The Daily Populous

Thursday April 13rd, 2023 night edition

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California Senator Dianne Feinstein is facing calls to resign as her ill health has seen her miss around three-quarters of all Senate votes this year, impacting President Joe Biden's judicial nominees.

Before she became ill with the painful but non life-threatening condition in February, the Democrat had missed two Senate votes in 2023.

Since March 7, Feinstein has missed a further 58 Senate votes, meaning she has failed to vote in 60 votes of the 82 Senate votes taken in 2023 so far.

Feinstein is a member of the key Senate Judiciary Committee that considers nominations to the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, as well as some government appointments.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) walks through the Senate Subway on her way to a vote at the U.S. Capitol September 12, 2022 in Washington, DC.

There are now calls from Democratic figures for Feinstein to resign from office while noting her absence is preventing the Senate from confirming justices.

Of the 58 votes Feinstein has missed while ill, 25 were for judicial nominees and and 13 were for executive branch nominees. »

NPR quits Twitter after being falsely labeled as 'state-affiliated media'

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When queried by NPR tech reporter Bobby Allyn, Twitter owner Elon Musk asked how NPR functioned.

NPR is instituting a "two-week grace period" so the staff who run the Twitter accounts can revise their social-media strategies.

In addition to NPR and the BBC, Twitter recently labeled the U.S. broadcaster Voice of America as government-funded media. »

Massive Chinese build-up near Doklam rings alarm bells in Indian military

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Doklam is an isolated plateau, which was hardly patrolled by Chinese or Bhutanese forces before 2017, when the Indian military came into the scene.

Indian military planners believe any activity in China-controlled Bhutanese territory to the west of Doklam would threaten India’s security interests.

The top Indian Army leadership recently met Indian officials engaged in capacity-building of the Bhutanese military in Haa district. »

China's ban on female lingerie models leads to lingerie-wearing male models in shopping livestreams

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Lingerie-wearing male models have recently become a growing trend in Chinese e-commerce broadcasts after the government imposed a ban on women modeling lingerie on livestreams.

After one online shopping streamer replaced its models with male models in December, many businesses have since followed suit, effectively circumventing the ban.

Male models had been used to successfully sell traditionally female products online in China even before the ban. »

Ted Cruz said school shootings can be prevented if they have armed guards, like in banks. That aged poorly after the deadly Louisville bank shooting.

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Ted Cruz said stationing armed police in schools, as banks do, would help stop school shootings.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas recently proposed a solution to school shootings: stationing as many armed police officers in schools as there are in banks.

"You know, when you go to the bank, and you deposit money in the bank, there are armed police officers at the bank. »