Up First briefing: GOP debate, Trump to surrender, Russia plane crash mystery

The first GOP debate of the 2024 race saw candidates discussing divisive topics, and former President Donald Trump is expected to surrender to Georgia’s Fulton County jail over 13 felony counts.

Key moments from the GOP debate: Eight Republican presidential candidates debated in Milwaukee, with abortion and Ukraine among the contentious issues.
* Candidates were divided on the issue of abortion, with some, including former Vice President Mike Pence, advocating for a federal ban.
* Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and Pence strongly supported continued funding to Ukraine, while Vivek Ramaswamy suggested the U.S. stop spending money on Ukraine.

Trump’s surrender: Former President Donald Trump is expected to surrender at Georgia’s Fulton County jail, facing 13 felony counts in Georgia relating to efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 presidential election result.
* Several of his 18 co-defendants, including lawyer Rudy Giuliani, have already surrendered.
* Trump’s bond condition restricts his use of social media, and his mugshot is likely to gain social media attention.

Personal stories: Lahaina residents are supporting each other after wildfires devastated their homes, with some welcoming large extended families onto their properties.
* Author Vanessa Zoltan discusses her grandparents surviving the Holocaust, and how that shaped her own spirituality.

Interesting facts: Unrelated to the main news, three interesting snippets are shared.
* Over 6,000 antisocial octopuses have gathered off the California coast around an extinct underwater volcano.
* India successfully landed a spacecraft near the moon’s south pole.
* A new Illinois law aims to protect the privacy of child influencers featured in online content.

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