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Quite The Closing Argument

Mon, 2017-12-11 22:30

Roy Moore’s wife Kayla appeared quite sure that she’d decisively put to rest the charges of anti-Semitism once and for all. Watch.

Roy Moore’s Wife Says They Aren’t Anti-Semites: ‘One Of Our Attorneys Is A Jew’ (VIDEO)

Mon, 2017-12-11 22:01

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. — Kayla Moore used the final campaign rally for her husband to fire back against accusations that they hate Jews, black people and women, with an interesting choice of evidence.

“Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews. But I’ll tell you all this because I see you all, I just want to set the record straight while they’re here: One of our attorneys is a Jew,” Kayla Moore said, waving towards the back of the room where reporters were gathered. “We have very close friends who are Jewish.”

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National Spotlight Turns Back To Allegations Of Past Trump Misconduct

Mon, 2017-12-11 19:00
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump sailed past a raft of allegations of sexual misconduct in last year’s presidential election.Now the national #MeToo spotlight is turning back to Trump and his past conduct. Several of his accusers are urging Congress to investigate his behavior, and a number of Democratic lawmakers are demanding his resignation.

With each day seeming to bring new headlines that force men from positions of power, the movement to expose sexual harassment has forced an unwelcome conversation on the White House. In a heated exchange with reporters in the White House briefing room on Monday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders steadfastly dismissed accusations against the Republican president and suggested the issue had already been litigated in Trump’s favor on Election Day.

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Zinke, House GOP Spar With Patagonia Over Trump 'Stole Your Land' Message

Mon, 2017-12-11 17:58

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and House Republicans have escalated their feud with Patagonia after the outdoor retailer told Americans that President Donald Trump “stole your land” in his move to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments.

The dispute pitting the GOP against a private company raised questions about use of taxpayer resources for political criticism and whether Republicans are trying to stop Patagonia sales weeks before the Christmas holiday.

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IG Urges Education Dept. To Resume Forgiving Loans Of Defrauded Students

Mon, 2017-12-11 17:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog on Monday urged the Education Department to resume the process of forgiving student loans for tens of thousands Americans who were defrauded by for-profit colleges.

The Office of Inspector General, an independent body within the education agency, recommended in a report that the department restart “review, approval, and discharge process” for defrauded studs.

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Obamacare Sign-Up Glitches Reported In Final Days Of Enrollment Period

Mon, 2017-12-11 17:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for “Obamacare” sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience.

In Illinois, some consumers who successfully completed an application for financial assistance through got a message saying they would likely be eligible to buy a health plan, “but none are available to you in your area.”

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Trump Calls For Immigration Crackdown After NYC Subway Blast

Mon, 2017-12-11 17:29

President Donald Trump on Monday used a bombing in New York City to once again advocate for stricter limits on immigration into the United States.

Calling his executive action to restrict travel from six Muslim-majority nations — in addition to travel from North Korea and for some Venezuelan officials and their families — “just one step,” Trump argued for further congressional action.

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Trump's 'Return To Moon' Directive Also Aims For 'Eventual Mission To Mars'

Mon, 2017-12-11 16:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to send man back to the moon — and on to Mars.

Trump signed a policy directive Monday instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to “refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery.”

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New Yorker Cuts Ties With Ryan Lizza Over 'Improper Sexual Conduct'

Mon, 2017-12-11 16:20

The New Yorker on Monday announced it had “severed ties” with prominent political reporter Ryan Lizza over what the magazine called “improper sexual conduct.”

“The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct,” a New Yorker spokesperson said in a statement to TPM. “We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza. Due to a request for privacy, we are not commenting further.”

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Atlanta To Confirm Mayoral Race's Official Razor Thin Margin Monday

Mon, 2017-12-11 15:47

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta is a step closer to having an official record of how close its mayoral election runoff was.

Fulton County election officials on Monday morning certified the county’s vote totals from the Dec. 5 runoff. Election officials in DeKalb County, which also includes part of Atlanta, planned to certify their results later Monday.

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Gillibrand Calls On Trump To Resign After Accusers Speak Out Again

Mon, 2017-12-11 15:09

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Monday afternoon called on President Donald Trump to resign as accusations of sexual misconduct against the President have seen renewed scrutiny.

“President Trump should resign. These allegations are credible; they are numerous. I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking,” Gillibrand said on CNN.

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WH: Trump Is Happy Women Are Coming Forward, Doesn’t Believe His Accusers

Mon, 2017-12-11 15:05

The White House said Monday that President Trump wants women to feel comfortable coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, but that doesn’t mean he believes every accusation, especially those levied against him.

“As the President said himself, he thinks it’s a good thing that women are coming forward, but he also feels strongly that a mere allegation shouldn’t determine the course and in this case, the President has denied any of these allegations as have eyewitnesses and several reports have shown those eyewitnesses also back up the President’s claims in this process,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The American people knew this and voted for the President and we feel like we’re ready to move forward in that process.”

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In Combative Exchange, WH Accuses Journalists Of Purposefully Misleading

Mon, 2017-12-11 15:04

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was combative Monday while accusing members of the press of purposefully reporting false information in order to damage the Trump administration.

But when asked to provide an example of purposefully misleading reporting, she cited an erroneous report from ABC News’ Brian Ross. However, there’s no indication Ross’ reporting was purposefully misleading, and Ross was suspended without pay and barred from reporting on Trump in the future by ABC News as a result of the error.

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WATCH LIVE: White House Holds Press Briefing At 2 PM ET

Mon, 2017-12-11 13:28

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to give an on-camera press briefing at 2 p.m. ET on Monday. Watch live below:

Condoleezza Rice To Alabama: 'Reject Bigotry, Sexism And Intolerance'

Mon, 2017-12-11 13:23

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday called the special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat “one of the most significant in Alabama’s history.”

Rice, a Birmingham native who served as national security adviser and secretary of state during former President George W. Bush’s tenure, did not name either major candidate in a statement encouraging Alabamians to vote on Dec. 12, which was printed by

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Pentagon To Permit Transgender People To Enlist In Military Beginning Jan. 1

Mon, 2017-12-11 13:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s opposition.

The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump’s demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services.

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Trump's Treasury Department Admits Tax Cuts Don't Pay For Themselves

Mon, 2017-12-11 13:09

When the House and Senate passed different versions of a bill to slash corporate tax rates and eliminate the deductions millions of people depend upon, GOP lawmakers insisted that the bill would pay for itself and then some. They presented no evidence to back up this claim, and multiple reports from government experts and outside groups found instead that the bills would increase the federal deficit by at least $1 trillion.

The Treasury Department promised to release an analysis ahead of last week’s Senate vote, but it was nowhere to be seen, and whistleblowers at the Department told the New York Times they were never even instructed to crunch the numbers. On Monday, after the department’s inspector general opened an investigation into the whereabouts of the promised report and whether Secretary Steve Mnuchin was attempting to mislead the public about the impact of the tax plan, the Treasury Department quietly released a one-page document.

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WH: Trump To Make Final GOP Tax Plan Pitch In Wednesday Speech

Mon, 2017-12-11 13:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making his final pitch for the Republican tax plan in a speech to the American people.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says Trump will deliver a speech Wednesday on how tax reform will help taxpayers and their families.

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Dem Rep. Warns Sergeant At Arms To Protect Teenage Pages From Roy Moore

Mon, 2017-12-11 12:51

In a letter to the Senate Sergeant at Arms, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) warned that if elected to the Senate, Roy Moore could pose danger to the high school students who participate in the Senate page program.

She asked the Sergeant at Arms to share “what preventative steps are being taken to safeguard Senate Pages from predatory conduct of U.S. Senators and Senate staff.”

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