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Nikki Haley to Challenge Trump in 2024 Presidential Elections



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Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador, announced her presidential candidacy on Tuesday, becoming the first major challenger to former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2024.

The announcement in a video tweet represents a 180-degree turn for the ex-Trump Cabinet official, who said two years ago that she would not run for President in 2024. But she changed her mind in recent months, citing the country’s economic woes and the need for “generational change,” a reference to Trump’s age of 76.

“You should be aware of this fact about me. I do not tolerate bullies. “And kicking back hurts them even more if you’re wearing heels,” Haley explained. “Hello, my name is Nikki Haley, and I’m running for President.”

Nikki Haley, 51, is the first in a long line of Republicans expected to launch presidential campaigns in 2024 in the coming months. Among them are Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.

President Joe Biden has announced his intention to run for reelection in 2024, effectively ending any Democratic nomination race.

“I’ve never lost an election, and I’m not going to start now,” Haley has frequently boasted about her track record of defying political expectations.

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Nikki Haley, daughter of Indian immigrants

If elected, Haley would be the first female president of the United States and the first president of Indian descent.

Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, grew up in a small South Carolina town enduring racist taunts and has long acknowledged the impact on her personal and political arc.

Haley mentioned her past in the three-and-a-half-minute video, saying she grew up “not Black, not white — I was different.”

Despite this, Haley maintained that America is not a racist country, saying, “Nothing could be further from the truth.” Images of media reports related to The New York Times Magazine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project,” which centered the country’s history on slavery, played in the background of her video.

In the video, Haley never mentions Trump by name, saying, “the Washington establishment has failed us repeatedly.” She then leans into a call for “a new generation of leadership,” which has become a theme of her messaging leading up to the launch.

She was an accountant when she ran for public office for the first time in 2004, defeating the longest-serving member of the South Carolina House. Three terms later, and with little statewide recognition, Haley launched a long-shot governor’s campaign against a large field of experienced politicians.

She received several high-profile endorsements from South Carolina’s current governor, Mark Sanford, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a tea party favorite.

Governor at 38 Year-Old

With her election in 2010, Haley became South Carolina’s first female and minority governor and the country’s youngest at 38. She spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2012 and delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in 2016.

The 2015 murders of nine Black parishioners in a Charleston church by a self-avowed white supremacist holding Confederate flags became the defining moment of Haley’s governorship.

For years, Haley had resisted calls to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds, dismissing a rival’s efforts as a desperate ploy. However, following the massacre, and with the backing of other prominent Republicans, Haley advocated for legislation to remove the flag. It was removed less than a month after the killings.

In the 2016 presidential election, Haley initially supported Florida Senator Marco Rubio before switching to Texas Senator Ted Cruz. She eventually stated that she would support the party’s nominee.

Shortly after his victory, Trump appointed Haley as his United Nations ambassador, rewarding Henry McMaster, the lieutenant governor who was the nation’s first statewide elected official to support Trump’s 2016 campaign. McMaster ascended to the governorship he had sought since losing a bruising primary to none other than Haley seven years before.

Haley became the first Indian American in a presidential Cabinet after her Senate confirmation.

During her nearly two-year tenure, Haley often clashed with other administration officials while bolstering her public image.

One of her most memorable moments as UN ambassador occurred in 2018 when National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow suggested Haley had experienced “momentary confusion” when she stated that Russian sanctions were imminent.

“With all due respect, I’m not confused,” she said. The first half of the quote became the title of her memoir, published in 2019.

Her resignation later that year fueled speculation that she would run against Trump in 2020 or replace Pence on the ticket. She didn’t do either.

Instead, Haley returned to South Carolina, where she purchased a home on the wealthy enclave of Kiawah Island, joined the board of aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co., became a public speaker, and wrote two books, including the memoir.

Following January 6, 2021, insurgency, Haley questioned Trump’s political future but stated that she would not challenge him in 2024. She later changed her mind, citing inflation, crime, drugs, and a “disarrayed foreign policy” as reasons for considering a White House run.

During a stop in South Carolina last month, Trump told WIS-TV that Haley had called to ask for his thoughts on running for president. Trump cited her earlier pledge not to run against him but claimed he did not attempt to prevent her from doing so.

“She said she would never run against me because I was the greatest president, but people change their minds and hearts,” Trump said. “So I said, if your heart desires it, you must do it.”

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North Korea Test-Fires 2 More Missiles As US Sends Carrier



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South Korea’s SEOUL — On Monday, the nuclear-powered USS Nimitz and her battle group began operations with South Korean warships, hours after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles in apparent protest of the allies’ growing maneuvers.

This month’s seventh missile test heightened regional tensions as the North’s weapons tests and joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea intensified in a cycle of tit-for-tat.

The launches could have been timed to coincide with the arrival of the USS Nimitz and its strike group, which included a guided missile cruiser and two destroyers and participated in air defense exercises and other maneuvers with South Korean vessels waters around Jeju Island.

South Korean navy spokesperson Jang Do Young said the drills were aimed at honing joint operational capabilities and proving the U.S. resolve to defend its ally with all available options, including nuclear, in the wake of the North’s “escalating nuclear and missile threats.”

On Tuesday, the Nimitz strike group was scheduled to arrive in Busan’s South Korean mainland port.

“The United States has deployable strategic assets at the ready every day,” said Carrier Strike Group Eleven leader Rear Adm. Christopher Sweeney. “We can and will continue to deploy those assets.”

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The two North Korean missiles were launched from a western inland area

The two North Korean missiles were launched from a western inland area south of Pyongyang between 7:47 a.m. and 8 a.m. and traveled approximately 370 kilometers (229 miles) before falling at sea, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missiles, which landed beyond Japan’s exclusive economic zone, traveled on an erratic trajectory and reached a maximum altitude of 50 kilometers, according to Japan’s military. (31 miles).

Previously, Japan used similar wording to describe a North Korean solid-fuel missile that appears to be modeled after Russia’s Iskander mobile ballistic weapon, which is supposed to be maneuverable in low-altitude flight to better elude South Korean missile defenses. North Korea also has another short-range system similar to the MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System used by the United States.

Hirokazu Matsuno, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, stated that North Korea might increase its testing activity by launching additional missiles or conducting its first nuclear test since September 2017.

The South Korean and Japanese militaries condemned the new launches as a severe provocation endangering regional peace and stated that they were cooperating with the U.S. to further evaluate the missiles. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command stated that while the launches did not constitute an imminent threat to the U.S. or its allies, they underscore North Korea’s “destabilizing impact” of its illicit nuclear and missile programs.

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North Korea, subject to U.N. Security Council sanctions for its nuclear program since 2016

North Korea, subject to U.N. Security Council sanctions for its nuclear program since 2016, did not immediately respond to the launches.

Last week, the U.S. and South Korea concluded their largest springtime drills in years, including computer simulations and live-fire field exercises. However, the allies have continued their field training as a show of force against the mounting dangers from the North.

North Korea also launched a short-range missile when the USS Ronald Reagan and its battle group arrived in September for joint drills with South Korea, the last time the U.S. sent an aircraft carrier to waters near the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea has launched more than 20 ballistic and cruise missiles this year to push the U.S. to accept its nuclear status and negotiate sanctions relief from a position of strength.

This month’s tests included an intercontinental ballistic missile and a series of short-range missiles designed to overwhelm South Korean defenses as North Korea attempts to demonstrate its ability to undertake nuclear strikes on South Korea and the United States mainland.

The North conducted a three-day practice last week that claimed to simulate nuclear assaults on South Korean targets.

The country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, has called the joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea “invasion rehearsals.” According to the allies, the exercises are defensive.

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The tests included a rumored nuclear-capable underwater drone.

The tests included a rumored nuclear-capable underwater drone, which the North said could unleash a massive “radioactive tsunami” and destroy navy vessels and ports. Analysts questioned whether such a device posed a significant new danger, and Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff warned in a statement Monday that the North Korean allegations were likely “exaggerated and fabricated.”

Following some of its ballistic and cruise missile tests earlier this month, North Korea claimed that those missiles were tipped with dummy nuclear warheads that detonated 600 to 800 meters (1,960 to 2,600 feet) above their sea targets, presenting them as maximum damage heights.

North Korea has already had a record year of weapons testing, launching more than 70 missiles in 2022. It had enacted an escalator nuclear strategy that allows for pre-emptive nuclear strikes in a wide range of scenarios in which it perceives its leadership to be under threat.

“It appears North Korea is practicing, or signaling that it is practicing, the use of nuclear strikes, both preemptive and retaliatory, in various scenarios authorized in its nuclear doctrine,” said Duyeon Kim, a senior analyst at the Center for a New American Security.

“The problem is that continued testing allows Pyongyang to perfect its technology, strengthen its nuclear weapons capability, threaten South Korea and Japan, increase the possibility of miscalculation, which could lead to inadvertent conflict, and accumulate political leverage ahead of future diplomatic talks with Washington.”

Following the North’s confirmation of the drone test on Friday, South Korea’s air force disclosed information about a five-day joint practice with the U.S. last week, which included live-fire displays of air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry.

According to the air force, the exercise aimed to test precision strike capabilities and reaffirm the credibility of Seoul’s “three-axis” strategy against North Korean nuclear threats. This strategy includes striking potential targets ahead of time, stopping incoming missiles, and taking out the North’s leadership and key military facilities.


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Lyft To Pick Up New CEO Amid Deepening Post-Pandemic Losses




Logan Green and John Zimmer, co-founders of Lyft, are stepping down to make room for a former Amazon executive as the ride-hailing service battles to recover from the pandemic while long-time rival Uber has been regaining pace.

According to the revised order released Monday, Green will stand down as Lyft’s CEO on April 17, and Zimmer will step down as the San Francisco company’s president at the end of June.

Green will be succeeded as CEO by David Risher, who helped turn Amazon into an e-commerce behemoth. Green will remain Lyft’s non-executive chairman, while Zimmer will become vice chairman after leaving management.

The reorganization comes roughly a month after Lyft announced a $588 million loss for the final three months of last year, more than doubling from the same period in 2021, and issued a bleak prediction for 2023. This exacerbated Lyft’s stock decline, which had dropped its shares below $10, a roughly 80% loss from their price at the end of 2019, only a few months before the announcement of a global epidemic halted demand for ride-hailing services.


The reorganization comes roughly a month after Lyft announced a $588 million loss.

While Uber’s ridership has returned to pre-pandemic levels, Lyft has failed to find a means to recover, leading its losses to rise and investors to flee the shares. Uber expanded its operations to include food delivery, a popular choice amid government lockdowns that kept people opening the Uber app.

Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives called Lyft’s last six months a “train wreck” that necessitated a change in leadership. He stated that Risher had so much work ahead of him that Lyft would consider selling him. An acquisition would be less expensive than it would have been a few years ago, as Lyft’s current market valuation has dropped to $4 billion, down from around $14 billion at the end of 2019.

Risher said in a prepared statement that he was “gobsmacked” when asked about becoming Lyft’s CEO and that he is now “prepared to take this business to new levels of success.”

Risher was hired as Amazon’s 37th employee and proved so valuable to the Seattle company that when he departed, its founder, Jeff Bezos, issued a thank you statement thanking Risher for helping to develop a company that “is all about working hard, having fun, and making history.”

With consumers reducing their e-commerce purchases due to the epidemic, Amazon has announced 27,000 layoffs since late last year.

Risker founded Worldreader, a San Francisco organization that teaches young children to read.

Uber, also based in San Francisco, experienced a considerably more traumatic leadership transition in 2017 when its co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced out in a high-profile power struggle that was depicted last year in a Showtime TV series. Dara Khosrowshahi, the company’s new CEO, has been attempting to transform Uber into the transportation equivalent of Amazon.




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Strike Over Pay Paralyzes Rail, Air Travel In Germany



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BERLIN — Trains, aircraft, and public transportation systems were grounded across most of Germany on Monday as labor unions launched a big one-day strike over pay to obtain inflation-busting raises for their members.

The 24-hour strike, one of the country’s largest in decades, also impacted cargo movement by train and ship as workers at the country’s ports and waterways joined the strike.

Many commuters chose to travel to work, generating some traffic delays, while those who could work from home did so.

Unions are seeking a 10.5% pay increase and have rejected employer offers of approximately 5% over two years plus one-time bonuses.

According to Ulrich Silberbach of the Civil Service Federation, high inflation observed everywhere last year affected many workers hard.

“We have seen a drop in real wages, which needs to be balanced,” he told reporters in Berlin, adding that some of his union’s members in major cities must request public assistance to pay their rent.

Silberbach expressed hope that employers will raise their offer in the next discussions or that unions would be forced to consider an open-ended strike.

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Three days of talks are scheduled between the two sides.

His EVG train union colleague Martin Burkert noted that workers’ salaries are a fraction of some senior executives’ salaries.

However, Deutsche Bahn dismissed the union’s proposals as overblown and warned that millions of commuters would be affected.

“Thousands of companies that normally send or receive goods by rail will also suffer,” said Achim Strauss, a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn. “In the end, the environment and the climate will suffer.” The oil companies are today’s winners.”

He said that train tickets that couldn’t be used because of the disruption would remain valid, and travelers should check the company’s website for updates.

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The strike caused inconvenience and delays Sunday.

Three days of talks are scheduled between the two sides. Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, representing the federal government in the talks, said her side would be “tough but fair and constructive” in the discussions.

Faeser expressed confidence that a satisfactory solution may be found.

Labor strikes are common in Germany, and they usually conclude with a compromise agreement reached between unions and employers.

The strike caused inconvenience and delays Sunday as travelers hurried to reach their destinations early.



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