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DeSantis in Iowa warns of GOP ‘culture of losing’ as weather limits Trump event in state



SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Denouncing Republican “losing culture,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sought to weaken former President Donald Trump’s grip on the Republican Party Saturday as tornado warnings interrupted a clash of leading presidential candidates on the Iowa battlefield.

DeSantis, who is expected to announce his 2024 presidential campaign any day, briefly flipped hamburgers and pork chops at a fundraising afternoon picnic at the Sioux Center that drew hundreds of conservatives to the state’s northwest corner. From the podium, the 44-year-old governor emphasized his commitment to embrace the conservative cultural struggle and peppered his remarks with indirect jabs at Trump.

“Management is not fun. Management is not about building a brand, not talking on social media, and not demonstrating virtue,” said DeSantis, dressed in a blue button-down shirt with no tie or jacket. “Ultimately it is about winning and achieving results.”

Trump, who has been running since November, hoped to show his political strength by holding a large outdoor rally in the capital Des Moines later that day. He canceled the performance hours before the scheduled start time due to a tornado warning.

About 200 fans have already gathered on the site.

“I feel like it’s still Trump time,” said Robert Bushard, 76, who said he drove about four hours from St. Paul, Minnesota, to see the former president. Of DeSantis, he said, “He would be a good president after Trump.”

Republican voters across the country are evaluating DeSantis and Trump, two Republican leaders who are among half a dozen GOP candidates already in the race or due to announce soon. Trump is well ahead of his rivals in the first nationwide polls, while DeSantis is widely viewed as the strongest potential challenger.

Trump hoped to return to campaign comfort after a tumultuous week.

On Tuesday, a New York civil jury found him responsible for the sexual assault and defamation of advice columnist E. Jean Carroll and awarded her $5 million. A day later, during a controversial CNN town hall, he repeatedly insulted Carroll, confirmed lies about his defeat in the 2020 election, and minimized violence at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

DeSantis has polished his reputation as a conservative governor who is willing to actively promote conservative politics and even fight politically with Disney, as he spoke at the Sioux Center. But so far, he hasn’t shown the same enthusiasm for taking on Trump, who for months has been almost entirely focused on bringing down DeSantis.

On Saturday, DeSantis avoided Trump’s legal complexities or his lies about the 2020 election, instead highlighting the GOP’s recent run of electoral losses. The Republican Party has struggled in every national election since Trump’s victory in 2016.

“We must abandon the culture of losing that has affected our party in recent years. The time for excuses is over,” DeSantis said. “If we digress, if we focus the election on the past or on other side issues, then I think the Democrats will beat us again.”

It’s unclear whether DeSantis’ political successes in Florida can be replicated on the national stage.

Even before he officially enters the race, he is already facing questions about his ability to woo donors and woo voters.

The Iowa visit, his second visit in two months, was expected to help allay concerns about his sometimes awkward personal appeal as he met with Republican officials, donors and volunteers, all under national media scrutiny. But DeSantis spent little time — at least compared to most other Republican White House hopefuls — taking selfies or shaking hands at the Sioux Center, where more than 600 people gathered to see him at an event billed as a family picnic for member US House of Representatives Randy. magic road

DeSantis left most of the politicking to his allied political action supercommittee, which set the table for potential supporters of his yet-to-be-announced presidential campaign to register.

The road outside the museum was lined with posters from the DeSantis 2024 campaign.

The Trump team expected more than 5,000 people to rally at an outdoor amphitheater in downtown Des Moines to gather information about potential supporters and encourage their commitment to Trump.

Trump’s Iowa 2024 campaign, in contrast to his disparate efforts that came second in Iowa in 2016, is a more disciplined, data-driven operation. Saturday’s event aimed to encourage participants to sign up for the campaign on the website so that the campaign can keep in touch with them, inform them about how and where to hold meetings, and recruit campaign volunteers.

In a social media post, Trump promised to reschedule the event. Shortly thereafter, the campaign released a list of endorsements from over 150 Iowa elected officials and activists in all 99 counties in the state.

And as they vie for support, the resulting rivalry with DeSantis becomes more personal.

DeSantis largely ignored Trump’s most egregious outbursts, which included allegations of inappropriate behavior with young girls as a teacher decades ago, questioning his sexuality, and calling him “Ron DeSanktimonius.”

The Trump campaign began airing ads mocking DeSantis for tying himself to the former president in 2018 when he ran for governor, even using some of Trump’s catchphrases as an allusion to his supporters in Florida.

Trump’s Super PAC, MAGA Inc., also aired spots highlighting DeSantis’ voices for cutting Social Security and Medicare and raising the retirement age. The group even targeted DeSantis’ snacking habits by running ads urging him to stay away from those perks. This was a reference to The Daily Beast’s report that a few years ago, the Governor ate chocolate pudding on a plane with his fingers instead of a spoon.

DeSantis said he didn’t remember doing it.

At the same time, DeSantis-backed supercomputing organization Never Back Down hired Iowa staff and began trying to organize support for the governor before the 2024 announcement. On Thursday, the group announced that State Senate President Amy Sinclair and House Majority Leader Matt Windshield would support DeSantis’ candidacy. On Friday, about three dozen more state legislators were represented to support him.

Government Kim Reynolds and Iowa Senator Joni Ernst attended DeSantis’ speech at the Sioux Center.

After his speech, he spent about 15 minutes shaking hands and chatting with voters, maneuvering through a large audience, followed by reporters, TV cameras and security. He then ran outside to pose with Reynolds and Finstra while grilling hamburgers and pork chops.

Lyle and Sonya Remmerde from Rock Valley managed to shake hands. She said that DeSantis’ style seemed “normal”.
“One of the things when you compare Trump and DeSantis, I think DeSantis has – how would you say? “a much smoother approach,” said Lyle Remmerde, 65. “He’s less blunt.”


Top 10 most difficult and simple words in beekeeping, May 6-12



Here are the meanings of the least found words used in recent Times articles:

1. carioca – version of samba, or music for it:

Wireless connection carioca, or baile funk, a flamboyant rhythm that emerged in the 1980s in Rio de Janeiro’s predominantly black working-class neighborhoods, is the soundtrack of choice at these gatherings, where sound systems often play the genre’s signature tamborzão beat. — Can the Brazilian pop star enter the US market? Anita says yes. (April 7, 2022)

2. callaloo – A Stewed Caribbean dish from greens, tomatoes, onions and salt:

This collection of recipes establishes a more comprehensive legacy of American cuisine that can be recognizable to all: America of jollof rice and ata din din; cheese grits, callaloo and greens; with Jerk spices, curry powder and ginger-garlic puree. — Best Cookbooks of 2022 (December 13, 2022)

3. avocet – a long-legged bird with an inverted beak:

My grandmother, a passionate ornithologist, passed on her love to me. meeting Avocets and stilts were a marvelous mystery for the first time. — I’m haunted by what I saw in the Great Salt Lake (March 25, 2023)

4. loggia – covered outdoor gallery or room:

The site in Trastevere identified as the oldest synagogue in Rome is a modest brick house with a small arched vault. loggia on the narrow cobbled street Vicolo dell’Athlete, 14 – not classical, but medieval.” — Rome, sacred land for almost 3,000 years and it continues (May 1, 2023)

5. cloaca – an opening at the end of the digestive tract, found in many animals:

This cloaca: a multifunctional outlet, named after the Latin word for “sewer”, through which certain animals, including a whole menagerie of modern birds, reptiles, amphibians and even some mammals, can defecate, urinate, copulate and/or discard their offspring or eggs. — Finally in 3-D: the universal dinosaur hole (January 19, 2021)

6. lobolly – fast growing pine, growing in the southeastern United States and often used to make cardboard:

Worse, the crash had spectacular visuals – McIlroy with a mop deep in the spiny forest, so far from the 10th fairway that the broadcast cameras could hardly find him in the maze. lobolly pines. — Rory McIlroy confident ahead of Masters likely to miss final (April 7, 2023)

7. cirri thin cloud or antennae on an animal:

Later, I learned that even shells contain an edible piece, which can be obtained by biting off the leathery stem of the animal and plucking out the feathered part. cirri from inside the stone-hard shell of the shell.— Wet Climbing Green Wonderland (June 2, 2005)

8th. secular – secular:

If only two subcultures (Christian-Democratic and Communist) participated in the competition, Italian politics would be highly polarized. The existence of a thirdsecularbelonging to neither the Catholic nor the Marxist faith and embodied in half a dozen smaller parties, acts as an indispensable bridge or balancer. — Politics as Spettacolo (November 8, 1987)

9. raffia – a kind of palm tree or its fibers, from which baskets or clothes can be made:

Among them were 30 wicker chairs – mostly antique, with delicately spaced legs and spindly backs – that were decorated by the brand’s creative director Jonathan Anderson in collaboration with several artisans. One was covered with lilac-green felt, the other with loops raffia in Funfetti shades. — Top 10 things we saw at Salone del Mobile (April 27, 2023)

10 bacilli – rod-shaped bacteria:

“The CIA’s plan was to sprinkle the inside of the suit with a fungus that causes Madura’s foot, a disabling and chronic skin disease, and infection of the suit with tuberculosis. bacilli in breathing apparatus,” the document says. — Assassin’s Toolkit: When Guns Aren’t Enough (March 17, 2018)

And a list of the easiest words of the week:

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Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Emergency in Oklahoma



In particular, what offended Stitt about all of these programs was that the programs included LGBTQ people. By this, Stitt doesn’t mean that someone on these programs is having sex, talking about sex, or holding a gay pride parade. What he means is that these programs have characters who are shown in situations that suggest they might be gay.

To be absolutely clear: Stitt vetoed the bill because educational television allows gays. exist.

It is not clear which characters offended Stitt’s very penetrating eye. What is Bert and Ernie? Daniel Tiger under suspicion? In any case, since the state operates one station that broadcasts to each of the state’s 77 counties, vetoing funding for the only public PBS station means every kid in Oklahoma is about to lose their only source of free educational television.

Writing in an editorial, especially in Christian Post– Stitt cited one case (what else?) transvestite reading a children’s book in Let’s Learn in 2021. He was also offended by the same-sex wedding of a rat and… would I say a hamster in 2019? … in a programme Arthur. He also mentions same-sex marriage in the Odd Squad math curriculum, a marriage that exists. fully in the form of the main characters running past two women in wedding dresses and calling for these two unnamed characters to get out of the way (because of the math-related supervillain, which is indeed the central plot of the episode). However, this episode received a scathing review in Christian Post for this scene, which “does not show a same-sex kiss” but shows women “holding hands”.

It is these scenes that Stitt refers to when he claims that educational television “sexualizes” children. None of this is about sex. No one on PBS Kids is having sex. No one on PBS Kids even negotiation About sex. Not even about sex with birds or bees or big red dogs. There is no sex.

The point is that Stitt is so offended by the very idea that LGBT people are accepted in society that he considers their presence even as minor characters who appear three times in four years of programming, completely unacceptable.

As Stitt explains in his editorial:

Until very recently, some facts were considered so obvious and generally accepted that Mr. Rogers could sing about them to children on a state-owned medium, and no one thought about gender dysphoria, transgender identity or transvestites at all when he did it. Does this mean that Fred Rogers was a fanatic? What kind of transphobe is he? No. In fact, no one had ever heard of such accusations at the time.

In this case, Stitt is quoting a song that Fred Rogers sang. forty three years ago, which included the line “Only boys can be dads, only girls can be moms.” This is not just Stitt’s “recent past” idea, it is his evidence that once good educational television is now bad. To say that Fred Rogers would not have been thrilled that his material was used to refer to an entire segment of the population would be an understatement.

What Stitt wants is to go back to the point where LGBTQ people can be threatened, humiliated and legislated until they are forced to hide in poverty or take even more drastic measures. Anyone who is not cis-gender should be banished from view. Even if they are cartoon rats.

As he said COCO, people advocating educational television should also be considered suspects. “There are parents who defend children’s transition to PBS, which is played. The voices of LGBTQIA2S+ are rising.” It’s hard to tell what he meant by any of these statements other than “look, I’m a fanatic.”

Stitt is not opposed to educational television. He is opposed to educational television recognizing the existence of 7% of the population. You can bet that no one in Stitt’s office or The Christian Post has taken the time to count how many times public television has shown non-sex weddings in the past four years, or how often a boy and a girl have been shown. holding hands. Because it’s not all about sex; It’s about hate. And in this matter, Stitt teaches everyone.

It’s not the LGBTQ community or anyone associated with PBS that should be ashamed of it, it’s Stitt. But of course not. ace Hunter The Republican Party has reportedly turned prejudice into a requirement for any candidate or official. The attacks on PBS Kids fit perfectly between claims that Disney is too awake and that libraries are anti-Christian.

When shamelessness is a super power, wins the politician who is most ready to loudly and proudly carry his fanaticism. Stitt is not going to be left behind.


Goodbye satire. From anti woke up coffee to the gay sharks of science, you didn’t stand a chance

DeSantis wrote his own confession to the delight of Disney’s lawyers.

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The most vulnerable actors of 2024 so far



It’s a roll call tradition: identifying the most vulnerable members of the House of Representatives and the Senate in each election cycle. And for our first look at the franchise for the 2024 cycle, we’ll be discussing with roll call policy editor Herb Jackson about the 20 Hot Spots we’ve included on the list.

Show notes:

  • The list of the most vulnerable homes runs through New York, California.
  • A year and a half later, these are the most vulnerable senators of 2024
  • Biden blows up New York County debt-limiting plan that upended the GOP
  • At the Races: Advertisers (Heart) New York
  • Does Colin Allred stand a chance against Ted Cruz in Texas?

The message “Most Vulnerable Actors of 2024” has so far appeared on roll call for the first time.

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