PA-05: “Fifteen Democrats either seeking or considering a run in the 5th … gathered at a forum Wednesday night, introducing themselves — but agreeing on most party values.” State Rep. Margo Davidson (D) confirmed she’s considering a run, many of the other candidate have already launched bids. The primary for the safe, Democratic seat created in the recent redistricting is on May 15. (Delaware County Times)
PA-07: Former Coplay Mayor Bill Leiner Jr. (D) dropped out of the race to replace retiring Rep. Charlie Dent (R) and endorsed former Allentown Solicitor Susan Wild (D). “While Leiner was early out of the gate in the increasingly competitive race, he struggled with fundraising, reporting $1,600 on hand at the end of the year.” (Allentown Morning Call)
PA-08: Former federal prosecutor Joe Peters (R) announced a challenge to Rep. Matt Cartwright (D). Before court-ordered redistricting, he was running for retiring Rep. Lou Barletta’s (R) seat. Investment banker John Chrin (R) is also challenging Cartwright, though his home was cut out of the district.
“A native of Scranton, former state deputy attorney general and still a homeland security consultant, Peters said he maintains close ties to the city. He visits his father, Gene, Scranton’s mayor from 1970 to 1978, and mother, Marguerite, regularly. He served as executive director of the Scranton Cultural Center between 2011 and 2013 and as a Scranton police officer.” (Scranton Times Tribune)
PA-10: Public health scientist Eric Ding (D) “announced on Wednesday that he would” challenge Rep. Scott Perry (R). 2016 PA-16 nominee Christina Hartman (D) is also in the race. (Roll Call)
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"As Trump signed a joint statement with Kim Jong Un that offered few details on how the North Korean leader would make good on his vow to denuclearize, Republicans on Capitol Hill said Tuesday that they want and expect the White House to submit any final agreement for their approval." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for any agreement to be in the form of a treaty.
President Trump announced that the United States will suspend "war games" with South Korea, which are "inappropriate" given his meeting with North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un. "We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money," said Trump, "unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should." The military exercises "carried out each year by the US and South Korean militaries have been consistently cited by Pyongyang as a US rehearsal for war, and a reason it needs to build a nuclear arsenal."
President Trump "heaped praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, calling him 'a very worthy, very smart negotiator' and vowing to meet with him 'many times.' Speaking to reporters in Singapore after his landmark summit with Kim, Trump said that he found the North Korean premier to be a 'very talented man' who 'loves his country very much.'"