Biden taunts Trump as “the great MAGA king” in economics speech.
As Donald Trump’s nominee David Perdue struggles to gain momentum in Georgia’s gubernatorial primary, Mike Pence has announced he will be visiting the state to seek the vote for incumbent Brian Kemp — a Republican who refused to meet Mr. Bending Trump’s insistence that the state was stolen by Joe Biden in 2020.
Meanwhile, the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 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: the House of Representatives Jim Jordan from Ohio, Scott Perry from Pennsylvania and Andy Biggs from Arizona and Mo Brooks from Alabama. Everyone was given the opportunity to testify voluntarily.
And the Justice Department is now investigating whether former President Trump or one of his associates violated federal law by mishandling classified documents that ended up in Mar-a-Lago instead of 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 wouldn’t pay a “ridiculous price” for the platform as it mostly deals with “BOTS or spam accounts.”
Amid the nationwide shortage, the House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation into baby formula manufacturers
The chair of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee is demanding answers from leaders from the four largest baby formula makers in the United States about what their companies are doing to alleviate a formula shortage that has left parents struggling to improve their to feed children across the country.
Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.
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Psaki fights back tears as she says she’s been trying to restore “respect and integrity” to the White House press role
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said she promised herself not to “get emotional” during her final appearance behind the lectern at the James Brady Briefing Room, but that promise was quickly broken when she held back tears, briefly before asking reporters for the 244 the last time.
Ms. Psaki, who is reportedly leaving for a role on the MSNBC cable news network, thanked President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden for honoring her with serving during the first 15 months of Mr. Biden’s tenure as Chief White House Speaker act.
Recalling her first meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Biden after the 2020 election, she said they discussed “the importance of returning integrity, respect and courtesy to the White House” while working with the press.
Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 13, 2022 7:08 p.m
The Philadelphia Inquirer declines to endorse the GOP PA Senate primary nominee
In an editorial comment, The Philadelphia investigator has declined to endorse any of the candidates running in the Republican Party primary to run in the upcoming Pennsylvania Senate election.
Captioned, “We wanted to assist in the Republican primary this year. We can’t,” the op-ed said, noting that the board, while more Democratic, has been a part of Republican races for the past few years and has always found “points of agreement, enduring moments of mutual respect, and such appreciation as non-political qualifications.” that are objectively commendable”.
“Most fundamentally, we all worked in the same reality,” writes the board. “You can’t say that in 2022.”
When we sent a poll to Republican nominees in the Senate race to determine their positions on a range of issues, we learned that almost everyone in the field felt our questions were biased and unfair.
From their point of view, one of the most problematic questions we asked was: who won the 2020 presidential election? The only two options in the multiple choice format were Joe Biden or Donald Trump. Only one candidate – Jeff Bartos – agreed to acknowledge reality.
If one of those Republicans wins the general election, they’ll represent Pennsylvania at the next State of the Union address. We guarantee it won’t be Donald Trump entering the US Capitol to deliver the speech. The 2020 election is over. One contestant won, he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his name is Joe Biden.
How do you find agreement when you can’t find common ground on facts so basic they could be used in a field sobriety test?
Read the article here.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 13, 2022 6:52 p.m
Don Jr. says Pompeo is “smart enough” to know he shouldn’t be running against Trump in 2024
Donald Trump Jr. has said in an interview that Mike Pompeo should be “smart enough” to know whether to run against his father Donald Trump should the former president run again in the 2024 election.
Mr Trump has not officially stated whether he will run in the next presidential election.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 13, 2022 6:34 p.m
Jen Psaki gives final briefing as White House press secretary
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is currently giving her final briefing before stepping down from the role. It is her 224th briefing.
Here’s our compilation of clips from their key moments behind the lectern in the boardroom.
Key moments from Jen Psaki’s time as White House press secretary
Oliver O’ConnellMay 13, 2022 6:22 p.m
Hannity continues the attack on the “Ultra-Maga” PA contestant
When far-right Kathy Barnette emerges in the Pennsylvania Senate primary, supporters of Donald Trump and his nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz to oppose them. Among those visibly outraged is Fox News host Sean Hannity, who blasted a remarkably galling thread against Ms Barnette:
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Trump says Elon Musk won’t buy Twitter at such a ‘ridiculous price’
Donald Trump says Elon Musk will not buy Twitter at “such a ridiculous price” after the billionaire announced he was putting his $44 billion purchase of the platform on hold.
The Tesla boss says he’s “still determined” to buy Twitter, but the deal is on hold until he gathers more information about the spam and fake accounts on the platform.
Mr Musk has vowed to let Mr Trump back on the platform as soon as he takes control of it, but the year-old President ever questioned this in a post on his own Truth Social platform.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 13, 2022 5:55 p.m
ICYMI: A pro-Trump Netflix could be coming your way
A bespoke social media platform (albeit a besieged one) is all well and good, but Donald Trump now appears to be pursuing another endeavor to provide a “sanctuary” for the president’s fans: a right-wing alternative to Netflix.
Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) is recruiting staff for the new company. In an ad published on Wednesday, the group announced that the streaming service, dubbed TMTG+, will be “a ‘big tent’ platform offering broad-based entertainment based on free speech.”
It added that “in addition to social media platform Truth Social, our SVOD [Subscription Video on Demand] The TMTG+ platform will be home to a variety of unscripted, scripted and original content.”
Srivasti Dasgupta has more.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 13, 2022 5:37 p.m