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DeSantis takes shot at Trump

FLORIDA GOV. Ron DeSantis (Shutterstock).

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took a verbal swing at former president Donald Trump at a fundraiser Saturday in Iowa.

According to the Associated Press, DeSantis – who is expected to announce a run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination soon – complained about his party’s “culture of losing” and make some remarks that seemed to be aimed at Trump.

“Governing is not about entertaining. It’s not about building a brand or talking on social media and virtue signaling,” DeSantis said. “It’s ultimately about winning and producing results.”

At the presidential level, Republicans have lost five of the last eight elections, and lost the popular vote in seven of eight.

Ukraine president meets with Pope

UKRAINIAN Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Shutterstock).

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Pope Francis in Vatican City on Saturday. According to The New York Times, Zelensky also met with Italy’s president and prime minister.

Reports from the front of the Russian-Ukrainian war indicate that Ukrainian forces are making progress in advancing near the strategic city of Bakhmut. A major counter-offensive against the invaders is expected.

Also in the news … California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced revisions in the state budget, which anticipates a $22.5 billion decline in revenue. Among the measures he’s considering a new $2.5 billion tax on managed care health plans.

Angels lose in Cleveland, Dodgers host Padres

The Los Angeles Angels blew a 6-2 lead in Cleveland and lost to the  Guardians 8-6. The key blow was a three-run eighth inning home run by Josh The Los Angeles Dodgers are home playing the San Diego Padres.

Check back for the results.

Weather: Nice weather we’ve been having

Who would want to live anywhere else when the West Orange County area has such a nice climate? The forecast for Sunday is for partly cloudy skies with a daytime high of 72 and an overnight low of 59. Monday should be similar with a high of 71 (58), but Tuesday should warm to 77 (59).

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