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.
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.
Watch: Kamala Harris announces the Women’s Health Protection Act did not pass
As she left the chamber, the vice president spoke briefly with reporters.
“This vote clearly suggests that the Senate is not where the majority of Americans are on this issue,” Ms Harris said. “It also makes clear that a priority for all who care about this issue, the priority should be to elect pro choice Democrats.”
Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 21:38
Statement from President Biden on the Senate Vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act
Once again – as fundamental rights are at risk at the Supreme Court – Senate Republicans have blocked passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that affirmatively protects access to reproductive health care. This failure to act comes at a time when women’s constitutional rights are under unprecedented attack – and it runs counter to the will of the majority of American people. Republicans in Congress – not one of whom voted for this bill – have chosen to stand in the way of Americans’ rights to make the most personal decisions about their own bodies, families and lives. To protect the right to choose, voters need to elect more pro-choice senators this 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 into law. The protections that the Women’s Health Protection Act would ensure are essential to the health, safety, and progress of our nation. While this legislation did not pass today, my Administration will not stop fighting to protect access to women’s reproductive care. We will continue to defend 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 do just that.
Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 21:33
Senate Democrats fail to pass legislation to protect abortion rights
Senate Democrats’ attempt to pass legislation codifying the protections in Roe v Wade ended unceremoniously despite the fact that many of them fear that abortion rights are at risk.
Many Senators from both parties filed in and out of the chamber, not staying in their desks during the actual vote, as if to understate the lack of gravity of such a vote.
Eric Garcia reports from the Senate Chamber for The Independent.
Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 21:28
Report says watchdog investigating if Texas misspent Covid aid on border crackdown
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who made immigration a cornerstone issue of his administration since assuming office seven years ago, is catching heat from a federal watchdog investigating whether his state misspent Covid aid to offset the costs of his crackdown on the US-Mexico border.
Operation Lone Star, the Republican’s massive security mission that sought to increase arrests along the state’s southern border, was reportedly partially supported by rerouting roughly $1bn in public health and safety funds to the border, while the state continued to accept federal pandemic funds to replace some of that money lost, according to The Washington Post, who analyzed the spending records.
Johanna Chisholm has the details.
Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 21:14
Background: How the ‘pro-life’ movement killed Roe v Wade
Powerful legal groups, conservative Christian activists and right-wing figures shaped an anti-abortion agenda in the hands of the US Supreme Court, Alex Woodward reports.
Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 21:11
Louisiana governor opposes ‘patently unconstitutional’ bill to classify abortion as homicide
The governor – who has signed several anti-abortion bills into law while in office, including a ban on abortion at six weeks of pregnancy – called the proposal from a Republican state legislator “problematic” and “patently unconstitutional.”
Alex Woodward has the latest.
Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 20:59
Senate now voting on protecting a woman’s right to choose
Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 20:38
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.
Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 20:35
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.
Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 20:17
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.
Oliver O’Connell11 May 2022 20:08