MSNBC Guest Defends Roy Moore, Claims Many Women are ‘Victims’ of #MeToo Movement


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During a panel on MSNBC on Sunday, conservative pundit Jen Kerns defended Roy Moore against charges of pedophilia and claimed many women have been victims of the #MeToo movement. It did not go over well. It all started after Roll Call columnist Michelle Bernard brought up Moore in the context of a discussion the woman’s vote. “Were it not for the vote of black women and women of color, Roy Moore would have been elected in Alabama,” Bernard said. “Despite very credible charges that indicated that he had engaged in pedophilia.” She continued on: “White women have always gained power through the proximity that they have to white males, to their husbands, and the vote the same way that their husbands do because it always, and somehow favors them.” Kerns was not amused. “That’s offensive!” Kerns chimed in. Kerns then tried to downplay the allegations against Moore, citing the handwriting Continue reading "MSNBC Guest Defends Roy Moore, Claims Many Women are ‘Victims’ of #MeToo Movement"

Mick Mulvaney Reportedly Told Donors Trump Asks Him All the Time Why Roy Moore Lost


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Trump official Mick Mulvaney said in a closed door meeting with Republican donors that the president frequently asks him why former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore lost his election, according to a New York Times report. Moore lost in a stunning upset against Democratic opponent Doug Jones in deep red Alabama after he was accused of molesting teenaged girls, including one woman who said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 14. Trump endorsed Moore after the allegations, and despite briefly losing support from the Republican National Committee, the body resumed fundraising for him after the president’s endorsement. Apparently Trump, however, still doesn’t understand how the candidate lost. Per the Times:

And Mr. Mulvaney alluded to last year’s special election for Senate in Alabama and suggested that Mr. Trump remained bewildered at his party’s defeat there. The Democratic nominee, Doug Jones, prevailed in a stunning upset over the Republican, Continue reading "Mick Mulvaney Reportedly Told Donors Trump Asks Him All the Time Why Roy Moore Lost"

Steve Bannon: Roy Moore Would’ve Won If McConnell and Others ‘Hadn’t Turned Against Him’


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On Friday night, Steve Bannon appeared on MSNBC and, among many things, discussed the upcoming midterms and his recently poor track record when it comes to backing winning candidates. Ari Melber asked the former White House chief strategist why should Republicans seek him for help since he hasn’t “backed winning candidates in the special elections thus far.” Bannon responded by saying he backed winning candidates “in the primary.” “The Republican establishment in Alabama, Roy Moore specifically- I mean, Roy Moore would have won that election if [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell and [Alabama Sen. Richard] Shelby and these others hadn’t turned against him,” Bannon told Melber. “So I’ve got a very good feel how to turn people out.” “How could you blame Republicans in Washington for what happened in Alabama?” Melber shot back. “Didn’t the voters there make up their minds?” “Well, Shelby came Continue reading "Steve Bannon: Roy Moore Would’ve Won If McConnell and Others ‘Hadn’t Turned Against Him’"

WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ‘Pedophile Detection Machine’ on Roy Moore


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Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen‘s latest episode of Who Is America? targets former Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, claiming to have a new piece of Israeli technology that can detect pedophiles. The device “accidentally” goes off when used on Moore, and and the fake interview ends rather quickly after that. Cohen told the former Trump-endorsed Alabama candidate that he is an Israeli anti-terrorism expert named Erran Morad, and first describes other technological advances used by Israel, including a method for finding tunnels used by Hamas. He then explains he has the “latest Israeli gadget”, a device that can detect an enzyme that denotes a child molester. “So the phrase ‘sweating like a rapist’ is actually based in science,” Cohen says. He describes the device, then demonstrates how it would be used, waving it over himself and Moore. Over Moore, the device begins to beep. “It must be faulty,” says Continue reading "WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ‘Pedophile Detection Machine’ on Roy Moore"

Fox News’ Stirewalt on Blankenship’s WV Senate Chances: If GOP Could Get Behind an Accused Molester…


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Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt today said it might be a bit premature for President Trump to say Don Blankenship running for Senate would go about as well as Roy Moore did. Trump eventually did offer some support for Moore, even if he didn’t choose him in the primary, and as Dana Perino and Stirewalt acknowledged, if Republicans ended up coming around on Moore they could just as easily come around on Blankenship, who’s come under intense scrutiny not just for racist comments, but for his one-year stint in jail over the deaths of 29 Continue reading "Fox News’ Stirewalt on Blankenship’s WV Senate Chances: If GOP Could Get Behind an Accused Molester…"

Lawyer Claims Roy Moore Supporters Offered Him $10,000 To Drop Moore Accuser as Client And Smear Her


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Months after former judge Roy Moore narrowly lost his Senate election bid in ruby-red Alabama in the wake of numerous allegations that he had sexual contact with teenage girls, a lawyer for one of Moore’s accusers claims that two of the GOP candidate’s supporters offered him money if he’d drop his client. According to the Washington Post, attorney Eddie Sexton said that days after his client Leigh Corfman came forward to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct, two men promised him $10,000 if he would get rid of her as a client and publicly declare that he didn’t believe Corfman. Sexton also said that he was told his smear of Corfman would run in Breitbart News. Beyond offering the money, the men promised to introduce Sexton to then-Breitbart chief Steve Bannon, who was campaigning hard for Moore in an effort to embolden his self-made image as a GOP kingmaker. Continue reading "Lawyer Claims Roy Moore Supporters Offered Him $10,000 To Drop Moore Accuser as Client And Smear Her"

Investigation Concludes Kellyanne Conway Violated Hatch Act Twice by Supporting Roy Moore on TV


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The United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has released their findings into possible violations of the Hatch Act by Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald Trump.  The OSC has found that Conway violated the act on two separate occasions, by going on television and openly supporting failed Alabama candidate Roy Moore. White House employees aren’t allowed to impact elections in their professional capacity, and Conway — according to the OSC — attempted to do just that by appearing on cable news programs and advocating for Moore and against Sen. Doug Jones. OSC special counsel Henry Kerner pointed to two Conway appearances conducted in her “official capacity” as Counselor to the president in Continue reading "Investigation Concludes Kellyanne Conway Violated Hatch Act Twice by Supporting Roy Moore on TV"

What The Guardian has learned trying to build a more intelligent story format — one that knows what you know


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Over the past several months, the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab has introduced a new format that we have been working on: the Smarticle. We’ve now run three Smarticle experiments, and learned a lot about how readers like the format and what topics work well in it. Most significantly, we learned that there’s an appetite for this story format: Through a combination of written feedback from users and analytics, we learned that people enjoyed consuming news in this way, and they were comfortable only receiving elements of the story that were new to them. First, a quick description for those unfamiliar with the project: the Smarticle is a story format designed for mobile that aims to meet readers where they are in their knowledge of a developing story by only presenting them with the elements that are most useful to them. It works like this:

Officials Investigating Fire That Broke Out at Home of Roy Moore Accuser Tina Johnson


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Officials are investigating the alleged arson at the household of Tina Johnson, one of the women who had accused former Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct last November. The Lookout Mountain Fire Department was called to Johnson’s home early Tuesday morning after her family’s Alabama home was seen engulfed in flames, via AL.com. By the time the fire had been put out, the home and all of Johnson’s belongings had been lost. Johnson was one of 9 women who came forward last year to accuse Roy Moore of sexual abuse. She alleges that at the age of 28 Moore groped her and made comments about her young daughters’ physical appearance. One official said, “The ongoing investigation does not lead us to believe that the fire is in any way related to Roy Moore or allegations made against him. More details will be released when warrants are obtained.” Continue reading "Officials Investigating Fire That Broke Out at Home of Roy Moore Accuser Tina Johnson"

Remember Roy Moore’s Jewish Lawyer? Well, He Voted For His Longtime Friend Doug Jones


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At the final campaign rally for Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore before the special election last month, Moore’s wife Kayla insisted that it was “fake news” that the couple was anti-Semitic. Her proof? “One of our attorneys is a Jew!” she exclaimed with a smug smirk of self-satisfaction. Despite that last-minute appeal, Moore lost a close election to Democrat Doug Jones the following night. And part of that reason is that their one Jewish lawyer voted for Jones. The Washington Examiner tracked down Richard Jaffe, who was hired by the Moores to defend their son in 2016 against drug charges. Jaffe let the Examiner know that he had been close friends with Jones for roughly 30 years. And besides voting for Jones, he helped his friend by being a donor and raising money for Jones’ campaign. “There could not be a more passionate supporter of Doug than Continue reading "Remember Roy Moore’s Jewish Lawyer? Well, He Voted For His Longtime Friend Doug Jones"

CNN Interview With Roy Moore Spox Janet Porter Goes Totally Off the Rails: ‘Are You Having Fun?’


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A few hours after going toe-to-toe with CNN’s Dana Bash and making the stupendous claim that there was only a one in 15 billion chance that election fraud didn’t happen in the Alabama Senate election, Roy Moore spokesperson Janet Porter appeared for Round two — this time with CNN anchor John Berman. Porter, who has quickly made a name for herself due to her bizarre and contentious interviews, made sure that Thursday night’s segment would rank among her most memorable by immediately mixing it up with Berman. After the CNN anchor noted that the Alabama Secretary of State certified the election results and that a judge tossed out the Moore campaign’s lawsuit, Berman wanted to know what due process has Moore been denied. When Porter pointed to the campaign’s 84-page complaint, this opened the door to an absolutely insane exchange. Berman wanted to get Porter to explain why Continue reading "CNN Interview With Roy Moore Spox Janet Porter Goes Totally Off the Rails: ‘Are You Having Fun?’"

Ana Navarro Ruthlessly Mocks Roy Moore: ‘Sore Loser and Cry Baby’


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It looks like it’s finally over for Roy Moore, with the Alabama Senate election results being officially certified earlier this afternoon in favor of Doug Jones. The accused molester of teenagers and confirmed rider of Sassy the horse did not, however, go down without a fight. The Moore camp filed a lawsuit last night, claiming election fraud — though a judge promptly dismissed the case. With the election finally over and done with, CNN political commentator Ana Navarro had one last chance to really pile on Moore. And boy oh boy, she did not waste it. “This is a 71-year-old guy who can now add sore loser and cry baby to pedophile, homophobe, racist guy who likes to hide behind the cloaks of Jesus Christ to say some of the most hateful, stupid things in the world,” the Republican commentator said. “This guy just doesn’t know when to Continue reading "Ana Navarro Ruthlessly Mocks Roy Moore: ‘Sore Loser and Cry Baby’"

Doug Jones Upon Certification of Alabama Election Victory: ‘I Will Be an Independent Voice’


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Late last night, former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore threw a desperate hail mary when he filed a legal complaint to challenge the results in the Alabama Senate special election. Moore, who lost to Democrat Doug Jones by more than 20,000 votes, wanted an Alabama court to block Jones from being certified today and call for a brand new election. Yeah, that didn’t work out for Moore. And after Alabama officials certified the election results this afternoon, officially making Jones the victor, the Senator-elect released the following statement: As you can see in the comments above, Jones said that his election “marks a new chapter” for Alabama. “I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle,” he added. Moore, who has refused to concede since losing to Jones more than two weeks ago, cited a JFK Continue reading "Doug Jones Upon Certification of Alabama Election Victory: ‘I Will Be an Independent Voice’"

Alabama Judge Rejects Roy Moore’s Lawsuit to Stop Doug Jones From Becoming Senator


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The Circuit Court for Alabama has denied Roy Moore‘s request to delay the official certification of his defeat at the hands of Doug Jones. Last night, the former state Supreme Court chief justice filed a lawsuit to challenge the results of the special election for the next senator of Alabama. Moore claims to have proof that the election was swung due to major voter fraud, and his spokeswoman recently gave an interview to CNN where she insisted that the chances of no voter fraud were “1 in 15 billion.” However, the circuit judge of Montgomery County has just announced that they are denying Moore’s request to halt the process. Alabama secretary of state John Merrill has told reporters that the certification will proceed as planned, which will go down around 2 Continue reading "Alabama Judge Rejects Roy Moore’s Lawsuit to Stop Doug Jones From Becoming Senator"

Roy Moore Spox Makes Staggering Claim: ‘1 in 15 Billion Chance’ There Was Not Election Fraud


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Even though Roy Moore has been defeated and the Alabama senate election is over, that didn’t stop campaign spokeswoman Janet Porter from joining CNN today for a wild interview about his attempts to challenge the election results. Porter spoke to Dana Bash, and she defended her boss by insisting her team has evidence and experts lined up to prove major voter fraud swung the election. “In other words,” Porter said, “this election was fraudulent, and what we need to do is ask the secretary of state to do his job and to investigate this.” As Bash and Porter cycled through the election integrity officials mentioned in Moore’s court documents, the CNN host noted that Moore cited an anti-semitic conspiracy theorist known for spouting fringe views about 9/11. When Bash said that this presents a major credibility concern, Porter accused her of ignoring other evidence of supposed improper conduct Continue reading "Roy Moore Spox Makes Staggering Claim: ‘1 in 15 Billion Chance’ There Was Not Election Fraud"

Roy Moore Files Lawsuit to Challenge Results of Alabama Senate Race


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If you had a feeling that Roy Moore would admit defeat to Doug Jones any day now, think again. The former Alabama senate candidate and alleged child molester filed a legal complaint on Wednesday to challenge the results of the election earlier this month. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill was supposed to officially declare Jones the winner of the senate election today, but now, Moore’s campaign is asking for a delay and an investigation into certain “irregularities” they’re claiming as signs of potential voter fraud. “The purpose of the complaint is to preserve evidence of potential election fraud and to postpone the certification of Alabama’s Special Election by Secretary of State John Merrill until a thorough investigation of potential election fraud, that improperly altered the outcome of this election, is conducted,” Moore stated in a press release. “This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should Continue reading "Roy Moore Files Lawsuit to Challenge Results of Alabama Senate Race"

Trump Claims He Knew Roy Moore ‘Would Lose’ Despite Endorsing Him


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As Donald Trump’s first year in the White House comes to a close, the president took to Twitter to brag about his administration’s political accomplishments and deflect from his failures — particularly the loss of personally endorsed-GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore. “Remember, the Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional races this year. In Senate, I said Roy M would lose in Alabama and supported Big Luther Strange – and Roy lost. Virginia candidate was not a ‘Trumper,’ and he lost. Good Republican candidates will win BIG!” Tweeted the president on the night before Christmas Eve. Trump went on to Continue reading "Trump Claims He Knew Roy Moore ‘Would Lose’ Despite Endorsing Him"

McConnell Burns ‘Political Genius’ Bannon: Throwing Away a Red State Senate Seat ‘Hard to Ignore’


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took a major swipe at Steve Bannon today by more or less saying it’s all his fault Republicans lost a senate seat in a solid red state like Alabama. In a final press conference before Christmas, McConnell said that the congressional GOP will start to focus on promoting candidates with solid chances of getting elected in next year’s midterm elections. McConnell predicted that things will get quite competitive, even as he noted “we will be supporting people who can actually win.” These remarks seemed to be a subtle jab at Bannon, who constantly stood by Roy Continue reading "McConnell Burns ‘Political Genius’ Bannon: Throwing Away a Red State Senate Seat ‘Hard to Ignore’"

After Months of Attacking Roy Moore, Hollywood Releases Film Romanticizing Child Molestation


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As the year comes to a close, Hollywood releases its final batch of films, many of which will go on to earn plenty of Oscar nominations. One of them is Call Me By Your Name, a coming-of-age drama about a 17-year-old boy who develops a romantic relationship with a 24-year-old man. The awards season is just beginning and already this film is receiving a ton of praise. It has an incredible score of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, has been named by the LA Film Critics Association as the Best Picture of the Year and has already received three Golden Globe nominations including Best Drama. The accolades are justified. Call Me By Your Name is actually one of the best films of the year. It’s emotional and thought-provoking and its stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer give outstanding performances. Despite how good the film is, however, it leaves Continue reading "After Months of Attacking Roy Moore, Hollywood Releases Film Romanticizing Child Molestation"

Roy Moore Still Hasn’t Conceded and Now He’s Calling Out Doug Jones’ Son For Being Gay


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On the day in which it was revealed that it was mathematically impossible for Roy Moore to win a recount in his never-ending quest to unseat Doug Jones, the Alabama Senate candidate decided to take the high ground and attack Jones’ gay son. Everyone’s favorite suspected child molester, and confirmed horse whisperer, took to Facebook to inform Alabama voters of the shocking news that, gasp, Carson Jones is not only gay, but he’s not even ashamed of it. The nerve! Moore simply posted a link to a profile on Carson by The Advocate without comment, painting a fairly obvious picture, one in which he hoped members of his waning fanbase would clutch their pearls at the thought of gay demons terrorizing Alabama — and a glance at the comments beneath the post are revealing of the reaction this provoked. It must again be noted, again, that Moore still
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