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Invade Mexico and Five Other Insights From the GOP Debate
In the beginning he was a businessman without hesitationVivek Ramaswamy. Former UN AmbassadorNikki Haley, senatorTim Scottand governorDoug Burgum. After a quick look at them, the governorRon DeSantis. And finally the former vice presidentMike Pence.
All but two of the eight Republican presidential candidates raised their hands during last night's debate to pledge to support the former president.Donald Trump“according to the choice of your party”even if he is convicted of crimes. former governorsChris ChristieEmAsa Hutchinsonno.
The former president faces four charges, including allegations that he illegally tried to annulPresident BidenTrump's victory, a months-long campaign that culminated in hundreds of his supporters looting the Capitol and interrupting the peaceful transition of power.
That's just one of the big moments in the Fox News-hosted debate that Trump skipped:a demolition derby of a debatethis will convince more than zero people who think voters learn most from in-depth interviews with individual candidates.
Here are five more.
DeSantis sends US troops into Mexico on "day one"
You, co-moderator Martha MacCallum, could you ask DeSantis:support for deploying US Special Forcesacross the southern border to eliminate cartels that produce fentanyl, a synthetic opioid considered the leading killer of Americans ages 18 to 49.
"Yes," he answered confidently. “And I will do it on the first day.”
“Would I use force? Would I treat them like foreign terrorist organizations? You're right, I would," he continued.
This is an act of war without Mexico's consentagainst America's southern neighbor and largest trading partner, on whose cooperation the United States depends to stop illegal immigration.
In an interview withfox newsSean Hannity, DeSantis made it clear he wasn't mistaken:
“When I talk about using the military to crack down on drug cartels, because they are killing tens of thousands of our citizens, we have every right to do so.I will do this. I don't just go to the office and say 'forget it'," he said.
(The Daily 202 was featuredthis issue in our debate as a curtain raiser.)
attack Trump? Let me count the ways.
haley hadthe first direct criticism of Trump that night: “Donald Trump added $8 trillion to our debt!”
But the most persistent attacks have come – predictably – from Christie, who has delivered several rants against the former president.
“Someone needs to stop normalizing this behavior. OK? Whether or not you believe the criminal charges are right or wrong, the conduct is beneath the office of President of the United States," said the former New Jersey governor, drawing boos from the audience.
“That's great in this country,” he said. “Mockery is allowed, but it does not change the truth. It doesn't change the truth."
Trump Tribal Defense
Ramaswamy, who we will talk about later in this column, introduced the debatehis most tribal defense of Trump- in response to Christie.
“Se as pessoas em casa quiserem ver um grupo de pessoas atacando cegamente Donald Trump sem um pingo de visão para este país, elas podem mudar o canal para MSNBC agora mesmo. Mas não estou concorrendo à presidência da MSNBC”, disse Ramaswamy. “Estou concorrendo à presidência dos Estados Unidos.”
Or audition for a job in the Trump administration. But there it was: criticism of Trump narrowed down to pundits from cable network The Other Side.
What DeSantis Doesn't Want to Answer
We let the Republican primaries decide who had a good or bad night. But on several occasions, the nominee, once considered Trump's biggest rival, has tried to dodge – or even derail – an issue.
It all started with a “raise your hand” question: Do you believe human activities cause climate change?
DeSantis interjected, “Look, we're not college kids. Let's have the debate." He kept his hand down, but didn't answer the question directly.
What would you say to supporters who say a national abortion ban is a political loser?
DeSantis lashed out at Democrats but did not respond to the question.
After six weeks, would you sign a national abortion ban like you signed in Florida?
Wisconsin will do this differently than Texas. I understand that Iowa and New Hampshire will do things differently. But I will support the cause of life as governor and as president," he said.
No direct response to the six-week ban.
Ramaswamy, who sounded like a double-speed right-wing TED Talk, was criticized almost as much as Biden – Christie derided him as “the same kind of amateur” as the former president.Barack Obamaand said "it looks like GPT Chat".
but the businessmanspent days before the debate aggressively trying to become the main character– suggesting that 9/11 was an inside job,falsely denied he said that, floatingcuts in aid to Israel, representing a daywhen America fails to stop a Chinese attack on Taiwan.
On Wednesday, he was the only one to say he would cut aid to Ukraine, said he would forgive Trump and unsuccessfully asked for a penny to do so, called climate change a "hoax", clashed with Christie and haley, andgenerally seemed to be seeking the spotlight.
If it worked, we leave it to the primary voters of the Republican Party.
Political, but not
What happens now
Trump Waits to Surrender at Fulton County Jail in Georgia
“former presidentDonald TrumpHe is expected to surrender and be released from the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta on Thursday.in connection with his efforts to reverse his 2020 Georgia election defeat,”Report by Ben Brasch, Amy Gardner, Amy B Wang and Mariana Alfaro.
Follow the post live report of the day here
Putin empowered by Prigozhin's apparent death; The future of the Wagner Group is in doubt
“The alleged death of the important leader of the Wagner Russo Group has not only cast serious doubt on the future of the mercenaries, but alsoit also strengthened President Vladimir Putin's hand after Wagner's brief rebellion in June left him looking weak and paralyzed.”,Reporting by Robyn Dixon, Catherine Belton, Mary Ilyushina and Francesca Ebel.
US extends Chinese chip export exemptions to Taiwanese and Korean chip makers
“The US has decided to extend the one-year exemptionenabling South Korean and Taiwanese chip makers to continue bringing advanced semiconductor technology and related equipment to China”,Nikkeis'Rintaro Tobita relatou.
- “This measure is seen as potentially undermining US efforts to curb Chinese ambitions in the technology sector.But it is also expected to avoid widespread disruption to the global semiconductor supply chain..”
Lunchtime readings from The Post
The shortage of teachers has increased. See how schools deal with it.
"To look forpublished wednesdayshows that teacher shortages are getting worse in several states and that this was not a pandemic anomaly. Instead of,appears to be part of a worrying trend: teachers are leaving the classroom more quickly and the number of applicants is not large enough to replace them.”,Moriah Balingit fundido.
- “Tuan Nguyen, a professor of education at Kansas State University, started with two colleagues last year to collect data on teacher shortages across the state. They counted more than 36,500 job openings in 37 states and Washington D.C. for the 2021-2022 school year.On Wednesday, they released updated data and found that the shortage of teachers in this group increased by 35% to more than 49,000 vacancies..”
What do we know about the crashed Russian plane with Prigozhin as a passenger?
"The passenger listincluded Evgeny Prigozhin, the head of Russia's Wagner mercenary group, which led a short but dramatic uprising against the Kremlin this year.It has not been confirmed whether Prigozhin was on the plane.”,Report by Andrew Jeong, Bryan Pietsch and Adela Suliman.
- “Videos are circulating on social mediashowedthe remains of the aircraft were on fire and emitting black smoke.The remains of all ten people aboard the plane have been recovered., according to Russian news agency Interfax.”
Read after the debate
- Republican rivals clash sharply in combative debate without Trump
- Trump dominates the Republican race. In debates, his rivals generally avoided him.
- Trump bets on finding strength in denunciations, not debates
- Trump hints in an interview with Carlson that the US could see more political violence
… and more
'Treacherous' descent: Fed debates how far to push rate hikes
“Annual inflation has already dropped from over 9% in 2022 to around 3%, raising hopes that the US will avoid a recession. But even if the outlook is better than many economists expected,[Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell] and other Fed policy makers are not ready to conclude that prices will continue to cool.”,Policy', Reported Guia Victoria.
- “The descent is many times more treacherous than the ascent of a mountain,” he said.Diane Swonk, chief economist at KPMG and a regular visitor to the Fed's exclusive confab. "It's full of holes and they don't want to stumble."
Killing over Pride flag follows years of far-right criticism of LGBTQ symbol
“The prevalence of the decade-old symbol of unity and equality is probably part of the reason for Friday.fatal shooting of a California businessman, allegedly for displaying a Pride flag in his store,was met with an overwhelming shock, as well as an outpouring of condolence from LGBTQ advocates, politicians and celebrities across the country.”news from nbc', reported Matt Lavietes.
- “But in parallel with the fact that the Pride flag became commonplace, the symbol – which was introduced during the Gay Freedom Day march in San Francisco in 1978 – becameincreasingly vilified by conservative media and right-wing online personalities.”
A agenda de Biden
White House to name first 10 drugs ahead of Medicare talks
“The Biden administration is expected to announce the first ten prescription drugs selected for Medicare price talks early next week.Ahead of an event at the White House on Tuesday to commemorate the milestone, four people involved in the plans told POLITICO:PolicyReport by David Lim and Adam Cancryn.
Biden's immigration policy, which gives thousands of people temporary legal status, is being challenged in court
“The Biden administration policy that has allowed thousands of people from Latin America and the Caribbean to temporarily live and work in the US isit went to court on Thursday when a group of Republican states challenged its legality.”news from nbc', reported Daniella Silva..
- “The Humanitarian Parole Program, announced in January, allows up to 30,000 people from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to be admitted monthly to the US “for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit,” on a case-by-case basis.according to the Biden administration.Under the program, migrants can stay in the US for up to two years and must complete an online application process, have a financial sponsor, and pass background and security checks..”
Biden's foreign investment incentives benefit factories
“The lucrative new tax breaks and other incentives for advanced manufacturing that President Biden signed into law appear to be reshaping foreign direct investment in the US economy, concluded a White House analysis.with a much larger share of spending on new and expanded firms shifting to the manufacturing sector”,ofNew York Times', relates Jim Tankersley.
- “The data relating to the first months after the entry into force of two parts of this agenda show thata key measure of foreign investment fell slightly between 2021 and 2022, adjusted for inflation.”
Last night's debate
“Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy is not the favorite for the Republican nomination,but he emerged as a consistent target of attacks from more senior politicians during the first Republican debate on Wednesday night.”,Report by Nick Mourtoupalas, Hanna Zakharenko and Hannah Dormido.
South Carolina Supreme Court upholds strict ban on abortion
“South Carolina Supreme Court Wednesdaypassed a new lawban mostabortionit's after about six weeks, a move that could do thatshake againthe scenario of abortion in the country of the Southeast”,Rachel Roubein Reports.
- “The 4-1 decision is ajanuary reversal, when the court issued a 3-2 decision finding that a similar law violated the right to privacy in the state constitution.That opinion was written by the state's only female judge, who has since retired due to the court's age limits.The legislature replaced her with a male judge, giving South Carolina the right toany state in the countryhave an all-male Supreme Court justice.”
hot on the right
Some MAGA Fans Think a Pro-Trump Rally Outside Atlanta Jail Is an FBI Hoax
“After delving into conspiracy theories about the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,Some supporters of former President Donald Trump are concerned that Trump is holding a rally outside the Fulton County Jail in Georgia ahead of his own arrest.expected surrendernointerference in state electionsit's an FBI setup”,news from nbc', relata Ryan J. Reilly.
- “On both Truth Social and X, Elon Musk's platform, formerly known as Twitter,Conservative users feared that undercover police and antifa activists were behind the rallyplanning to use it as a 'set-up' to arrest Trump supporters."
today in washington
Biden is located on Lake Tahoe. There's nothing on your public agenda.
The most memorable photo of the night
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