Idaho Gov. Brad Little fights off Trump-endorsed candidate to win GOP primary

Incumbent Idaho Gov. Brad Little held off seven challengers — including his own Trump-endorsed lieutenant governor — to secure victory in the Republican primary Tuesday and become the odds-on favorite to win a second four-year term.

The race was called with 23% of precincts reporting and Little receiving 64.1% of the vote, while Lt. Gov Janice McGeachin had 23.4%.

The two spectacularly fell out last May after McGeachin issued an executive order banning mask mandates while Little was attending a Republican Governors Association meeting in Tennessee.

Little, who never issued a statewide mandate and had left decisions on masking to local officials, quickly rescinded the order and decried her actions as an “irresponsible, self-serving political stunt.”

A few months later, with Little out of state again, McGeachin issued an executive order expanding on a directive that no Idaho government department could require vaccine passports. The lieutenant governor sought to add K-12 schools and universities to the ban and accused Little of rejecting conservative principles, writing on Twitter that “protecting individual liberty means fighting against tyranny at ALL levels of government.”

Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin
Lt. Gov Janice McGeachin’s support from former President Donald Trump did not help her bring home a “MAGA” win.
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McGeachin is no stranger to controversy. A group of retired Idaho county sheriffs and police recently formed a political action committee to oppose her due to her courting of antigovernment and anti-law enforcement groups such as the Three Percenters militia group. Earlier this year, she delivered a taped speech to the America First Political Action Conference, a white nationalist gathering.

Trump had endorsed McGeachin in November, calling her a “true supporter of MAGA since the very beginning.”

Little will face Democrat Stephen Heidt in the November election. No Democrat has held the Idaho governor’s office since 1995, nor has any party member held statewide office since 2007.

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Dr. John Cheng Remembered by Friends and Patients as ‘Best Doctor’ and ‘Hero’

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Residents and patients are mourning Dr. John Cheng outside of his office in Aliso Viejo, California, with flowers and hand-written letters commemorating the compassion and selflessness he embodied throughout his life, which was cut short by a May 15 mass shooting at a church in the neighboring city of Laguna Woods.
“What inspired me to get involved in medicine in the first place is I come from a family of physicians, and I saw the care that my father viewed upon his patients in a small community in East Texas,” Dr. John Cheng said in a 2012 video introducing his medical practice. “It’s those small-town values that were engrained in me when I was younger that really help create this sense of community, and in this modern society in these modern times, we miss a lot of that….

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Scientists Reveal COPD Patients More Susceptible to COVID-19

Australian researchers have found out why chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients face a higher risk of developing severe COVID-19, which could be critical in developing new drugs.
Researchers from the Centenary Institute and the University of Technology Sydney published their findings in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
COPD is an inflammatory lung condition that causes airway blockage and makes it difficult to breathe. The condition affects around 400 million people in the world.
In the study, the researchers infected differentiated airway cells from COPD patients and healthy people with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They found that the COPD airway cells had a massive increase in the amount of SARS-CoV-2 when compared to the healthy cells….

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Elon Musk Announces He Will Vote Republican For the First Time Ever After Years of Voting Democrat

It’s official, Elon Musk is done voting for Democrats. Thanks to the party’s embrace of destructive policies and authoritarian ideologies, the long-time registered Independent announced his intentions to vote Republican for the first time.

In an interview on the “All-In Podcast” on Monday, Musk explained that he views himself as “neither a Republican nor a Democrat,” and would describe himself as more “moderate,” however, he has always pulled the lever for the left, which won’t be the case this time around.

“I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically. Like, I’m not sure. I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear.  

Now this election, I will.”

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Musk also slammed the incompetence of the Biden administration, especially in comparison to the previous four years under Trump.

“This administration doesn’t seem to get a lot done,” Musk continued. “The Trump administration, leaving Trump aside, there were a lot of people in the administration who were effective at getting things done.”

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Musk’s announcement came during the same interview where he blasted Biden for being a puppet President that is being controlled by whoever’s behind the teleprompter.

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It’s no wonder the polls are showing people fleeing the Democratic party in droves. Elon’s announcement should only expedite the process.

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Government Will Not Cut Public Service to Fund Election Pledges: Australian PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that the Coalition would not slash essential public services to fund its election commitments.
The centre-right Coalition released its policy costings on May 17, which specified that government departments would be subject to an “efficiency dividend,” or annual budget reduction of two percent in the next three years and 1.5 percent in the 2025-2026 financial year.
“If our senior public servants … can’t find $2.7 billion (US$1.61 billion) out of a budget of $327.3 billion, well, I’ve got a lot more confidence in them that they can achieve that,” Morrison told reporters in Darwin on May 17.
“It doesn’t impact on programs or services at all, never has … We’re very transparent.”…

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Gas prices average over $4 a gallon in every state for first time

The US set a new record for gas prices this week when the average cost at the pumps topped $4 a gallon in all 50 states for the first time ever.

The milestone was met Tuesday after Georgia, Kansas and Oklahoma became the last three states to surpass the $4 per gallon mark, according to a new report from AAA auto club.

The national average reached $4.52 a gallon, up 44 cents from a month ago and nearly $1.50 from a year ago. The most expensive prices are at California gas stations, which sell regular gas at a whopping $6.02 a gallon on average, according to AAA data.

New Yorkers are also draining their wallets at the pump. The statewide average rose nearly a whole quarter in just a week to about $4.81 per gallon for regular.

The skyrocketing prices — which are expected to get worse as the summer approaches — are due primarily to the high cost of crude oil, which is hovering near $110 a barrel, according to the AAA report.

“The high cost of oil, the key ingredient in gasoline, is driving these high pump prices for consumers,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said. “Even the annual seasonal demand dip for gasoline during the lull between spring break and Memorial Day, which would normally help lower prices, is having no effect this year.”

The statewide average price for gas in New York rose to $4.81 per gallon.
The statewide average price for gas in New York rose to $4.81 per gallon.
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Inflation paired with the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its economic fallout have slammed global energy markets, costing car owners at the pumps.

President Joe Biden attempted to alleviate the burden of gas costs on US motorists by releasing tens of millions of barrels of oil from the strategic reserve, but that measure has had little sustained impact on prices.

Demand for gasoline is expected to rise as more Americans travel during the summer months.

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LIVE UPDATES: Several Russian Generals Have Reportedly Been Killed, Ukrainian Regional Admin Says

The latest on the Russia–Ukraine crisis, May 18. Click here for updates from May 17.
Several Russian Generals Have Reportedly Been Killed, Ukrainian Regional Admin Says
Ukrainian guerrilla fighters reportedly have killed several high-ranking Russian officers in the southern city of Melitopol, the regional administration said on Telegram.
Russian forces have occupied the city since early in the war.
According to the regional administration, the occupiers are trying to conceal the situation but Russian troops were more actively checking private cars in the city Tuesday, most likely looking for the guerrillas.
No details of the killings were given and the report could not immediately be confirmed….

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