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GOP governor calls on fellow Republicans to ‘move on’ from Trump

Newly revealed emails show former Donald Trump attorney John Eastman urged GOP officials in Pennsylvania to throw out thousands of absentee ballots in an effort to ultimately overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election, Politico reports.

“You’d be left with a significant Trump lead that would bolster the argument for the Legislature adopting a slate of Trump electors,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, former Trump NSA General Mike Flynn claims he is being “persecuted” by the Army which is trying to recoup almost $40,000 he was paid by Russian government-controlled TV network Russia Today. The payment may violate the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution.

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And in New York, Donald Trump has been ordered to pay $110,000 in fines as a judge lifted a contempt order against him stemming from a legal dispute over Trump Organization documents.

The Wednesday ruling comes after Mr Trump’s chosen Republican representative Alex Mooney defeated fellow Republican David McKinley in a primary in West Virginia last night, while another Trump-backed candidate fell short in Nebraska’s gubernatorial primary.

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Senate now voting on protecting a woman’s right to choose

Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 20:38

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Marsha Blackburn says Justice Department should arrest pro-choice protesters

Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn said the Department of Justice should use a little-used law enacted during the Red Scare of the 1950s to punish Americans who protest outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.

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Emails show Trump lawyer tell GOP officials to throw out absentee ballots in 2020 election

Newly revealed emails show that former Donald Trump attorney John Eastman urged Republican officials in Pennsylvania to throw out thousands of absentee ballots and recount the commonwealth’s popular vote to show Mr Trump leading there in an effort to ultimatley overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election.

Abe Asher reports.

Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 20:17

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Michael Flynn says US Army is ‘persecuting’ him

Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn claims he is being “persecuted“ by the Army which is trying to recoup almost $40,000 he was paid by the Russian government.

The retired Lieutenant General was paid $38,557.06 by Russian state-controlled television network Russia Today to attend a December 2015 gala.

Graeme Massie reports.

Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 20:08

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Kentucky AG enters 2023 governor’s race

Republican Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed paperwork on Wednesday to enter the state’s 2023 governor’s race, hoping to ride his resistance to Democratic Governor Andy Beshear’s coronavirus restrictions into the governor’s office.

Mr Cameron, seen as a rising GOP star, made history in 2019 as the first African American in Kentucky to serve as the state’s attorney general. Now he’s trying to blaze another trail in his bid for governor.

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The attorney general last year led the legal fight against pandemic-related restrictions Mr Beshear imposed to try to stem the spread of the virus. Mr Cameron won the case in the Kentucky Supreme Court, which cleared the way for new laws to rein in the governor’s emergency powers. The governor maintains that his actions saved lives.

Mr Cameron has close ties to the state’s most powerful Republican — US Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell — having formerly served as the senator’s legal counsel.

He enters what could become a crowded field of Republicans running to unseat Governor Beshear in next year’s top-of-the-ticket race.

Recent polling shows Mr Beshear remains popular in Republican-trending Kentucky. The governor has landed the state’s two largest-ever economic development projects during his term.

Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 19:57

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Poll: Democrat enthusiasm for midterms boosted over Roe v Wade

A new poll from Morning Consult/Politico suggests that Democrats are beginning to get revved up for the midterm elections due to the threat of Roe v Wade being overturned, though Republicans maintain the enthusiasm lead.

The polling group says:

Since an April 29-May 2 survey conducted before Politico published Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion revealing that the court’s conservative majority had voted to overturn Roe, the share of Democratic voters who said they were “extremely” or “very” enthusiastic to vote in the midterm elections increased from 48% to 54%, while Republican excitement increased from 59% to 61%.

Democrats’ increased eagerness to vote was propelled by women: 51% of female Democrats said they are at least very enthusiastic to vote this November, up 11 points over the week and at its highest point since weekly tracking began in September.

Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 19:50

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House Dems protest doomed Senate vote on abortion rights

The Independent’s Erica Garcia is on Capitol Hill and spotted some familiar faces from the progressive wing of the party.

Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 19:42

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US inflation rate slowed to 0.3 per cent in April

The US Consumer Price Index rose by just three tenths of a per cent in April, the Bureau of Labour Statistics said Wednesday.

The 0.3 per cent increase is the smallest monthly rise in prices in the last six months — just a quarter of the 1.2 per cent increase recorded in March — and could indicate the rate of inflation is slowing after months of record increases.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

US inflation rate slowed to 0.3 per cent last month

The .3 per cent increase is the smallest monthly rise in prices in the last six months — just a quarter of the 1.2 per cent increase recorded in March — and could indicate the rate of inflation is slowing after months of record increases

Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 19:39

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Biden: America fighting on two fronts

Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 19:32

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Quick Senate OK expected for House-passed Ukraine aid

Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 19:30

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