Thursday May 12, 2022

Biden mocks Trump as ‘the great MAGA King’ in speech on economy

The Department of Justice is now investigating whether former President Donald 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 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 Mr 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.

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.

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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.

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Supreme Court meets for first time since bombshell leak

The justices were set to discuss outstanding cases and pending petitions when they meet on Thursday but will also probably deal with the ramifications of the breach of confidentiality that led to outrage among pro-choice activists and elation in anti-abortion groups.

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 18:59

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Capitol riot committee subpoenas Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers

The House select committee investigating the 6 January 2021 attack on the Capitol has issued subpoenas to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other Republicans who are close allies of former president Donald Trump: Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Mo Brooks of Alabama.

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Andrew Feinberg reports on this developing story.

Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 18:45

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Voices: Two studies in uselessness – Chuck Schumer and Susan Collins

Eric Garcia writes:

The Democrats’ flailing effort to stand up for Roe v Wade is matched by a moderate Republican’s feeble response to the abortion rights crisis.

Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 18:36

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ICYMI: Baked Alaska Capitol riot plea hearing falls apart

White supremacist internet personality Tim Gionet, who is popularly known as Baked Alaska, has derailed his plea deal with federal prosecutors by declaring himself innocent in a last-minute turn of events in a case linked to the 6 January riots at the US Capitol.

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Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 18:17

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Breaking: Prosecutors begin probe into secret official documents Trump took to Mar-a-Lago

The Department of Justice is now investigating whether former President Donald Trump or any of his aides violated federal law by mishandling classified documents that ended up at his Florida home instead of being returned to the national archives at the end of his term.

Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 18:01

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Biden warns of GOP plan to reverse same-sex marriage rights next

That was the message he delivered to donors at a fundraiser on Wednesday hosted by the Democratic National Committee as the White House and Democrats nationally face questions about whether they have a strategy to see abortion rights protected at the federal level in the event that the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade.

John Bowden reports.

Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 17:58

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Cyber Ninjas: Arizona GOP election audit contractor spent $8.8m, documents show

Cyber Ninjas, the contractor run by an election conspiracy theorist that was tasked with running the partisan audit of Maricopa County, Arizona ballots, ended up spending $2.1m more than it had on hand to determine yet again that Joe Biden won Grand Canyon State’s most populous county in the 2020 election.

According to records released by a watchdog group, American Oversight, the audit ordered by Republicans who control the Arizona state Senate cost approximately $8.8m — including $5.2m allocated to pay and labour costs — a number far higher than the relatively paltry sum of $150,000 the company had originally quoted in a “statement of work” prepared for the Arizona senate.

Andrew Feinberg has the details.

Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 17:39

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Dan Crenshaw says Marjorie Taylor Greene is ‘going after that Russia Today slot’ in row over Ukraine aid

On Tuesday, the House passed a $40bn aid package to Ukraine. Every Democrat present voted for the legislation, while 57 Republicans voted against the package, including Ms Greene.

Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell12 May 2022 17:20

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Ron DeSantis’s redistricting map thrown out by judge

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, generally considered the party’s second most popular leader after Donald Trump, has suffered a setback in his efforts to redistrict his state’s congressional districts. A judge has thrown out the map drawn up by his administration on the basis that it “diminishes African Americans’ ability to elect candidates of their choice” in Florida’s 5th District, which spans Jacksonville to Tallahassee.

Alex Woodward has the story.

Andrew Naughtie12 May 2022 16:57

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Biden ramps up warnings on Republican radicalisation

The shape of the Democrats’ midterm elections campaign is coming into view, and it seems the party is going with the expected gambit of putting Joe Biden front and centre to make the case against the other side. With the draft Roe v Wade opinion now out in the open, Mr Biden is going hard on the attack against Republicans in general – and at a DNC fundraiser last night, he pulled no punches.

“Did you ever think we’d be in a position in the year 2022 – we’d be talking about banning books in schools?” the president said on 11 May, referring to a growing campaign from conservative activists and Republican legislators to restrict speech in schools, including “bans” on certain books in libraries.

“I mean, you know, the idea that you cannot mention – you cannot mention to the school. What’s going to happen to a gay child, an L[G]BTQ child in school?” he said. “I mean, this thing – it’s one thing to take on Disney World. They’re going to storm Cinderella’s castle before this is over.”

Alex Woodward has more.

Andrew Naughtie12 May 2022 16:10

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