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U.S. Senator faces criticism on racism after scathing CNN interview



This comes after the Alabama senator told CNN it was a matter of “opinion” whether white nationalists are racist

Republican U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville faced backlash on Tuesday after initially denying that white nationalists are racist but later backtracking on his comments.

Tuberville, a first-term senator and former college football coach from Alabama, clarified in an afternoon press conference that white nationalists are indeed racist.

His earlier remarks defending white nationalists had drawn criticism, particularly from Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate.

Another controversy surrounding Tuberville on Tuesday involved his blockade of military promotions in protest of abortion policy, which caught the attention of President Joe Biden’s nominee for the top U.S. general.

The nominee warned that Tuberville’s actions could have far-reaching consequences for the armed forces.

Tuberville’s use of Senate procedures to delay hundreds of military nominations reflects a trend among hardline Republicans in Congress who employ stonewalling tactics to advance conservative culture-war objectives.

Recently, a group of House Republicans brought the chamber to a halt to protest Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s agreement with President Biden to avoid a disastrous debt default.

Senator Schumer took to the Senate floor earlier on Tuesday to criticise Tuberville’s defence and support of white nationalism.

He called on Tuberville’s Republican colleagues to demand an apology. Schumer recounted interviews in which Tuberville referred to white nationalists serving in the military as “Americans.”

In response to questions from reporters, Tuberville stated that he was against racism but also disagreed with labelling white nationalists as racist.

This prompted Senator John Thune, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, to assert that there is no place for white nationalism within the Republican Party, the military, or the country as a whole.

Tuberville, who joined the Senate in 2021, has been blocking Biden’s military nominees to protest the Pentagon’s practice of funding travel costs for abortions for service members and their dependents.

The Defense Department implemented this funding following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling, which had granted a constitutional right to abortion.

Senator Tuberville’s conflicting statements regarding white nationalists being racist, along with his obstruction of military nominations, have sparked controversy and drawn criticism from fellow politicians. The debate surrounding his stance on white nationalism and his blockade of military promotions reflects broader divisions within the Republican Party and highlights the ongoing tensions surrounding cultural issues in Congress.

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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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