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

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”, “foolish in the extreme” and “it alienated a large part of the country”.

“I think it was a morally bad decision to be clear and foolish in the extreme,” he said at a Future of the Car event hosted by the Financial Times.

Meanwhile, former secretary of defence Mark Esper is still making headlines with his new book A Sacred Oath, which recounts his experiences serving under Mr Trump.

Discussing the book on the loyally pro-Trump Fox News network last night, Mr Esper confirmed he views Mr Trump as a threat to American democracy – asking host Brett Baier what other conclusion anyone could come to based on the events of 6 January 2021.

Also on Tuesday, a Republican primary in West Virginia tonight will see two incumbent GOP congressmen duke it out for a newly redrawn district – and the two have been endorsed by very different backers. While hardcore conservative Alex Mooney enjoys the backing of Donald Trump, his rival David McKinley has the support of the state’s most senior Democrat, Joe Manchin.

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What’s in the Ukraine funding bill?

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 21:14

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Don Jr and Marjorie Taylor Greene rail against Ukraine aid

Donald Trump Jr and Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene have tweeted against providing more aid to Ukraine.

The former president’s eldest son tweeted: “You can’t find baby formula in the United States right now but Congress is voting today to send $40 billion to Ukraine. Let’s put America First for a change.”

Ms Greene posted: “We swore an oath to serve the United States of AMERICA. Not the United States of Ukraine. American mothers can’t buy baby formula, deadly fentanyl from Mexican cartels is killing record numbers of Americans, & farmers are on the verge of going out of business. Focus on HOME!”

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 21:00

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Trump endorses James Comer

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Representative James Comer for his reelection in Kentucky’s 1st congressional district.

In a statement released through his spokesperson’s Twitter account, Mr Trump said:

James Comer is a fantastic Congressman for the people of Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District. As the lead Republican on the Oversight Committee, Jamie is fighting hard to hold Joe Biden and the Radical Left accountable for failing the American people, from covering up Hunter Biden’s blatant corruption to botching their abysmal withdrawal from Afghanistan Jamie is working hard to Strengthen our Military, Protect our Veterans, Grow our Economy, Promote American Agriculture, and Defend the Second Amendment. James Comer is a Conservative Warrior, and he has my Complete and Total Endorsement!

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 20:47

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South Carolina gubernatorial candidate calls for end of ‘embarrassing’ Confederate Memorial Day

One of the leading Democratic candidates for governor of South Carolina has renewed his calls for the state to end its celebration of Confederate Memorial Day and instead make Election Day a state holiday.

Joe Cunningham, a moderate who formerly represented the Charleston area in the US House of Representatives, first proposed ending the celebration shortly after launching his gubernatorial bid last year.

Abe Asher reports.

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 20:30

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Biden says GOP senator who called him ‘incoherent’ has a problem

President Joe Biden ramped up his war of words with Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott, who said that the president is “incoherent, incapacitated and confused.”

A reporter asked Mr Biden about the Republican Senator’s comments saying he should resign.

Eric Garcia reports.

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 20:12

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Jen Psaki asked about Elon Musk’s comment on Trump’s Twitter ban and misinformation on the platform.

“It’s the decision by a private sector company to make on who will or will not be allowed on their platforms.”

She adds it is “a reminder of the urgency” to reform Section 230 so that social media outlets aren’t used to push disinformation.

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 20:06

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Jen Psaki says Biden adding “ultra” to the term MAGA gives it a “little pop”.

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 19:56

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Biden pushes ‘ultra-MAGA’ label on GOP as he defends record

President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned voters unhappy with soaring inflation and his stalled domestic agenda against turning power over to “ultra-MAGA” Republicans in the midterm elections as he increasingly tries to cast former President Donald Trump and his adherents as a political foil.

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 19:52

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Live: Press Secretary Jen Psaki gives White House briefing

Watch live as Jen Psaki gives White House briefing

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 19:40

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McConnell: No issues should be exempt from Senate’s 60-vote threshold

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that there should be no issues that Senate Republicans believe should be exempt from the 60-vote threshold.

He reminds reporters that there have been abortion votes before and they have never reached the 60-vote threshold therefore the issue will be dealt with by legislative bodies at the state level.

Oliver O’Connell10 May 2022 19:37