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Republican strategists say DeSantis stands no chance against Trump



Republican strategists fear DeSantis has lost his shine, stands no chance against Donald Trump

For Republican voters hoping to see someone other than Donald Trump at the top of their party’s ticket in 2024, the odds are looking slim.

“2024 is the final battle, that’s going to be the big one,” Trump said.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis – who is widely expected to challenge the former president in the Republican primary – for a time appeared within striking distance.

In interviews with nearly two dozen Republican donors and their aides, many told Reuters they are largely fed up with Trump, seeing him as chaotic and unelectable.

At an event on Friday, DeSantis portrayed himself as a fighter across multiple fronts in Republicans’ culture wars: attacking so-called ‘wokeness.’

“Woke ideology is a form of cultural Marxism,” DeSantis said.

His style has entangled him in a mounting dispute with Disney, a corporation that has criticised his policies on banning mention of gay and transgender issues in Florida schools. He responded with legislation aimed at stripping the theme part operator of some of its special status in the state.

“When a company takes all those privileges that have been bestowed over many, many decades and uses that to wage war on state policy regarding families and children. So we said that arrangement doesn’t work for us,” DeSantis said.

But so far those culture war touchstones aren’t paying off.

Trump held a strong lead over DeSantis among Republican and independent voters nationally in April – 58 per cent to 21 per cent in a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

And in recent weeks, Trump has surged into a commanding lead over DeSantis in polls of Republican voters.

Many Republicans have rallied around Trump since his indictment by a New York district attorney on April 4 over hush money payments to a porn star, earning him a surge in fundraising – nearly $19 million in the first quarter this year, according to his aides, as well as a slew of endorsements.

Trump has also intensified his attacks on DeSantis. His campaign has sent out email blasts this week attacking DeSantis, calling him a “loser” in his battle with Disney.

The Florida governor, in contrast, has defended Trump in his legal battles and offered only muted criticism of the former president.

“I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair, I just, I can’t speak to that.”

Political strategists stress that while the shine has come off DeSantis in recent weeks, it is still early in the nominating process and DeSantis is not yet even a candidate. #trending #featured

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Why are Americans moving abroad?



Inflation and the rising cost of living in the United States is motivating Americans to consider moving to other countries.

Have you ever dreamed of working or retiring abroad?

Well, more and more Americans are discovering that their income can stretch much further in other countries, allowing them to save more, pay off debts, and even get ahead financially.

Kelli Maria Korduck a contributor with Business Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss why Americans are deciding that the only way to get ahead is to leave.

#IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #livingabroad #movingabroad #inflation #travel

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Boston Dynamics’ electric marvel or robot contortionist?



Boston Dynamics has recently unveiled its latest creation, the electric Atlas robot, boasting enhanced agility and strength.

However, with its uncanny ability to contort and rise from the ground with an almost eerie grace, one might wonder if we’re witnessing the birth of the world’s first robot contortionist.

As this technological marvel flaunts its capabilities, one can’t help but ponder if we’re on the brink of a future where household chores will be effortlessly handled by robots moving like a fusion of ballet dancers and horror movie monsters.

With its cadaver-like movements and illuminated head, it’s hard not to speculate whether Atlas is destined to revolutionise robotics or simply rehearsing for a techno-horror rendition of The Nutcracker. As Boston Dynamics continues to push the boundaries of robotics, the line between science fiction and reality becomes increasingly blurred.

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The Coffee confusion causing health concerns



As the morning sun peeks through the curtains, many reach for that familiar brew, kickstarting their day with a comforting cup of coffee.

It’s a ritual ingrained in cultures worldwide, offering a jolt of energy to combat the grogginess of dawn.

But when is the optimal time for that caffeine fix? According to registered dietitian Anthony DiMarino, RD, LD, the answer isn’t crystal clear.

Some experts suggest delaying that first sip until mid-morning or later. However, DiMarino reassures coffee lovers that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this dilemma.

Meanwhile, the science behind coffee production unveils fascinating insights into its instant variant. Whether produced through freeze-drying or spray-drying methods, instant coffee offers convenience without sacrificing flavor.

Yet, beyond convenience, recent studies delve deeper into coffee’s impact on our bodies. Research exploring the acute effects of decaffeinated versus caffeinated coffee reveals intriguing findings on reaction time, mood, and skeletal muscle strength.

Moreover, investigations into the gut microbiome shed light on coffee’s influence on liver cirrhosis patients. A study analyzing the duodenal microbiome in this population found correlations between coffee consumption and microbial richness and evenness.

So, as you sip your coffee and ponder the day ahead, consider not just the flavour in your cup but also the subtle impacts it may have on your body and mind.

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