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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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Is President Biden securing a ‘made in America’ supply chain for critical minerals?



Rare earths elements are responsible for some of the most important materials involved in electric vehicle production, battery making, renewable energy systems and technology manufacturing.

Last year, President Joe Biden said he wanted to make rare earths an important domestic policy initiative and he signed an executive order to review gaps in the domestic supply chains for rare earths, medical devices, chips, and other key resources.

The Department of Energy announced a $30 million initiative to tap into researching and securing the U.S. domestic supply chain for rare earths and other important minerals in battery-making production.

But at the same time, President Biden also blocked the mining of rare earth minerals on more than 225,000 acres of federal land for more than 20 years.

Is it possible for the U.S. to change course and again have a seat at the table in producing rare earths elements?

To discuss further, Luisa Moreno the President of the Defense Metals Corp. joined us.
#rareearthelements #rareminerals #China #UnitedStates #Veronicadudo #luisamoreno

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Is the West too reliant on Chinese rare earth exports?



Rare earths elements are needed to make iPhones, advanced batteries, military night-vision goggles and MRI machines. According to the U.S. Genealogical Survey, China was responsible for 80% of rare earths imports in 2019.

Critical earth minerals are a necessity for humans around the world.

They are essential to our modern-day lifestyles and critical in the creation of things such as iPhones, electric vehicles, and advanced precision weapons.

While the United States is dependent on other countries for many minerals, there is no country that America is more dependent on than China. And all these minerals come at a price.

Rare earths elements are needed to make everything from the technology we use every day like smart refrigerators and advanced batteries to night-vision goggles used by the military to MRI machines which are crucial to the medical field.

Many in the government, business, and science sectors have long raised concerns about how to ensure the West’s continued supply of these critical earth minerals.

The United States was once a dominant player in the rare earths supply chain, but for decades, that global market has been dominated by China.

According to the U.S. Genealogical Survey, China was responsible for 80% of rare earths imports in 2019.

Last year, the Biden administration even touted a new plan for the United States to rival China and end their decades-long dominance of rare earth metals market.

So, how reliant is the West on Chinese rare earth exports?

Luisa Moreno the President of the Defense Metals Corp joined us to discuss. #rareearthelements #china #unitedstates #greenagenda #veronicadudo #luisamoreno #trade

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Moscow says sending F-16 jets to Ukraine is a “colossal risk”



As Ukraine braces a summer of violence, Kyiv is pleading for more air support from NATO

U.S. President Joe Biden recently granted his backing for Kyiv’s pilots to be trained on F-16 fighter jets.

These jets can be used in a variety of combat scenarios, including air-to-air or gound-attacks.

In fact, the U.S. Air Force has described these jets as a “relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system.

Thousands of F-16s have been sent around the world. However, Kyiv has been requesting for this support for months.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky believes there is “substantial progress” in convincing western allies to equip Kyiv with fighter jets.

Zelensky said the jets are a “key component” of gaining an advantage over Russian forces.

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