state if voters on the island approved it.

Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi, of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, traveled to Washington for the vote.

WATCH: Puerto Rico gears up to vote in statehood referendum this November.

Pablo José Hernández Rivera, an attorney in Puerto Rico, said approval of the bill by the House would be “inconsequential” like the approval of previous bills in 1998 and 2010.

González, Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, praised the bill and said it would provide the island with the self-determination it deserves. »

Twitter suspends journalists who have been covering Elon Musk and the company

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The Twitter account for Mastodon, a platform billed as a Twitter alternative, was also suspended early Thursday evening.

Twitter accounts operated by NBC News journalists were unable to tweet any links to Mastodon pages.

In early November, shortly after having taken control of Twitter, Musk tweeted that he would not ban the account that tracked his jet. »

MacKenzie Scott reveals details of her $14bn in donations to 1,600 non-profits

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Scott has not given any interviews about her donations, opting to discuss her reasons in essays posted on Medium and now on Yield Giving.

Until now, Scott and her team secretly contacted organizations they were interested in, then offered donations after receiving data.

On Wednesday, Scott announced plans to introduce an “open-call process”, to allow non-profits to send information for evaluation. »

Amazon Games and Crystal Dynamics Strike Deal to Develop and Publish Next Major Entry in Iconic Tomb Raider Series

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Amazon Games and Crystal Dynamics today announced they have reached an agreement under which Crystal Dynamics will develop a new multiplatform Tomb Raider title, with Amazon Games providing full support and publishing the game globally.

The as-yet-untitled new Tomb Raider game is a single-player, narrative-driven adventure that continues Lara Croft’s story in the Tomb Raider series.

“Tomb Raider is one of the most beloved IPs in entertainment history,” said Christoph Hartmann, VP of Amazon Games. »