The Daily Populous

Friday January 6th, 2023 morning edition

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As the fight for the gavel drags on, it has now become the longest speaker contest in 164 years.

Each failed vote only increases pressure on McCarthy to end the impasse, but it is unclear whether he will be able to pull it off as the situation grows increasingly dire for his future political prospects.

McCarthy also addressed criticisms that differences among the caucus weren’t resolved before the contest for speaker began this week, saying they “tried to sort it out” before January 3.

The final tally was 201 for McCarthy, 19 for Donalds, one for Trump and one present vote.

The final tally for the ninth ballot was 200 for McCarthy, 17 for Donalds, 3 for Hern, and 1 present vote.

On the eleventh ballot, there were 200 for McCarthy, 12 for Donalds, seven for Hern, one for Trump and one present vote.

To be elected speaker, a candidate needs to win a majority of members who vote for a specific person on the House floor. »

The FTC wants to ban companies from telling their employees they can't work for competitors — and says it'll help workers make $300 billion more a year

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The FTC wants to ban noncompete agreements, which stop workers from moving to competitors or starting their own similar businesses.

Under the FTC's proposed rule, employers wouldn't be able to impose a noncompete, and past ones would be rescinded.

Under a new proposed rule, the FTC would ban employers from saddling workers with noncompete agreements that prohibit them from working at competitors, or starting similar businesses. »

Twitter hacked, 200 million user email addresses leaked, researcher says

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LONDON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Hackers stole the email addresses of more than 200 million Twitter users and posted them on an online hacking forum, a security researcher said Wednesday.

It was not clear what action, if any, Twitter has taken to investigate or remediate the issue.

Claims about the size and scope of the breach initially varied with early accounts in December saying 400 million email addresses and phone numbers were stolen. »

Putin's call for Orthodox Christmas truce in Ukraine greeted with scepticism

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Ukraine says no truce until invaders leave.

KYIV/BAKHMUT, Ukraine, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Thursday for a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine to mark Orthodox Christmas, a move rejected by Kyiv which said there could be no truce until Russia withdraws its troops from occupied land.

The Kremlin said Putin had ordered Russian troops to cease firing from midday on Friday along the entire front, in response to a call for a Christmas truce from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a close Putin ally. »