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GOP governor calls on fellow Republicans to ‘move on’ from Trump

Donald Trump-endorsed Republican representative Alex Mooney defeated fellow Republican David McKinley in a primary in West Virginia, a victory demonstrating the former president’s sway on the party ahead of the midterms.

“Donald Trump loves West Virginia, and West Virginia loves Donald Trump,” Mr Mooney said in his victory speech. Mr McKinley, who broke away from his party by becoming one of 13 Republicans to vote in support of support Joe Biden’s $1.2tn infrastructure bill, was sharply criticised by Mr Trump a RINO, or “Republican in Name Only”. He was supported by the state’s most senior Democrat, Joe Manchin.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk has said he would end Mr Trump’s ban from Twitter, saying he thought the decision to block the then-president was “morally wrong”, “foolish in the extreme” and “it alienated a large part of the country”.

Perhaps as a reminder of what America has been missing without the former president on the platform, Rolling Stone published a story in which senior Trump officials said he repeatedly asked if China had a secret “hurricane gun” to launch storms at the US.

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Yellen warns eliminating abortion access will damage economy

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned that eliminating abortion access will damage the nation’s economy and advancements in women’s reproductive healthcare and economic wellbeing.

“Eliminating the right of women to make decisions about when and whether to have children would have very damaging effects on the economy and would set women back decades,” she told the Senate Banking Committee on 10 May.

Alex Woodward reports.

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 19:08

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Video: Musk says he will lift Trump Twitter ban

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 18:58

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Elon Musk says he plans to lift Donald Trump’s Twitter ban

Elon Musk has said he would end Donald Trump’s ban from Twitter, saying he thought the decision to block the then-president was “morally wrong”.

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Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 18:52