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

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’

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

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…

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: