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Nikki Haley needs big donors, but do they need her?



Nikki Haley’s quest for the GOP nomination has taken a somewhat unconventional route.

While many candidates rely on securing votes from their party’s rank and file, Haley finds herself heavily reliant on big-money donors from the Wall Street donor class.

These wealthy individuals will play a crucial role in determining how long she can stay competitive against GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

Moderate politics

Haley’s challenge lies in her positioning as a moderate in a party that has shifted towards populism under Trump’s leadership.

The traditional country-club-types, Wall Street executives, and free-marketeers have taken a back seat to Trump’s “blue-collar” and anti-globalist agenda.

Unlike Trump, who primarily self-finances his campaigns and garners support from his base, candidates like Haley require financial backing from the non-populist, cash-rich minority to remain competitive.

Haley has made efforts to appeal to big-money donors, emphasizing her ability to compete against Joe Biden more effectively than Trump, who faces potential legal challenges.

Some donors are banking on Trump’s potential downfall, keeping her in the race as a backup option.

Struggled to gain traction

However, despite Haley’s significant fundraising efforts, she has struggled to gain traction with GOP voters.

She has faced defeats in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary to Trump, and polls suggest she may lose her home state of South Carolina in February.

Wall Street donors are growing anxious.

Some have already withdrawn their support, while others, like Home Depot founder Ken Langone, are cautioning against investing in a losing campaign. If Langone pulls out, it could trigger a domino effect among other big-money donors.

Haley insists she will stay in the race until the end, but her fate may resemble that of Ron DeSantis, who dropped out when his donors withdrew their support.

To secure her path to the presidency, Haley will need to win a state at some point, or her “in it till the end” resolve may meet a similar fate.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Julian Assange’s last stand before extradition



Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is allegedly being targeted by the United States government and former President Donald Trump for his role in exposing classified information.

According to Assange’s lawyer, this targeting is a result of the controversial revelations made by WikiLeaks, which have often put the U.S. government in a precarious position.

Assange, who has been residing in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition, now faces renewed concerns about his safety and legal battles.

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Qantas appoints new Chairman amid board renewal



Qantas Airways has announced significant changes to its board, including the appointment of John Mullen as the new chairman, as part of its ongoing renewal strategy following a tumultuous period for the airline.

John Mullen, former chairman of Telstra, will assume the role of chairman of Qantas’ board, succeeding Richard Goyder.

John Mullen, former chairman of Telstra.

Mullen will officially join the board as a non-executive director and chairman-elect on July 1, with plans to take on the chairman’s responsibilities ahead of the company’s annual general meeting in October.

In addition to Mullen’s appointment, Dr. Nora Scheinkestel will also join the board as a non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee effective March 1, 2024.

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Richard Goyder, outgoing chairman of Qantas, remarked that these changes mark a new chapter for the airline following a period of significant challenges, including the early resignation of former CEO Alan Joyce and Goyder’s own decision to step down.

Goyder expressed confidence in Mullen’s ability to lead Qantas into its next phase, citing Mullen’s extensive experience as a director and chairman of large and complex companies, as well as his distinguished executive career in the transport sector both domestically and internationally.

“These changes reflect a new chapter for Qantas, and John brings a wealth of experience that makes him the right choice to lead the national carrier into its next phase,” stated Goyder.

The announcement comes amidst ongoing efforts by Qantas to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and reshape its operations to adapt to changing market dynamics.

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Google goes rogue as search engine falls short?



In the digital era, where instant access to information is the norm, Google has emerged as the go-to source for swift answers. However, a recent study has raised a cautionary flag, suggesting that the top search result on Google may not always be the most reliable or accurate.

Dr. Karen Sutherland from USC sheds light on the factors influencing Google search result rankings, emphasizing the importance of users exercising caution to avoid being misled by potentially inaccurate information. The interview explores the role of search engine optimization (SEO) in determining rankings, questions the reliability of the top search result as an indicator of accuracy, and delves into strategies for increasing awareness about the limitations of search engines. As we navigate the vast digital landscape, a critical eye and awareness are essential tools to discern the accuracy of the information provided by the seemingly omnipotent search engine.

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