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Trump Believes He ‘Made’ DeSantis Into a Star, Wants More Appreciation: Report

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  • Trump thinks he “made” DeSantis into a GOP star and says he could show more appreciation, per CNN.
  • The former president isn’t thrilled that DeSantis won’t publicly dismiss a 2024 campaign if he runs.
  • The Florida governor, who has seen his stock soar among GOP voters nationwide, is running for reelection in 2022.

In late 2017, then-President Donald Trump endorsed the fledgling gubernatorial campaign of then-Rep. Ron DeSantis, pitting the largely unknown Florida congressman against then-state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who many Republicans expected to easily capture the nomination.

However, when the GOP primary votes were tallied in August 2018, DeSantis would end up defeating Putnam by nearly 20 percentage points.

There was no question that Trump, who by then had become the most important kingmaker in Republican politics, helped launch DeSantis into the political stratosphere in one of the most important swing states in the country.

DeSantis went on to narrowly win the general election over then-Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, and after Trump’s electoral defeat last fall, the governor has become one of the top potential 2024 presidential candidates among Republicans.

But there’s one big hurdle — Trump.

As the former president teases a 2024 presidential bid, he’s still overwhelmingly in control of the GOP party apparatus — and according to a CNN report, he wants DeSantis to give him more credit for a political rise that has made the Florida politician a household name among Republicans across the country.

DeSantis has been praised by Republicans for his hands-off approach in battling the coronavirus in Florida and his vehement opposition to vaccine mandates and masks for children in K-12 public schools.

Trump, who resides at his Mar-a-Lago club in South Florida, has clearly observed the political chatter, with the former president reportedly becoming “more obsessed” with “receiving credit” for the ascent of DeSantis, according to CNN.

Trump has been open about considering DeSantis as a potential vice presidential running mate in 2024, but in recent weeks, the former president has also said that there are “a lot of good people” to consider.

The former president also said that he would “beat” DeSantis in a GOP primary if the governor decided to throw his hat in the ring.

“It’s not that Trump is complaining about Ron … but he likes to remind Ron and others that he made him,” according to an individual close to Trump who spoke with CNN.

The individual added that Trump has informed people in his orbit that the Florida governor could show more appreciation.

Politico first reported last week on an emerging tension in the relationship between the two Republicans.

In a statement to CNN, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich made note of the former president’s political chops as it pertained to DeSantis, writing that the former president “paved the way for Republicans, including Governor Ron DeSantis, to sweep the state in 2022” and suggested that he “catapulted” the governor “into the Governor’s Mansion” with his seal of approval in the 2018 GOP primary.

“President Trump remains committed and supportive of Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been a champion for President Trump’s America First agenda,” Budowich added.

However, despite the niceties, and the continued communication between the two men, Trump is “increasingly irritated” that DeSantis won’t shut down a 2024 presidential run if the former president launched his own bid, according to CNN.

Two individuals with knowledge of the situation said that the governor informed Trump that he has no plans to run against him in a GOP primary, but the former president reportedly will not be pleased until DeSantis publicly makes the pronouncement, according to the network.

“I don’t think Trump appreciates the conundrum DeSantis is in. He wants him to say, ‘I won’t run,’ but DeSantis isn’t going to weigh in like that,” a former Trump aide told CNN, pointing to the governor’s reelection bid next year.

“It’s a very smart view. Until you get reelected, don’t start to have a conversation about 2024. If you’re trying to ask people for your vote and you’re leaning into presidential speculation, it makes it a lot harder,” the aide added.

DeSantis has previously swatted away 2024 political talk as “nonsense” and officially filed to run for reelection as governor earlier this month.

“I’m not considering anything beyond doing my job,” the governor told Fox News host Sean Hannity in September.

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‘West Side Story’ cast on Stephen Sondheim’s film ‘blessing’

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Stephen Sondheim’s immense impact on the world of musical theater was felt at the New York premiere of Steven Spielberg’s version of the composer’s “West Side Story” on Monday night.

The movie’s cast and crew shared their memories of the Broadway luminary, who died last Friday at 91 — and who spent his final days watching his magnum opus once again come to life on the silver screen.

“[In] one of the last messages I received from him, he just gushed over the film,” Justin Peck, the New York City Ballet’s resident choreographer, told Page Six.

“Stephen said to me, ‘On behalf of the original authors, we’re so proud of what this film is, and I’m so happy that it’s been made.’ That was all the feedback I ever needed … I know that he was happy with the film.”

Stephen Sondheim attends the 2019 American Songbook Gala
Sondheim, who was considered one of the most important figures of musical theater, died at his Roxbury, Connecticut, home.
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Rita Moreno, who appeared in the original 1961 film as Anita, said she felt “privileged” to have been “in the same generation as him.”

“I’m just so glad he was able to attend our recording sessions,” the actress, who appears in a new role in Spielberg’s adaptation, told Page Six.

Justin Peck and Patricia Delgado on the red carpet.
Choreographer Justin Peck and his wife, associate choreographer Patricia Delgado, reflected on their time working with Sondheim.
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Associate choreographer Patricia Delgado said the famed composer and lyricist’s “powerful” presence could be felt as the cast and crew gathered at the premiere.

“He was really the only one alive [from the original film] to give us his blessing,” she said. “He’s contributed so much to all of us already that he lives in us.”

Rachel Zegler on the red carpet.
Zegler stunned on the red carpet at the New York premiere, revealing Sondheim was the “reason” she pursued a career in musical theater.
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The film’s breakout star, 20-year-old Rachel Zegler, who is taking on the role of Maria, also cited Sondheim as the “reason [she] got into musical theater.”

“Getting to share a room with him, getting to talk to him and tell him how much he’s meant to me throughout my entire life is something they can never take away from me,” she said.

Rita Moreno on the red carpet.
EGOT winner Rita Moreno will appear in a new role in the film, 60 years after her star-making turn as Anita.
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Zegler stars opposite Ansel Elgort’s Tony in the film, which arrives in theaters Dec. 10. Their characters’ ill-fated love story, based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” ignites the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, rival street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

While the 1961 movie featured white actors like Natalie Wood in roles such as Maria, who is Puerto Rican, Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner cast Hispanic actors in all Latino roles.

A still from "West Side Story."
The film will be released in cinemas nationwide on December 10, just weeks after Sondheim’s death.
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“Both Tony and Steven made an absolute point that Latino [actors] were going to play Latinos,” Moreno said, noting how “grateful” she was that Kushner created a new role in the film especially for her.

“I’m just thrilled to be a piece of this yet again. I owe it all to Tony Kushner for making a new character for me in an iconic movie … we really have become dear and close friends, he’s a genius.”

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Deathloop Game Update 3: Release Date, Patch Notes, Gameplay, Bug Fixes And More

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Deathloop Game Update 3 is expected to be launched next as the developers attempt to make some minor changes to ensure that the gameplay runs as smooth as possible.

Bethesda have received huge praise following the successful launch of their all-new first-person shooter, and rightly so, thanks to the unique storyline and interesting characters that the game possesses.

As a result, Deathloop is up for a number of awards, including six Golden Joystick Awards and walked away with the prize of the Critic’s Choice Award (via Gamesradar).

Read more: Deathloop Nominated For Six Golden Joysticks Awards – Including Game Of The Year

Despite this Bethesda have not rested on their laurels and have added a couple of patches so far – and are set to add a third.

Enough talk! Scroll down to find out everything we know about Deathloop Game Update 3 so far:


Release Date

Deathloop Update 3

At the time of writing, we are yet to receive confirmation regarding when Bethesda will be launching Game Update 3.

Similar to EA, no warning is given before release and it is unlikely that it will be the case with Update 3 either.

However, fear not! This could change – in which case we will update this section of the article as soon as more details are revealed in the coming days and weeks. So, stick with us and stay tuned!


Patch Notes

As mentioned above, the patch notes for Deathloop Game Update 3 are yet to be announced and a comprehensive list, as well as the sections below, will be filled out in their entirety once they have been confirmed by Bethesda. Keep your eyes peeled!


Gameplay

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Bug Fixes

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Click on the links below to look back on all of the patches that have been added to Deathloop so far:


You can find all of the latest Deathloop News and everything Gaming related right here at GiveMeSport.


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Manchin Noncommittal on Renewing Biden Child Tax Credit Flowing to West Virginians

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  • Sen. Joe Manchin is noncommittal on extending the child tax credit.
  • On Tuesday, he told Insider “everybody’s still talking and working. It’s a work in progress.”
  • Millions of children are receiving the CTC, hundreds of thousands of them in Manchin’s home state.

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On Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia didn’t commit to approving the one-year child tax credit expansion as it’s laid out in the $2 trillion House-approved social spending package. It raises the prospect of further changes to the proposed cash benefit.

“Everybody’s still talking,” Manchin told Insider. “Everybody’s still talking and working. It’s a work in progress.”

He’d previously pushed for a work requirement as a condition to receiving the federal help.

Manchin’s noncommittal approach to the benefit underscores the potential adjustments to the House legislation now traveling through the evenly divided Senate. House Democrats approved the sprawling climate, health, and childcare package which contains the bulk of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda on November 19. Now all 50 Senate Democrats must coalesce around the package so it can clear the upper chamber.

Around $190 billion is set aside to renew the bulked-up child tax credit. It’s reached tens of millions of children in the form of monthly payments since July, including many in Manchin’s home state. Over 346,000 West Virginian kids have qualified for the aid, per the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

It provides up to $300 a month per child age 5 and under, or $3,600 annually. For children between ages 6 and 17, families can receive $250 each month, or $3,000 yearly. And it would lock in the ability for the vast majority of American families to tap into the aid every month, regardless of whether they file taxes.

Experts and advocates say the measure has played a critical role in cutting child poverty. An August analysis from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University indicated the child poverty rate dropped to 12% from 16% after the first checks went out. That amounts to three million kids that no longer live below the poverty line.

“It’s kind of a breakthrough idea here in Washington that we should just increase their financial resources to lift them out of poverty, and it’s working,” Andy Boardman, a research assistant at the nonpartisan Urban Institute, said in an interview. “We’re seeing poverty is down among families who are receiving the child tax credit, food insecurity is down. So it’s been hugely, hugely impactful.”

It’s also helped families buy school supplies, cover rent, and put food on the table, Insider previously reported.

The Biden administration has aggressively touted the child tax credit in recent months. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called the sharp drop in food insecurity among families “a profound economic and moral victory for the country” at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

The child allowance has virtually no support among Republican lawmakers. Some like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell assailed it as a “welfare deposit.” The last monthly payment is set to go out on December 15, and 35 million families could be deprived of aid if Congress doesn’t step in.

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