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A supersize calendar helps busy families get it done

April 15, 2024

The mental math of modern parenting—Can you drive child A to soccer practice before child B needs to be picked up from the orthodontist, with a stop at the pet store, leaving enough time to make a healthy dinner?—has a new ally called the Skylight Calendar Max, reports The Wall Street Journal.

At first glance, it looks similar to Skylight’s popular digital picture frames, which the Journal’s section, Buy Side has tested and recommendsbut it’s actually an extremely useful household organizer you can operate via its touch screen or accompanying app. Share calendar entries, make grocery lists, assign and check off

Now that Journal writer Leslie Yazel has tested this tool, she says, “It’s stressful to see households relying on paper calendars with their collage of scribbled chore lists, ALLCAPS reminders and shadings of grocery items under a wash of coffee drips and corn-flake milk. (I’ve been known to take an iPhone photo of a paper grocery list myself, so no judgment here.)

Yazel says, “If a Skylight Frame is within your budget, it promises to make many aspects of a busy life easier—you may even be able to nag your kids less. I know, right?”

The new, larger 27-inch Max can be wall-mounted portrait or landscape, so you don’t have to worry about it being knocked off a counter. Plus, you can hang it where younger kids can see it and use its touch screen to mark chores as finished. It also has a higher resolution at 2560 x 1440. And its new rounded corners and shadow box option are nice design upgrades that make it seem less dutiful and more decor.

And while Yazel says she is nostalgic “for my days as a singleton, when I just used a charming paper daily planner,” she raves that “the Max is simple to use. Set up took about 15 minutes and it was easier to connect it to Wi-Fi than even my fancy Dyson air purifier. Invite everyone in the family to download the app and sync their calendars—also fast and easy—and see everyone’s schedule at once with color coding.”

Now, your smart-phone-wielding teen can’t say that he or she didn’t know it was his or her turn to take out the garbage—especially if they have push notifications turned on.

Meanwhile, younger kids can check the mounted touch screen and see their chores by color and have the satisfaction of marking them done when finished. You can even add emojis to help early readers: a bed for making the bed, etc.

And if you don’t have the energy to holler at a kid to do their chores? It’s rather satisfying to make an exaggerated, sarcastic-yet-silent sweeping gesture toward the calendar to get your point across.

One important note: If you’re hoping to also use your Skylight Calendar Max as a digital picture frame, there is an annual subscription fee of $40. That can add up over the years. Skylight has a promotion on now with $30 off when you purchase the Max and a year of its subscription Plus Plan.

If your family is big into kids’ team sports, with practices in various coach-selected apps, the Max should be compatible with sports calendars that publish an ICS URL. A Skylight spokesperson says the company “is exploring making the integrations even easier within our app.” For any app or calendar that isn’t compatible, Skylight notes that its Magic Import feature—the only calendar feature that requires its subscription plan—“allows parents to convert PDFs and screenshots of calendar views into events” on the Max calendar.

After running into a mom with a half-dozen kids in a blended family who uses a Skylight Calendar, I got this pro tip: Consider buying an additional Skylight Calendar—they come in 15-inch and 10-inch sizes—for the grandparents. This can cut down on calls or texts each week asking when baseball games start or where dance recitals are taking place. You can also add the subscription fee and load it up with photos of any events they may miss. Perhaps a worth-it price for keeping extended family happy and feeling in the loop.

Research contact: @WSJ

U.S. Postal Service picks UPS to move air cargo—sacking FedEx

April 2, 2024

The U.S. Postal Service has tapped United Parcel Service as its primary partner for moving cargo by air—replacing FedEx, which had provided the service for more than 20 years, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The USPS and FedEx had been in talks to extend the contract, but were unable to reach an agreement, FedEx said on Monday, April 1. The four-year contract ending in September covers domestic air transportation for First-Class Mail, Priority Mail Express, and Priority Mail.

The USPS had been FedEx Express’s largest customer. In recent years, the USPS contract became a drag on FedEx’s earnings. FedEx Chief Customer Officer Brie Carere said as recently as last month that the company was making progress on renegotiating the contract on more favorable terms.

“Over time, our respective strategies have shifted as we transform our networks and operations for the future,” said a FedEx spokesperson. “We have long said we would extend the contract with the USPS if we could agree to commercial terms in the best interests of FedEx shareholders.”

She added that FedEx will eliminate structural costs in place to support the contract after it ends.

In turn, UPS has confirmed that it has signed an agreement with the USPS—but has declined to say how long the contract will last.

The Postal Service has been restructuring its operations including closing facilities and diverting more parcels to be delivered by truck instead of by plane. In August, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said that the Postal Service would save around $1 billion in its annual air transportation costs by moving mail and packages to its ground transportation network. USPS said more than 95% of its First-Class Mail and First-Class packages are moved by its ground network.

USPS has said that, in the past 20 years, the use of First-Class Mail has declined amid a rise in digital communications—but a rise in e-commerce meant it sees more parcels in its network. For the fiscal year ended September, USPS said its expenses for air transportation fell 16% from the prior year to $3.1 billion. It doesn’t own or operate any planes.

FedEx has been retooling operations in a bid to cut costs and simplify its network. The Memphis, Tennessee-based company has been slashing billions in costs—parking planes and laying off workers, spurred in part by an industry downturn in delivery volume. FedEx also is combining its Express and Ground delivery units—changing a decades-old operating structure.

Research contact: @WSJ

When junior heads to college, helicopter parents turn to empty-nest coaches

March 7, 2024

Kenny Hayslett recalls bittersweet feelings when his oldest child left for college. But he didn’t expect the profound sadness when his middle child said goodbye last year.

“They all sting, but this one hurt,” the 56-year-old says.

Helicopter parents get accustomed to tracking their children’s every move via smartphone, keeping activities tightly scheduled, scrutinizing homework and grades, exchanging miles of texts. For a certain cohort of hands-on parents, getting their teens into college marks the finish line. Then comes the coup de grâce: Bye, Mom! Bye, Dad! See you at Thanksgiving!

The kids are fine. It’s parents who need help, reports The Wall Street Journal. The exit of high-school seniors leaves many feeling like “they’re being fired from a job they’ve had for 18 years,” says Jason Ramsden. He has made a name for himself on TikTok as The Empty Nest Coach.

“Even though you know it’s coming to an end, it is such a shock,” comments Ramsden, who ushered his last child out the door a little more than two years ago.

Empty-nest coaching is a growing livelihood—with training certification, support groups and $250-an-hour private-counseling sessions. Demand is driven by parents who feel an emotional and logistical vacuum after years of shepherding children from one moment to the next.

TikTok’s algorithm—sensing Hayslett’s pain when his second child left for college last year—served one of Ramsden’s empty-nester videos. Hayslett, of Clearwater, Florida, says he felt like “this dude is talking right to me. I can’t believe this is a thing.” He paid Ramsden $2,000 for weekly videoconferences over about three months before Camden left for college.

Like other things no longer taboo—from getting fired to not wearing pants—empty-nesters want to talk about their struggle.

Ramsden has drawn more than 50,000 subscribers to his TikTok account since becoming a certified coach in 2022. Elsewhere on the internet, the

Facebook group Empty Nest Moms has more than 12,000 members seeking guidance and assurance from others in the same emptied boat.

The Inspired Empty Nest—an online community started by empty-nester Bobbi Chegwyn—offers to connect local parents seeking to commiserate about the sudden silence at home.

Worried about missing family life, Hayslett switched careers and became a real-estate agent after the birth of his first child so he wouldn’t have to travel for work. Over the years, Hayslett coached flag football, helped with homework, and treated each of his three children to one-on-one trips.

Hayslett was a pole vaulter in college and coached his second son, Camden, when the boy took up the sport in seventh grade. In high school, Hayslett volunteered to coach track. With his youngest child, Kate, a high-school senior, now on the launchpad, he plans to circle back to Ramsden.

“I’ll be looking him up again,” said Hayslett, “since we’re going through this again.” He and Kate took many trips to Manhattan, he said, visiting the American Girl store when she was a child and Broadway shows as she got older. Next fall, he and his wife will be true empty-nesters.

Executive and life coaching were popular specialties when Valorie Burton, CEO of the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute in Atlanta, began in 2002. In past years, she says, coaching services have widened to people going through a divorce or career change. Training can last a weekend or as long as six months, teaching coaches to help clients set goals and carry them out.

Empty-nesters get plenty of unsolicited advice from friends and family: Get a job. Get a hobby. Get a life. Empty-nest coaches say such suggestions aren’t helpful first steps.

“They need to grieve,” said empty-nest coach Natalie Caine. She became a $250-an-hour certified coach in Los Angeles following her own entry into empty-nesthood 15 years ago. “I get asked all the time,” Caine said, “ ‘Do other parents feel like this?’ ”

Christine Oakfield, who has a podcast called Your Empty Nest Coach, says many of her clients have focused on raising their children “to a point where they have no idea who they are. Their whole identity is their kids.”

Camden Hayslett says he wasn’t surprised his father was sad about him leaving for college. The only time he ever saw him cry was when the family said goodbye to his older brother after they dropped him at school. What he didn’t see coming was his dad hiring an empty-nest coach.

Camden thinks it has helped. It doesn’t hurt that he talks with dad every day. “That’s something that makes him feel more in the loop,” he said.

Research contact: @WSJ

Over-the-counter birth control pill to be available within weeks on retail shelves

March 5, 2024

Birth control pills will be available without a prescription on retail shelves for the first time ever in the United States this month, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The over-the-counter (OTC) contraceptive pills—branded as Opill and made by health-product company Perrigosoon will become the most effective birth-control method available without a doctor’s visit.

The drug represents a milestone that reproductive activists have pursued for decades—and comes as women’s fertility is at the center of a national conversation on abortion and in vitro fertilization

Walgreens and CVS have said they will offer the abortion pill mifepristone by later this month. “Opill will be available at CVS.com and through the CVS Pharmacy app in late March,” spokesperson Matt Blanchette wrote in an email on Friday, March 1.

“This is a[n] historic breakthrough,” said Dana Singiser, co-founder of the nonprofit Contraceptive Access Initiative, which supported the Food and Drug Administration’s OTC approval of the pill last year. “Without a prescription this becomes a game changer for people who can’t afford to go to doctor’s visits or hourly workers who need to take time off to schedule appointments.”

Dublin-based Perrigo has shipped its Opill to major U.S. retailers and expects it to be widely available by the end of the month. The company said it would sell a one-month pack for $19.99 and a three-month pack for $49.99.

Opill, which uses the hormone progestin to suppress ovulation, was shown to be 98% effective at preventing pregnancy when used as directed, beating out other over-the-counter methods, such as condoms and spermicide. Other prescription methods that require a doctor’s visit, such as intrauterine devices, are more effective.

Perrigo also will sell its product on its website, including a six-month pack for $89.99. The company said it would ship the pills in discreet packaging to online buyers.

Research contact: @WSJ

Wendy’s makes it clear after backlash: No surge pricing

March 1, 2024

Wendy’s won’t be beefing up the price of a lunchtime burger after getting salty feedback, reports The Wall Street Journal.

On a mid-February earnings call, the fast-food chain’s new CEO Kirk Tanner said Wendy’s would “begin testing more enhanced features like dynamic pricing” as early as next year. To do so, Wendy’s was investing about $20 million to roll out artificial intelligence-enabled digital menu boards in U.S. restaurants; and $10 million to support such efforts globally, he said.

The dynamic-pricing detail didn’t catch much attention at the time. But about two weeks later, the headlines started, comparing Wendy’s strategy to that of Uber. The ride-hailing company is known for its surge-pricing strategy, when prices rise due to heavy demand.

On social media, people poked fun at the chain and complained about paying sky-high rates at lunchtime for a burger. People even jokingly raised the prospect of arbitrage trading—a market strategy of profiting off tiny differences in the price of an asset.

“Engaging in burger arbitrage by buying burgers when cheap and then reselling at below peak Wendys prices during the lunch rush,” said one post on X.

Politicians got involved in the commentary. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, said Wendy’s plan was “price gouging plain and simple.”

Dynamic pricing often entails charging higher rates at times of high demand, and such strategies are commonplace in many industries. Airlines and gas stations have long used it. In recent years, it became more widespread among retailers as a response to higher costs. The practice has even crept into gyms, golf courses, and bowling alleys.

Sometimes consumers push back. When AMC Entertainment  started charging more for the best seats in theaters during prime viewing times, some moviegoers complained. The theater company reversed course months later.

Wendy’s—which has been facing sluggish comparable-sales growth in the U.S.A.—scrambled to course-correct. It posted a statement on its website on Tuesday, February 27l,  saying its dynamic-pricing plan has been misconstrued, and it wouldn’t raise prices at the busiest times.

Instead, Wendy’s pointed to better deals for customers. It said new digital menus could allow it to change menu items during the day and offer discounts, particularly at slower times.

On Wednesday, the company specifically disavowed surge pricing. “We didn’t use that phrase, nor do we plan to implement that practice,” Wendy’s said.

Research contact: @WSJ

New study shows how to quit Ozempic and avoid rebound weight gain

February 28, 2024

After helping countless Hollywood stars shrink in size, Ozempic has been heralded as the weight-loss miracle for which many have been waiting their whole lives. Of course, when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. As Ozempic and other similar medications have risen in fame, some patients have noted that the medicine eventually stops working for weight loss, while fitness personality Jillian Michaels has warned that it makes you a “prisoner for life.”

But now, a new study is showing that it may be possible to quit Ozempic and still keep the weight off, reports Best Life.

Over the past year, people nationwide. have gotten prescriptions for GLP-1 medications like Ozempic, Wegovy, Zepbound, and Mounjaro, for weight loss. (Some of these drugs are approved to treat obesity, while others are diabetes drugs prescribed off-label.) Amid the skyrocketing demand for these medications, employer-health plans have started tightening requirements or dropping coverage—and that has created a concerning predicament for patients who can no longer afford the medication, but are worried about regaining the weight they’ve lost, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

Christine Haywood, a 41-year-old resident of Long Beach, California, told the newspaper that she had lost about 60 pounds after a year on her GLP-1 medication. But when she stopped taking it in the fall because her manufacturer savings card had expired, she regained 8 to 10 pounds in a month and a half.

“I went into a panic, and during that time it was like my body was spiraling,” she said, noting that she has since gotten insurance approval for Wegovy and has re-lost the weight. “I had all this success. Now what if I just go backwards?”

This is not a unique or unfounded fear. A 2022 study funded by Ozempic- and Wegovy-maker Novo Nordisk found that patients regained two-thirds of the weight they had lost on the drugs just one year after they stopped taking semaglutide injections.

“GLP-1 medications [such as Ozempic and Wegovy] work in part by suppressing appetite,” William Dixon, MD, physician, clinical assistant professor at Stanford University, and the co-founder of Signos, previously explained to Best Life. “People who stop the medicine sometimes feel like their appetite comes roaring back—a double effect with hormonal changes due to weight loss.”

But a new study published on February 19 in the eClinicalMedicine journal is proving that not everyone is doomed to gain weight back after they stop taking their medication.

The study, which was led by experts at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, involved a randomized controlled trial of 109 adults with obesity. The participants were randomly split into four groups. One of the groups was given liraglutide—a type of GLP-1 drug similar to semaglutide—injections for a year. Another group was also given liraglutide injections for a year, but was assigned a moderate-to-vigorous monitored exercise plan for two hours a week during the trial.

Neither of the last two groups was given weight-loss injections, but one underwent a supervised exercise plan similar to the second group, while the final group underwent no specific weight-loss plan.

A year after the trial was concluded, researchers checked up on all of the groups to see how they were managing their weight on their own. They found that the group who had only taken liraglutide injections ended up regaining about two-thirds of their initial weight loss, which is in line with what Novo Nordisk’s study found.

On the other hand, those who were given both injections and an exercise plan during the trial fared the best overall. Many of the patients in this group were able to maintain a weight loss of at least 10% of their initial body weight one year after the trial was over, according to the study.

“It is actually possible to stop taking the medication without large weight regain, if you follow a structured exercise regimen,” Signe Sørensen Torekov, PhD, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences who led the new study, said in a statement.

“Our study offers new hope, as we have shown that the majority of those who take weight loss medication and exercise regularly are able to maintain the beneficial effects a year after treatment termination.”

Research contact: @bestlife

ESPN, Fox, and Warner team up to create sports streaming platform

February 8, 2024

ESPN, Fox, and Warner Bros./Discovery are teaming up to create a supersize sports-streaming service that will offer content from all major leagues—a deal that will reshape the sports and media landscape, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The as-yet-unnamed service will be offered directly to consumers, who will be able to stream all of these companies’ sports content, the companies said in a statement, following a report in the Journal about the new venture.

Each of the companies will have one-third ownership of the new service, which is expected to launch in the fall. The companies didn’t announce pricing.

The chief executives of Fox, Warner Bros. /Discovery, and Disney—ESPN’s majority owner—said the new offering would increase choice for fans and give a new sports-centric service to those who have cut the cord to traditional pay-TV.

The deal marks a milestone in the growth of the streaming industry and could accelerate consumers’ shift away from cable TV. Sports has long been the key attraction of cable, the glue holding the old-school “bundle” together.

Media companies have been hesitant to offer their most-valuable sports properties—such as National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball games—outside the high-price traditional cable package, which has made watching sports exclusively on streaming platforms particularly complex.

Now, as pay television’s decline accelerates because of cord-cutting, companies such as ESPN, Warner, and Fox are seeing the writing on the wall and shifting their bets to the streaming world, as the creation of the new venture shows.

For Disney, the partnership with other networks adds to an array of strategic options that the company has explored for ESPN. Disney is still looking for a potential strategic partner or investor and will maintain a plan to offer a stand-alone ESPN streaming app for those who don’t want the all-in-one bundle from the three companies, people close to the situation said.

There are risks to the tie-up. Disney knows as well as any the perils of a joint venture in media. It is now in the middle of trying to end its joint ownership of Hulu  by buying out its partner, Comcast, after years of difficulties.

Also, the new service won’t include content from Paramount Global’s CBS or Comcast’s NBCUniversal.

Citi analysts expect the new service to encompass about 55% of U.S. sports rights, according to a note published on Tuesday, February 6.

A chief executive for the venture is expected to be named in the coming weeks, people familiar with the matter said. While no price tag has been set, it is expected to be significantly lower than the typical cable bundle, which often can run north of $100 a month.

The leagues weren’t informed of the talks to create the new sports-streaming platform, people familiar with the matter said.

The new service comes as ESPN and Warner Bros. Discovery’s TNT are both renegotiating their rights packages with the NBA, one of their most valuable assets. Some experts expect the NBA to command three times its last deal, which would mean a deal of about $78 billion over a decade.

Research contact: @WSJ

After big Tesla bet, Hertz is selling 33% of EV fleet

January 12, 2024

Hertz is selling about one-third of its global electric vehicle fleet—citing weaker demand for its electrified rentals, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The car-rental company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday, January 11, that it would use part of the proceeds from selling about 20,000 EVs in the United States to purchase internal-combustion-engine vehicles.

The move represents another setback for the auto industry, which has been moving aggressively to boost sales of electric vehicles, in part to meet stiffening environmental regulations around the world. It also marks a reversal for Hertz, which in 2021 bet on EVs with a 100,000-vehicle order from Tesla.

At the time, the deal propelled Tesla’s valuation over the $1 trillion mark. With shares recently around $233.94, Tesla had a market capitalization of nearly $750 billion.

Hertz said the sell-down would help it to better balance supply against anticipated EV demand from customers. The company will cut out an outsize portion of lower-margin rentals and cut down on high expenses associated with EVs, Hertz said in the filing.

Hertz’s website highlights models made by Tesla and Swedish EV startup Polestar as among those in its EV fleet. The rental-car firm also has faced higher repair costs on its EVs, and price cuts for Tesla cars have dented the value of its electrified fleet.

The car industry’s effort to sell consumers more broadly on EVs has run into some resistance lately as automakers have largely exhausted the pool of early adopters who tend to be willing to take a chance on new technology.

EV sales in the USA grew last year, but the pace has slowed—prompting many car companies to pullback on investment plans. Buyers remain hesitant to make the switch, worried there won’t be enough places to plug in or their travel will be too limited by battery range.

Hertz said it would log a $245 million incremental net depreciation expense related to the sale. The company said in the Thursday filing that it would still offer EVs to customers and was working to improve profitability on its remaining fleet, including by expanding charging infrastructure and working with EV makers to access more affordable parts.

Research contact: @WSJ

McCarthy says he will leave Congress at the end of the year

December 8, 2023

About two months after being ousted as Speaker, Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-California) said he would exit the House a year early. The former Speaker—who made history as the first to be ousted from that post—announced on Wednesday, December 6, that he would leave the House at the end December, but said he planned to remain engaged in Republican politics, reports The Hill.

McCarthy’s resignation—which he announced in an opinion essay in The Wall Street Journal—will bring to a close a 16-year stint in Congress in which he rose from a member of the self-proclaimed “Young Guns”—Republicans driving to build their party’s majority in the House— to the position second in line to the presidency.

It caps his spectacular downfall after just under nine months as Speaker, when the right-wing forces that he and other establishment Republicans harnessed to power their political victories ultimately rose up and ran him out.

“I will continue to recruit our country’s best and brightest to run for elected office,” McCarthy said in announcing his plans in the Journal. “The Republican Party is expanding every day, and I am committed to lending my experience to support the next generation of leaders.”

McCarthy’s early exit, while not unexpected, creates a headache for his successor, Speaker Mike Johnson, who is struggling to run the House with a slim and dwindling majority.

Many lawmakers already have announced that  they will depart the House, citing historic dysfunction. And while many of those departing members have said they plan to serve out their current terms, those plans can often change quickly when job offers begin to materialize and a nice life outside of Congress comes into focus.

McCarthy’s imminent departure, which he announced just days before California’s December 8 filing deadline to run for re-election, will shrink the already slim Republican majority. The party’s margin in the House fell to three seats from four with the expulsion of Representative George Santos (R-New York) last week.

That leaves almost no wiggle room for Johnson, who is already dealing with a revolt from the far right for working with Democrats to keep the government funded and faces another pair of shutdown deadlines in mid-January and early February.

Governor Gavin Newsom, Democrat of California, will have 14 days after McCarthy’s final day to call a special election to fill the seat; and by state law, the election has to take place about four months later.

For McCarthy, who has struggled to adjust to life as a rank-and-file lawmaker, the early departure holds nothing but upside. Former members are banned for one year after leaving Congress from lobbying their former colleagues. By resigning this month, McCarthy can start the clock on that delay from what promises to be lucrative work in the private sector a year earlier than he would have been able to if he served out his term.

Research contact: @thehill

Fox News to air DeSantis vs. Newsom debate on November 30

November 28, 2023

They aren’t running against each other. Still, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) will take their fiery feud to Fox News this week in a debate moderated by Sean Hannity—offering up a head-to-head that stretches the boundaries of traditional political programming, reports The Wall Street Journal.

After trading barbs in the media for more than a year over issues from COVID-era restrictions to immigration, DeSantis and Newsom are scheduled to face off for 90 minutes on Thursday, November 30, in Georgia.

In an interview with the Journal, Hannity—who came up with the idea—described Newsom and DeSantis as “two of the biggest, most interesting governors in the country and they have diametrically opposed political views, visions for how to run their states.”

Fox News and other cable networks air plenty of debates and town halls featuring candidates. Because Newsom and DeSantis aren’t running for the same job, the November 30 event is more akin to cable’s version of an Ultimate Fighting Championship bout for politicians—taking an interesting fight happening outside the core election race and putting a spotlight on it.

Just weeks ago, Vivek Ramaswamy, an entrepreneur who is vying for the Republican presidential nomination, debated Representative Ro Khanna (D- California) in New Hampshire. The debate covered topics including the economy, foreign affairs and climate change.

The two-person debate format comes in contrast with recent Republican primary debates, which featured a crowded field of candidates—but not the front-runner for the nomination, Donald Trump, who chose not to attend.

“Trump is very present by his absence in these debates,” said Jane Hall, a professor in the School of Communication at American University and the author of “Politics and the Media: Intersections and New Directions.”

DeSantis, who is vying for the Republican presidential nomination, has struggled to portray himself as a viable alternative to former President Donald Trump and is seeing former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley gain traction. Recent polls in Iowa—the first state to vote in the nomination battle—have shown DeSantis slightly ahead of Haley for second place, both well behind Trump.

For Newsom, the debate offers a chance to further establish himself as a leader of the Democratic Party on a national stage and position himself as a legitimate contender for the presidency down the line.

“It’s a chance to get a lot of viewership,” Hall said. “There’s an entertainment value in seeing people go after each other.”

In July, Hannity, a mainstay of Fox News’s prime-time lineup and the ratings leader in his time slot, held a town hall with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is now running for president as an Independent. He also said he would be eager to have more Democrats on his show.

Joe Biden, he’s at the top of the list. Kamala Harris, number two; Barack Obama’s number three,” said Hannity, who hasn’t asked any of them recently to appear on his show. “The odds of that happening are zero, zero, and zero.”

Research contact: @WSJ