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Biden mocks Trump as ‘the great MAGA King’ in speech on economy
As Donald Trump’s chosen candidate David Perdue struggles to gain momentum in Georgia’s gubernatorial primary, Mike Pence has announced he will visit the state to get out the vote for incumbent Brian Kemp – a Republican who refused to bow to Mr Trump’s insistence that the state was stolen from Joe Biden in 2020.
Meanwhile, the select committee investigating the 6 January attack on the US Capitol 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.
And 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.
On Friday, the former president shared some thoughts on Elon Musk’s plan to buy Twitter, saying the billionaire would not pay a ‘ridiculous price’ for the platform as it is mostly “BOTS or spam accounts”.
New York AG nearing end of Trump probe
Andrew Amer made the disclosure during a hearing in a federal lawsuit Trump filed against Attorney General Letitia James as he seeks to put an end to her investigation. His lawyers argued the probe is a politically motivated fishing expedition.
A lawyer for the New York attorney general’s office said Friday that the office is “nearing the end” of its three-year investigation into former President Donald Trump and his business practices
Biden wants more funding for local police
President Joe Biden has asked state and local leaders to use money from his Covid-19 relief legislation to increasing spending for police forces across the country.
In a fact sheet released by the White House, the Biden administration announced that $10bn from the American Rescue Plan that passed last year were committed to public safety, with $6.5bn committed by more than half the states and more than 300 communities.
Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC.
Comes as Biden has pushed back on calls to ‘defund the police’
Pence backs Trump foe Brian Kemp in Georgia governor race
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp may have fallen out of Donald Trump’s good graces by certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win in the Peach State, but he still has the support of the number-two man in the Trump administration: Former Vice President Mike Pence.
Andrew Feinberg has the story:
Mr Pence is set to campaign for Mr Kemp at a 23 May get-out-the-vote rally
Lindsey Graham: ‘I was wrong’ for praising Biden after Capitol riot
Eric Garcia reports:
Comes after audio leaked of Graham saying Biden would be ‘maybe the best person to have,’ after January 6 insurrection
With shortage dragging on, Democrats ramp up response to baby formula crisis
House Democrats will increase their response to the baby formula shortage in the United States, according to a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Democratic Speaker wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter to her caucus that Congress would take action to respond to the shortage that has been caused by supply chain disruptions and a factory recall from the nation’s largest formula manufacturer.
Eric Garcia reports:
Comes as the White House also ramps up its response
Biden administration to release $45bn for nationwide internet
The Biden administration is taking the first steps to release $45 billion to ensure that every U.S. resident has access to high-speed internet by roughly 2028, inviting governors and other leaders on Friday to start the application process.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is overseeing the distribution and said that universal access to broadband internet would be akin to the electrification of rural America during the 1930s, a recognition that the internet is a utility needed for U.S. residents to function in today’s economy.
Louisiana bill to classify abortion as homicide is blocked for now
The bill faced widespread condemnation, including from anti-abortion groups and the state’s anti-abortion Democratic governor John Bel Edwards, after it passed through a committee within 48 hours of the publication of a leaked draft opinion from the US Supreme Court that signalled the end of Roe v Wade and constitutional protections for abortion care.
On 12 May, the state’s House of Representatives voted to amend House Bill 813 to strip out language that would classify abortion as homicide.
Alex Woodward reports.
Anti-abortion legislators clash over whether to punish women who have abortions
‘End of an era’: Peter Doocy posts selfie with Jen Psaki following their repeated clashes
Ms Psaki has been involved in a string of head-to-head confrontations in the briefing room with Mr Doocy during her time as the lead spokesperson for the president.
“End of an era in the Brady briefing room! Good luck, (Jen Psaki)” tweeted Doocy on Friday.
Graeme Massie reports:
Journalist admitted press secretary had made him a ‘better reporter’ through their sparring
‘If he wins, they’ll implement a Christian version of sharia law’
The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe reports on another Supreme Court ruling with potentially huge implications.
US Supreme Court set to make another ruling with huge reverberations, writes Andrew Buncombe in Bremerton
Madison Cawthorn tries to survive primary as slip-ups mount
That’s made the 26-year-old culture warrior a social media political celebrity and successful fundraiser. He’s near the top of the list of the former president’s most vocal allies on Capitol Hill.
But a series of unforced political and personal errors have brought both the force of big-name state Republicans and traditional enemies to bear against Cawthorn’s reelection bid.
A series of unforced political and personal errors by GOP congressman Madison Cawthorn has brought the forces of big-name Republicans and traditional enemies to bear on his reelection bid in North Carolina