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Pop singer Katy Perry has been forced to cancel her appearance and performance at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after China banned her from entering the country.

In another setback for this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Perry has been banned from entering China, where the annual show is being held this year, after trying to obtain a visa so she could perform.

According to Page Six, the “Roar” singer is barred from entering China after a 2015 performance in Taiwan, in which she wore sunflowers on her dress just after the flower had become a famous symbol for Taiwanese independence protesters. During the same performance, Perry went on to wave a Tawainese flag.

A source told Page Six that Perry had originally been able to obtain a visa to enter the communist country, but then had it pulled at the last minute.

“She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa,” a source said. “For every artist who wants to perform in China, officials comb through their social-media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country. Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter.”

Perry’s failure to attend the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show comes immediately after model Gigi Hadid reportedly failed to secure a visa to enter China because of an Instagram video in which she allegedly mocked Asians, a source told Page Six.

While Perry will be replaced in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show by former One Direction band member Harry Styles, other models besides Hadid have been unable to secure visas to China, including Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova and Julia Belyakova.

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  • Richard Misel Jr says:

    GOOD for China.! I’m happy they band that NO class NO talent santanist scumbag.!

  • Tony Papilli says:

    Now her roar will be turned into a meow. Another freaking snowflake melts and will not receive a safe space in China.

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    Country music singer Loretta Lynn, known for her hits “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” died Tuesday. She was 90.

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    Bobulinski’s “evidence appears to have fallen into the same black hole at the FBI as Hunter’s laptop, never to be seen again,” Devine wrote.

    The computer, which Hunter Biden abandoned at a Wilmington, Delaware, computer repair shop, is believed to have been in the possession of the FBI since late 2019, more than a year before the election. Photos, videos, emails, and text messages on the device, which were also ignored by legacy news outlets, paint the president’s son as a drug-addled, venal degenerate and raise troubling questions about President Joe Biden’s own role in his son’s corrupt dealings.

    “There are hundreds of data points that Joe Biden was acting in – in a capitalistic term, I would say the chairman,” Bobulinski told Carlson.

    Thibault was the Washington Field Office’s point man to manage Bobulinski, according to Devine. Bobulinski was interviewed by the FBI for more than five hours on October 23, 2020, and told agents what he knew about then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s involvement in his son’s shady international business deals. The interview came a day after Bobulinski named Joe Biden as “the Big Guy” Hunter Biden referenced in an email as being due 10% of the proceeds of a payout from Chinese energy firm CEFC.

    Bobulinski turned over to the FBI the contents of three cellphones containing encrypted messages between Hunter and his business partners, along with emails and financial documents detailing alleged Biden family corruption during Joe Biden’s two terms as vice president, according to Devine.

    Bobulinski told FBI agents all about the deal with CEFC, the Beijing-controlled company charged with expanding China’s energy influence into Russia, Oman, Romania, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and beyond, Devine reported. CEFC chairman Ye Jianming was arrested by Chinese authorities in 2018 after his $9 billion acquisition of Russian oil giant Rosneft fell through.

    Bobulinski, a decorated former Naval officer with top secret security clearances from the National Security Agency and the Department of Energy, also reportedly detailed Hunter Biden’s dealings with Mykola Zlochevsky, owner of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, and with retired FBI director Louis Freeh.

    After the interview, Bobulinski and his lawyer were given Thibault’s cellphone number and told he would advise them on the next steps. But, Bobulinski told Carlson, neither he nor his lawyer was ever contacted by Thibault, and Bobulinski was never brought in to testify before a Delaware grand jury investigating Hunter Biden.

    Thibault retired amid an investigation by Special Counsel John Durham into his anti-Trump activities. Republican senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson have publicly accused Thibault of interfering in the Hunter Biden probe, and say they have more than a dozen whistleblowers who have told them FBI officials barred them from investigating damning evidence on the laptop.

    “In October 2020, an avenue of additional derogatory Hunter Biden reporting was ordered closed at the direction of ASAC Thibault,” Grassley wrote in a July letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

    A recent poll by Technometrica Institute of Policy and Politics suggested that 79% of Americans believe President Trump likely would have won re-election if voters had known about the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop and that it was authentic.

    A lawyer for Thibault denied Grassley’s allegations, saying the former agent “did not supervise the investigation of Hunter Biden.”

    “In particular, Mr. Thibault was not involved in any decisions related to any laptop that may be at issue in that investigation and he did not seek to close the investigation.”

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    Herschel Walker Responds To Report He Paid For Woman’s Abortion

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    Herschel Walker, a Republican running for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, slammed a report in the Left-wing Daily Beast that claimed Walker paid for a woman to have an abortion over a decade ago.

    The woman, who remained anonymous, alleged that Walker got her pregnant while they were dating in 2009 and that he urged her to get an abortion. The woman said that Walker reimbursed her $700 for the $575 procedure because she said she had estimated an additional $125 for “travel and recovery costs.”

    The woman claims that she came forward because of Walker’s stance against abortion. The woman provided a purported copy of a check Walker allegedly wrote to cover the costs as well as a personal note.

    “I just can’t with the hypocrisy anymore,” the anonymous woman claimed. “We all deserve better.”

    Robert Ingram, a lawyer representing both the campaign and Walker in his personal capacity, told the publication that the story was “false” and that all the publication does “is run with stories to target Black conservatives.”

    “This is a flat-out lie — and I deny this in the strongest possible terms,” Walker said in a statement. “This is another repugnant hatchet job from a Democrat activist disguised as a reporter who has obsessively attacked my family and tried to tear me down since this race started. He’s harassed friends of mine, asking if I fathered their children. He’s called my children ‘secret’ because I didn’t want to use them as campaign props in a political campaign. Now, they’re using an anonymous source to further slander me. They will do anything to hold onto power. It’s disgusting, gutter politics. I’m not taking this anymore. I planning to sue the Daily Beast for this defamatory lie. It will be filed tomorrow morning.”

    In an unexpected turn of events, Walker’s son, Christian Walker, attacked his father publicly on social media after having repeatedly shown support for his father and his father’s campaign online.

    “Every family member of Herschel Walker asked him not to run for office, because we all knew (some of) his past,” the conservative social media influencer claimed. “Every single one. He decided to give us the middle finger and air out all of his dirty laundry in public, while simultaneously lying about it.”

    Herschel Walker responded after his son’s tweets by writing: “I LOVE my son no matter what.”

    It was a sharp turn for the younger Walker, who previously has supported his father’s Senate bid.

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    WATCH: Fox News Reporter Directly Confronts DHS sec, Dems over Border Crisis. Their Silence is Deafening.

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    Fox News reporter Bill Melugin directly confronted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and other Democrats recently about the border crisis.

    But none of them were interested in providing substantive answers for a crisis that rages on unaddressed.

    First, Melugin questioned Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) whether she has “an issue” with a record number of unaccompanied migrants coming to the U.S., some of them dying. He also asked whether she agrees with the Biden administration that the border is “secure.”

    Pressley refused to answer either question and instead walked away from him.

    Second, Melugin confronted Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), asking him whether the border is secure. Thompson refused to answer the question and immediately walked away after telling Melugin, “I have to go give a speech.”

    When Melugin approached Mayorkas, the secretary also refused to answer questions. Mayorkas, however, was more polite than Pressley or Thompson.

    “I’m sorry, I don’t,” Mayorkas said when Melugin asked if he had a brief moment to discuss the border crisis.

    Interestingly, the Democrats who answered Melugin’s questions — Reps. Veronica Escobar, Colin Allred, and Henry Cuellar — represent districts in Texas, including those on the front lines of the border crisis.

    “This is unsustainable. It has been unsustainable for years,” Escobar told Melugin.

    “This is our administration. I’m a Democrat. And you know, they need to understand they own it now,” Cuellar said. “They own it now. And they have to take the steps to correct this, otherwise, you know, when are we going to see an end to this?”

    Speaking to party leadership, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer blamed Republicans for zero progress on immigration legislation. On the other hand, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Melugin that moderate Democrats support securing the border, but will not publicly advocate that support as long as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains in power.

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    Outrage Ensues After Kanye West Wears ‘White Lives Matter’ Design at Surprise Fashion Show

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    Kanye West inspired more outrage on social media after he showed up at a surprise fashion show wearing a design that reads “White Lives Matter.”

    West, who has changed his name legally to “Ye,” was revealing his latest fashion line for his “Yeezy” brand in Paris, France.

    “I am Ye, and everyone here knows that I am the leader,” he reportedly said at the event. “You can’t manage me.”

    Many people on social media rushed to condemn West for what they took to be an affront to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. The shirt also had a photograph of Pope John Paul II on the front.

    “Kanye West decision to wear a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt is disgusting, dangerous, and irresponsible. Some of y’all will rush to defend him. You should ask yourselves why…,” tweeted BET host Marc Lamont Hill.

    “Kanye west making Black models wear ‘ white lives matter’ shirts is a culmination of his anti blackness and his immersion in white supremacy ideologies and methods. Disgusting,” replied one detractor.

    “You can stop blaming Kanye West’s actions on mental illness. He’s a grown man with billions of dollars pandering to his audience to sell overpriced shoes,” responded another critic.

    “What #KanyeWest is doing is not only intellectually dishonest it’s irresponsible and borderline dangerous,” tweeted Dr. Wendy Osefo, of “The Real Housewives of the Potomac.”

    West said in September that he was going to manufacture his own clothing after ending a deal with Gap. He claimed that it would allow him to make his clothing in the U.S. instead of outsourcing to places like China.

    “There’s a lot of stuff where they have a lot of commitments to China. We wanted to do localized manufacturing which is completely possible with some of the factories that I’m buying here in California,” he said to CNBC.

    “We can actually bring industry back to America,” West added.

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    Major Medical Orgs Demand That The DOJ Prosecute People Who Share ‘Misleading’ Information Online

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    The American Medical Association (AMA) sent Attorney General Merrick Garland a letter Monday calling on him to “investigate the organizations, individuals, and entities coordinating, provoking, and carrying out bomb threats and threats of personal violence against children’s hospitals and physicians across the U.S.”

    “The attacks are rooted in an intentional campaign of disinformation, where a few high-profile users on social media share false and misleading information targeting individual physicians and hospitals, resulting in a rapid escalation of threats, harassment, and disruption of care across multiple jurisdictions,” the AMA, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) said in the letter. “Our organizations have called on technology companies to do more to prevent this practice on digital platforms, and we now urge your office to take swift action to investigate and prosecute all organizations, individuals, and entities responsible.”

    The AMA, AAP and CHA also called on TikTok, Twitter and Meta (the parent company of Facebook and Instagram) to use “safety and hateful conduct policies” to prevent “coordinated campaigns of disinformation.”

    Multiple media outlets reported hospitals across the country promoted gender transitions to minors, including ones at Vanderbilt University, the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin. Hospitals responded by taking down videos and websites discussing transitions for children.

    “The AMA has lost all credibility,” Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw posted on Twitter.

    Republican Rep. Dan Bishop of Georgia vowed to look into the letter, which he compared to one sent by the National School Board Association (NSBA) to Garland in 2021.

    “I look forward to investigating if AMA is a cutout for a political op by the White House, as the NASB was,” Bishop tweeted. “Any ‘threat tags’ to be set up by FBI?”

    The letter from the NSBA resulted in a backlash, prompting multiple state school board associations withdrawing from the national group.

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    WATCH: Whoopi Loses It When Critic Slams Her ‘Distracting Fat Suit’

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    Whoopi Goldberg unloaded on The Daily Beast entertainment reporter Kyndall Cunningham, who complained about “a distracting fat suit” in her review of “The View” host’s recent film.

    Cunningham published a review of “Till” — which follows the killing of black teenager Emmett Till in 1955. The two white men who killed Till, Roy Bryant, and J.W. Milam, were later acquitted by an all-white jury in Mississippi.

    In her review, Cunningham wrote: “At the fore are moving performances from Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie, Frankie Faison as her father John Carthan, and John Douglas Thompson as her uncle Moses Wright. Mamie’s journey leading up to the trial is structured by conversations between her and her family members—including Whoopi Goldberg as her mother, Alma Carthan, in a distracting fat suit—her partner Gene Mobley (Sean Patrick Thomas), and civil rights leaders such as Medgar Evers (Tosin Cole), his wife Myrlie Evers (Jamye Lawson), and T.R.M Howard (Robert Guenveur Smith), who assisted in Emmett’s trial.”

    Goldberg responded to the review during Monday’s broadcast of “The View” on ABC.

    “I have to say something because there was a young lady who writes for one of the magazines,” Goldberg began. “And she was distracted by my fat suit in her review. Now … I’m just going to say this. I don’t really care how you felt about the movie, but you should know that was not a fat suit.”

    “That was me. Yeah, and that was steroids, remember last year? I had a … and I was very …” Goldberg continued, as cohost Sunny Hostin filled in the gaps, noting that Goldberg had been hospitalized at one point.

    “And I assume that you don’t watch the show, or you would have known that was not a fat suit,” Goldberg added. “But I just want to let you know that it’s okay to not be a fan of a movie, but you want to leave people’s looks out. So just comment on the acting, and if you have a question, ask somebody. Because I’m sure you didn’t mean to be demeaning.”

    Cohost Sara Haines chimed in as well, adding that if Cunningham was focusing on looks when reviewing a film that addressed a subject like the killing of Emmett Till, maybe she was out of her depth. “I question your abilities to review a movie,” Haines said.

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    J.J. Watt Gets Emotional Following Emergency Heart Procedure: ‘I Have A Baby On The Way’

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    Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt reacted emotionally following his team’s win on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers when he discussed the medical complications he had to battle during the week.

    Watt revealed in a tweet before the game that he had his heart shocked back into rhythm last week after being evaluated by a doctor.

    “I was just told somebody leaked some personal information about me and it’s going to be reported on today,” he wrote on Twitter. “I went into A-Fib on Wednesday, had my heart shocked back into rhythm on Thursday and I’m playing today. That’s it.”

    Following his team’s 26-16 win on Sunday, Watt said before deciding that he would suit up and play, he “talked to cardiologists and electrophysiologists from all over the country.”

    “I was assured multiple times from multiple people that there’s nothing else you could do,” Watt said. “I’m gonna go back and play like normal. So it could happen again next day, it could happen never again in 20 years. So I was assured, multiple times, so I went back to practice Friday, practiced and here we are. Obviously it’s been a very emotional week for my family, for my wife, for myself. I’m very happy to get a win today. I mean, I’ve learned, obviously, I’ve had a lot of emotions, but I’ve learned to appreciate the little things even more. And so it’s nice to have a win today.”

    Watt said it was especially difficult to look at an ultrasound of his heart given that he and his wife have recently looked at an ultrasound of his unborn baby boy.

    “It’s been a week but happy to be here… It’s been tough, you know?” Watt continued. “It was just weird. Just weird. I have a baby on the way.”

    Watt said that he was very thankful to be out there with his team for their win and that part of the reason that he was so upset that the news of his heart condition leaked was because he felt like it took away from his teammates.

    “My wife was by my side the whole time. So that helps a lot,” Watt added. “And then just I didn’t know what else to do. I’ve been playing this game my whole life. They said I was fine. So once my heart was reset, they said, you’re fine if you feel comfortable. I mean, I’d probably be more uncomfortable sitting on my couch at home. This is just, this is what I know. Right or wrong, maybe that’s messed up. But if I was sitting at home watching the boys play and knowing that they said I was perfectly fine to play, I would have felt weird. So I just did what I know.”

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    Supreme Court Rejects Mike Lindell’s Defamation Lawsuit Appeal

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    The U.S. Supreme Court declined MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s bid to fend off a defamation lawsuit Dominion Voting Systems filed over his claims about the 2020 presidential election.

    The Court rejecting the case means a federal judge’s ruling in August 2021 that allowed the lawsuit to move forward remains in place.

    “Dominion sued Lindell and MyPillow in February 2021, claiming $1.3 billion in damages and alleging that Lindell purposely pushed the ‘big lie’ that Trump won the 2020 election. Lindell repeatedly echoed baseless claims that Dominion’s machines manipulated vote counts to ensure that Joe Biden defeated Trump. The claims have been widely debunked. In the lawsuit, Dominion argues that Lindell knew his claims were false, while Lindell’s lawyers say he genuinely believes them,” NBC News reported.

    The Supreme Court made a slew of major announcements on Monday as the new term begins.

    The nation’s highest court will consider “equitable tolling” for a U.S. Navy veteran who did not file a claim within the allotted timeframe under existing law.

    “If a veteran of the United States Armed Forces sustains an injury during military service, they may be entitled to disability benefits. If they apply for benefits within a year of separating from the military, benefits may begin retroactively to the day after service,” the blog noted.

    “Yet, if a veteran fails to apply for those benefits within a year of discharge, they stand to lose thousands of dollars because the law currently does not permit equitable tolling – the doctrine that allows individuals, in some circumstances, to pursue a claim after a statutory deadline has expired. That may change after the Supreme Court hears Arellano v. McDonough, which will be argued on Tuesday. This case will determine if a veteran can file a claim many years after service and be paid disability benefits back to the day after their discharge from the military,” the blog continued.

    The case revolves around Adolfo Arellano, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 to 1981, during which time he served on the U.S.S. Midway. an aircraft carrier that was built during World War II and launched eight days after hostilities ended. During his stint aboard the carrier, Arellano said he witnessed fellow sailors being injured and killed, while he himself was nearly crushed and swept overboard, the blog noted further.

    In the aftermath, the former sailor began to suffer severe mental health conditions and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    “The severity of his condition left him unable to understand that he was eligible to file a claim for disability benefits with the Department of Veteran Affairs. When he finally filed a claim for benefits 30 years later with the assistance of his brother, the VA agreed that his mental health condition was related to his military service and that it was totally disabling. As a result, the VA began paying him disability benefits — but only as of the date he filed his claim in June 2011,” the SCOTUS blog reported.

    Arellano appealed the decision and asked that the timetable regarding the statute, found in 38 United States Code, be “equitably tolled” in order to provide an earlier date for payment of benefits.

    “Equitable tolling allows courts, or in this case, an agency, to excuse missed deadlines in some circumstances. To obtain equitable tolling, a person must show that they were unable to pursue a claim due to extraordinary circumstances that prevented them from filing in time,” SCOTUS Blog noted.

    If Arellano manages to win his case, he would receive retroactive VA benefits from his 1981 separation date from the Navy until the date he filed his initial claim.

    That would amount to roughly $600,000 in back pay.

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    Trump Slaps CNN with $475 Million Defamation Lawsuit

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    Former President Donald Trump is suing CNN for defamation, seeking at least $475 million in punitive damages, according to a court filing on Monday.

    Trump’s lawyers claim in the lawsuit that the cable news network has recently increased a campaign of libel and slander against Trump due to fear that he will run for president again in 2024. The former president sued the news outlet in federal court in Florida.

    “Beyond simply highlighting any negative information about the plaintiff and ignoring all positive information about him, CNN has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source — to defame the plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.

    Some of the “ever-more scandalous, false, and defamatory labels” that the news outlet has given to the former president include “‘racist,’ ‘Russian lackey,’ ‘insurrectionist,’ and ultimately ‘Hitler,’” Trump’s lawyers said in the lawsuit.

    The former president threatened to sue CNN in July, demanding the network take down, retract, and cease and desist the use of the terms “Big Lie” and “lying” when reporting on his challenges to the 2020 election results. The letter, addressed to CNN CEO Chris Licht and CNN Executive Vice President and General Counsel David Vigilante, stated that the network had until the start of August to publish a correction, apology, or retraction for the articles and broadcasts calling Trump a liar.

    Trump, whose claims of a stolen election have been roundly rejected by courts and election officials, said in a statement on Monday he plans on filing lawsuits against “a large number of other Fake News Media Companies for their lies, defamation, and wrongdoing, including as it pertains to ‘The Big Lie,’ that they used so often in reference to their disinformation attack on Presidential Election of 2020.”

    He added: “I am proud to file today’s lawsuit in order to begin the process of standing up to Fake News and the Mainstream Media.”

    A spokesperson for CNN told the Washington Examiner the network is “not planning to comment.”

    Trump has heavily teased another run for the White House in 2024, but has not formally declared his candidacy.

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    WATCH: DeSantis Schools CNN Reporter Pushing Misleading Hurricane Narrative

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    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had a testy exchange Sunday with a CNN reporter he accused of second-guessing Lee County’s timeline for evacuating ahead of Hurricane Ian.

    The back-and-forth came as the Sunshine State battled to recover from last week’s devastating storm, which caused dozens of fatalities, left millions without power and wiped out entire Gulf Coast communities. At least 35 people have been confirmed dead in Lee County, where county seat Fort Myers was virtually obliterated, according the the Lee County Sheriff.

    “Do you stand behind Lee County’s decision to not have that mandatory evacuation until the day before the storm?” CNN’s Nadia Romero asked the Republican governor.

    DeSantis defended the county’s preparations, noting officials closely monitored the hurricane’s progress while ensuring shelters were ready. The county, he said, had good reason in the days before the storm made landfall to believe it would dodge a direct hit.

    “They were following the weather track, and they had to make decisions based on that,” DeSantis said. “But you know, 72 hours, they weren’t even in the cone, 48 hours, they were on the periphery. So you’ve got to make the decisions the best you can. I will say they delivered the message to people, they had shelters open, everybody had adequate opportunity to at least get to a shelter within the county.”

    DeSantis said many residents expected the brunt of the storm to hit north, toward Tampa, and that some resisted leaving their homes.

    “I think it’s easy to second-guess them, but they were ready for the whole time and made that call when when there was justifiable to do so,” he said.

    Romero noted some neighboring counties had evacuation orders in place before Tuesday.

    “Well, right,” DeSantis responded as he then proceeded to explain how early forecasts showed the hurricane hitting a different part of the state and it was only hours before the storm hit that officials knew where the storm would make landfall.

    The DeSantis re-election campaign Twitter account, DeSantis War Room, posted the clip on Twitter, accusing the reporter of pushing a misleading narrative.

    “Today: CNN reporter questions Governor DeSantis, hoping to push a misleading narrative about evacuation in Lee County. He shuts that right down. His answer is professional, direct & empathetic… with ZERO tolerance for gaslighting.”

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    North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile — Japan Urges Residents to Evacuate Immediately

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    The Japanese government is urging citizens to “take shelter immediately” after North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile.

    The Japanese government broadcast the warning across the country after the missile was fired in the direction of the northern part of the country, an apparent escalation. The missile eventually flew overhead and continued onward to the Pacific Ocean. It was the fifth missile launch in the past 10 days.

    “ALERT: The Japanese government is warning that North Korea appears to have launched at least one ballistic missile,” the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo tweeted. “There’s a possibility it’s heading toward Japan. The government is urging everyone in the country to monitor news media.”

    NHK World News, which reports on news inside Japan, said that the government was “urging everyone in the country to take shelter immediately.”

    David Ingles, a reporter for Bloomberg TV, confirmed the news, writing: “Japan is warning residents to take shelter from a missile from North Korea.”

    The latest launch from North Korea comes as a U.S. carrier strike group held military exercises with South Korea and Japan nearby.

    “The U.S. Navy, Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) conducted a trilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise in seas in the vicinity of Korea and Japan,” the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement. “Exercises such as this strengthen a trilateral relationship between Japan, Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States that is forward-leaning, reflective of our shared values, and resolute against those who challenge regional stability.”

    The 7th Fleet said that the operations were intended to show the country’s unwavering commitment to upholding security and stability. The statement said that the exercise included the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, USS Ronald Reagan, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (DDG 62), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), the JMSDF destroyer JS Asahi (DD 119), and the Republic of Korea Navy destroyer ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH 976).

    “Coordination with our allies is critical to strengthening our ability to respond to any challenge in the region. We all share common maritime strategy interests and challenges, and are truly stronger when we sail and operate together, “said Rear Adm. Michael Donnelly, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5. “The ROK Navy and JMSDF are maritime forces we always benefit from working closely with, and we look forward to more opportunities for operations at sea that deepen our relationship and capabilities.”

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