Musk says he prefers a ‘less divisive’ candidate than Trump in 2024 – follow live


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

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said he prefers a “less divisive” candidate than Donald Trump for 2024, even though he wants Twitter to lift its ban on the former president.

“Even though I think a less controversial candidate would be better in 2024, I still think Trump should be reinstated on Twitter,” he said on Twitter on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, 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 Donald allies. 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.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has suggested there could be action against Republicans if they do not comply with subpoenas issued by the Jan. 6 panel.

And the Justice Department is now 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 in the end of his term.

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Fading pro-Trump candidate loses 2020 election challenge

David Perdue, the former Georgia senator who has the support of Donald Trump in this year’s gubernatorial primary, suffered a humiliating setback in his attempts to challenge the result of the state’s 2020 election, with a judge dismissing a lawsuit he dismissed as a product of “speculation, conjecture and paranoia”.

Mr. Perdue has failed to rise in the polls despite Mr. Trump’s endorsement and despite an increasingly aggressive stance in public. He remained squarely focused on the 2020 outcome and the supposed illegitimacy of Joe Biden’s presidency, but Republican voters in Georgia appear unresponsive despite their support for Mr Trump.

The lawsuit, filed alongside a Republican voter, sought a statement from the judge that 16 former county election officials violated the Georgia constitution in their oversight of the vote.

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Andrew NaughtyMay 13, 2022 9:15 a.m.

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Donald Trump Jr says Pompeo is ‘smart enough’ not to run against his dad in 2024

Donald Trump Jr says Mike Pompeo was smart enough not to run against the former president in 2024.

In an interview with Newsmax, Mr. Trump was asked if Mr. Pompeo wanted to run in 2024 and if that was “testing the waters of him.”

Mr Trump responded and said there were “a bunch of people out there testing the waters out there”.

“He’s a smart enough guy to probably know he shouldn’t or wouldn’t run against Donald Trump,” he added.

Sravasti DasguptaMay 13, 2022 08:39

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Musk says he prefers a ‘less divisive’ candidate than Trump in 2024

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said he prefers a “less divisive” candidate than Donald Trump for 2024, even though he wants Twitter to lift its ban on the former president.

“Even though I think a less controversial candidate would be better in 2024, I still think Trump should be restored to Twitter,” he said on Twitter Thursday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Musk told a Financial Times conference that Twitter’s decision to ban Mr Trump was “morally wrong”.

On Thursday, Mr. Musk also said on Twitter that President Joe Biden beat Mr. Trump in the 2020 presidential election because “everyone just wanted less drama.”

Sravasti DasguptaMay 13, 2022 07:20

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House majority leader flags possible action against Republicans subpoenaed by January 6 panel

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has suggested there could be action against Republicans if they do not comply with subpoenas issued by the Jan. 6 panel.

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: Reps. Jim Jordan from Ohio, Scott Perry from Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs from Arizona and Mo Brooks from Alabama.

“No one is above the law,” Hoyer told Fox News Digital on Thursday.

“We will pursue the same actions that we will pursue with anyone else who refuses,” he added.

Asked about the possibility of non-compliance with subpoenas, Mr Hoyer said: “If you are prepared to tell the truth, why would you care? If you are not ready to tell the truth, this may worry you.

Sravasti DasguptaMay 13, 2022 06:55

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Trump Media Company Hires Producers For ‘Netflix’s MAGA Version’

Donald Trump’s media company is hiring for its next streaming TV service, hoping to be a rival to existing streaming platforms like Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu.

The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) said in an announcement posted Wednesday that it is looking to hire a content development manager to create programming for its new streaming service TMTG+.

The Content Development Manager will “generate and develop internal concepts for original unscripted content, short series episodes and specials”, stay “abreast of developing trends on the networks” and “keep abreast of emerging talent and upcoming unscripted programming,” the announcement reads.

The announcement said the streaming service would be “a ‘Big Tent’ platform delivering large-scale entertainment rooted in free speech.”

In a separate announcement, the company posted a requirement for a content acquisition professional “to oversee content licensing and acquisition.”

According to TMTG’s vision statement on the company’s website, the conglomerate is a response to “liberal bias” in the media.

(FILE) A slideshow showing TMTG competitors like, supposedly, Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, Disney+, CNN, iHeart Media

(Trump Media and Technology Group)

Sravasti DasguptaMay 13, 2022 06:30

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Anti-abortion groups urge states to reject legislation criminalizing abortion

More than 70 leading national and state anti-abortion groups have urged state lawmakers to reject legislation that would criminalize women for having abortions.

“We unequivocally state that any action to criminalize or punish women is not pro-life and we strongly oppose such efforts,” the groups wrote in an open letter Thursday.

Signatories to the letter include National Right to Life, Susan B Anthony List, Americans United for Life, March for Life Action and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, CNN reported.

The letter adds that if Roe vs. Wade is reversed, “it will be a tremendous opportunity for states to create a lasting policy that can stand the test of time.”

“Abortion victims need our compassion and support as well as immediate access to counseling and social services in the days, weeks, months and years following an abortion,” they said. .

Pro-choice protesters are seen through police barricades outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on May 11, 2022

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Sravasti DasguptaMay 13, 2022 06:10

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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 decline 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 13, 2022 05:45

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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 involved 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 13, 2022 05:22

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Alaska capitol riot plea deal falls apart

White supremacist internet personality Tim Gionet, known as Baked Alaska, derailed his plea deal with federal prosecutors by declaring himself innocent at the last minute of events in a case related to the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Mr. Gionet was set to plead guilty in federal court in Washington DC on Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of willfully and knowingly marching, demonstrating and picketing inside the Capitol.

Olivier O’ConnellMay 13, 2022 04:59

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Judge rules research firm hired by Hillary Clinton must turn over emails to Durham

A federal judge ruled Thursday that GPS Fusion, the research firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016 to unearth information about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, must turn over 22 internal emails.

The emails will have to be given to special counsel John Durham who is investigating the FBI’s ties to Russia, CNN reported.

They are among 38 emails that were subpoenaed last year.

“Fusion did more in relation to the Alfa Bank allegations than simply provide information and analysis to (Clinton campaign attorney Marc) Elias so he could better advise the campaign on the risk of defamation,” federal judge Christopher Cooper wrote in the ruling.

The emails largely relate to Fusion employees and relate to their efforts to cover up reports of Mr. Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

“It is clear that Fusion employees also interacted with the press as part of a positive media relations effort by the Clinton campaign. This effort included presenting certain stories, providing background information and answering questions from reporters,” the judge added in the ruling.

(FILE) Glenn R. Simpson, co-founder of research firm Fusion GPS, arrives for a scheduled appearance before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

(AP)

Andrew NaughtyMay 13, 2022 04:45


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