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A screenshot from "60 Minutes" of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: CBS

CBS issued a statement defending "60 Minutes" Wednesday, after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said the program was "dishonest" about the state's partnership with Publix dominating COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Palm Beach County.

Driving the news: DeSantis called the show "smear merchants" for reporting Sunday that poorer communities had been left behind, with no Publix Super Markets in Belle Glade, in the Glades area of Palm Beach County.

  • He listed several centers and pop-up sites in the county, citing CVS and Walgreens as vaccine options.

What they're saying: CBS said in a statement first obtained by the Washington Post that Publix was the "only" pharmacy with vaccines in January for seniors in the general population of Palm Beach County.

  • It stressed the show's focus was on the Glades area of the county, with mostly Black and Hispanic residents required to drive for 25 miles if they had a car "or take a long bus ride'" to the nearest Publix.
  • CBS added that COVID vaccines didn't reach the Glades until late February for CVS and mid-March for Walgreens — "well after the Governor began distributing the vaccine with Publix on Jan. 21."
  • CVS and Walgreens distributed vaccines to nursing homes via federal programs, which is why DeSantis' comments on these companies weren't included in the program, CBS added.

For the record: The show raised the ire of DeSantis and other politicians in the state after alleging that the governor announced the Publix partnership weeks after the grocery store group gave $100,000 to his PAC. Both DeSantis and Publix deny any wrongdoing.

  • Florida Division of Emergency Management director Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat, tweeted Tuesday that he told "60 Minutes" the Publix story was "bulls--t."
  • Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner (D) accused CBS in a statement Monday of being "intentionally false."

Go deeper: DeSantis milks "60 Minutes" spat

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Biden calls on Cuomo to resign after sexual harassment findings

Cuomo with Biden and Sen. Chuck Schumer in September 2020. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign on Tuesday after an independent investigation found that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including employees in his office, in violation of state and federal law.

Why it matters: Unlike dozens of other prominent Democrats, Biden held off on calling for Cuomo's resignation in March when the allegations of sexual misconduct first emerged.

Biden expected to announce new eviction ban

President Biden. Photo: Bloomberg / Contributor

President Biden is expected to reveal a new, more "targeted" ban on evictions, three sources familiar with the matter confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: The Biden administration allowed the previous evictions moratorium to expire on Saturday night — putting millions of people at risk of homelessness.

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Pelosi joins top Dems calling for Gov. Cuomo to resign after damning report

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Top Democratic lawmakers called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign on Tuesday after an independent investigation concluded he sexually harassed multiple women in violation of federal and state law.

The latest: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a statement Tuesday afternoon commending the "comprehensive and independent investigation" and called for Cuomo's resignation.