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Trump opts out of GOP debates citing dominant polling



Former U.S. President Donald Trump has announced he will not participate in the upcoming Republican primary debates, citing his commanding lead in opinion polls as testament to his widespread recognition and popularity among voters in anticipation of the 2024 election.

Trump’s inclination to bypass the Wednesday night debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, had been a subject of speculation for months. He has consistently maintained that allowing his Republican competitors a platform to challenge him would be futile, given his substantial advantage in national polls.

A recent CBS poll unveiled on Sunday revealed Trump’s hold on the party, with 62% of Republican voters expressing their preference for him. His nearest contender, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, trails behind with a mere 16% support. All other candidates vying for the primary nomination struggled to attain double-digit support.

“The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had. I will therefore not be doing the debates,” Trump said on his own social media app, Truth Social.

Sources revealed that Trump engaged in a recorded conversation with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, slated for release online on Wednesday. However, the exact platform for the interview’s publication remains unclear.

Trump’s absence from this pivotal debate could potentially pivot the spotlight towards DeSantis, making him the focal point for attacks launched by fellow candidates striving to position themselves as the primary alternative to the former president.

The ultimate victor of the Republican nomination race will be poised to challenge incumbent Democratic President Joe Biden in the November 2024 election.

In response to Trump’s decision, Andrew Romeo, spokesperson for the DeSantis campaign, emphasised that the Florida governor was enthusiastic about presenting his vision for a potential presidency in Milwaukee.

Romeo underscored the importance of earning the nomination, stating, “No one is entitled to this nomination, including Donald Trump. You have to show up and earn it.”

The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll published this month demonstrated Trump’s continued dominance, capturing an impressive 47% of the national Republican vote.

In contrast, DeSantis observed a decline of six percentage points since July, plummeting to a modest 13%. Notably, the remaining candidates slated for the debate struggled to breach the single-digit threshold.

Trump faces a looming Friday deadline to voluntarily surrender in Fulton County, Georgia, subsequent to being indicted last week in a fourth criminal case.

The indictment alleges involvement in a scheme aimed at overturning the outcome of the 2020 election, which resulted in his defeat against Joe Biden.

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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