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April 18, 2019

Accused child molester Roy Moore leads Alabama Senate race after losing to Doug Jones in 2017


Voters in Alabama say they will likely replace Democratic Sen. Doug Jones with accused child molester Roy Moore.

According to a Mason-Dixon survey released on Tuesday, 50% of voters say they would replace Jones with a Republican candidate, compared to 40% who want to give the incumbent another term.

Moore came out as the top choice, with 27% of Alabama voters saying they preferred the former state Supreme Court chief justice.

During the 2017 race, three women accused Moore of sexually assaulting them. Two of the women said they were underage (14 and 16) at the time of the assault.


April 18, 2019


April 18, 2019

Obama Alumni for Buttigieg

Susan Rice, Jay Carney and Stephanie Cutter are among Buttigieg’s early donors.


PETE BUTTIGIEG'S blossoming presidential campaign is earning early financial assistance from key members of former President Barack Obama's administration.

Former national security adviser Susan Rice, deputy senior adviser Stephanie Cutter, press secretary Jay Carney, National Security Council spokesman Ned Price and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy all donated to Buttigieg's 2020 presidential campaign during the first quarter of the year, according to new documents filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, raised more than $7 million since forming an exploratory committee in January, placing him in the top tier of candidates for fundraising prowess. He reported having $6.4 million on hand to spend. But the donations from the Obama alumni are notable given that Buttigieg is drawing some comparisons to the last Democratic president who ran an underdog campaign with a unique last name.

While it's not unusual for the politically connected to give to multiple candidates this early on in a race, Cutter tells U.S. News she only donated to Buttigieg this quarter, writing a $500 check. "I haven't chosen a candidate yet and will likely support a number of people in the race," says Cutter, who also served as Obama's deputy campaign manager in 2012. "But Mayor Pete inspired me, as he has done with so many others, and I wanted to find a way to support him."

Carney, who donated $250 to Buttigieg and currently works for Amazon, previously served as director of communications for former Vice President Joe Biden, who is still expected to enter the 2020 race in the coming weeks. Carney didn't respond to a request for comment. Price, who now works for an advocacy group that supports Democrats across the board, donated $1,250 in total to Buttigieg and declined to comment. Rice, who gave Buttigieg $1,000 and Kennedy, who donated $750, could not immediately be reached. David Axelrod, Obama's former top adviser, has heaped praise on Buttigieg's "remarkable story," describing him as "crisp, thoughtful and relatable."



Obama has met with Buttigieg in person on multiple occasions to “talk politics.” In a 2016 interview with The New Yorker, Obama mentioned Buttigieg in the same breath as Kamala Harris as possible 2020 contenders.

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April 15, 2019

WaPo Power Up: Trump's attacks on Omar are a test for Democrats


At the White House

THE LONG CAMPAIGN: A video attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for the way she referenced 9/11, spliced with footage of the burning twin towers, still remains on President Trump's Twitter feed. And criticism from Democrats condemning Trump's Friday tweet, based on his interpretation of Omar's remarks made at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) conference last month, swelled over the course of the weekend. Some were more forceful and explicit than others, however.

“Since the President's tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in the direct threats on my life — many directly referencing or replying to the President's video,” Omar said in a statement released on Sunday evening. “We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.”


This isn't an easy issue for Democrats, fiercely divided over whether to officially rebuke Omar — one of the first Muslim congresswomen — for what some senior lawmakers in their party viewed as anti-Semitic rhetoric.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) first tweeted on Friday condemning Trump's politicization of 9/11: “The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence. The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”

She followed up with a statement Sunday calling for Trump's “dangerous video” to be taken down and said that Capitol Police were conducting a security assessment to assure the safety of Omar, her family and staff.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) offered one of the first and most searing responses: “The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman — and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.”


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