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Construction executive Tim Michels has won the Republican nomination for governor in Wisconsin, and will face incumbent Democrat Governor Tony Evers in November.

Michels, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, beat out former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, as well as State Assemblyman Tim Ramthun.

The race was called by the Associated Press with 75% of the vote in at 10:35 p.m CDT. Michels was in the lead by over 20,000 votes with 47% of the vote. Kleefisch finished second with 43%, and Ramthun took 5.5%.

Michels had strong performances around the state, especially in rural areas, while Kleefisch generally did better in more suburban areas like Dane and Milwaukee counties, though Michels remained competitive in those areas.

“I am running for governor because I am very concerned about the direction that the country is heading and extremely concerned about the lack of leadership from Governor Evers here in Wisconsin,” Michels told The Daily Wire last month when asked why he was running for governor.

Michels was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. Kleefisch, his top rival, brought in endorsements from former Governor Scott Walker, former Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

“Wisconsin needs a Governor who will Stop Inflation, Uphold the Rule of Law, strengthen our Borders (we had the strongest borders in history just two years ago, now we have the weakest!) and End the well-documented Fraud in our Elections,” Trump said in his endorsement. “Tim is an America First Conservative who Supports our Second Amendment, Honors our Brave Law Enforcement and First Responders, and Stands Strongly against the Woke Mob trying to destroy our Country.”

Michels was in the Army for 12 years before leaving as a major and said the company that he runs, Michel’s Corporation, currently employs about 8,000 people. He said he was honored to receive Trump’s endorsement.

“People are tired with politics as usual, tired of career politicians, they want an outsider, they want a businessman,” Michels told The Daily Wire in July. “That’s what I bring to this race.”

Throughout the campaign, Michels has said that he will turn Madison “upside down,” decrease the influence of lobbying on state politics, uphold Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban, end “unmanned ballot boxes,” and end the Wisconsin Election Commission. At a debate last month, he also said that he would support paid family leave, a unique policy for a Republican politician.

He also has made education reform and ensuring that Critical Race Theory is not taught in Wisconsin schools a major component of his campaign.

The November election is expected to be tight, and the governor’s race has been labeled as a “toss up” by the Cook Political Report.

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Supreme Court Rejects Mike Lindell’s Defamation Lawsuit Appeal



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



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



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



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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Elon Musk Gets Into Twitter Spat with Zelensky After Saying Ukraine Should Stay Neutral



Elon Musk has become embroiled in a Twitter spat with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky after claiming the country should remain ‘neutral’ in the war against Russia.

The Tesla CEO made a series of remarks, claiming he only wanted ‘peace’ between the countries after Russian invaded Ukraine unprovoked eight months ago.

Ukraine-Russia Peace:

– Redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision. Russia leaves if that is will of the people.

– Crimea formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake).

– Water supply to Crimea assured.

– Ukraine remains neutral.

Crimea has been recognized as a part of Ukraine by the US and other allies since Russian invaded and conducted a referendum.

The world’s richest man acknowledged that the referendum was ‘questionable’, quickly hitting back to say it should be done under the supervision of the UN or another ‘trusted entity’.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk slammed Musk, replying to his suggestions online saying ‘F*** off is my very diplomatic reply to you.

Musk posted a poll asking other Twitter users to weigh in on his suggestions, in which he also said elections of annexed regions should be redone under UN supervision.

More than a million people voted in just four hours, with the result being closer than his peace deal poll – which saw nearly two million vote in the same time period.

His other ideas were that water supply to Crimea is assured, but after thousands voted against them he blamed a ‘bot attack’ for skewing the results.

President Volodymyr Zelensky hit back at the series of posts, creating his own poll asking ‘Which Elon Musk do you like more? One who support Ukraine or one who supports Russia.’

Musk told his followers he believed that nuclear war is an ‘unlikely’ but ‘possible’ outcome.

He added: ‘Russia is doing partial mobilization. They go to full war mobilization if Crimea is at risk. Death on both sides will be devastating.

‘Russia has >3 times population of Ukraine, so victory for Ukraine is unlikely in total war. If you care about the people of Ukraine, seek peace.’

Ukrainian and Russian officials held peace talks at the start of the war, with Russians demanding that Ukraine remained ‘neutral and recognize Crimea as Russian.

Both of those suggestions were identical to Musk, with their proposals also including commanding Ukraine to demilitarize.

However Ukrainian forces defended against the invasion, meaning that the talks fell apart after they beat back Russian troops.

President Biden’s administration has also pointed out that the war could end if Russia stopped the invasion and retreated.

But if Ukraine backed off then it would lead to Russia killing more Ukrainian’s and continuing their goal to take over the country.

Russia has held sham referenda in four regions of Ukraine in the past week, trying to illegally annex them.

Speaking last week, President Zelensky said there is no way to try to have productive talks with Vladimir Putin.

He said: ‘Russia’s implementation of the so-called Crimean scenario and another attempt to annex Ukrainian territory will mean that there is nothing to talk about with this President of Russia.’

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WATCH: Megyn Kelly Slams J.Lo, Shakira for ‘Showing Their Vag’ at Super Bowl



Megyn Kelly thought Jennifer Lopez and Shakira wore outfits that were too revealing when the singers performed at the Super Bowl halftime show two years ago.

“I object to like J.Lo and Shakira showing their vag at the Super Bowl,” the former Fox News primetime star said on her podcast on Friday.

“Like I don’t want that.”

Kelly waded into the issue when discussing women “embracing their bodies.”

“It’s gotta be situation appropriate,” she told her guest, comedian Bridget Phetasy. “But I don’t really object to just women embracing their bodies or showing up their bodies like the pictures.”

Kelly was complimentary toward former supermodel Paulina Porizkova, the 57-year-old widow of late Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, who has been active on social media, posting photos of her nude or scantily clad body as a way of embracing aging.

Earlier this month, the Czech-born beauty posted an image on Twitter showing her wearing a thong bikini while the camera is aimed at her backside.

“Paulina Porizkova just had a really interesting post,” Kelly gushed.

“She showed her bottom [and] she looks amazing.”

Kelly’s criticism of J.Lo and Shakira echoed that of several parents who said it was too risqué for a mass audience that tuned in to Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Feb. 2, 2020.

Bronx-born pop star Lopez was seen writhing her way around a pole while Shakira, a Colombia native, twerked and belly danced — all while both of them wore skimpy outfits.

“Not appropriate for kids at a Super Bowl halftime show. Just J Lo’s outfits in general,” one outraged Twitter user, TurtlePower98, posted.

Another pearl-clutching critic went further: “Absolutely the worst, most vulgar halftime show ever.”

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Kim Kardashian Charged by SEC for Alleged ‘Pump and Dump’ Crypto Scheme



Kim Kardashian agreed to pay more than $1 million in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for promoting a crypto security without telling those who follow her that she was paid $250,000 to hawk the security.

The case goes back to Kardashian pushing EMAX tokens sold by Ethereum Max on her Instagram account, according to a document filed by the SEC.

“Are you guys into crypto?” the Instagram post asked. “This is not financial advice but just sharing what my friends told me about the Ethereum Max token.”

The post was published June 13, 2021, the according to the SEC settlement order.

“EthereumMax, through an intermediary, paid Kardashian $250,000 for this promotion,” the order states. “Kardashian did not disclose that she had been paid by EthereumMax or the amount of compensation she received from EthereumMax for making this post. “

The failure of disclosure “violated Section 17(b) of the Securities Act, which makes it unlawful for any person to promote a security without fully disclosing the receipt and amount of such consideration from an issuer,” the order stated.

The order states Kardashian has to pay $1.26 million to the SEC – the $250,000 she received, about $10,000 in interest, and a $1 million penalty.

Under terms of the order, Kardashian is also banned from hawking any type of crypto security instrument for the next three years.

The order noted that in 2017, the SEC had required celebrities who advertise any kind of virtual currency or security need to disclose how much they were paid to promote it.

In a news release on the SEC’s website, SEC Chair Gary Gensler said fans should be careful when famous people offer financial advice.

“This case is a reminder that, when celebrities or influencers endorse investment opportunities, including crypto asset securities, it doesn’t mean that those investment products are right for all investors,” he said.

“We encourage investors to consider an investment’s potential risks and opportunities in light of their own financial goals,” he said.

“Ms. Kardashian’s case also serves as a reminder to celebrities and others that the law requires them to disclose to the public when and how much they are paid to promote investing in securities,” he said.

A representative of Kardashian said she has fully cooperated with the SEC, according to Axios.

“Ms. Kardashian fully cooperated with the SEC from the very beginning and she remains willing to do whatever she can to assist the SEC in this matter,” the statement said.

“She wanted to get this matter behind her to avoid a protracted dispute. The agreement she reached with the SEC allows her to do that so that she can move forward with her many different business pursuits,” the statement said.

An SEC official said the case is a warning that the SEC’s rules must be followed.

“The federal securities laws are clear that any celebrity or other individual who promotes a crypto asset security must disclose the nature, source, and amount of compensation they received in exchange for the promotion,” Gurbir Grewal, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, said in the SEC’s release.

“Investors are entitled to know whether the publicity of a security is unbiased, and Ms. Kardashian failed to disclose this information,” Grewal said.

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LGBTQ Rom-Com Flops At Box Office. Writer Blames ‘Homophobic Weirdos.’



The screenwriter behind “Bros,” Hollywood‘s first LGBTQ romantic comedy, is blaming “homophobic weirdos” for the film’s dismal opening weekend box office performance.

Billy Eichner, who co-starred in the film as well as co-wrote it with director Nicholas Stoller, lashed out as the movie pulled in a mere $4.8 million, leaving it in fourth place behind “Smile” ($22 million), “Don’t Worry Darling,” ($7.3 million) and “The Woman King” ($7 million). The disappointing ticket take couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the movie’s quality, he insisted.

“Last night I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold out theater playing BROS in LA,” he tweeted. “The audience howled with laughter start to finish, burst into applause at the end, and some were wiping away tears as they walked out. It was truly magical. Really. I am VERY proud of this movie.”

“Rolling Stone already has BROS on the list of the best comedies of the 21st century,” he said.

Then he posited his theory that his movie is struggling because heterosexual people don’t want to see it.

“Even with glowing reviews, great Rotten Tomatoes scores, an A CinemaScore etc, straight people, especially in certain parts of the country, just didn’t show up for Bros,” he wrote. “And that’s disappointing but it is what it is.”

“Everyone who ISN’T a homophobic weirdo should go see BROS tonight” as “it *is* special and uniquely powerful to see this particular story on a big screen, esp for queer folks who don’t get this opportunity often,” he instructed.

“I don’t think this kind of sales pitch is gonna work,” commentator David Reaboi noted.

“’Support me or you’re a homophobe’ doesn’t have the marketing power it once used to thanks to overuse. That’s good to see. May this movie die a thousand deaths…,” Derek Hunter of Townhall responded.

Fitness guru Max Lugavere: “Bros completely tanked at the box office and you’re a homophobe if you didn’t go see it. Kay.”

Author Rod Dreher: “You are a BIGOT if you don’t go see my failed movie.”

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Biden Preparing to Take Executive Order for Daca ‘Dreamers’



The White House is preparing to take executive action to protect hundreds of thousands of immigrants known as “Dreamers,” people close to the White House told NBC News.

Planning has intensified in recent days ahead of a decision on the program’s future from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, possibly within days. At stake is the ability of more than 600,000 people protected under the program, known as DACA, to continue living and working in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

The conservative panel of judges is all but certain to rule that DACA is illegal. Although the Biden administration is likely to appeal the order, the Supreme Court has indicated it would agree with a 5th Circuit ruling that ends the Obama-era program.

With few options to act on its own, the Biden administration is readying steps that could continue to shield from deportation — at least temporarily — immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children but lack legal status and were granted protections under the DACA program.

But the order could easily be reversed by another administration. When the Supreme Court ruled in 2020 to prevent the Trump administration from ending DACA, the majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, said the Trump administration had gone about ending the program the wrong way. Legal experts believe the court, now more conservative, will ultimately rule that DACA itself is illegal, particularly because it allows for work authorization for undocumented migrants.

DACA has been under fire from Republicans since it was implemented during the Obama Administration.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was initiated under the premise that children of illegals entering the country should be allowed to stay.

DACA protects illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children — so-called Dreamers — from deportation and allows them access to work permits.

As of December 2021, 611,470 migrants were protected under the program, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Needless to say, the program encouraged multitudes of illegals to bring their children to the U.S. knowing the children would be protected under the program.

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Jan. 6 Committee: Public Hearing Next Week, No Final Report Before Election



Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Select Committee on Jan. 6, told Just the News that members of the committee will return to Capitol Hill in the second week of October for the rescheduled public hearing and that the final report won’t be out before the Nov. 8 election.

The committee had postponed the hearing, originally scheduled for Sept. 28, due to Hurricane Ian.

Thompson was asked if there are any additional witnesses he wants to hear from before the final report is completed.

“We’re not sure we’re going to do any more witnesses,” Thompson said. “We have a lot of information that we haven’t shared with the public that wouldn’t necessarily necessitate a witness.”

When asked if the final report will be released before the Nov. 8 election, Thompson said, “No, we might release some interim information, but the final report will come after the election.”

Critics of the committee’s work argue that its intention is to prevent Trump from running again in 2024. Thompson was asked for his response.

“Everybody’s got an opinion in this town,” he said. “Some people have three or four. Our charge is to look at the facts and circumstances that brought about January 6, and that’s what we’re doing, and to make recommendations so that if they are adopted, that will never happen again.”

Thompson was asked if the Jan. 6 committee’s probe is connected in any way to the Justice Department’s investigation of Trump, including the FBI’s raid at Mar-a-Lago.

“No, DOJ is running a separate investigation,” he said. “We’re looking at a totally different process. We don’t talk. We don’t do anything at this point. But obviously, since our work has been public, then obviously they have gotten more engaged because we’ve discovered a lot of information, some of it legal, but a lot of it illegal. And so the illegal part is what DOJ does.”

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DeSantis Gives Update On Hurricane Damage As Death Toll Surges



Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said Sunday that he spent time on the ground handing out food and surveying the damage that Hurricane Ian inflicted on the state late last week.

The update’s from the governor come as there have already been 76 confirmed deaths in Florida with entire communities completely wiped off the map from the massive storm surge and powerful winds.

The governor’s office noted that DeSantis suspended the state’s fuel tax to help ease the financial burden on residents and that he promoted debris removal in communities where it was deemed safe to return.

The governor’s office said that the 42,000 lineman working in the state have already restored power to nearly 2 million homes and that they were still working to restore power to another 800,000+ accounts.

As of Sunday morning, more than 1,600 rescues have been made by more than 1,000 search and rescue team members spread out over the 14 impacted counties.

“The National Guard and the Coast Guard are landing helicopters on barrier islands to perform search and rescue,” the governor’s office said. “Following Governor DeSantis’ authorization, over 5,200 Florida Guardsmen have been activated to State Active Duty for Hurricane Ian response operations. The Florida National Guard are supporting a total of 152 active missions.”

Hundreds of pallets of water, food, and ice have already been delivered to local communities in need, inculding more than 829,000 MREs and 3.8 million bottles of water.

“Worked with Florida Baptist Relief to distribute food and water to residents of Naples,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter. “@CaseyDeSantis and I have been encouraged by the outpouring of prayers and assistance for Floridians in need. Keep up the good work!”

DeSantis shared on Twitter the moment that he met a local woman who had her home destroyed by the storm.

“Today, I met with Marta, who had her house destroyed and was rescued by one of our high-water vehicles,” DeSantis tweeted. “Damage from #HurricaneIan flooding extends across the state, but our people are resilient.”

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Fauci’s Pal is Given Another US Grant to Investigate COVID — Despite Fears His Initial Work at Wuhan Lab Triggered Pandemic



US health officials have given a hugely controversial research organization another $650,000 grant to experiment on Covid-like viruses – despite fears similar risky work may have actually sparked the pandemic.

EcoHealth Alliance, run by British zoologist Peter Daszak, funded studies in Wuhan – the Chinese city where the pandemic began – on manipulated coronaviruses.

Such research, known as ‘gain of function’, can see viruses deliberately engineered to become more dangerous to humans.

EcoHealth Alliance’s five-year experiment will investigate ‘the potential for future bat coronavirus emergence’ in Asia, with scientists set to trawl caves in Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam in the hunt to prevent another viral crisis.

The grant was awarded last month by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is still ran by Dr Anthony Fauci.

Dr Fauci is known to be close to Dr Daszak, who thanked the American Government’s departing chief medical adviser for downplaying theories that Covid may have been created in a lab.

EcoHealth Alliance is said to have received $60million (£53.5m) in federal cash over the past decade. Some of this money was funneled straight to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The justification for the grant says that previous research in this field ‘identifies the border region of Southern China, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam as a high risk for future emergence of novel coronaviruses and the potential site where SARS-CoV-2 first ‘spilled over’ from bats to people’.

The research will also include testing communities that live in close proximity to wildlife in south east Asia for coronaviruses.

According to the NIH’s website, the research will include supplying ‘viral sequences and isolates for use in vaccine development’.

The main aim of the research is described as conducting ‘community-based surveys and biological sampling of people frequently exposed to wildlife in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam, to find serological evidence of spillover’.

The other primary aim will include ‘sampling and PCR screening of bats and other wildlife at community surveillance sites’.

The new research may ‘also provide data on wildlife reservoirs and community spillover events of relevance to the origin of COVID-19,’ according to a section of the NIH report.

Another section reads: ‘Finally, we will rapidly supply viral sequences and isolates for use in vaccine and therapeutic development.’

The long-term goal of projects such as this one is to help aid global preparedness in case of another global pandemic, the NIH said.

Further details of British researcher Daszak’s role in facilitating risky coronavirus research in China were revealed in a report back in April.

They outlined how his EcoHealth Alliance raked in millions in federal grants.

Daszak’s group, which bizarrely evolved from a save-the-manatees non-profit to a top champion of viral gain-of-function research as it chased federal funding, has long been at the center of questions about the origins of Covid.

The lengthy report that was published in Vanity Fair, based on dozens of interviews and more than 100,000 leaked internal documents, detailed how EcoHealth operated in a world of ‘murky grant agreements, flimsy oversight, and the pursuit of government funds for scientific advancement, in part by pitching research of steeply escalating risk’.

The report did not offer conclusive evidence as to whether Covid leaked from the Wuhan lab that worked closely with EcoHealth, or was transmitted to humans by an animal in a ‘natural spillover’ event, as Daszak has long insisted.

But it does outline the lengths to which Daszak – and Dr Fauci, whose agency helped fund his research – went to try to cast doubt on the lab-origin theory and downplay the potential role of risky research that EcoHealth supported in Wuhan.

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WATCH: Kamala Confronted Over Controversial Racial Remarks About Distributing Natural Disaster Aid



Vice President Kamala Harris (D) was confronted over the weekend in response to controversial racial remarks that she made late last week about distributing relief aid in responses to natural disasters.

Speaking Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., to leftist Priyanka Chopra at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum, Harris claimed, “It is our lowest income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions and impacted by issues that are not of their own making.”

Harris’ remarks come after Florida was battered late last week by Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful Category 4 hurricanes to ever hit the U.S.

“And so we have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we also need to fight for equity, understanding not everyone starts out at the same place,” Harris continued. “And if we want people to be in an equal place, sometimes we have to take into account those disparities and do that work.”

The Republican National Committee’s Research channel tweeted out a video of Harris being confronted Saturday evening about her remarks when she attended the Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

A man asked Harris, “Vice President, can you clarify what you meant about equity for hurricane relief?”

Harris looked right at the man as he asked the question and then looked away and kept walking.

Christina Pushaw, Director of Rapid Response for DeSantis’ re-election campaign, called out the Vice President last week after Harris made the remarks, writing on Twitter: “This is false.”

“@VP’s rhetoric is causing undue panic and must be clarified,” Pushaw tweeted. “FEMA Individual Assistance is already available to all Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian, regardless of race or background. If you need assistance visit disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.”

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said during a Sunday interview on CBS’s “Face The Nation” that the federal programs assisted everyone.

“[O]ur programs support everybody,” Criswell told host Margaret Brennan. “I would say I believe some of the things the vice president was talking about are the long-term recovery and rebuilding these communities to be able to withstand disasters, so they can have less impact. We’re going to support all communities. I committed that to (Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis), I commit to you right here that all Floridians are going to be able to get the help that is available to them through our programs.”


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Bill Gates Takes Surprising Shot At Left-Wing Climate Alarmists: ‘Just Completely Not Solvable’



Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates took a surprising shot at left-wing climate alarmists during an interview that aired last week, saying their attempts to radically change people’s behavior for the sake of the environment were not realistic.

Gates made the remarks while speaking to Bloomberg’s Zero podcast with host Akshat Rathi when he was asked by Rathi if a “revolution” was needed to address so-called “climate change.”

“I don’t think it’s realistic to say that people are utterly going to change their lifestyle because of concerns about climate,” Gates said. “You can have a cultural revolution where you’re trying to throw everything up, you can create a North Korean-type situation where the state’s in control. Other than immense central authority to have people just obey, I think the collective action problem is just completely not solvable.”

“Anyone who says that we will tell people to stop eating meat, or stop wanting to have a nice house, and we’ll just basically change human desires, I think that that’s too difficult,” Gates said. “You can make a case for it. But I don’t think it’s realistic for that to play an absolutely central role.”

“But just having a few rich countries, a few rich companies and a few rich individuals buy their way out so they can say they’re not part of the problem, that has nothing to do with solving the problem,” Gates added. “Those [remaining] two-thirds of emissions are pretty basic in terms of the calories and shelter and transport and goods being used. So, the excesses of the rich countries … even curbing those completely out of existence is not a solution to this problem.”

Gates later added that in order to combat “climate change” that people needed to not use the issue “as a moral crusade.”

“People who are in the climate space may not realize how many things are competing for the modest amount of increased resources that society has,” Gates said. “And that not that many people are prepared to be worse off because of climate requirements.”

Gates spoke to the Podcast back in August before the Democrats’ climate legislation, which was billed as a plan to fight inflation, was signed into law.

The release of the podcast episode comes as Florida just endured last week one of the most powerful Category 4 hurricanes to ever hit the United States — which has left dozens dead and caused many billions of dollars in damage.

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Biden Thanks Coast Guard Diver For Saving Lives in Florida – Plans to Fire Him in Days Over Vax Mandate



President Joe Biden personally congratulated a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer for saving lives of victims of Hurricane Ian in southwest Florida. However, the Coast Guard hero said he is about to be discharged because of Biden’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccine order for the U.S. military.

On Thursday, there were areas ravaged by Hurricane Ian that were only accessible by aircraft. Coast Guard members flew to the coastal areas destroyed by the Category 4 hurricane from the air station in Clearwater, Florida.

For more than eight hours, the teams ventured into the hurricane-ravaged areas in Fort Myers and Naples – where they rescued 15 people and several pets.

One of the Coast Guard heroes is rescue swimmer and aviation survival technician second class Zach Loesch. He reportedly kicked through a wall to pull out a disabled woman and her husband – who were marooned in their storm-smashed home.

“I’m just trying to smile and be happy and show up to them as a light at the end of their dark day,” Loesch told WFLA. “A lot of them are desperate and need help and in despair. Everything they know is gone, and when they’re leaving with us it may be the last time they see their house.”

President Biden personally congratulated Loesch for his bravery in rescuing helpless people stranded in southwest Florida.

“I told him how proud of him I was and thanked him for all the work he and his Coasties are doing to save lives,” Biden said.

The White House added, “The President thanked them for saving lives and asked for a report on the work that continues to rescue Floridians. He also asked if they needed any additional support that he can provide to accelerate successful rescues; they indicated they have gotten what they need to execute their vital mission.”

However, Loesch is reportedly one of the dedicated federal employees who are being discharged from their jobs over the Biden administration’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for the U.S. military.

Loesch will reportedly be kicked out of the Coast Guard within 30 to 60 days for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Loesch said that he submitted a request for a religious exemption, but it was denied. His appeal was also denied.

Loesch allegedly told journalist Kristina Wong, “If I had asked any of the people I saved yesterday if they wanted to come with me even though I am unvaccinated, every single one of them would have said ‘yes.’ It just sucks that he thanked me yet his vaccine mandate is what’s kicking me out.”

Republican lawmakers pushed back on Biden’s mandatory shots.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) remarked, “Joe Biden said it himself — COVID is over. Yet, he is still firing our brave men and women who serve our nation, like Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Zach Loesch. Zach kicked through a wall to save an elderly couple trapped due to Hurricane Ian.”

Last month, Biden declared that the COVID-19 “pandemic is over.”

Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) told the Daily Mail, “This will cripple our ability to effectively respond to the next natural disaster if the Biden Administration doesn’t reverse course. We need more service members like Zach Loesch who put their life on the line to save others – not less. And with the military’s current recruiting crisis, these skills will be extremely difficult to replace.”

As of September 2022, there are 2,632 members of the Coast Guard who are not fully vaccinated.

Last month, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of approximately 1,200 Coast Guard members against the Biden administration for denying religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

You can watch some of the extraordinary rescue missions accomplished by the Coast Guard in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian below.

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NFL Player Responds To Controversial Video Of Him Exposing Himself To A Woman



NFL free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown responded to videos published over the weekend that allegedly showed him exposing himself to a woman in a swimming pool at a high-end hotel in the Middle East.

The New York Post reported that Brown, 34, was caught “shoving his bare buttocks into the face of a stunned woman” while both were in the swimming pool, and that he later lifted “his manhood out of the water” and whipped “it in her direction.”

Brown responded to the report on Twitter, claiming that “disinformation” was coming out about him. “Ironically, during a time when the NFL is getting heat for allowing players to play when they’re clearly concussed,” Brown added. “They’ve been using black men as guinea pigs.”

Brown’s remarks were in reference to Miami Dolphins star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa getting rushed to the hospital late last week after sustaining a head injury while being sacked by a defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Every chance they get to sway the heat off themselves they use me. In the video you can clearly see she runs off with my swim trunks,” Brown continued. “If roles were reversed the headlines would read ‘AB having a wild night with nude female’.Yet when it’s me it automatically becomes a hate crime.”

Footage of the incident, obtained exclusively by the Post, was from several months ago, taking place on May 14 at the Armani Hotel Dubai.

The video appears to show the woman initially laughing off Brown’s antics before swimming off to remove herself from the situation.

The report said that Brown had just met the woman and that she was reportedly “fuming” after the encounter.

The Post said that in one video, Brown lifted himself out of the water twice in front of the woman while naked, thus exposing his bare backside to her face. In a separate video, Brown reportedly tried to wrap a “scarf around her head” that he grabbed from another swimmer.

“Brown then lifts the woman up and tosses her head first into the water like he was spiking a football,” the report said. “Brown then grabs his penis, and briefly yanks it out of the water in the direction of the woman.”

The Post reported that multiple eyewitnesses said that the athlete continued to expose himself to the woman after the recording ended and allegedly propositioned her, asking, “You want it?”

The hotel reportedly asked Brown to leave following the incident.

The report said that Brown, who is now pursuing a music career, may have violated United Arab Emirates laws about drugs and dress code with his behavior at the hotel.

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Ex-Clinton Adviser: Hillary Setting Up 2024 Presidential Bid with ‘Open Borders’ Critique of Biden



​Hillary Clinton is “dusting off” her husband’s playbook by criticizing the Biden administration’s “open borders” to put herself in place to mount a 2024 presidential run, veteran political consultant Dick Morris said in a new interview.

Morris, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, said Hillary is setting herself up to enter the race as a “moderate” choice for Democrats in two years for what would be her third shot at the White House.

“I see more and more signs that Hillary’s going to run,” Morris told John Catsimatidis on his WABC 770 AM radio show in an interview that aired Sunday​, noting that she has been remarking that Americans “do not believe in open borders.”

“These are all signals that she is going to be the moderate candidate for president. She’s going to say after the election, ‘See, the left cost us the House and the Senate. If we stay with a left-wing candidate in 2024, we’re going to lose the White House. I’m the only one who will tack to the center and give us a chance at victory​,​’​” Morris said.

Morris said he’s aware of the strategy she’s employing “because it’s the strategy I designed for Bill Clinton in 1992” when he won the Democratic nomination.​

“​Hillary is just dusting off Bill‘s playbook that I wrote for him and applying it herself this year,” he said.

The former secretary of state and senator from New York during an interview on MSNBC last month called out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for flying migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, alleging the Republican was engaging in human trafficking.

“So many other Americans — I happen to believe still the majority of Americans — are good-hearted and generous and when people end up on their doorstep in need, they’re going to respond. They’ll feed them and house them and the kids in the AP Spanish class will be let out of high school so they can go and translate. That’s the kind of American spirit that we try to celebrate at the Clinton Global Initiative,” she said on MSNBC on Sept. 16, adding “nobody wants open borders who has any idea of how government and countries work.”​

Morris was building on comments he made to Catsimatidis on last week’s show when he predicted that Democrats will ditch President Biden in favor of Clinton over fears a more far-left candidate could end up nominated.​

“Once Biden pulls out, the polling will show that the Democrats are leaning toward some crazy radical like Gavin Newson, Bernie Sanders. Maybe even AOC herself,” Morris ​said, referring to progressive lightning rod Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

​“That’s going to drive the Democratic Party leaders to go to Hillary and say, ‘Hey look. Please run again. We need you to save us from the crazy left,” ​Morris said.

“Otherwise we’ll have Sanders as our candidate. We’ll lose Congress by a ton. And we’ll get wiped out in the presidential race.’”

Clinton ran in 2008, but lost the nomination to former President Barack Obama. She lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.

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Former Democrat Rep Headed to Prison for Election Fraud Case



A former Pennsylvania congressman was sentenced to over two years in jail for committing election fraud aimed at helping Democratic candidates.

“Protecting the legitimacy of elections is critical to ensuring the public’s trust in the process,” FBI Philadelphia Division Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire said in a press release last week. “Through his actions, Ozzie Myers pointedly disdained both the will of Philadelphia voters and the rule of law. He’s now a federal felon twice over, heading back behind bars, with time to consider the great consequence of free and fair elections.”

Former Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers pleaded guilty to frequently stuffing ballots, conspiring to illegally vote in a federal election and deprive civil rights, voting records falsification, and bribery in favor of Democratic candidates, according to a Department of Justice press release. He carried out the schemes in Pennsylvania during the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 elections, the DOJ said.

Myers served in the U.S. House between 1976 and 1980 but was expelled from Congress for bribery and served three years in prison.

He will now serve 30 months in prison, a well as three years of supervised release, and he was fined a total of $100,000.

The DOJ accused Myers of bribing former Philadelphia election judge Domenick J. Demuro to stuff ballots for Democratic candidates, with Demuro pleading guilty to that crime in 2020. Myers was also involved in an election fraud scheme with former Philadelphia election judge Marie Beren, who pleaded guilty to that crime in 2021.

“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. If even one vote has been illegally cast or if the integrity of just one election official is compromised, it diminishes faith in process,” U.S. Attorney Romero said in the release. “This defendant used his position, knowledge of the process, and connections to fix elections for his preferred candidates, which demonstrates a truly flagrant disregard for the laws which govern our elections. He will now spend 30 months in prison as penalty for his crimes.”

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Conservatives Score Major Political Victory in the Fight for Parents’ Rights in Public Schools



A new Virginia law will mandate that every family in the state will be alerted if their children could be exposed to sexually explicit content in public schools.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) said the regulations, which school boards have until January to adopt, are aimed at reinforcing parents in their right to decide what their children are exposed to and at protecting their innocence, according to local Richmond outlet WTKR. They also noted that the law is not intended to censor books or instructional material based on the sexual orientation of characters in such books.

The policy mandates that public schools in Virginia, which has been a hotbed of conflict between parents and school boards, must give parents prior notice if they intend to use any material with sexually explicit content, which it defines as “any description, picture, photograph, drawing, motion picture film, digital image or similar visual representation depicting sexual bestiality, a lewd exhibition of nudity, sexual excitement, sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse, coprophilia, urophilia, or fetishism.”

Parents will be allowed to review the potentially objectionable material and be given the opportunity for their child to be given an alternative in a process that schools will be required to create before the start of each school year.

Schools will also be mandated to list the materials on their websites and give parents at least 30 days’ notice before such material is slated to be taught.

The policies apply to “Any content used by one or more students for an educational purpose, regardless of (a) its format, whether printed, representational, audiovisual, electronic, or digital (such as materials, social media content, and software applications accessible through the internet), or (b) the time, place and manner in which the content is used.”

“Library materials are considered instructional materials when used (i) for completion of an assignment, or (ii) as part of an academic or extracurricular educational program. This includes any division, school, and/or classroom purchased or created assessments. However, the phrases ‘instructional material’ and ‘instructional materials’ do not include standardized national or state assessments, such ACT, SAT, NAEP, and AP or SOL exam,” the policies continue.

The new law comes weeks after a judge in Virginia Beach dismissed a lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds that had sought to deem two controversial books as obscene and to restrict their distribution to minors in libraries and bookstores.

“Gender Queer” and “A Court of Mist and Fury” have stoked outrage from parents who object to the description or illustration of sexual acts in them. “Gender Queer,” an award-winning 2014 graphic novel by Maia Kobabe, includes photos of sexual acts between a boy and a man.

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NEW POLL: Michigan Governor’s Race Much Closer Than Previously Suggested



Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to lead Republican candidate Tudor Dixon in the polls, but a new survey shows Dixon within striking distance.

A poll released Friday by the Trafalgar Group shows Whitmer leading by six points (51% – 45%), indicating a much closer race than the previous polls from the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press showed. According to a Detroit News poll from the end of August through early September, Whitmer led Dixon by 13 points, while the Free Press had the governor ahead by 16 at the middle of last month.

“Even Gretchen’s millions in attack ads can’t erase her record of broken promises,” Dixon tweeted in response to the Trafalgar poll findings. “We will defeat the Queen of Lockdowns.”

The Trafalgar poll was revealed a day after a report from Bridge Michigan showed that the state has lost nearly 82,000 jobs under Whitmer’s watch as the governor continues to tout her economic “achievements.” Whitmer has also repeatedly bragged about creating 25,000 auto jobs in the state, but those jobs don’t seem to exist.

Dixon blames Whitmer’s harsh COVID lockdown policies for Michigan’s sluggish economy.

“Gretchen Whitmer implemented the most draconian and extreme lockdowns in the country throughout the pandemic,” Dixon told Bridge Michigan.

“She destroyed our small business community … and forced hard working Michiganders to follow her intrusive orders that picked winners and losers. That is her economic legacy,” the GOP candidate added.

Trafalgar, one of the most-trusted survey companies in the country, has proven its accuracy in Michigan in the past. The company was one of the only pollsters that correctly predicted former President Donald Trump’s victory in the state in 2016.

The latest poll of 1,075 Michiganders conducted between September 24 – 28 also showed Democrats leading in the two other statewide races. Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson leads GOP candidate Kristina Karamo 50% to 45%, while Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel is ahead of Republican attorney Matthew DePerno 48% to 45%.

Dixon is set to hold a rally with Trump in Warren, Michigan, Saturday night. The former president endorsed Dixon days prior to her massive primary victory in early August. Since her victory, Dixon has come out with multiple conservative plans, from a Florida-like ban on public schools teaching sexual orientation and gender identity to K-3rd grade students to giving the police $1 billion in additional funding.

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