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Trump opts out of GOP debates citing dominant polling

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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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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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