White House Correspondent Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer gives her take on the latest news from the White House

Good Morning DC,

“I don’t care how the draft leaked. That’s sideshow,” says Adam Schiff. 

Destroying the Supreme Court and the rule of law is hardly a “side show.” Everyone knows that, Schiff included.

SCOTUS leak and women’s access to reproductive health are equally important issues with an unprecedented power to set America off on the dangerous path.

Yesterday, I reported that Psaki acknowledged that the SCOTUS leak “raised eyebrows,” including for many at the White House. Asked if the White House explicitly condemned this leak, Psaki did not reveal much.”I don’t think we have a particular view on that other than to say that we certainly note the unprecedented nature of it.” 

The White House, though, won’t be calling for an investigation over the SCOTUS leak. “We’ll leave it to the Department of Justice to make a decision about that.”

If Roe were to fall, what would that mean for women in America?

Psaki estimates that abortion would probably be illegal in about half the states in the country.”Up to 26 states, particularly in the South, the Midwest, and West,” she said. 

Access to reproductive care, according to the White House would impact most “women with low incomes, women of color, and those living in rural communities.” The 75 percent of women of color seeking abortions are living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

In COVID news, Secretary Blinken is a new high profile individual who tested positive for COVID-19 after attending WHCA Dinner, right after ABC’s Jonathan Karl and many others. They all walked just straight into it.

Party now, regret later.

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

At 4:15 PM Joe and Jill Biden will host a Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden with Beatriz Gutiérrez Mueller de López Obrador, the wife of the President of Mexico. 

After the festivities, the First Lady will depart on her trip to Romania. 

DIGITAL ASSETS

If you love Gucci you can now go shopping and pay in crypto.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The EU has proposed a total ban on oil imports from Russia

Today, Britons are voting in the local elections, with Assembly elections also taking place in Northern Ireland. 146 councils are having elections across England, including all 32 London boroughs. In Scotland, 32 councils are up for election. All councils in Wales are up for election.

Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe may end up buying Chelsea Football Club.

The Iranian-Swedish detainee, doctor, Ahmad Reza Jalali will be sentenced by the end of this month. He is charged with spying for Israel and is to be executed.

“Iran does have a long history of unjust imprisonment of foreign nationals for use as political leverage. It continues to engage in a range of human rights abuses, which include large-scale arbitrary or unlawful detention of individuals, some of whom have faced torture or worse, in some cases execution, after a failure to receive due process and enduring unjust trials,” said Ned Price on behalf of the State Department. 

And that’s a wrap for this Thursday morning, May 5 2022. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

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Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...