Biden mocks Trump as ‘the great MAGA King’ in speech on economy
On Capitol Hill, the January 6 riot committee investigating the 2021 attack has issued subpoenas to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers who are close allies of Donald Trump: Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Mo Brooks of Alabama. Each was given the opportunity to voluntarily give evidence.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is now investigating whether former President Trump or any of his aides violated federal law by mishandling classified documents that ended up at Mar-a-Lago instead of at the national archives at the end of his term.
Elsewhere, Republican reps Dan Crenshaw and Marjorie Taylor Greene feuded on Twitter after taking different votes on an aid package to Ukraine, with the former accusing the latter of angling for a spot on the Russia Today network.
As the row over the draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v Wade continues, hardline GOP senators are demanding anti-abortion protesters be arrested for demonstrating outside justices’ homes. Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee have called for them to be hauled off by the authorities, both citing a law passed during the Red Scare of the 1950s.
Jen Psaki says she and her children were target of ‘threats’ for White House work
Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki has detailed some of the tougher aspects of the job, including threats she received from angry critics of the Biden administration, in an interview with members of the press corps this week.
Speaking at the Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Thursday, Ms Psaki explained that throughout her time at the White House she received threatening messages mentioning both her and her children, with some even containing mentions of her home address.
Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 20:45
New poll has abortion tied with economy as most important issue of midterms
A new poll by Monmouth University has the economy and abortion tied as the most important issue of the midterm elections at 26 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.
Both are far ahead of healthcare (16 per cent), immigration (14 per cent), gun control (9 per cent), and taxes (8 per cent).
About 1 in 3 Democrats (32%) and 1 in 4 independents (26%) say agreeing with a candidate on abortion policy is the top consideration in their congressional vote. Four years ago, fewer than 1 in 10 in either group said the same. On the other hand, the number of Republicans who name abortion as their most important issue (17%) is about the same as in 2018. Among women, abortion as the most important midterm issue has increased from 10% to 30%, while among men it has increased from 9% to 19%.
“Many Democrats are clearly focused on abortion as a driving factor in the midterm elections. However, what is not clear from this one poll is whether this issue is actually motivating voters who would not otherwise come out to vote this year,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 20:41
Report: ‘Fake electors’ co-operating with Georgia investigation into Trump efforts to overturn election
Some of the 16 GeorgiaRepublicans who signed a fake electoral vote certificate that was sent to the National Archives are cooperating with a criminal investigation into former president Donald Trump’s effort to overturn his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden.
According to CNN, “several individuals” who served as fake electors on a document submitted to the archives by Georgia Republican Party Chair David Shafer have spoken to prosecutors with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ office as part of a probe into whether Mr Trump broke Georgia election law during his push to install himself in the White House for a second term against the wishes of American voters.
Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 20:31
Republican governors ask DoJ to block protests outside Supreme Court justices’ homes
Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 20:12
Biden thanks Senate for Fed confirmations
Statement from President Biden:
I have made it clear that tackling inflation is my top domestic priority. So I am pleased to see the Senate take a step forward on my agenda to get inflation under control by confirming my nominees to the Fed. I want to thank the Senate for confirming Jerome Powell, Dr. Lisa Cook, and Dr. Philip Jefferson this week, joining the recent confirmation of Dr. Lael Brainard. The Federal Reserve plays a primary role in fighting inflation, and these well-qualified members of the Board will bring the skill and knowledge needed at this critical time for our economy and families across the country. We still have more work to do to finish filling the Fed Board, which is why I call on the Senate to swiftly confirm Michael Barr, my nominee for Vice Chair for Supervision.
Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 20:05
Jerome Powell confirmed to second term as Fed chair
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Jerome Powell for a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chair, giving bipartisan backing to Mr Powell’s high-stakes efforts to curb the highest inflation in four decades.
The 80-19 vote reflected broad support in Congress for the Fed’s drive to combat surging prices through a series of sharp interest rate hikes that could extend well into next year. The Fed’s goal is to slow borrowing and spending enough to ease the inflation pressures.
Since February, when his first term expired, Mr Powell had been leading the central bank in a temporary capacity.
He faces a difficult and risky task in trying to quell inflation without weakening the economy so much as to cause a recession. The job market remains robust and has strengthened to a point that Mr Powell has said is “too hot” and is contributing to an overheating economy.
Spiking prices across the economy have caused pain for millions of Americans whose wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of such necessities as food, gas and rent. And the prospect of steadily higher interest rates has unsettled the financial markets, with stock prices having tumbled for weeks.
Mr Powell’s support Thursday in the Senate was roughly in line with what he received four years ago, after he was first nominated as Chair by President Donald Trump. At that time, the Senate voted 84-13 to confirm him.
His confirmation comes even as many economists have sharply criticized the Fed for waiting too long to respond to worsening inflation, making its task harder and riskier.
Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 19:58
McCarthy reacts to Jan 6 subpoena
Says House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “I have not seen the subpoena. I guess they sent it to you guys before they sent it to me. … They’re not conducting a legitimate investigation. It seems as though they just want to go after their political opponents.”
Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 19:47
Trump warns Pennsylvania Republicans not to back surging Barnette in primary
Former President Donald Trump has issued a statement warning Pennsylvania Republican voters not to back Kathy Barnette in the party’s Senate primary next week.
There has been a last-minute surge in polling for the conservative activist to the detriment of Trump-endorsed candidate Dr Mehmet Oz.
The former president said: “Kathy Barnette will never be able to win the General Election against the Radical Left Democrats.
“She has many things in her past which have not been properly explained or vetted, but if she is able to do so, she will have a wonderful future in the Republican Party — and I will be behind her all the way.”
He added: “Dr Oz is the only one who will be able to easily defeat the Crazed, Lunatic Democrat in Pennsylvania. A vote for anyone else in the Primary is a vote against Victory in the Fall!”
Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 19:40
ICYMI: Michael Cohen testifies in lawsuit against Trump
The ex-president’s former “fixer” was deposed as part of a lawsuit stemming from allegations that Trump Organization security guards outside then-candidate Trump’s building on Fifth Avenue attacked demonstrators protesting his derogatory remarks about Mexicans.
Mr Cohen claims that Mr Trump ordered guards to attack protesters, which his company has denied.
Alex Woodward reports from New York.
Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 19:33
‘I had just hit my limit’: Psaki regrets comment about sending Covid tests to every American
Outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said that she had hit her “limit” in terms of questions about Covid tests when she previously asked, “should we just send one to every American?” in response to a reporter’s question.
In December of last year, Ms Psaki was repeatedly asked about the availability of Covid tests in the US, leading to her eventually responding in a tone some considered sarcastic or mocking.
Almost two weeks later, the government bought 500 million tests to send to Americans.
Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 19:14
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