President Donald Trump responded to sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Thursday, referring to a photo that surfaced from 2006 ... But as of Thursday, he has yet to comment on the mounting misconduct accusations against Alabama Senate GOP nominee Roy Moore, a week after the Washington Post reported the first allegations involving Moore, then in his 30s, targeting girls as young as 14. Republicans, especially right-wing media outlets, seized on the deluge of allegations last month against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a prominent Democratic campaign donor. They have continually brought up sexual misconduct involving former President Bill Clinton, often when discussing former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. But Republicans have been less willing to denounce such behavior when it involves people on their end of the political spectrum, including Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, Moore and even Trump himself. read more
The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city. A convoy included some of IS's most notorious members and despite reassurances dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey. The deal to let IS fighters escape from Raqqa de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate had been arranged by local officials. It came after four months of fighting that left the city obliterated and almost devoid of people. It would spare lives and bring fighting to an end. The lives of the Arab, Kurdish and other fighters opposing IS would be spared. But it also enabled many hundreds of IS fighters to escape from the city. At the time, neither the US and British-led coalition, nor the SDF, which it backs, wanted to admit their part.
A Gadsden woman says Roy Moore groped her while she was in his law office on legal business with her mother in 1991. Moore was married at that time. In interviews with AL.com, Tina Johnson recalls that in the fall of 1991 she sat in the law office of then-attorney Roy Moore on Third Street in Gadsden. Her mother, Mary Katherine Cofield, sat in the chair next to her. Moore sat behind his desk, across from them. Johnson remembers she was wearing a black and white dress. Almost from the moment she walked in to Moore's office, Johnson said, Moore began flirting with her. "He kept commenting on my looks, telling me how pretty I was, how nice I looked," recalled Johnson. "He was saying that my eyes were beautiful."
Johnson was 28 years old, in a difficult marriage headed toward divorce, and unemployed. She was at the office to sign over custody of her 12-year-old son to her mother, with whom he'd been living. Her mother had hired Moore to handle the custody petition. read more
On Tuesday, Roy Moore's attorney Trenton Garmon sent a demand letter to the Alabama Media Group, which runs the AL.com website, accusing the company of "defamation, libel & slander, fraud, malice, suppression, wanttonness, conspiracy, and negligence" for publishing women's sexual abuse allegations against Moore. A similar letter has reportedly also been sent to the Washington Post. The letter, which is full of both factual and grammatical errors, threatens a lawsuit, which would almost surely fail -- but it could intimidate outlets and prevent women from coming forward with accusations in the future. The threat may still serve as a media spectacle, a way for Moore to try convince voters and loyalists that he is fighting the allegations. But the letter's sloppily-made complaints arguably make Moore look even worse. read more
The whole point behind Republicans slashing the corporate tax rate is the GOP's assumption that it would spur massive capital investments, which would in turn boost the economy and create jobs. But yesterday, a room full of business leaders at CEO Council meeting send a pretty clear signal: the Republican assumptions aren't true. GOP policymakers are wrong, not just in general, but also about the key rationale behind their corporate tax policy.
President Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, looked out from the stage at a sea of CEOs and top executives in the audience Tuesday for the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council meeting. As Cohn sat comfortably onstage, a Journal editor asked the crowd to raise their hands if their company plans to invest more if the tax reform bill passes. Very few hands went up. Cohn looked surprised. "Why aren't the other hands up?" he said. (You can watch the clip here) read more