(SL) – An Ohio Supreme Court justice who’s running for governor says he’s slept with about 50 women.
Democrat Bill O’Neill posted the claim on Facebook, saying he was speaking up “on behalf of all heterosexual males” following the allegations against Senator Al Franken.
O’Neill noted what he called the national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions and added that he wanted to save his opponents some research time. The four other Democratic candidates for governor quickly condemned O’Neill’s post.
There are also growing calls for him to step down from the bench and drop out of the race.
(SL) – Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is calling the allegations of sexual misconduct against him “false, untrue and hurtful.”
Speaking at a Veterans Day event near Birmingham yesterday, Moore said he is not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone.
Moore has been under fire since the “Washington Post” reported claims that Moore sexually harassed four teenagers while he was in his 30s.
The Washington Post reports one of the women, Leigh Corfman, says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.
Moore questioned why the women would have waited 40 years to make their accusations, calling the their stories “absolutely unbelievable.”
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as well as other Republicans have asked Moore to step aside in the Senate race.
(SL)– Congressional Democrats are continuing their assault on the House Republican Tax Reform Bill. Hours after House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans are attempting to play the middle class for “suckers,” the Senate’s top Democrat accused the GOP of throwing “dust in the eyes of the middle class.”
Chuck Schumer blasted the bill for hurting working families through eliminating deductions like interest on student loans, state and local taxes, and medical expenses.
The New York senator said Republicans are trying to avoid public hearings on the bill fearing unpopular provisions could be unearthed. As Democrats try to slow the bill down, President Trump on Thursday asked to have it delivered for his signature by Thanksgiving.
(SL) – Democrats say the Republican tax bill unveiled today is a tax cut for the wealthy at the hands of the middle class. In a Capitol press conference, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called the bill a Ponzi Scheme and said Americans who depend on Medicare, Medicaid, or credits for childcare would be the losers of this bill.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer added that the bill is designed for major corporations and the wealthiest bracket of Americans to get ahead.
He said Republicans were ashamed of this bill, or they would give it the hearings and time for independent scoring that it deserved.
Meanwhile, Trump believes the plan will help make the U.S. globally competitive again. Trump met with GOP leaders at the White House today and called it a tremendous bill that will produce historic tax cuts.
He said the tax code will be greatly simplified and joked that the only people who won’t like it are those who work for H&R Block. Trump predicts that the tax cuts will stimulate more job growth and higher wages.
(SL) – There are reports that the Justice Department is considering charging Russian government officials with hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computers. “The Wall Street Journal” reports the Department has identified more than a half-dozen Kremlin officials involved in breaching the DNC’s computers during the 2016 presidential campaign. The “Journal” reports investigators have pulled together enough evidence to file charges next year.
On Monday, it came to light that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was told early last year that Russians had compromising information about then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos has told investigators that information was said to include thousands of emails.
Trump was responding to a question about why he had not spoken publicly about the killing of four Green Berets in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago. Trump said he had written personal letters to their families and planned to call them in the coming week. Then he lied on his predecessors falsely asserting former President Barack Obama, and other presidents did not contact the families of American troops killed in duty saying..
“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.”
“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”
As you can imagine, Trump is under heavy criticism following the comments drawing a swift rebuke from several of Mr. Obama’s former aides and families of fallen soldiers.
(SL) – Hustler tycoon Larry Flynt took out a full page ad in the Washington Post Sunday offering $10 million dollars to anyone who has information leading to the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump.
The Daily mail reports, The porn mogul laid out six ‘charges’ against Trump, including colluding with the Russians, inciting violence using ‘racial-dog whistling’ in the aftermath of Charlottesville, having conflicts-of-interest with his business empire, ‘telling hundreds of bold-faced lies,’ ‘gross nepotism’ in the hiring of his family members and ‘sabotaging’ the Paris climate accord.
‘But most worrisome is that, long before climate-change apocalypse strikes, Trump might trigger a nuclear world war,’ Flynt wrote, noting how Trump’s foreign policy decisions are marked by ‘thin-skinned emotion and erratic ill-advised tweets.’
Flynt then referenced an anecdote MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough told viewers in August 2016 – that Trump had asked advisers three times why the U.S. couldn’t use nuclear weapons.
‘Given his impulsive blustering and megalomania (actually equating himself with Lincoln), this is truly horrifying,’ Flynt said.
Flynt, a liberal Democrat who had supported Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton, called on both Democrats and Republicans to come together and choose country over party, pointing out how it had been done before during the Watergate era.
(SL) –House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is accusing President Trump of going “rogue” on various decisions, including ending Obamacare subsidies.
Pelosi tells ABC’s “This Week” her fight and her mission is to take care of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Pelosi says President Trump went “rogue on women’s health in particular.” Earlier this month, the Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era mandate that required employers to provide coverage of birth control in health insurance plans.
Meanwhile, “Healthcare Arson.” Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy’s reaction to President Trump’s decision to end cost sharing reduction payments to insurance firms. The Democrat from Connecticut said on “Fox News Sunday” the President is setting the entire healthcare system on fire.
Murphy says Trump is “upset that the United States Congress won’t pass a repeal bill that is supported by 17 percent of the American public.” Murphy accused Trump of killing Obamacare without actually passing a bill to repeal the law.
Murphy says without the subsidies, many people won’t be able to afford insurance.
(SL)– The first thing someone is going to say is, “How much did we spend on Obama?” So, let’s get that out of the way. As Donald Trump even pointed out in one of his tweets .. After 2,360 days in office, taxpayers were on the hook for $44 million for President Obama’s golf outings. For Donald Trump, after 261 days, we’ve spent $72,392,178 on his golf outings. Even more alarming, his businesses are profiting.
The Economist focused on the conflict of interest in a post two months ago and it seems that here we are still dealing with the same blatant issue and disregard for the constitution and it is in fact worse than ever.
The Economist reported, “PRETTY close to a laughing stock.” That is Walter Shaub’s verdict on America’s standing in the world, at least from an ethics point of view, under President Donald Trump. Mr Shaub’s stepped down as head of the Office of Government Ethics, a federal watchdog.
He left his job early, frustrated at the president’s failure to separate himself from his businesses, at White House foot-dragging on disclosing ethics waivers for staff, at its failure to admonish a Trump adviser who plugged the family’s products in an interview, and more. “It’s hard for the United States to pursue international anticorruption and ethics initiatives when we’re not even keeping our own side of the street clean,” Mr Shaub told the New York Times.
(SL) –The theatrics continue with Donald Trump. #45 is stirring a firestorm of speculation with his “calm before the storm” remark. When asked about the comment at a White House photo-op today, Trump winked and said, “You’ll find out.”
He made the “calm before the storm” remark in an event with military officials last evening. Later, at a White House briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she’s not aware of anything specific that was in the remark. She batted away numerous efforts by reporters to link the comment to North Korea or Iran.
The New York Times Reports, the episode raised questions about whether the Trump administration was planning some kind of military action. For weeks, Mr. Trump has been promising to respond to any North Korean aggression toward the United States.
But it was equally plausible that the president was merely being theatrical, using the backdrop of senior military leaders, bedecked with medals and ribbons, to stir up some mischief. Mr. Trump grinned as he spoke, while the commanders stood next to him stoically. Several aides said afterward they had no idea to what he was referring.
Mr. Trump has made a point of saying that he will not telegraph military operations, in the Middle East or East Asia.
The president also faces an Oct. 15 deadline to recertify a nuclear weapons deal with Iran, which was negotiated under former President Barack Obama. The president is expected to decline to recertify the agreement, which would essentially allow Congress to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions.
Backing out of this deal could cause problems with other world powers who are party to it, at a tense time with another nation aspiring to build nuclear weapons: North Korea.
In his remarks to senior military leaders before the dinner, Mr. Trump outlined the challenges facing the United States.
“We have had challenges that we really should have taken care of a long time ago, like North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, ISIS and the revisionist powers that threaten our interests all around the world,” Mr. Trump said, using the acronym for the Islamic State. “Tremendous progress has been made with respect to ISIS, and I guess the media is going to be finding out about that over the next short period of time.”