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We’ve not heard a peep today from author-turned-president Donald Trump.
“It’s quiet at the White House so far this morning – 64 degrees and cloudy, not a tweet or gaggle to be found,” is the update from the White House pool report.
Possibly Trump is keeping his head down after his ill-judged shooting-immigrants banter last night, although he is due to emerge in half an hour to speak about the surprise medical bills some patients face.
As we heard earlier, he is due to host the Boston Red Stockings at 3.30pm, an event that a dozen players – all people of color – have said they will skip.
Jill Biden said she would like to continue working as a teacher if her husband Joe wins the presidency.
“I would want to make sure that my students were safe, but boy, would I love to do it,” Jill Biden said in an interview with MSNBC.
“It is my passion, it’s what I love, so maybe we could figure out some way,” she said. “What would that say about the worth of a spouse, right? To be working. I mean, not that first lady isn’t a full time job, because believe me, I’ve seen it up close, it’s a full time job.”
Jill Biden continued teaching English at a community college while Joe Biden was vice president, believed to be the first vice-president’s wife to hold a paying job.
She also addressed critics who believe her 76-year-old husband is too old to run for president, saying, “I don’t think he’s too old, certainly, but that’s up to the voters to decide.”
“He’s wiser. He’s learned a lot,” she said.
The plan proposed today by Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would cap credit card interest rates at 15%, Bloomberg News reports.
The legislation would also let post offices offer low-cost basic financial services, such as checking and savings accounts and loans.
“Today’s loan sharks wear expensive suits and work on Wall Street, where they make hundreds of millions of dollars in total compensation by charging sky-high fees and usurious interest rates,” the pair said in a statement outlining the plan.
Former CIA operative Valerie Plame has formally filed papers to run for Congress in New Mexico, the Hill reports.
She is running as a Democrat for the seat held by representative Ben Ray Lujan, who is running for Senate.
Plame gained prominence during the George W Bush administration when her identity as an undercover CIA operative was revealed by administration officials looking to undercut criticism by her husband. Scooter Libby, the chief of staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney, was convicted of lying to a grand jury about the matter, and later pardoned by Donald Trump.
More on the former NSA official charged today with giving classified documents to a reporter: The files dealt with drone warfare. The outlet was not identified by prosecutors, but the files described appear to match those published in a series by The Intercept.
Daniel Hale, 31, was indicted by a grand jury on five charges relating to the alleged leak. Each charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
The indictment said Hale met a reporter from the news outlet at an event in a Washington, DC, bookstore in April 2013, and soon began searching his NSA computer for classified information on subjects that the reporter wrote about.
Hale and the reporter allegedly communicated by telephone, email and text message over the following months. Emails and text messages sent to Hale by the reporter – some in the hours after Hale allegedly printed documents – were quoted in the indictment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she believes the United States is in a constitutional crisis.
“Yes, I do agree,” she told reporters Thursday when asked if she agrees with Rep. Jerry Nadler’s assertion that the US is facing a constitutional crisis, the Hill reported.
“The administration has decided that they’re not going to honor their oath of office,” Pelosi said.
The progressive group MoveOn will host a 2020 Democratic presidential forum on 1 June in San Francisco, Politico reports.
Five Democratic primary candidates – Julián Castro, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren – have confirmed their attendance.
On top of the political controversy around the visit, the White House didn’t help things by flubbing the team name on its website listing the event: “President Trump Welcomes the 2018 World Series Champions The Boston Red Socks to the White House.”
A former intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency was arrested Thursday and charged with providing classified documents and information to a reporter.
Former airman Daniel Everette Hale is set to appear in court later today, CNN reports.
He was accused of giving 17 documents printed from his computer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to the reporter, who published parts of them.
Donald Trump’s nomination of Mark Morgan to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement is not receiving an enthusiastic response, CNN reports.
Trump announce the nomination Sunday after abruptly pulling his last nominee, Ron Vitiello.
Fox News’s Marie Harf will leave the network to join Rep. Seth Moulton’s presidential campaign, the Daily Beast reports.
She’s stepping down from her post as a political commentator for Fox News Channel and co-host of Fox News Radio’s Benson and Harf, and will become deputy campaign manager for policy and communications.