Another Accusation Against Moore

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Good Tuesday morning.
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • Another woman has accused Roy S. Moore, who is seeking a Senate seat from Alabama, of sexual misconduct, saying he assaulted her when she was 16. Hours earlier, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, joined other senior Republicans in calling for him to leave the race. “I believe the women,” he said.
  • Capitol Hill, shrouded in secrecy and following its own rules, joins Hollywood, Silicon Valley and other industries under scrutiny for sexual harassment.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked officials to look into naming a special counsel to investigate reports of misconduct at the Clinton Foundation, as well as the Obama administration’s uranium deal with Russia.
  • The Trump administration’s debut at the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany, was met with heckling, noisy protest and harsh questions.
  • Two members of a Navy SEAL unit, under investigation in the strangling of an Army Green Beret soldier in June in Mali, have also been under scrutiny in the theft of money from a fund used to pay informants.
— The First Draft Team

Haste on Tax Measures May Leave a Trail of Loopholes

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Companies like Google and Pfizer often relocate patents and copyrights in tax havens and then sell the use of that intellectual property back to their American subsidiaries at eye-popping prices. Christie Hemm Klok for The New York Times

“Slow down” is the last thing that supporters of the Republicans’ proposed tax overhaul want to hear. “My donors are basically saying get it done or don’t ever call me again,” Chris Collins, a representative from New York, said last week.
But the rush to “get it done” — particularly on the business side, where the most sweeping changes are planned — is alarming tax specialists who warn that new and unforeseen complexity, loopholes and glitches could come back to haunt tax collectors and taxpayers.
“All of this is happening in an incredible rush, and, frankly, it’s absurd and incredibly poor governing to push a bill of this significance in the time frame they’re doing,” said Stephen E. Shay, a senior lecturer at Harvard Law School who worked in the Treasury Department during the Reagan and Obama administrations.
See some of the loopholes and tax dodges spotted so far »
Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for a Senate seat in Alabama, spoke in Birmingham on Saturday. He has called the allegations against him “a desperate political attack.”

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The Senate has had a particularly pronounced reaction to accusations against Roy S. Moore, with Republican senators saying he should end his campaign if they are true.

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Donald Trump Jr. at the third presidential debate last year.

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Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, and a co-defendant are on trial in a federal courthouse in Newark on bribery, conspiracy and other corruption charges.

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The panel was asked to try again Tuesday for a verdict in the federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey.

Alex Azar, then deputy secretary of health and human services, in June 2006. His nomination to oversee the department raised new doubts about the president’s stated commitment to rein in drug companies.

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Jonathan Bey outside his home in Gainesville, Fla. Mr. Bey has not yet received veterans disability benefits after hurting his back while enlisted in the Coast Guard 34 years ago.

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Brett J. Talley is awaiting a Senate confirmation vote that could come as early as Monday to become a federal district judge in Alabama.

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Brett J. Talley was asked to name family members who might be a conflict of interest. He did not mention that his wife is the White House counsel’s chief of staff.

President Trump on Monday at a summit meeting in Manila.

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Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss
Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.
From the Right
David Harsanyi in The Federalist:
“ ‘Due process’ shouldn’t be code for ‘Let’s dismiss anything inconvenient to our political fortunes.’ This isn’t a criminal proceeding.”
Mr. Harsanyi has a healthy dose of skepticism about the mainstream media, writing that “the establishment media gave former presidents and senators who were likely sexual predators virtual free passes for decades.” But that doesn’t dissuade him from considering The Washington Post’s article chronicling the Senate candidate Roy S. Moore’s alleged relationships with teenagers to be a “credible” and “solid piece of journalism.” It is fair, argues Mr. Harsanyi, to support Mr. Moore based on policy — like his views on abortion — despite these accusations. “But don’t tell me you’re sure Roy Moore is innocent.” Read more »
From the Left
Kathryn Brightbill in The Los Angeles Times:
“The allegations against Roy Moore are merely a symptom of a larger problem. It’s not a Southern problem or an Alabama problem. It’s a Christian fundamentalist problem.”
Ms. Brightbill, who grew up as an evangelical Christian, explains why so many on the religious right are excusing Mr. Moore’s dealings with teenage girls. In the world “which Moore travels in and I grew up in, 14-year-old girls courting adult men isn’t uncommon,” she writes. This story, according to Ms. Brightbill, just signals how pervasive child sexual abuse is in this community. “The evangelical world is overdue for a reckoning.” Read more »
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