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Why this Republican dropped out and re-entered Pennsylvania's race for governor in one day
Jeff Singer

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State Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman is STILL running for governor

Tuesday was a truly chaotic day in Pennsylvania's Republican primary for governor that began with Donald Trump urging voters, “Do not vote for Bill McSwain, a coward, who let our Country down.” Multiple media sources reported minutes later that state Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman was about to drop out of the race, but while Corman himself essentially confirmed those stories in the afternoon by asking that his name be removed from the May 17 ballot, there was one last twist left: Corman announced in the early evening that he’d decided to stay in the contest because of “President Trump’s statement on the race and my conversation directly with the president.”

We’ll start with McSwain, who appeared to be in a good position until Trump declared he’d never endorse the man he’d once appointed as U.S. attorney for the eastern portion of the state. Trump reiterated the Big Lie to pummel the candidate, claiming that McSwain “did absolutely nothing on the massive Election Fraud that took place in Philadelphia and throughout the commonwealth.”

That was dismaying news for McSwain, who had in fact tried to use the Big Lie to gain, rather than lose, Trump’s support. His efforts included a letter to Trump last year claiming that his office had "received various allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities" and alleging that “Attorney General Barr, however, instructed me not to make any public statements or put out any press releases regarding possible election irregularities.”

Trump was all too happy at the time to use McSwain’s missive to back up his own lies and bludgeon Barr, who responded by saying his old subordinate “wanted to not do the business of the department, which is to investigate cases, but instead go out and flap his gums about what he didn't like about the election overall.” On Tuesday, though, McSwain got to be the victim of his own words when Trump claimed he “knew what was happening and let it go. It was there for the taking and he failed so badly.”

All of this drama inspired Corman to continue a once-promising campaign that he was about to end after several major setbacks. Corman was arguably the primary frontrunner when he entered the race to succeed termed-out Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf back in November, and he raised more money than any of his intra-party rivals in 2021. However, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that his team initially believed they would bring in considerably more during that time: The state Senate leader seemed to agree as he soon went through an intense staff shakeup, but he never managed to fix things.

Corman ended late March with just over $270,000 left in his campaign coffers, and McSwain ominously didn’t even bother to mention him in a recent ad targeting three other opponents. Corman himself seemed to recognize he was doomed on Tuesday when he formally sought to have a state court remove his name from the ballot, but hours later he filed a new petition asking the body to ignore that first request. He explained that he’d spoken to Trump, who “encouraged me to keep fighting, and that’s what I’m going to do – keep fighting for the people of Pennsylvania.” This saga may not be quite over, though, as ABC27 writes, “It is not guaranteed Corman will be able to remain in the race after his first petition was filed.”
 

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Trump Posts 'FOOLPROOF' Evidence that the Election Was 'Rigged' But it's Only Proof for Fools
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Sixteen months after the 2020 presidential election Donald Trump is still whining petulantly about the election being "rigged" and "stolen" from him. In all of that time - including more than 60 court challenges - he has failed utterly to produce a shred of evidence. He has succeeding only in establishing himself as the biggest sore loser in American politics. Even his cult followers are bored with his schtick.

Trump's persistence in this lost cause continued Tuesday with a post by his Twitter ban defying spokes-shill, Liz Harrington. The tweet made some emphatic declarations regarding his insistence that the election was rife with voter fraud. He said that...

“This is 100% conclusive and determinative evidence. When will the Republicans finally act. Not only was the 2020 Election Rigged, but they’ll do it again. Leadership, for once, must step up to the plate and hit the ball out of the park. This is your chance. The people, who are disgusted with your weakness and indifference, are waiting. Schumer and Pelosi would never stand for this if it were the other way around. This is 'foolproof,' on video tape for everyone to see. Do something!"

Not surprisingly, what Trump is describing as "100% conclusive and determinative evidence" is neither conclusive nor determinative. It isn't even evidence. Trump is regurgitating the results of a thoroughly disreputable pack of prevaricators known deceitfully as "True the Vote." These election truthers put together a video collage of what they claimed were people committing felony voter fraud by depositing multiple absentee ballots ballots in drop boxes in Georgia.

The only problem with that accusation is that everything seen on the videos was perfectly legal. According to Georgia law...

"...mailing or delivery [of absentee ballots] may be made by the elector's mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, or an individual residing in the household of such elector."

Additional authorized persons include caretakers for the disabled and employees of hospitals and prisons for voters thus confined. Nothing in Trump's so-called "evidence" indicated that anyone depositing the ballots was not legally permitted to do so. What's more, there was no way of knowing who the votes were for on those ballots. So even if the persons depositing them in the drop boxes were unauthorized, they may have been Trump voters who were in violation of the law. Which, more often than not, is the case.

And that's not all. When Trump promised a couple of weeks ago that this allegedly incriminating evidence would be released, he said that it would reveal "four or five million people cheating." Obviously, it would be impossible for that many ballots to be stuffed into the drop boxes. And, once again, since we still wouldn't know who the votes were for, there's no way the election outcome could be altered.

Nevertheless, on the basis of this baloney, Trump is demanding that some ambiguous "Leadership" figure "step up to the plate" and take some unspecified action. There is, of course, no legal path to the remedies that Trump and his cronies have babbled about for the past year, such as decertifying the election and coronating himself as King of America. It's just more of the seditious coup plotting that Don Trump Jr was recently caught engaging in.

So Trump's latest sorry attempt at proving that the election was rigged has just turned out to be another pathetic sham orchestrated by some really bad con artists. Who would have thought that such a conclusion to a Trump project would end up this big a failure?
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Trump's North Carolina "rally" on Saturday was a total bust. Here's why.
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Ukraine update: Spring rains arrive; Ukrainian defenders prepare for potentially 'decisive' battles
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Today has seen little evident movement in Ukraine—literally—as spring rains fall on much of the region, kicking off "mud season" in the flat farmlands of eastern Ukraine. Behind those frontlines, both Russian attackers and Ukrainian defense forces are continuing to frantically rush whatever equipment they can to the Donbas in preparation for what may be the decisive campaign of the war. Russia is, according to analysts, looking to seize a wide swath of Ukraine's eastern half all at once; Ukrainian territorial defenders face the existential mission of holding off that advance, preventing the desired encirclement of entrenched Ukrainian troops.

The Russian plan is generally considered risky, if not outright bizarre, in that it appears to mirror much of Russia's failed approach to taking Kyiv.

The successful Ukrainian defense of Kyiv has now unleashed a new flood of NATO weapons headed for the country as nations largely abandon previous wariness about providing "offensive" weaponry. Tanks and other armored equipment are now on their way—but little of that new aid has arrived yet. Ukraine's armed forces have taken deliveries of much-needed drones and anti-armor missiles, but it will take longer for the newly promised equipment to make its way into the country and the frontlines.

Continued rain would be good news for Ukraine's defenders, as it would limit Russian advances to major roads, and could slow the pace of Russian attacks to the point where some of the new NATO-provided weapons can be delivered.
 

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Why it matters: Medvedchuk's friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin stretches back years, and in 2021 the U.S. warned that Medvedchuk was on a “short list” of politicians that Russia would like to see replace Zelensky in the case of a coup, the Washington Post reported.
  • Medvedchuk has even said that Putin is his daughter's godfather, per Reuters.
Catch up quick: Medvedchuk was placed under house arrest last year after Ukrainian authorities opened a treason case against him, Reuters reported.
  • Medvedchuk allegedly escaped his house arrest at the end of February, in the early days of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, though his lawyer denied the allegation, saying his client had simply been relocated due to safety concerns, per Reuters.
State of play: "A special operation was carried out thanks to the SBU," Zelensky wrote, referring to the Security Service of Ukraine, alongside a photo of Medvedchuk in handcuffs and wearing an army uniform.
  • "Well done! Details later," Zelensky added.



Zelenskiy proposes swap of Putin ally for Ukrainian fighters

Following news that Ukrainians had captured the Russian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk – Putin’s closest ally in Ukraine – Zelenskiy has proposed releasing him to Russia in exchange for Ukrainians captured by Russian forces.

“I propose to the Russian Federation to exchange this guy of yours” for Ukrainian men and women in Russian captivity, he said in an address posted to Telegram......
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It is very symbolic that Mr. Medvedchuk was detained on Cosmonautics Day.

He has been hiding for 48 days. And finally decided to try to escape from our country. Well, for this ‘astronaut’ - in the bad sense of the word - the famous ‘Let’s go!’ did not work.

I think it is especially cynical of him to use military camouflage. He tried to disguise himself like that. Such a ‘soldier’. Such a ‘patriot’.”.....

 

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A new class-action lawsuit filed by an investor in Trumpworld’s favorite “Let’s Go Brandon” meme coin claims that some of the token’s key players orchestrated a pump-and-dump scheme.

The news marks the latest bit of drama that has plagued the coin since its inception last year and which has persisted since the cryptocurrency relaunched in February. A number of former President Donald Trump’s most loyal fans bought into the crypto hype, only to see the value of their investments plummet.

Attorneys for the plaintiff, an investor in the coin named Eric De Ford, claimed that the token’s executives and insiders “made false or misleading statements” and “disguised their control over the [c]ompany.” Ultimately, the 79-page suit filed in Florida alleges, those insiders “cynically marketed the LGB Tokens to investors so that they could sell off their portion…for a profit,” even as the selloff caused the value of the coin to drop precipitously for the remaining crypto holders.

The defendants included the Trumpy hedge funder James Koutoulas, NASCAR, and conservative media personalities Candace Owens and David Harris Jr., among others......