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Seven Republican presidential hopefuls made their case for the GOP nomination at last night’s debate in California. The candidates spent the evening attacking each other and Donald Trump, who was not present. Here are six key takeaways.
From left: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, former New Jersey Gov. Doug Burgum is a former New Jersey governor. Chris Christie, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with entrepreneur Vivek RAMASWAMY, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and former Vice President Mike Pence at a debate sponsored by FOX Business & Univision on Wednesday, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, Calif.

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From left: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, former New Jersey Gov. Doug Burgum is a former New Jersey governor. Chris Christie, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with entrepreneur Vivek RAMASWAMY, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and former Vice President Mike Pence at a debate sponsored by FOX Business & Univision on Wednesday, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, Calif.

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Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben, says that the debate was chaotic. There were several meme-worthy moments and a lot bickering. Kurtzleben told

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she did not see any standout candidate and Republican voters left without clarity about the candidates’ policies. The House Oversight Committee will hold its first hearing on President Biden’s impeachment investigation today. Members of both parties are fighting over spending bills, and the threat of a shutdown is looming. The committee’s focus is on Hunter, the son of the president, and his dealings in business. The committee alleges that Hunter exploited Biden’s name, and Biden was aware of it before he became president. Claudia Grisales of NPR says it could be a long day as the committee rehashes the evidence. She spoke with Committee Chairman James Comer who stated that the media had been misrepresenting their claims. Democrats are expected to argue that Republicans haven’t connected the dots between the president and his son, and the hearing is distracting from the government shutdown threat.

Travis King, the American soldier

  • who crossed the border into North Korea in July, has been transferred into U.S. custody and is on his way home, according to U.S. officials. NPR reports that a Defense Department official is on his way to a Texas military hospital. According to the International Energy Agency, countries are setting records in deploying climate-friendly technologies. There could also be a pathway toward zero emissions by 2050. This optimistic message is a step up from the 2021 report of the International Energy Agency. However, it also shows that the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy will have to speed up even more in the coming decade.Picture showWinnie-the-Pooh: The Deforested Edition is a word-for-word republishing of the A.A. Milne classic, with one arresting change: all of the trees have been cut down.

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Winnie-the-Pooh: The Deforested Edition is a word-for-word republishing of the A.A. Milne classic, with one arresting change: all of the trees have been cut down.

Who Gives a Crap

Oh bother! Where are the trees? Toilet paper company Who Gives A Crap reimagined A.A. Milne’s classic Winnie the Pooh with illustrations showing all the trees cut down. Winnie-the-Pooh: Deforested Edition aims to spark conversation between parents and children about how daily habits affect the environment, according to Danny Alexander, the company’s co-founder.

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and learn why deforestation is more complex than it appears.

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Fiber is an important dietary super hero , but Americans don’t eat enough of it. Diets high in fiber are linked to lower risks of obesity, diabetes type 2, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers. It can also help you stay regular and keep your gut healthy. NPR’s
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offers these expert tips to help you add more fiber into your diet. Add avocado to salads, chia seeds in yogurt and popcorn as snacks. Don’t forget to check the freezer aisle. Frozen berries are cheaper and tend to last longer. Start slowly and drink lots of water. This will allow your digestive tract to adjust to the fiber if you are not used to eating a lot.
Donna Kelce wearing the No. 87 jersey of her son Travis. Taylor Swift and the 87 jersey are seen at the Kansas City Chiefs vs Chicago Bears game in Kansas City, Missouri. Swift’s appearance at the game boosted sales of Kelce’s jersey.

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Donna Kelly, wearing the No. 87 jersey of her son Travis. Taylor Swift and the 87 jersey are seen at the Kansas City Chiefs vs Chicago Bears game in Kansas City, Missouri. Swift’s appearance at the game boosted sales of Kelce’s jersey.

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce saw sales of his jersey spike nearly 400% after Taylor Swift attended a game and sat with his mom on Sunday.Biden’s dog Commander has bitten another Secret Service officer. The German Shepherd is known to be responsible for biting agents ten times between October 2022 and January 2023. A woman aged 85 is suing McDonald’s. The woman claims workers were negligent for not securing the lid of her coffee cup, causing coffee to spill, and burning her stomach, groin, and leg. This incident has renewed interest in a 1994 lawsuit.

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Various kinds of vegan protein sources on beige background. Set of food supplements. Gluten free cereals as ground hemp seeds, quinoa. Nuts and legumes (green mung beans, chick-pea, red lentil, kidney bean, almonds, hazelnuts). Flat lay, top view

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Various kinds of vegan protein sources on beige background. Set of food supplements. Gluten free cereals as ground hemp seeds, quinoa. Nuts and legumes (green mung beans, chick-pea, red lentil, kidney bean, almonds, hazelnuts). Flat lay, top view

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