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Salman Rushdie’s condition remains serious two days after suffering injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in upstate New York, but his agent confirms “The Satanic Verses” author is “on the road to recovery.”

Rushdie’s “condition is headed in the right direction,” the 75-year-old’s agent, Wylie, told The Associated Press on Sunday, a day after it was announced that the author was removed from a ventilator and able to talk and joke.

Wylie said Rushdie’s recovery would be a long process after previously saying the author suffered a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm and an eye, which Rushdie was likely to lose.

A reporter with The Associated Press at the event in upstate New York witnessed the attacker stab or punch Rushdie about 10 or 15 times.

Rushdie’s son Zafar Rushdie said Sunday in a statement on behalf of the family that his father remained in critical condition.

“Though his life-changing injuries are severe, his usual feisty & defiant sense of humor remains intact,” the younger Rushdie said.

The statement also expressed gratitude for the “audience members who bravely leapt to his defense,” as well as police, doctors and “the outpouring of love and support from around the world.”

Hadi Matar, 24, pleaded not guilty Saturday to attempted murder and assault charges in the attack at the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit education and retreat center.

A judge ordered him held without bail after District Attorney Jason Schmidt told her Matar took steps to purposely put himself in a position to harm Rushdie, getting an advance pass to the event where the author was speaking and arriving a day early bearing a fake ID.

The award-winning author has faced death threats for “The Satanic Verses” for more than 30 years after it was published in 1988, with many Muslims regarding as blasphemy a dream sequence based on the life of the Prophet Muhammad, among other objections.

The attack prompted social media users, including several members of Congress, to voice criticism of the Biden administration’s pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran considering the country’s past support of a fatwa against Rushdie’s life.

“Iran has offered a bounty to anyone who assassinates Salman Rushdie,” Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted on Friday. “Today he was stabbed in America. Why is Biden still negotiating a ‘deal’ with these terrorists in Tehran?”

President Biden said Saturday in a statement that he and first lady Jill Biden were “shocked and saddened” by the attack.

“Salman Rushdie — with his insight into humanity, with his unmatched sense for story, with his refusal to be intimidated or silenced — stands for essential, universal ideals,” the statement read. “Truth. Courage. Resilience. The ability to share ideas without fear. These are the building blocks of any free and open society.”

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    Country Music Icon Loretta Lynn Dead at 90

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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.

    “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, Oct. 4, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills [in Tennessee],” her family shared in a statement to the Associated Press.

    Lynn, the daughter of Kentucky coal miner Melvin “Ted” Webb, made a name for herself by writing personal songs about being a woman in Appalachia.

    Already a mother to four children, she launched her music career in the early 1960s, singing about her rural Kentucky upbringing.

    The Country Music Hall of Famer, who often wore long, sparkling gowns, was ahead of her time, singing about topics like sex, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control.

    She also broke barriers by becoming the first woman to be named Entertainer of the Year at two major awards shows, first by the Country Music Association in 1972 and then by the Academy of Country Music three years later.

    The Academy of Country Music chose her as the Artist of the Decade for the 1970s, and she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

    Lynn won her first Grammy Award in 1971 for her and Conway Twitty’s duet “After the Fire Is Gone.”

    She continued to climb in her career in more recent years, earning two more Grammys in 2005: Best Country Album for “Van Lear Rose” and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for “Portland, Oregon” with Jack White. And in 2010, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her 50 years in country music.

    Lynn was also honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2013.

    During her career, the legendary artist made waves in Hollywood, too. Her 1980 film, “The Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which was based on her 1976 autobiographical novel of the same title, starred Sissy Spacek and has been preserved in the US National Film Registry.

    Lynn and her husband, Oliver Lynn, were married for nearly 50 years before he died in 1996 at the age of 69. They had six children: Betty, Jack, Ernest, Clara and twins Patsy and Peggy. She had 17 grandchildren and four step-grandkids.

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    Hunter Biden Laptop Whistleblower Speaks Out in Tucker Carlson Interview

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    A Trump-hating former FBI agent short-circuited the bureau’s probe of Hunter Biden’s laptop just before the 2020 election by ghosting a key whistleblower, the former associate of the president’s son told Tucker Carlson Monday.

    Tony Bobulinski, a former Hunter Biden pal and business associate who came forward with damning evidence about alleged Biden family corruption just two weeks before the 2020 presidential election, told the Fox News host that Timothy Thibault never followed up with him despite promising to.

    “Tim Thibault, in his last discussion with my legal counsel, said, ‘Listen, we know Tony’s cooperating. We appreciate all the information he’s provided. We will follow up with you. We are definitely going to have him come in for a follow-up interview, or spend some more time on this,’” Bobulinski told Carlson. “And I haven’t heard from him since. Nor have my lawyers.”

    “That’s shocking,” an incredulous Carlson replied.

    “Uh, shocking, that would be one adjective,” Bobulinski said.

    The interview corroborated a recent report from New York Post columnist Miranda Devine about Thibault’s extraordinary alleged efforts to shut down the probe, which may have changed the election outcome. Timothy Thibault, who left the bureau in August under mysterious circumstances, was the key to burying evidence contained on the laptop, wrote Devine, author of “Laptop From Hell.”

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

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    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

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    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

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    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.’

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    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’

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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