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Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer will force a procedural vote on the domestic terrorism prevention act, which would create federal offices focused on domestic terrorism:

Schumer says he will force a procedural vote next week on the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, which is expected to pass the House today. The bill, which creates federal offices focused on domestic terrorism, is opposed by House Rs who contend it gives DOJ too much power

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022

The White House hemmed a bit when asked about this legislation, listing a variety of actions that the Biden administration has taken to combat domestic terrorism but not quite committing to saying whether they support the actual legislation.

“It’s a growing and evolving threat, and one that the Biden administration has taken very seriously since our first day in office,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “We have said we have been studying the details of different proposals and there are a range of ideas that have been proposed in Congress that could improve our ability to respond to these threats.”

Joe Biden will not be visiting the DMZ on this trip to Asia, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

At today’s White House press briefing, Jake Sullivan, national security advisor, previewed Joe Biden’s first trip as president to Asia.

Biden will head to South Korea first, where he will meet with president Yoon Suk-yeol and “engage with technology and manufacturing leaders”, as well as meet with US armed forces stationed out there.

After South Korea, Biden will travel to Japan and meet with prime minister Fumio Kishida. “We believe the US-Japan alliance, at this moment, under these two leaders, is at an all-time high,” Sullivan said. “This visit can take us even higher.”

“On this trip, [Biden will] have the opportunity to reaffirm and reinforce two vital security alliances, to deepen two vibrant economic partnerships, to work with two fellow democracies to shape the rules of the road for the 21st century and to thank his allies in Korea and Japan for their remarkable and in some ways unexpected contributions to support Ukraine and hold Russia accountable,” Sullivan said.

Jake Sullivan, national security adviser, took the podium for today’s White House press briefing to preview the meeting tomorrow between Joe Biden and Sauli Niinistö, the president of Finland, and Magdalena Andersson, prime minister of Sweden, one day after their countries applied for Nato membership.

“This is a historic event, a watershed moment in European security,” Sullivan said. “Two nations with a long tradition of neutrality will be joining the world’s most powerful defensive alliance and they will bring with them strong capabilities and a proven track record as security partners.”

Joe Biden is at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to receive a briefing from his senior leadership team on efforts to prepare for and respond to hurricanes this season.

He noted that 2021 “was the third most active hurricane season ever recorded”, and amid the climate crisis, they would only get worse.

“Given the climate crisis, we expect another tough hurricane season,” Biden said. “Storms are going to be more intense. We’re going to have shorter notice … That’s why the work of these women and men are so important.”

Biden continued: “This isn’t about red states or blue states. It’s about helping communities prepare, having their back when a hurricane strikes and being there to help clear the road, rebuild the main streets so families can get back to their lives.”

The House is moving on the nationwide infant formula shortage, with two bills scheduled for a vote tonight:

The House is slated to vote on 2 bills tonight to address the infant formula shortage: one to increase flexibility on which formulas WIC recipients can buy, and one to give the FDA an additional $28 billion for more inspectors and resources to keep fraudulent products off shelves

— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) May 18, 2022

…and use the logistics capabilities of the federal government to get formula on shelves faster.

The WIC bill looks poised to pass with bipartisan support.

— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) May 18, 2022

Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of 20 House members is urging Joe Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act to boost formula production.

The way the 1950 law works is that it authorizes the federal government to direct the private sector to increase production of certain goods in response to national emergencies – Axios reports that most recently, Biden has used the law to boost the production of critical minerals.

Today, I’m leading a group of 20 in the House to urge the President to invoke the Defense Production Act to boost baby formula production & ensure it gets to all regions of the nation.

No baby should go hungry & no mother or father should have to struggle to feed their child. pic.twitter.com/JpOVQ5mTXI

— Rep Josh Gottheimer (@RepJoshG) May 18, 2022

Vice-president Kamala Harris was at the US Coast Guard Academy today, delivering the commencement address to graduates about the “critical work” they will do in an “unsettled” world where “long-established principles now stand on shaky ground”.

“Around the world, we see additional attempts to undermine the rules-based order: nations that threaten the freedom of the seas. Criminal gangs and traffickers who skirt the rule of law, and fuel corruption and violence. Those that manipulate and undermine the foundations of international commerce,” she said.

Harris spoke about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York.

“Every single American – in addition to you cadets – has a role to play in bettering our nation,” Harris said.

First daughter Ashley Biden tests positive for Covid and won’t travel with first lady

First daughter Ashley Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not be traveling with the first lady, Jill Biden, to Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica.

Per pool, First Daughter Ashley Biden has tested positive for COVID and will not be traveling with @FLOTUS to Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica.

Ashley missed the First Lady’s trip to Europe earlier this month out of an abundance of caution after she had a close COVID contact.

— Sally Bronston Katz (@sbronstonkatz) May 18, 2022

Interim summary

It’s been a lively morning in US political news and there’s more to come in the next few hours.

Right now, here’s where things stand:

  • The race for the Republican nomination for the US Senate seat in Pennsylvania is neck-and-neck between Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician better known as Dr Oz, and Dave McCormick, a former hedge fund boss. Oz is endorsed by Donald Trump. John Fetterman won the Democratic primary.
  • Freshman congressman Madison Cawthorn lost his seat in the House last night after failing to beat back a challenge from state legislator Chuck Edwards in the North Carolina Republican primary. Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger called Cawthorn’s loss “good for the country”.
  • Sean Patrick Maloney, the New York Democratic congressman, has purportedly angered his colleagues by immediately jumping into the primary race for a newly drawn district, that would threaten a fellow Democratic incumbent.
  • Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer announced that the Senate will likely approve tomorrow $40bn in funding for Ukraine.
  • Joe Biden welcomed Sweden and Finland’s applications to join Nato and said the leaders of those two Nordic countries will visit Washington tomorrow and meet with him.

Biden welcomes Sweden, Finland Nato applications

Joanna Walters

Joe Biden will welcome the prime minister of Sweden, Magdalena Andersson, and the president of Finland Sauli Niinistö to Washington tomorrow.

It will be a very visual symbol of US support for those two European, Russia-adjacent nations joining the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato).

The US president has put out a statement on their applications to join the military alliance.

Joe Biden in the Rose Garden of the White House yesterday evening.
Joe Biden in the Rose Garden of the White House yesterday evening. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/UPI/REX/Shutterstock

“I warmly welcome and strongly support the historic applications from Finland and Sweden for membership in Nato and look forward to working with the US Congress and our Nato allies to quickly bring Finland and Sweden into the strongest defensive alliance in history,” Biden said.

He further points out: “Nato guarantees the security of one billion people in Europe and North America – united by our shared commitment to democratic principles and our vision of peace and prosperity in Europe and around the world. And my commitment to Nato and Article 5 is ironclad.”

Article 5, the 30-member alliance’s collective defense cornerstone, states that an attack on one Nato member is an attack on all. It has only been invoked once in the organization’s history, in response to the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Guardian’s Steve Bell has a characteristically skeptical take on Nato.
The Guardian’s Steve Bell has a characteristically skeptical take on Nato. Illustration: Steve Bell/The Guardian

Meanwhile, today, Nato member Turkey blocked an early move to fast-track the Nordic countries’ requests.

Trump urges Oz to declare victory despite count being unfinished

Joanna Walters

Joanna Walters

Despite the Republican primary for a Pennsylvania seat in the US Senate being too close to call, with heart surgeon-turned-TV celebrity Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick deadlocked, disrupter-in-chief Donald Trump has a top tip.

“The Senate race in PA hasn’t been called yet but Trump on Truth Social is calling for Dr. Oz to go ahead and declare,” a Politico reporter points out on Twitter, citing Trump (who’s banned from Twitter) posting on his own platform Truth Social.

The Senate race in PA hasn’t been called yet but Trump on Truth Social is calling for Dr. Oz to go ahead and declare — pic.twitter.com/4WxuahprpA

— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) May 18, 2022

Trump posted: “Dr Oz should declare victory. It makes it much harder for them to cheat with the ballots that they ‘just happened to find’.”

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Greensburg, Pa., on May 6, 2022.
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Greensburg, Pa., on May 6, 2022. Photograph: Gene J Puskar/AP

Trump quickly declared he’d won the 2020 election when he distinctly and officially had not. Eighteen months later, despite an embarrassing legal campaign to overturn Joe Biden’s victory and being impeached for inciting the insurrection at the US Capitol by his extremist supporters on January 6, 2021, Trump’s still claiming that campaigning in the midterms on the back of it.

(Left to right), US president Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden and vice president Kamala Harris walking towards the Rose Garden at the White House yesterday.
(Left to right), US president Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden and vice president Kamala Harris walking towards the Rose Garden at the White House yesterday. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/UPI/REX/Shutterstock

As the Associated Press notes, Oz and McCormick emerged at their election night watch parties to say they will have to wait for vote-counting Wednesday to determine a winner in the battleground state.

So the rest of us continue to wait (albeit impatiently) for the actual result to emerge.

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer announced that the Senate will likely approve tomorrow $40bn in funding for Ukraine, and took a moment to chastise Republican Rand Paul for being the only lawmaker to object to the passage of the aid package.

“This should already have been done and over with,” Schumer said. “But it is repugnant that one member of the other side, the junior senator from Kentucky, chose to make a show and obstruct Ukraine funding knowing full well he couldn’t actually stop its passage. For senator Paul to delay Ukraine funding for purely political motives is to only strengthen Putin’s hand.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer hits at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for delaying $40 billion Ukraine aid bill:

“It is repugnant … For Senator Paul to delay Ukraine funding for purely political motives is to only strengthen Putin’s hand.” pic.twitter.com/R8y5jCsfzz

— The Recount (@therecount) May 18, 2022

Newly drawn congressional maps in New York seem to have everyone in an uproar. Sean Patrick Maloney, the Democratic congressman currently representing the 18th district of New York, has purportedly angered his colleagues by immediately jumping into the primary race for a newly drawn district.

The problem? Somebody already represents that district, the 17th district of New York – Maloney’s colleague in the Democratic party, freshman congressman Mondaire Jones.

On top of all this, Maloney is chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect elect Democrats to the House. Punchbowl News is reporting that some members are calling for him to step down as chair if he decides to challenge Jones.

Sean Patrick Maloney, the chair of the House Democratic campaign arm who angered his colleagues by immediately jumping into the primary race for a newly drawn New York district, defended his decision, telling me: “Everybody should take a deep breath.”

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022

Maloney infuriated Democrats when he announced he would run for the 17th before NY maps have been finalized, potentially putting him up against a Black freshman, Mondaire Jones.

Maloney said he chose to run there because “that’s where I live so that’s where I’m going to run.”

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022

”People will make their decision and I respect that. We’ll cross that bridge when we come,” Maloney said, downplaying the friction caused by his move. He said “no” when asked if this is becoming a distraction from his DCCC job, which is supposed to be about incumbent protection.

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022

Jones told me he would make a decision on which district to run in by Friday.

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022

Pelosi OK with Maloney’s move, saying: “He said I’m running where my house is, that’s all I know that he said. And that’s a logical thing for people to do — where my home is,” she said, per @DaniellaMicaela. “But we’re still hopeful there could still be some change in” the maps https://t.co/BGRQwmHiYm

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022

The nail-biter Republican primary for Senate race in Pennsylvania between the Donald Trump-endorsed Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick is to replace Republican Pat Toomey, who announced that after serving two terms, he would not be running again.

Toomey saw his state’s party do some interesting things last night, with Pennsylvania Republicans nominating Trump-endorsed Doug Mastriano for governor, an election denier who was outside the US Capitol on 6 January 2021.

In the general election, Mastriano will be going against Josh Shapiro, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Whoever wins the Republican primary for Senate will be running against John Fetterman, the state lieutenant governor.

Pat Toomey told me he doesn’t know Doug Mastriano and didn’t vote for him in #pagov. But he said he would “suspend judgment” on Mastriano until he gets to know him.

Asked about Mastriano’s false 2020 election claims: “I’m aware that he has said things that I would disagree with”

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022

Toomey voted for Bill McSwain.

Toomey also said he was confident that either McCormick or Oz could beat Fetterman in #pasen. And he said the two Republicans are “probably stronger” candidates than Barnette would have been as the nominee. He wouldn’t say who he backed.

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022

Asked about the headwinds caused by Mastriano downticket, Toomey said: “I think they’re separate races, really separate races. So I feel very good about our prospects of holding the Senate seat.”

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022

Is this irony? The Daily Beast is pointing out one piece of the big lie that Donald Trump keeps putting forth about the 2020 presidential election has to do with mail-in ballots: Joe Biden won swing state Pennsylvania, largely in part through the 2m mail-in ballots, to which Trump objected.

Well, with the Republican primary for Senate looking closer than ever, whether or not Trump’s candidate – Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician better known as Dr Oz – triumphs over Dave McCormick, a former hedge fund boss, will likely come down to the mail-in votes.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Trump team object to mail-in ballots if Oz prevails.

Adam Kinzinger, the Republican congressman from Illinois who has repeatedly separated himself from the party line when it has come to issues of Donald Trump and the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, went on CNN to comment on Trump-endorsed candidate Madison Cawthorn losing his seat in in the House.

“It’s good for the country. It’s good for the party. It’s good for the 11th district of North Carolina,” Kinzinger said. “Look, DC has become kind of a growing ground for people who are more interested in fame than governing, who are more interested in becoming famous than in actually doing the really serious work in a time when we’ve got a lot challenges here at home and a lot of challenges overseas. It’s a good thing he lost.”

He continued: “It’s good to see him lose.”

Whoever wins the Republican primary for Senate in PennsylvaniaMehmet Oz, the celebrity physician better known as Dr Oz, or Dave McCormick, a former hedge fund boss – will be going up against John Fetterman, lieutenant governor, who easily won the Democratic primary, despite a stroke taking him off the campaign trail in the final weekend before the election.

PA — THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING ME AS YOUR DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR U.S. SENATE IN PENNSYLVANIA!!!!!!!! 😭😭

I’m *so* deeply honored. pic.twitter.com/6sa7bC5Vrw

— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 18, 2022

Joe Biden endorsed Fetterman yesterday.

Amid numerous scandals, first-term congressman Madison Cawthorn lost his seat in the House of Representatives last night after failing to beat back a challenge from state legislator Chuck Edwards in the North Carolina Republican primary.

Let’s run through a few of the scandals plaguing this 26-year-old who was once seen as a rising star of the Republican party:

  • He called Volodymyr Zelenskiy a “thug” after Russia invaded Ukraine.
  • He claimed without evidence that Washington figures he “looked up to” had invited him to orgies and used cocaine. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy rebuked Cawthorn publicly over the remark.
  • Police stopped Cawthorn on driving citations three times since October.
  • Authorities caught Cawthorn with guns at airport checkpoints twice since last year, including last month.
  • Videos released in the campaign’s final weeks showed Cawthorn in sexually suggestive poses.

Even with all the scandal, staunch Trump-ally Cawthorn still had the endorsement of Donald Trump. Just before the primary, Trump posted on his social media site for voters to back Cawthorn: “Recently, he made some foolish mistakes, which I don’t believe he’ll make again … let’s give Madison a second chance!”

Read more here:

Primary results: Oz lock horns with McCormick in test of Trump’s power in Pennsylvania

Ahoy there, live blog readers. Happy Wednesday.

Yesterday was the biggest primary night of the year, with voters in five states – Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oregon, Idaho and Kentucky – picking the candidates at the center of some of this year’s most contentious battles for control of Congress, statehouses and governor’s offices.

At the moment, the race for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat in Pennsylvania is neck-and-neck between Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician better known as Dr Oz, and Dave McCormick, a former hedge fund boss. Oz, who is endorsed by Donald Trump, is currently trailing McCormick, but the race remains too close too call.

Many are watching the race to gauge Trump’s enduring grip on the Republican party – one of many tests of the night. While the Oz race is still too close too call, Pennsylvania Republicans handedly nominated Trump’s choice for governor – Doug Mastriano – an election denier who was outside the US Capitol on 6 January 2021.

However, in North Carolina, Republicans ousted Trump’s candidate for SenateMadison Cawthorn, the scandal-plagued first-term congressman. But in this same state, the Trump-backed congressman Ted Budd bested ex-governor Pat McCrory and a dozen other candidates to clinch the Republican nomination for Senate.

In Idaho, the sitting governor, Brad Little, defeated his far-right lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachin, a Trump-endorsed candidate who twice attempted a power grab to ban coronavirus mask and vaccine mandates when Little was out of state on business.

Read more on the results here:

More to come.



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