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Senate candidate John Fetterman says he ‘almost died’ after suffering a stroke
Warnock attack ad features Walker falsely claiming to have covid cure
Insight: Inflation, bid for tighter gun laws dominate Biden’s week
Take a look: Cartoons documenting the Watergate scandal
The latest: Cornyn wants a gun bill that ‘substantial majorities’ of both parties will support
Noted: After Tampa Bay Rays decry shootings, DeSantis vetoes funding
Analysis: Trump can’t blame Democratic crossover voters for Ga. failure
This just in: Former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro indicted for criminal contempt of Congress
The latest: Biden says he has ‘no direct plans’ to visit Saudi Arabia
Take a look: ‘I agreed with Trump on trade,’ Democrat Tim Ryan says in Ohio Senate ad
Noted: Biden pushes back on Musk’s ‘super bad feeling’ about economy
The latest: Biden touts May jobs report, acknowledges ‘a lot of Americans remain anxious’
Take a look: Senate Republican campaign arm targets Fetterman in Pa.
Noted: S.D. Republican criticized for voting to investigate Jan. 6 attack
On our radar: Anger driving open mayor’s race in Los Angeles
Senate candidate John Fetterman says he ‘almost died’ after suffering a stroke
Warnock attack ad features Walker falsely claiming to have covid cure
Insight: Inflation, bid for tighter gun laws dominate Biden’s week
Take a look: Cartoons documenting the Watergate scandal
The latest: Cornyn wants a gun bill that ‘substantial majorities’ of both parties will support
Noted: After Tampa Bay Rays decry shootings, DeSantis vetoes funding
Analysis: Trump can’t blame Democratic crossover voters for Ga. failure
This just in: Former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro indicted for criminal contempt of Congress
The latest: Biden says he has ‘no direct plans’ to visit Saudi Arabia
Take a look: ‘I agreed with Trump on trade,’ Democrat Tim Ryan says in Ohio Senate ad
Noted: Biden pushes back on Musk’s ‘super bad feeling’ about economy
The latest: Biden touts May jobs report, acknowledges ‘a lot of Americans remain anxious’
Take a look: Senate Republican campaign arm targets Fetterman in Pa.
Noted: S.D. Republican criticized for voting to investigate Jan. 6 attack
On our radar: Anger driving open mayor’s race in Los Angeles
Today, President Biden pointed to a new report showing the U.S. economy added jobs at a solid pace in May to argue that the country is well-positioned to tackle inflation, which he acknowledged remains a real concern for American families. It has also been a major liability for him.
Speaking from Rehoboth Beach, Del., Biden said he sees “a future of stable, steady growth so we can bring down inflation without sacrificing all the historic gains we’ve made.” Biden’s comments followed the release of a Labor Department report that showed the U.S. economy added 390,000 jobs in May, a strong showing after a year of blockbuster growth. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6 percent, the Labor Department said.
Meanwhile, former Trump White House official Peter Navarro has been indicted on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Justice Department announced Friday.
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Three weeks after suffering a stroke, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman — who won the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s Senate contest from his hospital bed — said in a letter Friday that he “almost died” as a result of ignoring a previously diagnosed heart condition.
The statement revealed that his condition was far more serious than his campaign had previously reported.
The 52-year-old had a pacemaker implanted after his stroke, and in the statement, he noted that he should have been taking medication a doctor had prescribed for him in 2017.
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Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.) aired an attack ad on his Republican rival, Herschel Walker, featuring the former football player falsely claiming to have a cure for the coronavirus.
“You know what? I’m going to say something I probably shouldn’t,” Walker told conservative host Glenn Beck in an August 2020 podcast interview. “Do you know right now I have something that can bring you into a building that would clean you from covid as you walk through this dry mist as you walk through the door?”
“They will kill any covid on your body when you leave,” the GOP nominee to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate said. “It will kill the virus as you leave. This here product. They don’t want to talk about that. They don’t want to hear about that.”
President Biden started his abbreviated week with a new push to defend his handling of inflation and ended it with a rare evening address, urging Congress to act on gun control.
On Tuesday, the president met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand before hosting Jerome H. Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve, in the Oval Office. The meeting was part of an effort by the White House to deal with rising prices. Biden also met with BTS, the global K-pop phenomenon, to raise awareness of the prevalence of anti-Asian discrimination.
With the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in looming (it’s June 17, two weeks from today), we thought it seemed appropriate to share a collection of memorable drawings related to the scandal that brought down President Richard M. Nixon from the late Herbert Block, then The Washington Post’s political cartoonist.
Twenty of more than 100 cartoons crafted between June 1972 and August 1974 are included in this collection, first pulled together in 2015.
Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), the lead Republican negotiator on a possible bipartisan Senate gun bill, is seeking legislation that will draw the support of “substantial majorities” of both parties — not just the bare minimum of 60 senators needed to overcome a filibuster.
“I’m not interested in getting 50 Democrats and 10 Republicans,” Cornyn told The Post. “I want to see substantial majorities of both political parties vote for the eventual product. That means it’s hard, but I think it’s certainly going to be worth the effort.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) this week vetoed $35 million in state spending for a youth sports complex in Pasco County, a project that had been pitched as a potential spring training site for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Last week, the Rays issued a statement decrying the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Tex., and said the franchise would be making a $50,000 donation to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-violence prevention organization.
“This cannot become normal,” the team statement read. “We cannot become numb. We cannot look the other way. We all know, if nothing changes, nothing changes.”
Following last week’s Georgia primaries, in which former president Donald Trump’s endorsed candidates for governor and secretary of state were badly beaten in Republican primaries, questions arose about whether the results could be explained by Democrats crossing over to vote in the GOP races.
The Post’s Philip Bump and Lenny Bronner tackle that question, writing:
You can read the full analysis, which includes some charts and graphs, here.
Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro has been indicted on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Justice Department announced Friday.
The Post’s Spencer S. Hsu reports that Navarro, who was a trade adviser to Trump, also revealed that he received a grand jury subpoena in a lawsuit he filed Tuesday against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the bipartisan House committee.
President Biden said Friday that he has “no direct plans” to travel to Saudi Arabia, a country he once vowed to make a “pariah” state.
The statement from Biden comes in the wake of reports that he plans to visit the country this month. A stop in Saudi Arabia is expected to be added to Biden’s overseas trip this month, when he will travel to Israel, Germany and Spain, three administration officials told The Washington Post on Thursday.
“I have no direct plans at the moment,” Biden told reporters Friday when asked about reports of the trip.
Ahead of the midterms, plenty of Republicans are touting their alignment with Donald Trump in campaign ads. But it’s far less common to hear a Democrat voice agreement with the former president.
“I agreed with Trump on trade,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D), who’s seeking a Senate seat in Ohio, said in a new spot in which he tries to turn Republican nominee J.D. Vance’s work as a venture capitalist into a liability. (Vance has been endorsed by Trump.)
“I voted against outsourcing every single time,” said Ryan, who’s seeking to succeed retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). “We gotta get tough on China. … Let’s make things in Ohio again.”
JD Vance made millions profiting from globalization and says it was "not necessarily bad trade deals" that hollowed out our communities and sold Ohio workers out. Wrong.

I’ll work with anyone to fix our supply chains and bring manufacturing home. Let’s make things in Ohio again. pic.twitter.com/VKHfLyS3T1
President Biden pushed back Friday on Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s comments that he has a “super bad feeling” about the economy.
The tech entrepreneur said in an email to Tesla executives that he wants to cut about 10 percent of jobs at the electric-car company. The company employed about 100,000 people at the end of 2021, according to its annual SEC filing.
While he was just talking about that, Ford is increasing their investment overwhelmingly,” the president told reporters. “I think Ford is increasing investment in building new electric vehicles, 6,000 new employees, union employees, I might add, in the Midwest.”
In remarks in Rehoboth Beach, Del., Friday morning, President Biden hailed the latest jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy added 390,000 jobs in May.
“I know that even with today’s good news, a lot of Americans remain anxious,” Biden said. He added: “There’s no denying that high prices, particularly around gasoline and food, are a real problem for people. But there’s every reason for the American people to feel confident that will meet these challenges.”
Biden also noted that over the past three months, the jobs added to the economy have averaged 400,000 a month — down from the 600,000-per-month rate in late 2021 and earlier this year. But “that’s a good thing,” he said.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee is out with a new television ad that provides a window into how the GOP will try to attack John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, heading into November. In short, the message is he’s too liberal.
“Left-wing radicals are rolling into Pennsylvania, pushing John Fetterman,” the narrator says in the 30-second spot, which also tries to turn past praise for Fetterman from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) into a liability. The ad also suggests Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor, is out of step with Pennsylvanians on issues including health care and climate.
An incumbent Republican who voted for an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob is being targeted in an attack ad, The Post’s Eugene Scott reports.
South Dakota residents will vote in the state’s GOP primary on Tuesday. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) is being challenged by Taffy Howard, a member of the state’s House of Representatives. Johnson, who was elected in 2018, is seeking a third term in Congress.
The Drain the Swamp PAC released an ad attacking Johnson for not supporting President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on his false claims.

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