Jan 6 team subpoenas McCarthy as investigation into secret Mar-a-Lago documents begins – live

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

On Capitol Hill, the Jan. 6 Riot Committee investigating the 2021 attack issued subpoenas to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers who are close allies of Donald Trump: Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Mo Brooks of Alabama. Everyone had the opportunity to testify voluntarily.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department is currently investigating whether former President Trump or one of his aides violated federal law by mishandling classified documents that ended up at Mar-a-Lago instead of the national archives at the end of his mandate.

Elsewhere, Republican Representatives Dan Crenshaw and Marjorie Taylor Greene argued on Twitter after taking different votes on a Ukraine aid package, with the former accusing the latter of seeking a spot on the Russia Today network.

As the row over the Supreme Court’s draft opinion overrules Roe vs. Wade continues, hardline GOP senators are demanding that anti-abortion protesters be arrested for demonstrating outside judges’ homes. Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee called for them to be expelled by authorities, both citing legislation passed during the Red Scare of the 1950s.


Florida judge rejects Ron DeSantis’ congressional card

A Florida Circuit Court judge has blocked the state’s congressional redistricting plan drawn up by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration that would likely eliminate two of the state’s four districts represented by black Democrats and create four more Republican-leaning districts.

Judge Layne Smith, who ruled from the bench on May 11, said the map violated state constitutional provisions governing the redistricting process because it “diminishes the ability of African Americans to elect candidates of their choice” in Florida’s 5th District, which spans Jacksonville. in Tallahassee.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 11:45 p.m.


Trump attacks Pennsylvania candidate amid Republican voter backlash over Dr Oz endorsement

Former President Donald Trump half-heartedly criticized Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette as ineligible as his favorite Senate primary candidate from Pennsylvania continues to struggle.

Many conservatives have criticized Mr Trump for endorsing former TV host and doctor Dr Mehmet Oz in the primary, despite disgruntled conservatives. A recent Fox News poll showed Dr Oz gained seven points, from 15% in March to 22% in May, but also found that 46% of Republican primary voters had a negative opinion of the former host. television.

Conversely, the same poll showed Ms Barnette, a veteran black woman and conservative commentator, jumping from 9% in March to 19%, putting her within the margin of error and just behind Mr. Trump. The Club for Growth released an announcement supporting it this week.

Eric Garcia has the whole story.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 11:15 p.m.


Jan. 6 inquiry subpoenas Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack has issued subpoenas to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other Republicans who are close allies of the Former President Donald Trump: Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama.

Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the select committee, said the panel “learned that several of our colleagues had information relevant to our investigation of the January 6 attack and the events leading up to it” and provided each of the GOP members currently under subpoena the opportunity to voluntarily testify before the committee presents its findings in public hearings.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 11:00 p.m.


Yellen calls for new regulation after crypto crash

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, reacting to the recent sharp decline in the value of cryptocurrencies, said on Thursday that additional federal regulation was needed to address the wave of speculative investment in the currency of which secrecy is a part. essential to its appeal.

“We really need a regulatory framework to guard against risk,” Yellen said of cryptocurrencies called stablecoins, during a House committee hearing on Thursday. Citing the rapid increase in the use of digital assets, she added: “Really, we need a comprehensive framework so that there are no gaps in regulation.”

Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency tied to a specific value, usually dollars, another currency, or gold. It is its parity with the dollar which, in theory, makes it stable. However, the volatility in the cryptocurrency market this week has challenged this premise.

Crypto Collapse Prompts Yellen to Call for New Regulation

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, reacting to the recent sharp drop in cryptocurrencies, says additional federal regulation is needed to address the wave of speculative investment in the currency whose secrecy is a key part of its appeal

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 10:45 p.m.


JD Vance’s far-right politics surprised ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ director Ron Howard

Ron Howard, the man who directed the widely criticized film adaptation of JD Vance’s bestseller “Hillbilly Elegy,” said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he is “surprised” by Mr Vance’s new far-right policy.

“I always knew he was conservative, but [he] struck me as a very centre-right, sort of moderate thinker,” Howard said.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 10:30 p.m.


Pelosi leads a minute’s silence for 1 million Covid deaths in the United States

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 10:25 p.m.


PSAKI says he will miss his daily confrontations with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she would miss her briefing room with Fox News’ Peter Doocy when she leaves her job this week.

Ms. Psaki was embroiled in a series of combative confrontations with Mr. Doocy during her tenure as chief messenger in the Biden administration.

She said a Christian Science Monitor Thursday that she will ‘miss’ Mr Doocy’s questioning and insisted the couple had a ‘very good professional relationship’.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 10:23 p.m.


Biden marks one million American deaths from Covid as White House hosts global summit

Le Blanc will host world leaders for another global summit on Covid-19 to urge preparedness for the next pandemic, as the United States passed the grim milestone of one million American deaths from the coronavirus.

In a statement Thursday, President Joe Biden said each of the millions who died represented “an irreplaceable loss…leaving behind a forever changed family, community and nation.”

“As a nation, we must not be numb to such grief. To heal, you have to remember. We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do all we can to save as many lives as possible, as we have done with more tests, vaccines and treatments than ever before,” he said, adding that it is “essential” that Congress “perpetuate” these resources by passing a Covid-19 supplemental funding bill.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 10:15 p.m.


Prosecutors begin investigation into secret official documents Trump brought to Mar-a-Lago

According to New York Timesprosecutors issued a subpoena to obtain the documents from the archives and requested interviews with several people who worked at the White House during the last days of Mr. Trump’s presidency.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 10:08 p.m.


White House dismisses Fox News question about crack pipes in safe smoking kits

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed a question from Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich after the reporter asked about a federal program long targeted by the right aimed at helping drug addicts avoid drugs. overdose death.

John Bowden has the story.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 10:00 p.m.

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