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

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

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

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

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

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

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?’

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?’"