GOP governor calls on fellow Republicans to ‘drop’ Trump
Newly leaked emails show former Donald Trump lawyer John Eastman urged GOP officials in Pennsylvania to reject thousands of mail-in ballots in a bid to ultimately overturn the election result presidential 2020, Politics reports.
“You would be left with a significant Trump lead that would strengthen the case for the Legislature adopting a Trump voter list,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, former Trump NSA General Mike Flynn claims he is being ‘harassed’ by the military trying to recover nearly $40,000 he was paid by the US-controlled TV station. the Russian government, Russia Today. The payment may violate the emoluments clause of the US Constitution.
And in New York, Donald Trump was ordered to pay $110,000 in fines as a judge lifted a contempt order against him stemming from a legal dispute over documents from the Trump Organization.
Wednesday’s decision comes after Mr Trump’s chosen Republican representative, Alex Mooney, beat fellow Republican David McKinley in a primary in West Virginia last night, while another Trump-backed candidate failed to the Nebraska governor’s primary.
Likely Kentucky Senate contest pits ideological opposite against Rand Paul
Sen. Rand Paul rarely targets his likely Democratic opponent by name, but the Republican campaign attacks in Kentucky are undoubtedly targeting Charles Booker’s agenda – in what is shaping up to be a populist-themed battle with radically different ideas to win over the people.
In his pursuit of a third term in the Senate, Paul projects a national voice for a libertarian-leaning philosophy based on limited government and restrained spending.
Mr. Booker, his ideological opposite, promotes a New Deal-style economic platform. Booker is the clear favorite on the Democratic side in the Bluegrass State primary election next Tuesday.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 01:00
ICYMI: GOP senator compares women to sea turtles and eagles in speech against abortion rights
“Why do we have laws in place that protect sea turtle eggs or eagle eggs?” said Mr. Daines. “Because when you destroy an egg, you kill an unborn baby sea turtle or an unborn baby eagle. Yet when it comes to an unborn human baby rather than a sea turtle, that baby will be stripped of all protections in all 50 states under the Democrats’ bill we will vote on tomorrow.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 00:00
Voices: Copyright reform is vital – but Hawley’s proposals are a homophobic attack on free speech
Our current Copyright diet is far too restrictive. Intellectual copyright now binds books, movies, songs, poems and art for generations, making it difficult, if not impossible, for scholars, critics and other artists to push back or expand relevant cultural conversations. New art is made from old art. An overly restrictive copyright regime is therefore bad for art and bad for freedom of expression.
Missouri Senator Josh Haley introduced a bill to reduce the term of copyright. Which should be a good thing. But it’s Josh Hawley, uprising supporter and whirlwind of horror. So his bill to reduce copyright conditions does not defend freedom of expression and does not support artists. It does the opposite of those things.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 11:00 p.m.
“Fiery” Psaki ends his tenure as press secretary on Friday
Jen Psaki, whose last day of work is Friday, has answered questions from reporters almost every day of the week for the nearly 500 days that Joe Biden has been in office.
This makes her one of the White House’s top communicators and perhaps the most public face of the administration after only President and Vice President Kamala Harris. His departure could make it harder to deliver Biden’s message at a critical time for him, at least in the short term.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 10:30 p.m.
Trump wanted to court-martial former military officials, book says
Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s list of shocking revelations about his former boss continued to grow on Tuesday with the official release of his new book detailing his time in the Trump administration.
Mr. Esper wrote in the book, and in more detail in an interview with The Washington Postthat he and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley tried to dissuade then-President Donald Trump from ordering the court-martial of two retired military officers after they criticized his style of leadership.
John Bowden has the story.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 10:13 p.m.
Vice President Harris calls out extremist Republican leaders who want to punish women
More from Vice President Kamala Harris after the vote: “What we see in this country are extremist Republican leaders who want to punish and criminalize women who want to make decisions about their own bodies.”
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 9:58 p.m.
The Independent‘s Eric Garcia reports from Capitol Hill following the Senate vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, after speaking with Sen. Tim Kaine.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 9:55 p.m.
Judge to block DeSantis redistricting plan in Florida
A congressional map approved by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and drawn by his staff is unconstitutional because it divides a district where black voters can choose their representatives, a state judge ruled Wednesday.
Leon County Circuit Judge Layne Smith said he would issue a formal order Thursday or Friday to stop the cards from taking effect in the November election. He made it clear that he would come out in favor of the voting rights groups challenging the cards.
Mr. Smith said the order will likely replace the DeSantis card with one of two the Legislature included in a bill and sent to Mr. DeSantis in March. The governor vetoed the bill and then recalled the Legislative Assembly in special session. The Republican-dominated House and Senate chose not to draw a new map and instead adopted the DeSantis map.
The challenge centers on a North Florida district now held by Democratic U.S. Representative Al Lawson. The district stretches from Jacksonville west more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) to Gadsden County and nearly half of its population is black.
Governor DeSantis’ proposal prompted a protest from members of the Black House as the chamber prepared to vote on the cards.
Mr Smith said he would issue his order as soon as he could so the state could immediately appeal it. It may be the state’s conservative Supreme Court that will ultimately resolve the dispute.
He said while the DeSantis map is more compact, the issue of allowing black voters to choose their representatives is more important.
“The district that has since been signed into law and signed into law by the governor is dispersing 367,000 African American votes among four different districts,” Smith said in a video call with the two sides. “The African-American population is far from being a plurality or a majority.”
The governor’s office drew up a map that it described as neutral on race and party affiliation, and which it said respected both the state and federal constitutions.
Mr Smith said his decision would be based on the state constitution, not the US Constitution.
Qualifying for federal office will run June 13-17.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 9:42 p.m.
Watch: Kamala Harris announces Women’s Health Protection Act hasn’t passed
Leaving the room, the vice-president spoke briefly with the journalists.
“This vote clearly suggests that the Senate is not where the majority of Americans are on this issue,” Harris said. “It also makes it clear that a priority for anyone who cares about this issue, the priority should be electing pro-choice Democrats.”
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 9:38 p.m.
Statement by President Biden on the Senate vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act
Once again – as fundamental rights are threatened in the Supreme Court – Senate Republicans have blocked passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that affirmatively protects access to care reproductive health. This failure to act comes at a time when women’s constitutional rights are under unprecedented attack — and it goes against the will of the majority of the American people. Republicans in Congress — none of whom voted for this bill — have chosen to obstruct Americans’ right to make the most personal decisions about their own bodies, families, and lives. To protect the right to choose, voters must elect more pro-choice senators in November and return a pro-choice majority to the House. If they do, Congress can pass this bill in January and put it on my desk, so I can sign it. The protections that the Women’s Health Protection Act would provide are essential to the health, safety and progress of our country. Although this legislation did not pass today, my administration will not stop fighting to protect women’s access to reproductive care. We will continue to uphold women’s constitutional rights to make private reproductive choices, as recognized in Roe v. Wade nearly half a century ago, and my administration will continue to explore the measures and tools at our disposal to achieve this.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 11, 2022 9:33 p.m.