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Three presidents, one state as the U.S. midterms fast approach



Three presidents in one state as America braces for a red wave

It’s not everyday you see three current and former U.S. presidents touch down in the same state for election rallies, but that’s exactly what happened at the weekend.

Arguably the biggest stars of the Democratic and Republican parties – former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, as well as sitting President Joe Biden, all toured to Pennsylvania in a bid to do their part for the race between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz.

With polling day just days away, Obama is warning about divisions fuelling a “dangerous climate” in the U.S., saying “sulking and moping is not an option”. The former president believes the only way to save democracy is if his party fights for it.

“On Tuesday, let’s make sure our country doesn’t get set back 50 years. The only way to save democracy is if we, together, fight for it.”

The Democrats argue their opponents will pursue an extreme agenda on issues including abortion, voting rights and Social Security benefits. Biden warns democracy is literally on the ballot.

“Your right to choose is on the ballot,” Biden said. “Your right to vote is on the ballot.  Social Security and Medicare is on the ballot. There’s something else on the ballot: character. Character is on the ballot.”

But data shows voters are more concerned with the state of the economy and crime rates.

Republicans have been gaining nationwide in the last few days of campaigning, with many polls now suggesting the party will seize control of both the House and the Senate.

This would push Capitol Hill into a standstill and signal the beginning of the end for the Biden administration’s agenda.

Trump all but announces his 20224 Presidential bid

Also speaking in Pennsylvania, Donald Trump continued with his allegations of fraud at the 2020 election, and claims Biden is running the nation’s the economy into the ground.

He took aim at the administration’s failure to stem crime, inflation and the immigration crisis.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks at a pre-election rally to support Republican candidates in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 5, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar

During his praise for Doctor Oz, Trump also made fun of current Florida governor Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis is of course Trump’s nearest rival for the presidential nomination and it’s expected Trump will announce his intention to run any day now.

“This is the year we’re going to take back the House. We’re going to take back the Senate. And we’re going to take back America. We’re going to take it back,” Mr Trump told 6000 supporters.

“And in 2024, most importantly, we are going to take back our magnificent, oh-so beautiful White House.”

The head-to-head rallies are some of the final campaign events as polling day quickly approaches.

Democrats are bracing for a red wave, with the national mood shifting considerably since the last time Americans were at the ballot box.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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How has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?



Many global issues continue to have an impact on multiple sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, how has the hospitality industry changed ?

Numerous international challenges including inflation, worker shortages, the Russia-Ukraine war and rising tensions between the United States and China—continue to have an impact on many sectors of the economy—including the hospitality industry.

According to the 2023 State of the Restaurant Industry report, the foodservice sector is forecast to reach $997-billion in sales in 2023—driven in part by higher menu prices.

So, how has the hospitality industry changed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joins us to discuss. #PriyaKrishna #thenewyorktimes #food #hospitality #economy #veronicadudo #business

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Why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?



American diners across the nation may be bewildered by an unfamiliar charge at the bottom of the check—a“service charge,”tacked on with little explanation.

So, why are restaurants adding service charges amid rising prices?

You’ve probably noticed it’s a lot more expensive to go out to eat.

The post-covid world is still working try and get back to pre-pandemic economic output.

And the hospitality industry is no different.

An increasing number of restaurants have added service charges of up to 22%—or more—in recent years in to keep up with rising costs.

So, are these changes in the hospitality industry a byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic?

Priya Krishna, a food reporter with The New York Times joined us to discuss. #hospitality #restaurants #PriyaKrishna #veronicadudo #inflation #pandemic #economy #thenewyorktimes

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China and the U.S. now caught up in a deadly game



As the U.S. and Chinese defence bosses spoke in Beijing, many in the room realised one thing – the two are far from ready to talk.

A thinly veiled criticism of the United States was delivered by Chinese Defence Minister General Li Shangfu.

In his first public statement to an international audience since becoming defence minister in March, Li highlighted China’s Global Security Initiative, a set of foreign policy principles and directions in line with Beijing’s style of diplomacy, which was announced in April last year by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“It practises exceptionalism and double standards and only serves the interests and follows the rules of a small number of countries,” he told Asia’s biggest defence conference.

Among them are opposition to unilateral sanctions and economic development as a means of stemming instability and conflict.

“Its so-called rules-based international order never tells you what the rules are, and who made these rules,” Li said in a speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, without naming the US or its partners.

#featured #china #li shangfu #south china sea #taiwan

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