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Donald Trump influence on show at CPAC

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The annual Conservative Political Action Conference saw a host of people speak to a lower-filled arena

Former U.S. President Donald Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, and made clear that his message was the future of Republican politics in America.

“We had a Republican Party that was ruled by freaks, neocons, globalists, open-borders zealots, and fools. But we are never going back to the party of Paul Ryan, Karl Rove and Jeb Bush.”

Trump could assail the Republican Party’s former leaders and luminaries with impunity at CPAC, because at CPAC, almost everything was Trump.

His face flashed on tank-tops and lettered t-shirts, twinkled on rings and bedazzled high heels.

Supporters could show their commitment to his MAGA agenda on hats, and their loyalty on stickers.

The speakers included some of Trump’s most loyal allies in Congress, including far-right Republican representatives Majorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Lauren Boebert.

Some were recent election-losers-turned-election-deniers, such as Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, and Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro.

Trump wasn’t even the only speaker named “Trump:” There was his son, Donald Trump Junior, and his daughter-in-law, Laura Trump.

In the run-up to an election year, CPAC typically showcases rival Republican candidates. But so far only former South Carolina Governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has declared her intentions to challenge the 45th president.

“This is my purpose. This is our mission. Let’s save our country from weakness and woke-ness. Let’s bring back a nation that’s strong and proud,” she said.

Haley and former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, another potential presidential candidate, received polite if tepid responses from the crowd.

Haley was met with chants of “Trump” in the hallway outside the ballroom where she gave her speech.

CPAC once was the premier gathering of the party’s Republicans in Washington. It was skipped this year by most Republican members of Congress and the nation’s Republican governors.

Many speakers spoke to a half-empty ballroom and attendance overall seemed noticeably lower than in years past.

“You’re going to have World War Three, by the way, we’re going to have World War Three. If something doesn’t happen fast. You’re going to have World War Three.”

Trump in his remarks closing the event Saturday night offered a dark vision of decay and violence if he wasn’t re-elected in 2024.

“But we have no choice. If we don’t do this our country will be lost forever.”

And offering a promise of restoration – and revenge – if he wins.

“I am your warrior. I am your justice. And for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution. I am your retribution. Not going to let this happen.”

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Atari acquisition ends the longest running console war

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Atari, the iconic gaming company, has revealed its acquisition of the Intellivision brand.

‘Uniting Atari and Intellivision after 45 years ends the longest running console war in history,” said Mike Mika, Studio Head at Digital Eclipse, an Atari-owned game studio.

This move is seen as a strategic step by Atari to expand its portfolio and tap into the nostalgia-driven market.

Emily Leaney from TeamRetro joins to discuss. #featured

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Tim Cook eyes a worthy successor to the Apple empire

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As Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tenure at the company enters its later years, speculation swirls regarding who will succeed the tech giant’s iconic leader.

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Canva makes a break for Broadway, AI has been likened to a ‘demigod’, astronomers develop new tech to counter asteroids and has Apple found its next successor? #featured

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The United States is accelerating efforts into space warfare

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Is space warfare the next frontier of military competition?

On this episode of Hot Shots – the US expand efforts into space warfare, big tech commit to AI fail safes, while AI moves the markets and a buried treasure of ‘Holy Grail’ proportions is unearthed.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Veronica Dudo discuss. #featured #trending

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