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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is insisting that the media actually wanted Hurricane Ian to hit his state for the purpose of pushing a "political agenda."
In the days after the storm, the Republican governor conducted an interview with the conservative news outlet Florida's Voice in Cape Coral, Fla.
At one point during the interview, the news outlet's editor-in-chief Brendon Leslie asked DeSantis if there would be any consequences for weather forecasts that wrongfully predicted that the storm would make landfall in Tampa, Fla.
Responding to the question, the Republican governor claimed the media actually wanted the storm to cause more damage in his state.
"You have national regime media, that they wanted to see Tampa [get hit], because they thought that would be worse for Florida," said DeSantis.
He went on to explain how he believes members of the media think. "That's how these people think. I mean, they don't care about the people of this state," he said. They don't care about the people of this community. They want to use storms and destruction from storms as a way to advance their agenda.
"And they don't care what destruction's in their wake," he added. "They don't care about the lives here. If they can use it to pursue their political agenda, they will do it."
DeSantis, per the news outlet, also said that he "'absolutely' thought that media focus on early forecasts predicting that the hurricane would strike Tampa caused people in southwest Florida's Lee County, where Ian actually made landfall last Wednesday, to lower their guards."
Despite DeSantis' attack on the media, he has faced criticism for what was described as a "botched" evacuation plan for Lee County, Fla. The order was issued less than 24 hours before the storm made landfall; a call climatology expert Brian McNoldy deeply criticized.
However, DeSantis has defended his leadership pointing to the overnight models that indicated a last-minute shift out of his control.
"Tuesday morning ... most of our assets were in the Tampa Bay area," said DeSantis. "As we saw it shift first thing Tuesday morning in the overnight models, we started shifting down. But at the end of the day, you had models that had the storm going in a much different path."
Federal agents believe there's enough evidence to file criminal charges against Hunter Biden: report
Federal agents investigating Hunter Biden have reportedly said that they have enough evidence to file charges against him for tax-related crimes and a false statement related to a gun purchase, people close to the case tell The Washington Post.
"Agents determined months ago they had assembled a viable criminal case against the younger Biden. But it is ultimately up to prosecutors at the Justice Department, not agents, to decide whether to file charges in cases where prosecutors believe the evidence is strong enough to lead to a likely conviction at trial," The Post's report states. "Given the intense political interest in a criminal probe involving the son of a sitting president, Attorney General Merrick Garland has made clear that the U.S. Attorney in Delaware, David C. Weiss, is supervising the case."
Chris Clark, Hunter Biden's lawyer, says investigators are leaking information about the case.
“It is a federal felony for a federal agent to leak information about a Grand Jury investigation such as this one,” Clark said in a written statement to The Post. "Any agent you cite as a source in your article apparently has committed such a felony. We expect the Department of Justice will diligently investigate and prosecute such bad actors. As is proper and legally required, we believe the prosecutors in this case are diligently and thoroughly weighing not just evidence provided by agents, but also all the other witnesses in this case, including witnesses for the defense. That is the job of the prosecutors. They should not be pressured, rushed, or criticized for doing their job.”
Biden's second son Hunter was born in Wilmington, Delaware, where his father lives and the presidential transition operation is based. His brother Beau Biden, the former Delaware attorney general, died of cancer in 2015.
The investigation was disclosed just five days before the Electoral College is expected to formally select Joe Biden as the next president, following the November 3 election in which he defeated President Donald Trump.
The New York Times, citing unnamed sources familiar with the inquiry, reported in 2020 that the probe was opened in late 2018 and has included inquiries into "potential criminal violations" of tax laws.
From 2014 to 2019, while his father was vice president, Hunter Biden, a lawyer and lobbyist, served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company.
Donald Trump has accused Joe Biden, when he was president Barack Obama's deputy, of seeking the removal of Ukraine's top prosecutor to protect Burisma -- and his son -- from a corruption investigation.
Biden has acknowledged publicly that he did indeed push for the dismissal of the prosecutor but the European Union and IMF had also sought his removal -- not because of a Burisma probe but because he was seen as not being aggressive enough in pursuing corruption.
Since 2019 Trump and his Republican allies have assailed Hunter for his dealings with Ukraine and China, and there were unconfirmed reports that a Hunter Biden laptop was dropped off at a Delaware repair shop and contained incriminating data. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly seized the laptop in December 2019.
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It has been another grim week in Russia as protests continue across the country after Vladimir Putin instituted a military draft. Things aren't going well in his Ukraine invasion with more and more Russian soldiers dying, surrendering or being captured.
There has also been an outbreak of Russian military leaders falling out of windows or shooting themselves and their families. On Thursday, Putin's defense minister was encouraged by his own team to shoot himself, the Daily Beast reported, citing a Telegram post from one of the puppet Russian leaders in the Kherson region of Ukraine.
“Yes, really, many are saying that… a defense minister who allowed such circumstances to arise could, as an officer, just shoot himself. But, you know, for many the word ‘officer’ is not clear,” he said.
Since the start of the war, there has been an ongoing conversation about the Russian oligarchs Putin installed and their spending not to build up the military but instead to funnel that cash to themselves. It has resulted in embarrassing failures for Putin, who thought his military was larger and much more advanced than it actually was.
Putin, who turns 70 on Friday, has blamed "worthless" military leaders for the humiliation.
"After weeks of complaints by pro-Kremlin military bloggers, anger at the military has now officially carried over into a more formal setting: even some Russian lawmakers are now lashing out at defense officials, with retired army officer Andrei Kartapolov on Wednesday demanding the army 'stop lying' about war losses," said the Beast.
Meanwhile, propagandist Vladimir Solovyov, interviewing Kartapolov, noted the “only solution” would be to kill the defense brass he deemed "guilty."
It comes at a difficult time for Putin as it was just days ago he bragged that areas of Ukraine were officially Russian again. Now, Ukraine's efforts to retake those regions has resulted in more losses for Russian soldiers.