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Mitch McConnell launches preemptive attack on Roy Moore’s Senate seat

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Mitch McConnell really doesn’t want Roy Moore to be a Senator. He tenaciously opposed him in the primaries. Wild rumors have been floated that it was McConnell’s super PAC’s oppo research that led to the Washington Post article in a botched attempt to bump Moore out of the primaries. If this is the case, unlikely as it may be, then he was double crossed. WaPo waited to use the story until after Moore secured the nomination.

Regardless of how involved McConnell was in the hit piece, he’s not holding back shots anymore. The Senate Majority Leader declared that if Moore wins the December 12 special election in Alabama, the Senate would launch an immediate ethics probe. Such an investigation could force Moore to testify under oath and would likely be the precursor to an expulsion attempt. Under Article 1, Section 5 of the Constitution, a two-thirds vote is required within the Senate to expel a member.

“It would be a rather unusual beginning,” McConnell told The Wall Street Journal at a CEO Council event on Tuesday. “I’d like to save the seat, and it’s a heck of a dilemma when you’ve got a completely unacceptable candidate bearing the label of your party within a month of the election.”

McConnell’s play may have a beneficial ulterior motive for the GOP. If Moore wins, the seat is safely in the Republicans’ hands if Moore is expelled or forced to resign with Republican Alabama Governor Ivey as the person to pick his replacement. McConnell has even floated plugging in Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a write-in candidate. While any write-in candidate, even someone as popular in Alabama as Sessions, would have virtually no chance of winning if Moore stays in the race, it would make the “Sessions Gambit” more plausible with McConnell moving chess pieces around now.

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McConnell: Moore will face Senate ethics probe if he wins election

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/360404-mcconnell-moore-will-face-senate-ethics-probe-if-he-wins-electionThe Senate last expelled a member in 1862. McConnell oversaw the Senate’s ethics panel when then-Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) resigned in 1995 amid sexual harassment allegations and under the threat of expulsion.

Senate Republicans are increasing their pressure for Moore to step down from the Alabama Senate race after a bombshell report in The Washington Post, in which a woman accused Moore of making sexual advances toward her when she was 14 and he was 32. On Monday, a fifth woman came forward, saying he sexually assaulted her when she was 16.

The Sessions Gambit: White House floats rumor of plan to replace Roy Moore

https://noqreport.com/2017/11/13/mitch-mcconnell-can-get-rid-roy-moore-still-keep-seat-gop/Adding fuel to this scenario is the White House who seems to already be planning out this gambit. According to the NY Times, two White House sources have floated the idea of replacing Moore with Jeff Sessions. It would kill two birds with one stone for the White House. First, the President has expressed varying degrees of unhappiness with his Attorney General, so moving him back where he came from could end the President’s problem without causing a stir. Second, such a scenario of replacing Moore would be viewed negatively by many who voted for him, particularly if either Luther Strange or Mo Brooks, Moore’s main competitors in the primary, was appointed. Sessions is extremely popular in Alabama, so if he’s the replacement, the repercussions from voters would be minimized.

Mitch McConnell publicly floats Jeff Sessions as write-in alternative to Roy Moore

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/mitch-mcconnell-publicly-floats-jeff-sessions-as-write-in-alternative-to-roy-moore/article/2640675McConnell made the comments to the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council while talking about who could mount a successful write-in campaign, like Sen. Lisa Murkowski did in Alaska in 2010. McConnell said she was popular in the state and was universally well-known, qualities that Sessions has in Alabama.

“The name being most often discussed may not be available, but the Alabamian who would fit that standard would be the attorney general,” McConnell said. “He’s totally well-known and is extremely popular in Alabama.”

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  1. ed

    November 14, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I’m sure both Trump and McConnell would LOVE to move Sessions back to the Senate.
    Then Trump could assign a more “malleable” AG that would comply with Trump’s demands to fire Mueller, end investigations into Clinton activities and that would act as Trump’s “legal firewall” in the same way that Holder protected Obama.

    Make no mistake: Trump wants Sessions gone. Trump wants an AG that will do Trump’s bidding and shut down all investigations into Trump’s collusions with Russians, China, US Mafia or Democrats. Sessions has shown that he is NOT Trump’s lapdog and Trump is NOT happy. Nor is McConnell because it’s not implausible that Sessions has dirt on McConnell and knows where McConnell’s skeletons are buried. As AG, Sessions could take down McConnell if it came to open conflict. McConnell clearly wants Sessions back under his control.

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Pregnant Jewish woman and six others gunned down in Hanukkah terror attack

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Video of the attack showed a white car driving up to the post and slowing down as it passed a group of Jews standing at the stop. The travelers are seen scrambling away as they were sprayed with bullets, with the car immediately driving away.

 A young pregnant woman and six other travelers were injured in a Palestinian shooting attack at a bus stop outside the Jewish town of Ofra on Sunday night.

The woman, who was brought to Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek Medical Center in critical condition, has had her condition upgraded to stable, but her son, delivered by emergency Caesarian section, has been downgraded to critical.

The wounded woman, Shira Yael Ish-Ran and her husband, Amichai Yishai Ish-Ran.

The wounded woman, Shira Yael Ish-Ran and her husband, Amichai Yishai Ish-Ran.

The attack took place on the eighth night of Hanukkah at a popular hitchhiking post and bus stop.

Video of the attack showed a white car driving up to the post and slowing down as it passed a group of Jews standing at the stop. The travelers are seen scrambling away as they were sprayed with bullets, with the car immediately driving away.

One pregnant 21-year-old woman, Shira Yael Ish-Ran, was shot in the lower abdomen and was said to be “fighting for her life,” though doctors managed to save the life of her first child, delivered at just 30 weeks gestation. The boy was immediately transferred to the neo-natal intensive care unit, but his condition worsened overnight, and he is now attached to a ventilator.

“A pregnant woman who loses so much blood cannot provide the oxygen necessary for the baby in her belly,” Dr. Alon Schwartz, a surgeon at the hospital told Army Radio on Monday. “This was apparently the harm to the baby that we discovered.”

According to Schwartz, the young woman lost a lot of blood and arrived at the hospital in a state of shock. The hospital reported that she has regained consciousness and showed signs of movement, but that she remains in life-threatening danger. Her family requested continued prayers for Shira Yael bat Leora Sarah and for her son, Tinok ben Shira Yael.

Shira is the daughter of Chaim Silberstein, founder and president of Keep Jerusalem, an organization that advocates the unification of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty, and the president of the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund, an organization dedicated to reclaiming and strengthening the Jewish presence in Jerusalem and parts of Judea and Samaria.

The woman’s husband was also injured in the attack and underwent surgery at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. His condition was said to have improved from moderate to mild-to-moderate.

Two 16-year-old girls suffered light injuries and were taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem.

“Praying for the recovery of those injured in the despicable terrorist attack, including the young mother who brought life to the world from this hellish scene,” wrote Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Twitter. “I  send my unreserved support to the security forces who are relentlessly pursuing the terrorists.”

IDF, border police and security services forces cooperated in a widespread manhunt for the terrorists in Palestinian enclaves near to the attack. Officials stated that the vehicle in which the attempted murder was committed is believed to have contained at least two occupants.

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Trump continues to embarrass himself with Twitter idiocy, #SmockingGun edition

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Multiple writers on this site have asked, begged, and even demanded the President of the United States assign someone literate to read his Tweets before he sends them out. This time, he can’t even blame autocorrect or mistyping. He misspelled a common word. Twice.

I support the President and I think many of the complaints about his lack of intelligence are unfounded. But when it comes to posting on Twitter, I’ve lost the will to defend him. He refuses to let anyone help him not sound like a complete illiterate fool.

Does he not realize that he can’t spell? Is he unaware that his grammatical skills are lacking? Why won’t he simply write his Tweets, then hand the phone to someone who knows how to spell and utilize proper grammar before pushing the send button? His son Barron is almost certainly better at basic English than his father. He would save his supporters a lot of grief if he just let an adult read his Tweets before they went out.

Seriously, Mr. President, for the sake of those of us who still support you, do us all a favor and let the nearest adult read your Tweets before sending them out. You’re making it so much harder for us to convince others that you’re not a imbecile.

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Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

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PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is at last preparing to speak to the nation Monday, after increasingly violent and radicalized protests against his leadership and a long silence that aggravated the anger. Many protesters only want one thing: for him to declare “I quit.”

That’s an unlikely prospect. Instead Macron is expected to announce a series of measures to reduce taxes and boost purchasing power for the masses who feel his presidency has favored the rich. He’s being forced to act after four weeks of “yellow vest” protests that started in struggling provinces and spread to rioting in the capital that has scared tourists and foreign investors and shaken France to the core.

Macron met Monday morning in his presidential palace with local and national politicians, unions and business leaders to hear their concerns. In the evening, he will give a national televised address, his first public words in more than a week.

The morning meeting stretched past lunch and into the afternoon. A presidential official said there were 37 people around the table with the president, describing how the movement is impacting their sectors, including unions, small businesses and local government.

Among steps the government is considering are abolishing taxes on overtime, speeding up tax cuts and an end-of-year bonus for low-income workers. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday the government could delay some payroll taxes, but expressed resistance to restoring the wealth tax or lowering taxes for retirees, among protesters’ demands. He stressed that the measures should focus on helping the working classes.

“We are ready to make any gesture” that works, he said on RTL radio. “What is important now is to put an end to the crisis and find peace and unity in the country again.”

Fallout from the protests so far could cost France 0.1 percent of gross domestic product in the last quarter of the year, Le Maire warned. “That means fewer jobs, it means less prosperity for the whole country,” he said.

The “yellow vest” protests began as a movement against a rise in fuel taxes that Macron eventually abandoned, but have mushroomed to include a plethora of sometimes contradictory demands — increasingly including Macron’s resignation.

“Macron is there for the rich, not for all the French,” 68-year-old retiree Jean-Pierre Meunuer said at Saturday’s protests in Paris.

Some members of the movement are already planning new action next Saturday, amid calls from police officers exhausted by four weekends of rioting for the payment of overtime work instead of bonuses.

“The State should commit itself to the payment of overtime,” the UNSA police union said in a statement on Monday. “These extra hours should be exempted from tax. Night hours should be revalued. UNSA police officials will listen carefully to the president’s announcements.”

Graffiti throughout the French capital singles Macron out for criticism, reflecting a national sense that the 40-year-old centrist former banker is arrogant and out of touch. Macron however has appeared determined to continue his course, and no presidential or parliamentary elections are planned until 2022.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux warned Sunday that a “magic wand” won’t solve all the problems of the protesters.

Paris tourist sites reopened Sunday, while workers cleaned up debris from protests that left widespread damage in the capital and elsewhere. At least 71 people were injured in Paris on Saturday, fewer than the week before but still a stunning figure. French media reported 136,000 protesters nationwide on Saturday, similar to the previous week.

Nearly 1,000 people were being held in custody after the Saturday protests in the French capital.

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Sylvie Corbet, Elaine Ganley and Samuel Petrequin contributed.

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