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Trump allies win in South Dakota, lead in Montana midterm primaries

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2022-06-08T03:43:09Z

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, easily won the Republican nomination to seek reelection in November, while a former member of Trump’s cabinet led in his Montana primary for the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Noem, known for her opposition to COVID-19 restrictions, won her primary with 77% of the vote, while former Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of Montana held a narrow lead as he seeks the party’s nomination to return to Congress.

Progressive Democrats were also being put to the test in a pair of California races, where San Francisco’s district attorney faced a recall attempt and the Los Angeles mayor’s race was a contest between a liberal congresswoman and a real estate developer who was a former Republican.

With President Joe Biden slumping in the polls and soaring inflation souring voters’ moods, Republicans are expected to win control of the House and possibly the Senate, which would bring Biden’s legislative agenda to a halt and give Republicans the power to launch distracting and possibly politically damaging investigations.

Just 41% of Americans approve of Biden’s performance as president, near the lowest level of his presidency, according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll completed on Tuesday.

The poll also showed the Democratic Party and the Republican party were neck-and-neck in voter preferences ahead of the November congressional elections. Thirty-nine percent said they would vote for a Democrat compared to 37% picking a Republican. The difference was well within the poll’s 4 percentage point credibility interval.

Voters in New Jersey, Iowa, Mississippi and New Mexico also cast ballots on Tuesday in nominating contests that will set the competitive field for Nov. 8’s elections.

In Montana, with about 32% of the expected vote counted, Zinke led Al Olszewski, a former Montana state senator, by 44% to 38%, according to Edison Research.

Zinke’s primary came months after an inspector general report accused him of using his position as head of the Interior Department to advance a development project in his hometown and lying to an ethics investigator. He has denied wrongdoing.

South Dakota’s Noem beat former state House speaker Steven Haugaard 77% to 23%.

Noem has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential running-mate if Trump seeks election again in 2024 or as a White House candidate in her own right if he does not.

Republicans are favored to easily win the South Dakota governor and Montana House races in November.

Republicans also nominated candidates to take on embattled House Democrats, setting the stage for contests that will help determine control of that chamber.

New Jersey Republican Tom Kean Jr. won his party’s nomination to challenge embattled Democratic Representative Tom Malinowski in November, as voters cast ballots in primary elections across seven U.S. states, according to Edison Research.

Kean, the son of popular two-time Governor Thomas Kean, had more than 45% of the vote, far ahead any of his field of rivals. Malinowski, who is viewed as one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country, also secured his renomination.

“I am both humbled and fully committed to flipping this seat in November,” Kean said in a tweet after winning his primary.

In Iowa, former state Senator Zach Nunn outpaced two other Republicans to seize the party nomination to challenge embattled Democratic Representative Cindy Axne.

Nunn, the only Republican contender who has held elective office, boasts a string of endorsements from high-profile party luminaries including Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and several sitting House Republicans.

Two California races also illustrate liberal-leaning voters’ frustrations with spikes in homicides and gun violence. read more

Polls show that San Francisco’s progressive district attorney, Chesa Boudin, is likely to be pushed out of office in a recall vote. A replacement would be chosen by the city’s mayor, London Breed, a Democrat who has criticized Boudin but has not taken a stance on the recall.

In Los Angeles, Rick Caruso, a billionaire developer and former Republican, is battling U.S. Representative Karen Bass and a host of other liberal candidates in the mayoral election.

Caruso, who has spent more than $30 million of his own money in the campaign, made crime the centerpiece of his candidacy in a city that saw homicides reach a 15-year high in 2021. That forced Bass, a longtime progressive champion in Congress, to move to the center and pledge to put more police on the streets. Caruso and Bass could be headed to a runoff, polls show.

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention in Houston, Texas, U.S. May 27, 2022. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

U.S. President Donald Trump walks past Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke as he stands to address the 17th annual September 11 observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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Blinken warns of persisting threats to press freedom in Americas

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2022-06-08T03:44:13Z

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday criticized efforts to suppress press freedom in several Latin American countries and said the United States seeks to increase media protection in the region with the most murders of journalists.

Speaking at a press freedom event ahead of the Summit of the Americas, a regional gathering aiming to address economic problems and migration, Blinken said governments in the region were using sweeping legislation and surveillance to quash freedom of press and intimidate journalists.

He has singled out Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, the three countries President Joe Biden excluded from the Summit of Americas because they were not democratic, saying the act of independent journalism constituted a crime there.

“No region in the world is more dangerous for journalists,” Blinken said, adding that at least 17 media workers have been killed this year in the Western Hemisphere, citing the UNESCO observatory for killed journalists.

Last weekend, British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira went missing in Brazil while reporting in a remote and lawless part of the Amazon rainforest near the border with Peru. read more

“Crimes like these persist in no small part because the people who order them and carry them out are so rarely held accountable. That sends a message that these attacks can continue with impunity,” Blinken said.

He also criticized El Salvador.

“Governments are using sweeping legislation to quash free expression, as we saw in the recent slate of amendments adopted by El Salvador in March and April of this year,” Blinken said.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks during a panel discussion on the commitment to journalistic freedom at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 7, 2022. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks during a panel discussion on the commitment to journalistic freedom at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 7, 2022. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a panel discussion on the commitment to journalistic freedom with Marcella Baietto, a graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Madison Thomas of Cronkite News, Los Angeles Bureau, and Andrea Villalobos of Cronkite News, Phoenix Bureau, at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 7, 2022. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A person protests during Secretary-General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro’s intervention in a discussion panel on the commitment to journalistic freedom at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 7, 2022. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks during a panel discussion on the commitment to journalistic freedom at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 7, 2022. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken arrives to testify at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

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Russia has lost its own future – Zelensky – Ukrinform

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Russia has lost its own future – Zelensky  Ukrinform

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Ukraine retakes parts of Severodonetsk amid brutal street fighting; World Bank slashes global growth forecast – CNBC

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Ukraine retakes parts of Severodonetsk amid brutal street fighting; World Bank slashes global growth forecast  CNBC

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COMMENT: Russia will not tolerate the EU’s new role in Nagorno-Karabakh peace process – Business New Europe

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Addressed the Media Summit of the Americas and spoke with journalism students from @Cronkite_ASU about the future of media freedom. I underscored the U.S. commitment to a safe and free press in the Americas and globally. #SummitAmericas

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Insurance start-ups face credibility crisis in brutal tech rout

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New listings under pressure to justify business models as hype dies down and losses mount

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California voters cast ballots in low-turnout primary election – Los Angeles Times

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  1. California voters cast ballots in low-turnout primary election  Los Angeles Times
  2. Los Angeles mayoral race: Americans weigh in as crime, homelessness take center stage  Fox News
  3. Frontrunners Karen Bass and Rick Caruso faceoff in Los Angeles mayoral race  CBS Mornings
  4. Trevor Noah on L.A. mayor race: Karen Bass vs. Rick Caruso  Los Angeles Times
  5. Election Day: Frontrunners emerge in race for L.A. mayor  KTLA Los Angeles

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