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Report: Trump furious at Nikki Haley for saying his accusers “should be heard”

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:21

I’ll bet he is. He was reportedly ticked off at his own daughter for criticizing Roy Moore when she said a few weeks ago that there’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children. If you doubt Trump’s annoyance at that, note that Steve Bannon took a veiled shot at Ivanka during last night’s rally in Alabama, saying that there’s a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better than to support a Democrat. There’s no way Bannon swipes at the First Daughter unless he knows for a fact that Trump agrees with him that she shouldn’t have undermined Moore.

If POTUS is mad at Ivanka for blasting some other Republican, imagine the rage when his own UN ambassador doesn’t cover his back when the sexual-misconduct accusations from last fall spring up again.

“They should be heard, and they should be dealt with,” Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said in a CBS interview [when asked about Trump’s accusers]. “And I think we heard from them before the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”

Haley’s comments infuriated the president, according to two people who are familiar with his views but who spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. Trump has grown increasingly angry in recent days that the accusations against him have resurfaced, telling associates that the charges are false and drawing parallels to the accusations facing Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

That was published last night. This morning he confirmed that he is in fact increasingly angry about having to deal with the accusations again:

Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017

Tough spot for Haley, who clearly wants to run for president someday as the nominee of a disintegrating party. What’s she supposed to say when asked about Trump’s accusers? If she says they’re all liars she’ll be ripped apart by Democrats and feminists as a traitor to women, covering for a powerful man instead of encouraging his alleged victims to speak up. If she says that they should be heard and “dealt with,” which is the most anodyne thing she could say, she’ll be ripped apart by Republicans and populists as a traitor to the GOP. In the end she went with the second option, probably because she felt it was the right thing to do, possibly because she knows it’s unlikely that a young Rubio-esque moderate who supported removing the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina statehouse is ever going to be the presidential nominee of a Trumpifying GOP no matter what she says.

Besides, what does she have to lose by giving Trump’s accusers a boost? It sounds like Mike Pompeo has already been lined up to succeed Rex Tillerson at State. And Trump almost never fires deputies at whom he’s annoyed. He just makes their lives miserable for awhile in hopes that they’ll quit and spare him the ordeal of a termination. She’ll probably get the Jeff Sessions treatment — screamed at privately, sniped at publicly for a few weeks on the presidential Twitter account, and then he’ll get bored and move onto something else and it’ll all blow over. She’ll be fine.

Incidentally, another Trump accuser from last year landed on Megyn Kelly’s show this morning, the fourth in two days. Kelly’s apparently seen her ratings start to climb lately with all of her sexual harassment coverage. She has more than a dozen Trump accusers left to interview if they’re willing, which will keep the show humming along and getting under POTUS’s skin for the next few weeks, potentially. The Kelly/Trump feud will be in full bloom again soon. Here’s the fourth accuser, Melinda McGillivray, talking to Kelly. And below that it’s Steve Bannon jabbing at Ivanka last night.

Trump accuser Melinda McGillivray explains on @MegynTODAY that she thought alleged grab by Trump was her friend’s camera bag brushing against her but then realized it was Trump pic.twitter.com/X4tS4kgvmX

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 12, 2017

Steve Bannon: "There's a special place in hell for Republicans who" don't support Roy Moore. #alsen #alpolitics pic.twitter.com/p2NnbGSMh5

— American Bridge (@American_Bridge) December 12, 2017

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Paul: Here's Why I Won't Vote for the Spending Bill

Townhall.com - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:15
Sen. Rand Paul will not be voting for a spending bill that adds to the nations debt.
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Trump vs Gillibrand: The trolling war America deserves

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:41

I was taking a break to fix breakfast this morning with the television turned on in the background, tuned in to Morning Joe (as it often is). The MoJo crew was broadcasting live from a bar somewhere in Alabam to cover today’s special election and most of the early coverage had been focused on that. But as I scrambled a couple of eggs I suddenly heard the voice of Mika Brzezinski scale up several orders of magnitude, calling for everyone who works for the President to quit their jobs or something.

Hoo boy,” I thought. “What now?”

Hearing Mika railing against Trump and calling for him to be removed from office is nothing new, but this sounded… different. Sure enough, it turned out to be yet another early morning tweet from the President, this time aimed directly at New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Take it away, POTUS…

Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017

Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”

So that was pretty harsh, though perhaps not particularly off the scale for the President’s other attacks. And it didn’t take long for the Senator to jump on her own Twitter account and fire back.

You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office. https://t.co/UbQZqubXZv

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 12, 2017

The part of the tweet which got under the skin of the Morning Joe co-host was obviously the parenthetical comment about how she would “do anything” for a campaign contribution. Given the current conversation over #MeToo it was a fairly easy leap for Mika to make, suggesting (well… actually coming out and saying) that Trump was implying something about, shall we say… trading favors in exchange for some campaign cash. But let’s be honest here and admit that it’s still a serious leap. If this were any other time period, saying that politicians are willing to “do anything” for donations would most likely be taken to mean that they might vote in some particular way even if it wasn’t in their constituents’ best interests or take a position they didn’t really believe in. President Trump obviously turns the confrontation knob up to eleven on his Twitter account, but to suggest he was saying what Brzezinski was clearly implying is a bit much. Here’s the video of Mika reading the tweet and reacting.

Of course, now we have a live trolling war going on between the President and a sitting senator. Welcome to 2017. (And probably the next three or seven years, really.) The origin of this one is no mystery. Gillibrand came out yesterday and demanded that the President step down from office because of his alleged sexual misdeeds in the past. Do you honestly think she’s surprised that he reacted this way? In fact, it’s no stretch of the imagination to suppose that Gillibrand knew this was precisely how Trump would respond. He always takes the bait and loves a fight that gets the media buzzing.

And why did she call for his resignation to begin with? She obviously knew there wasn’t a chance in a million that Trump was suddenly going to say, “Oh… I see what you mean. Fair enough. I’ll just resign now.”

I’m not going to naysay Gillibrand’s seriousness in wanting to root out sexual assault and hold perpetrator’s accountable, even if she was a bit late to the game when it came to Bill Clinton. If that’s her position then she should roll with it. But let’s not be so willfully blind to the reality of American politics today that we ignore the fact that a bruising battle with the President is an immediate ticket to further raising her national profile on a red-hot issue on the path to 2020. Do you believe she’s upset about Trump tweeting what he did? Frankly, I’m guessing her staff was popping some early morning champagne corks as soon as Trump’s tweet hit the internet.

Gone are the days when politicians would issue glancing blows to members of the other party via press release, leaving the media to run off and get some sort of measured response from the press secretary of the aggrieved party. Today we have full-scale troll wars playing out in real time on social media between the officials themselves. Is this better or worse? Hey… you all wanted the internet and instant access to everything imaginable at a moment’s notice. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

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'Fair' and 'Neutral': Jim Acosta Opens Up About His Coverage of Trump

Townhall.com - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:30
CNN's Jim Acosta defends his coverage of Trump.
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“Outraged”: Fumblewear Bomber family blasts law enforcement after terror attack; Update: Special message to Trump?

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:01

Just how much deference is due a family during the execution of a search warrant related to a botched terror attack? The family of Akayed Ullah and the lawyers at CAIR expressed their “outrage” over law enforcement actions yesterday, which might not gain much sympathy after Ullah got caught red-handed — or red-bellied — in the attempt to kill a great many New Yorkers. They did not appreciate having to stand outside in the cold air while investigators searched their houses, legal warrants or no, to ensure that the Fumblewear Bomber didn’t have accomplices or more attacks planned:

In a statement issued Monday evening through the Council on American-Islamic Relations of New York (CAIR-NY), the family said, “We are heartbroken by this attack on our city today and by the allegations being made against our family.”

The statement expressed dissatisfaction about the treatment of the family in the hours after the bombing. “Today we have seen our children, as young as 4 years old, held out in the cold, detained as their parents were questioned.

“One teenage relative,” it said, “was pulled out of high school classes and interrogated without a lawyer, without his parents. These are not the actions that we expect from our justice system.”

If they were “heartbroken” about the attack on the city, then perhaps they wouldn’t be quite so quick to equate it in the same breath with the investigation that followed. They had to stand in the cold, did they, along with their young child? Then perhaps their relative should have conducted his attack in warmer weather. Even without the potential loss of human life, Ullah’s bomb forced a lot of people in New York to stand around in the cold longer than usual in order to find transportation alternatives after shutting down the city’s main bus terminal for a significant period of time. There are worse things than standing around in the cold, and Ullah tried to make the worst of those come true for a lot of New Yorkers.

The allegation about the school interrogation is interesting for a couple of reasons. The circumstances described in this statement make it appear that the initial interrogations may have been conducted for the purpose of intelligence gathering rather than law enforcement. Andrew McCarthy offered a critical assessment of the latter approach yesterday afternoon, assuming that authorities took that approach from the beginning:

If the New York Times is correct, it looks like Akayed Ullah, the Bangladeshi jihadist whose bomb detonated prematurely at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square during the morning rush hour, is going to be charged with terrorism crimes in civilian federal court. He’ll be prosecuted by my former office, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York in lower Manhattan. The SDNY will be working the Joint Terrorism Task Force (mainly the FBI and the NYPD), just as these law-enforcement agencies are working together in the case of Saifullo Saipov, the West Side Highway jihadist who killed eight people and wounded a dozen others by ramming his rental truck into them a few weeks back.

Ultimately, this may be the right way to handle the case. But I do not understand the rush to bring Ullah into federal court. …

We do not know if Ullah may lawfully be treated as an enemy combatant — i.e., whether he fits the definition of the enemy set forth by Congress in the post-9/11 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). The agents are just starting their investigation. Preliminary indications are that they believe he was “inspired by ISIS” — which usually means he has no known operational ties to ISIS or al-Qaeda (the network from which ISIS broke away, and which is clearly covered by the AUMF). But we probably will not have a good read on that for a few days, at least.

So what’s the rush?

Let’s say the agents detain him for a few days so that he can be questioned without counsel and the agents can obtain any fresh intelligence he may have about other possible attacks. Legally, the worst thing that happens is prosecutors will not be able to use any statements he makes as evidence at his trial. But so what? The bombing attempt is on video and was apparently witnessed by scores of people. Prosecutors do not need a confession to convict this savage, but intelligence agents need to know any information he has that might help us prevent another attack.

Perhaps counterintelligence officials already had a crack at some of the family members first, and didn’t find anything? If so, it would have been only a cursory probe at best, but it might be that they did at least try.

More likely, though, both intelligence and law enforcement were concerned about exigent circumstances than developing prosecutorial evidence for Ullah’s trial, which as McCarthy points out will be a slam-dunk anyway. They needed to know whether Ullah had planted more bombs or was working with a terror cell that had more plans ready to execute. They didn’t have time to make arrangements for the “teenage relative” before getting the information they needed out of him. That might not be able to be used in Ullah’s trial, but they won’t need it to convict Ullah.

The Department of Justice filed terrorism charges against Ullah this morning:

The man who allegedly blew up his homemade explosive in a pedestrian subway tunnel in the heart of the Midtown Manhattan has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism and making a terroristic threat, the New York Police Department announced Tuesday. …

Ullah had at least two devices, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN.

Only one detonated — a foot-long pipe that contained black powder, a battery, wiring, nails and screws. It was attached to Ullah with Velcro and zip ties. Investigators did not elaborate on the second device.

Presumably Ullah is being indicted under 18 USC 2332f, which specifically covers terrorism by explosive device in public-transportation venues. That would give Ullah a maximum of 20 years in prison under 2332(a). Had Ullah succeeded in killing someone he would have gotten a life sentence, but since that success would have almost certainly included his own, it would be a moot point.

Update: Ullah had his own domestic political agenda, too:

MORE: Federal complaint alleges the suspect posted this statement on his Facebook page the morning of the attack: “Trump you failed to protect your nation.” https://t.co/KyZaVfZXbB pic.twitter.com/aeXqixjxQb

— ABC News (@ABC) December 12, 2017

Bear in mind that this was supposed to be discovered posthumously. Instead, Ullah will have to face the consequences of these statements in court. The big question will be whether the remains of ISIS will want to associate themselves with this idiot. Probably; their threshold for intelligence in its recruits is not known to be especially high, after all.

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Catholic Archdiocese of Washington Appeals Judge's Decision Blocking Their Metro Christmas Ad

Townhall.com - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:00
The Archdiocese of Washington is arguing that metro's policies violate their First Amendment rights.
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Someone Needs To Tell Sen. Warren What 'Slut-Shaming' Means....

Townhall.com - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:00
Call your office...
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CFPB whistleblower pretty much accuses the agency of fraud

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:21

So who is in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) these days? At least according to one judge, it’s Mick Mulvaney. But the former leader, Obama appointee Richard Cordray, is going to have some questions to answer, likely in front of a Senate investigative panel. The Washington Free Beacon reports that one former examiner for the CFPB has come forward claiming whistleblower status and charged the agency with falsifying documents in their efforts to punish payday lenders.

A former employee of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is calling for an investigation after accusing managers of falsifying documents to impose fines on a payday lender.

Cassandra Jackson, a former CFPB examiner in the southeast division, sent a letter last week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions also accusing managers of “widespread racism and gender discrimination.”

Jackson said her superiors at the CFPB asked her to falsify documents during her investigation into a Texas-based payday lending company, Ace Cash Express.

“During the course of this examination, I was asked to change, remove, and otherwise falsify documents connected with this examination,” Jackson said.

This is an extremely serious charge and Jackson claims to have the documents to back it up. When building a case against Ace Cash Express, she’s saying that she was directly ordered by superiors to remove documentation showing that the company was in compliance with the law and write a fraudulent report indicating that they were not. She further claims that after refusing to comply with the order, her managers went on to falsify the report themselves, resulting in ten million dollars in fines and fees for Ace Cash Express. She also claims to have faced retaliatory action from her supervisors after refusing to cooperate.

If this is true, we’re not talking about “inappropriate” behavior on the part of the CFPB calling for a slap on the wrist. That’s flat-out fraudulent prosecution and should result in somebody going to jail. Of course, one instance doesn’t make for a vast, far-reaching conspiracy, but attacking payday lenders was really a hallmark of the bureau under the Obama administration. If Jackson stepping forward leads to a different sort of #MeToo moment among other current and former workers inside the CFPB this snowball could turn into an avalanche.

Just for the record, as I’ve stated here before, I’m no fan of these payday lending companies. I find the business model most of them operate under to be dubious at best and it promotes a system where low-income workers can be trapped in an endless cycle of debt, chasing the dragon like someone who borrows money from a loan shark. But the harsh reality is that most of these businesses operate legally within the boundaries of the law and are entitled to try to make a go of their businesses. And while it sounds even more harsh to say, their victims bear some burden of personal responsibility for not looking more carefully into the terms of the loan.

In the end, however, this has never been a question of the moral rectitude of the payday lenders, but that of the CFPB. If they were enforcing the law then they will remain in the clear. But if they were cooking the books to go after the perceived enemies (or at least targets) of the Obama administration, then someone will have to stand before the wheel.

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Unsportsmanlike conduct: Sexual harassment at the NFL Network? Update: “When you gonna get on this already?”

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 08:41

Didn’t the National Football League have enough trouble already with its anthem protests, concussion woes, and domestic abuse allegations? A lawsuit filed in October and amended yesterday against the league’s cable channel operations alleges that an executive producer and two of its on-camera stars engaged in repeated acts of sexual harassment that targeted a wardrobe specialist. The NFL Network has suspended three people pending an investigation, but more flags may be coming:

A former executive producer at the National Football League’s TV network and ex-players including Marshall Faulk and Heath Evans allegedly groped and made sexually explicit comments to female colleague Jami Cantor, according to an amended complaint by Cantor, a former employee. …

Cantor, a wardrobe stylist at the NFL Network, said Weinberger sent “several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts” and told her she was “put on earth to pleasure me.” He also pressed his crotch against Cantor’s shoulder and asked her to touch it, according to the complaint.

She said she was also sexually harassed by on-air talent. Faulk, who’s an NFL Network analyst, would ask Cantor “deeply personal and invasive questions” about her sex life and fondled her breasts and groped her behind, according to the complaint.

Weinberger had moved to the Bill Simmons Media Group as its president after leaving the NFL Network. His current employer suspended him as well, citing the “serious and disturbing allegations” in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges a fairly wide pattern of sexual harassment by its on-air talent with an amendment to the original complaint filed on Monday. Cantor names several renowned former NFL players, some of whom no longer work at the channel. Supervisors saw it unfold and did nothing to help Cantor, who was fired from the network last year:

NFL Network has suspended the analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor “pending an investigation” into allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the network announced late Monday. …

In the complaint, Cantor says that Faulk, a Hall of Fame running back, asked personal questions about her sex life, fondled her and pulled out his genitals while demanding oral sex; that Evans, a former fullback, sent nude pictures and propositioned her; and that Taylor, a former cornerback, sent her a video that showed him masturbating. Cantor said that Weinberger, who left the network in 2015, groped her and put his crotch against her.

The lawsuit also said that Cantor had been harassed by the former N.F.L. players and ex-NFL Network analysts Donovan McNabb and Warren Sapp, as well as by the former network employee Marc Watts. Sapp was fired from the network in 2015 after being arrested for assault and soliciting prostitution. McNabb left the network in 2013, but later lost a job with Fox Sports after pleading guilty to drunken driving in November 2015.

“The supervisors knew about it, the supervisors observed it,” Cantor’s lawyer, Laura Horton, said in an interview on Monday. “It was insidious in this particular environment.”

It’s not the first time that a former NFL player has been accused of sexual harassment; it’s not even the first time in the post-Weinstein era. Last week, a lawsuit filed in Orange County alleged that Hall of Famer Warren Moon required an assistant at his marketing company to sleep in his bed and to allow Moon to enter the bathroom while she showered. Wendy Haskell also alleges that Moon spiked her drink once because, he told her, she didn’t look like she was “having fun.” (Moon denies all the allegations.)

This is, however, the first time that the league has been directly involved in the allegations. The league owns and operates the NFL Network as part of its own media complex, with a reach of over 70 million homes in the US. This adds to the other scandals with which commissioner Roger Goodell is handling just days after signing a $200 million contract extension with owners.

Granted, the cultural paradigm shift on sexual harassment has been both recent and rapid, and lots of organizations will find themselves behind the curve on cleaning up their environments. Most of those organizations don’t spend nearly as much of their time lecturing their customers as the NFL does, however, on a laundry list of social issues. Even putting aside the national anthem protests and some of the more controversial issues pushed by players, the league and its players have had campaigns for years against bullying and domestic abuse, both of which are worthy causes. If these allegations are substantiated,  Goodell and the NFL should remove the beam from their own eyes first before attending to the motes in the eyes of others.

Given the multiplying woes that the league faces, perhaps the owners might listen to Jerry Jones in the future when it comes to Roger Goodell.

Update: Deadspin has the full complaint at its site, and the NFL has more problems ahead:

UPDATE: We've embedded the full amended complaint against NFL Enterprises including allegations against numerous current & former NFL Network employees in our post: https://t.co/v4o0TOXRG5 pic.twitter.com/fPdSqkZKPT

— Deadspin (@Deadspin) December 12, 2017

Some “highlights”:

Heath Evans sent Plaintiff nude pictures of himself on at least two separate occasions. Mr. Evans constantly propositioned Plaintiff to have sex with him. Mr. Evans also made several sexually inappropriate comments to Plaintiff, such as, “you’re making me horny,” and “needed to get in you deep and hard.” …

As time went on, Mr. Faulk became more aggressive, such as inviting Plaintiff to his hotel room, stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her, pointing to his crotch and asking Plaintiff, “when are you gonna get on this already?” He also pinned Plaintiff against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down. …

“[Former analyst Eric Davis] loved really rough sex and would love to be able to spank [Plaintiff] so hard it would leave marks,” “can tell you like it rough and would love it.” Mr. Davis also asked Plaintiff to have rough sex with him, and said that he wanted to choke Plaintiff from behind until Plaintiff begged him to stop. Also, while Plaintiff was working on set on a ladder, Mr. Davis grabbed Plaintiff’s behind, slid his hand between Plaintiff’s legs, and touched Plaintiff’s privates, while saying, “I can’t handle your ass it is so luscious.” When Plaintiff slapped his hand away, Mr. Davis aggressively told Plaintiff to never push his hand away again.”

According to the complaint, NFL Network supervisors became aware of the issue at least when Warren Sapp was still one of its analysts. Sapp got canned a couple of years ago after getting arrested for assault and for soliciting a prostitute at the Super Bowl in 2015. The plaintiff didn’t get fired until more than a year later.

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For Roy Moore, not the best campaign closing argument

HotAir - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 08:01

Last night was the closing bell for the special election in Alabama and now the voters are heading out to cast their votes. At this point, even some of the most experienced poll watchers in the country have no idea how this is going to end, with a more twenty point spread between some of the latest surveys. (I’ve been cautioning anyone who thinks they have it figured out, because the most optimistic turnout projections currently call for a less than 25% showing.)

In this heated environment, the two campaigns made their final pitches last night. For his part, Roy Moore did about as well as he could, given the circumstances. But some of the people speaking on his behalf left a few clunkers on the table. Chief among those was none other than Moore’s wife, Kayla. While I have no doubt she loves her husband and wants to see him do well, her defense of Roy against accusations of antisemitism and racism… left a bit to be desired. For example, here’s one thing you never say when trying to prove that you don’t have it out for the Jews. (CNN)

Roy Moore’s wife, Kayla, argued that her husband is no bigot at a Monday night campaign rally, saying that “one of our attorneys is a Jew.”

“Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews. And I tell you all this because I’ve seen it and I just want to set the record straight while they’re here,” she said. “One of our attorneys is a Jew. We have very close friends that are Jewish, and rabbis, and we also fellowship with them.”

Let’s go to the video, since a simple transcription doesn’t really do it justice.

Just as a tip for all of you younger folks out there considering running for office, the all too often heard defense of, “but some of my best friends are…” rarely carries any weight unless your pictorial paper trail actually includes you regularly hanging out with your many friends and business associates who happen to be members of whichever demographic group you’re trying to appease. But saying that you employ somebody from that particular group is even weaker. (“Hate Hispanics? I’ll have you know that my maid is Puerto Rican!:”) And in this case, Kayla Moore pretty much hits the tone-deaf trifecta by declaring that one of their lawyers is Jewish because that’s got to be in the top three Jewish stereotypes along with banker and Secret Ruler of Hollywood.

Less noted was one of the people who introduced Moore at the rally. Bill Sailing is a friend of Moore and a fellow Vietnam veteran who served with him. Telling some charming stories about your wild and crazy younger days can often serve to make a candidate seem a lot more grounded and approachable, so an old Army buddy isn’t a bad choice. But somebody might have mentioned to Bill that a story about hitting the town with Moore and accidentally wandering into a brothel with (allegedly) child prostitutes working there probably wasn’t the ideal anecdote under the circumstances.

Is any of this going to matter when the smoke clears this evening? Probably not. This has been one of the nastiest, most grueling special election contests in recent memory and the national spotlight has likely long since blinded many of the voters in Alabama. I also find it difficult to believe that there were that many voters out there who still hadn’t made up their minds to the point where a couple of tone-deaf comments last night would change anything. The die has pretty much been cast and now we’ll finally get our answer.

Were you expecting a prediction on the outcome? Forget it. For all I know some farmer from the southern end of the state will win on a write-in surge at this point. Neither of these candidates has rewritten the book on how to run a Senate campaign, but one of them will almost certainly limp over the finish line this evening. Break out the popcorn and get ready to wait along with the rest of us.

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Eva Moskowitz: The Charter-School Crusader

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:50
Elizabeth Green, The Atlantic
In the spring of 2007, I moved to New York City to cover what I was sure was the most important story in the country. One of those annoying people who had settled on a career before I knew how to drive, I was a young and enthusiastic reporter on the education beat. In New York, I could cover the biggest education revolution ever attempted: a total overhaul of the way public schools worked, in the country’s largest school system.
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Is CNN Protecting Adam Schiff?

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:49
James Freeman, Wall Street Journal
Journalists continue to air his fact-free allegations without requiring evidence.
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Media's Credibility Problem Didn't Start With Trump

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:49
Mary Katharine Ham, Federalist
This problem did not appear in 2015 when a real estate magnate descended an escalator. The descent began decades ago. The good news is, accountability matters, even to those who trust media least.
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Why We Shrunk the Monuments

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:48
Ryan Zinke, CNN
The President's scaling down of Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments delivers on his promise to prioritize the voice of the people over that of the special interest groups, writes the interior secretary. Local voices in Utah and across America have a friend in the White House once again, he says.
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Ryan Zinke: Shameless Tool of Oil and Gas Industries

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:48
Amanda Marcotte, Salon
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke loves to portray himself as a humble, outdoorsy man of the people, a loving steward of the purple mountain majesties and fruited plains so dear to the American people. In defending the Trump administration's recent choice to drastically shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, Zinke claimed, "We listen to the voices of the people, not Washington, D.C., special interests."
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Justice Ginsburg Has Some Explaining to Do

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:47
Ronald Rotunda, Washington Post
The Supreme Court allowed President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect this week, overturning a lower court ruling as a federal appeals court considers the issue. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented and did not disqualify herself from that preliminary decision. Two questions emerge: First, why not? And second, will she disqualify herself if the court takes the case?
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What Is Happening With These Alabama Polls?

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:47
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight
We’ve already urged caution when interpreting polls of Alabama’s special election to the U.S. Senate, which will be held on Tuesday. Some of that is because of the media’s usual tendency to demand certainty from the polls when the polls can’t provide it. And some of it is because of the circumstances of this particular race: a special election in mid-December in a state where Republicans almost never lose but where the Republican candidate, Roy Moore, has been accused of sexual misconduct toward multiple underaged women.
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The Comprehensive Case Against Roy Moore

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:46
David French, National Review
There is no good reason for a faithful conservative to support Roy Moore ...
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Suspend Mueller's Politically Tainted Investigation

Real Clear Politics - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:41
James Robbins, USA Today
The FBI has historically had a well-earned reputation for competence and integrity. The American people deserve no less when it comes to extraordinary investigations that touch the highest levels of government. Justice demands that these matters be pursued with the utmost honesty, probity and impartiality. However, evidence is emerging that special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as the Hillary Clinton email investigations, have been fatally compromised by naked politics.
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