The Daily Populous

Thursday January 19th, 2023 evening edition

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Poland is ready to go alone and send tanks to Ukraine even without Germany’s permission, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday.

Poland has pledged to send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

But, since the tanks are German-made, it needs Berlin’s approval, which Chancellor Olaf Scholz has yet to provide.

“Consent is a secondary issue here,” Morawiecki told Poland’s public radio broadcaster whilst returning from Davos, where he was attending the World Economic Forum.

“We will either get this agreement quickly, or we will do the right thing ourselves,” the Prime Minister added.

Last week, Polish President Andrzej Duda said his country would hand over “a company of Leopard tanks” to Ukraine “as part of international coalition building.”

The U.K. has also officially pledged to supply Ukraine with some of its own tanks, the British Challenger 2s. »

Eric Swalwell Blames Top Republican For Inspiring Chilling Death Threats

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) firmly blamed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for inspiring multiple death threats against himself and his family.

“People parrot what Kevin McCarthy is saying when they call and make the threat,” Swalwell told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Deadline: White House.”.

McCarthy stripped Swalwell of his committee positions and called the California Democrat a “security threat” due to his link to a suspected Chinese spy. »

Phil Spencer says game companies must ‘turn away from dividing players and creators’

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Phil Spencer has used an awards speech to state his opinion that game companies have a responsibility to ensure players and developers aren’t divided, and are instead united.

“Today, as creators, as leaders, as world builders, our greatest responsibility is to inspire and invite joy,” Spencer said.

“We turn away from dividing players and creators, and instead towards each other, as we advance and amplify joy together. »

France’s Pension Reform Battle Will Be Decided in the Streets

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An unrealized promise of his initial presidential campaign, pension reform represents a core piece of his pledge to transform the French welfare model.

Like so many other reforms in the Macron era, the outcome will likely be decided in the streets.

Not since Sarkozy’s pension reform in 2010 have the eight major confederations called for national strikes together. »

Planned Parenthood set on fire just 2 days after state passes abortion rights law

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Police are hunting for a person involved in a suspected arson attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in central Illinois just two days after the state enacted sweeping abortion protections into law.

The building, which houses the Peoria Planned Parenthood Clinic, sustained "significant damage,” according to a statement from Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, which was obtained by WLS.

The Planned Parenthood location that was attacked offered medication abortion but was not a site for in-clinic procedures, Welch told WLS. »