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Roy Moore challenged Alabama law that protects rape victims, documents reveal

(Guardian) As chief justice of Alabama’s supreme court, Moore twice argued that the state’s “rape shield” law should not prevent alleged sex offenders from using certain evidence about their underage accusers’ personal lives to discredit them.

The cases were among 10 between 2013 and 2016 where Moore dissented from the court’s majority and sided with alleged offenders who were appealing to the court as part of their efforts to overturn convictions or punishments for sexual crimes.

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Trump Confuses Mass Shootings Tweeting Condolences to Texas Hours After Tragedy in California

(People) President Donald Trump expressed his condolences for the wrong mass shooting after four people were fatally shot and at least ten injured in Northern California Tuesday.

“May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived,” Trump, 71, tweeted close to midnight Wednesday.

The commander-in-chief failed to recognize the latest massacre in Rancho Tehama Reserve, California, on Tuesday morning when a lone gunman occurred went on a random shooting spree in around the tiny community and targeted the local elementary school.


How Doug Jones prosecuted two Klansmen for killing 4 black girls

(Washington Post) Four black girls in Alabama had been killed in the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church — a crime that shocked the country and helped fuel the civil rights movement. Yet the men responsible — members of the Ku Klux Klan who’d boasted about their role — were never tried and convicted. That changed in 1977 when Robert “Dynamite Bob” Chambliss, the suspected ringleader of the bombing, was put on trial.

At the time, Doug Jones, now a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in a hotly contested race Alabama, was a second-year law student. He skipped classes to sit in on the trial, watching in amazement as William Joseph Baxley II, then U.S. attorney in Alabama, presented evidence against Chambliss.


Roy Moore Banned From Gadsen Mall for Trolling Teens

(New Yorker) This past weekend, I spoke or messaged with more than a dozen people—including a major political figure in the state—who told me that they had heard, over the years, that Moore had been banned from the mall because he repeatedly badgered teen-age girls. Some say that they heard this at the time, others in the years since. These people include five members of the local legal community, two cops who worked in the town, several people who hung out at the mall in the early eighties, and a number of former mall employees. (A request for comment from the Moore campaign was not answered.)


New York Times board: Trump 'turns to mush' around strongmen

(The Hill) The editorial board of The New York Times blasted President Trump amid his trip abroad, saying he "turns to mush" in the presence of "strongmen." In a column published Monday, the editorial board wrote that authoritarian leaders have a "strange and powerful attraction" for Trump. "As his trip to Asia reminds us, a man who loves to bully people turns to mush — fawning smiles, effusive rhetoric — in the company of strongmen like Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines," the board wrote.

"Perhaps he sees in them a reflection of the person he would like to be." The board said Trump's "obsessive investment in personal relations" might work for a real estate dealmaker. "But the degree to which he has chosen to curry favor with some of the world’s most unsavory leaders, while lavishing far less attention on America’s democratic allies, hurts America’s credibility and, in the long run, may have dangerous repercussions," the board wrote.

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Trump, breaking with precedent, will not meet with American Nobel recipients

(STAT) President Trump, breaking a tradition that stretches back nearly two decades, will not personally greet the eight American Nobel laureates this year before they travel to Sweden in December to receive their prizes. Not all the honorees are disappointed. Two American Nobel Prize winners, when contacted by STAT, indicated they would not have attended a White House event even if invited.


Breitbart Mocked After Failed Attempt to Discredit WaPo's Roy Moore Bombshell

(Mediaite) Steve Bannon’s attempt to discredit Roy Moore’s accusers by sending Breitbart News reporters to Alabama is not going well, as they seemingly do not know how journalism works. The far-right site published two pieces today attacking the Washington Post‘s report — in which numerous women came forward to accuse the GOP senate candidate of pursuing sexual relations with teenagers — suggesting the newspaper coerced the accusers to come forward and intentionally left out a “key detail.”

However, the Post stated in their piece that the accusers were sought-out by the publication and convinced to go on-the-record, as they were not seeking attention. While this seems to strengthen the paper’s reporting, Breitbart writer Aaron Klein somehow viewed this information as a case of possible journalism malpractice.


Ex-intel chiefs say President Trump is intimidated by Putin

(Star Tribune) Brennan was unusually explicit in suggesting that the Russian leader has some sort of hold over Trump, a theory often voiced by Democratic political figures but one that intelligence veterans ­generally avoid.

“I think Mr. Trump is, for whatever reason, either intimidated by Mr. Putin or afraid of what he can do, or what might come out as a result of these investigations,” Brennan said, apparently referring to the wide-ranging investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and several separate congressional investigations.

Characterizing Trump’s dealings with Russia as colored by “naiveté, ignorance or fear,” Brennan said the tenor of Trump’s encounters with Putin — the latest of which came during his Asia trip — fuels the belief, especially among authoritarian or adversarial leaders, that it is easy to take advantage of the U.S. president.

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