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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, and Senate candidate Roy Moore, right
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, and Senate candidate Roy Moore, right (AP)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama “should step aside” in light of allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago. 

Speaking to reporters after visiting a plant in Kentucky, McConnell said he believes the women who were quoted in a Washington Post story about Moore's past relationships with them as young women. 

Previously, McConnell had said Moore should step aside if the allegations proved to be true. 


Hundreds of rich American taxpayers have signed a joint letter calling on Congress to reject Republicans' proposed tax plan, saying it would disproportionately benefit wealthy people and corporations at the expense of everyone else.

The 400-plus signers are all in the top 5% of Americans by income or wealth, according to a press release by United for a Fair Economy's Responsible Wealth project. Signers include recognizable last names like Rockefeller and Disney as well as financiers and former CEOs.

"Tax reform should be, at a minimum, revenue neutral – without using gimmicks like dynamic scoring," the letter reads, a reference to what economists say are Republicans' overly optimistic estimations that economic growth will offset the loss in tax revenue. The Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the House tax plan estimates that it would add $1.7 trillion to the federal deficit over the first decade.

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After the allegations of sexual misconduct by Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, the internet responded with posts including the #MeAt14 hashtag.

The hashtag was started by Raleigh, N.C., lawyer Catherine R. L. Lawson last week.

Twitter users quickly began posting their own photos and experiences.

(Andy Wong/AP)

While in Beijing, President Trump asked China’s leader Xi Jinping to look into the detention in eastern China of three UCLA basketball players on suspicion of shoplifting, a top White House spokesman said Monday.

Trump, who left Beijing on Friday for Vietnam and now the Philippines, requested that Xi ensure that the case is resolved quickly and that the three freshman players are treated fairly, U.S. Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a telephone interview.

The UCLA men’s basketball team flew back to the U.S. over the weekend without forwards Jalen Hill and Cody Riley and guard LiAngelo Ball, brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball. The three players have not been allowed to leave China after being accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team’s hotel in Huangzhou last week.

Roy Moore speaks during a Veterans Day event on Nov. 11 in Vestavia Hills, Ala.
Roy Moore speaks during a Veterans Day event on Nov. 11 in Vestavia Hills, Ala. (Wes Frazer / Getty Images)

Three days after allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls hit Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, the race here has become a tossup that threatens President Trump’s agenda in Congress and has split Republicans over how far they’re willing to go to save the seat from a Democrat.

The accusations that Moore, when he was in his 30s, dated teenagers and had sexual contact with a 14-year old have created an almost existential crisis for some Republicans.

The allegations come amid a national uproar over sexual harassment by high-profile leaders in entertainment and business, and many GOP senators and other officials swiftly called for Moore to leave the race. Others, including White House officials and Senate leaders, have equivocated.

(Associated Press)

in a tweet from Manila, President Trump on Monday announced that he will nominate Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive and healthcare official during the Bush administration, to be his new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

If confirmed by the Senate, Azar would replace Tom Price, who resigned as secretary under pressure on Sept. 29 after a series of stories in Politico documented his repeated use of private jets and government aircraft instead of commercial planes, at a cost of more than $400,000. Investigations into Price’s actions are ongoing.

Price, a Republican who represented a Georgia district in Congress before he was named to the Cabinet, also presided over the failure of the president’s effort to make good on a campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Republicans have repeatedly noted that it’s been more than 30 years since Congress enacted a major tax overhaul — and within the span of a couple of hours last week, they unintentionally demonstrated why.

As a House committee prepared to pass one version of a tax bill on a party-line vote Thursday, Republicans on a Senate panel unveiled their own legislation, which contained major differences in key areas involving individual and business taxes.

Trump administration officials and Republican congressional leaders downplayed the disparities even as the differences loomed as significant hurdles in the rush to pass legislation by the end of the year.

(Jim Watson /AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump touted a "great relationship" with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been condemned by human rights organizations for overseeing a deadly war on drugs.

The brief comments came as the two men held their first official one-on-one meeting Monday morning, though they had already met informally since Trump's arrival on Sunday.

Trump ignored reporters' questions about human rights and instead joked with Duterte and talked about the weather in the Philippines and Duterte's hospitality in hosting world leaders for the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations summit, which Trump said was "handled beautifully by the president and the Philippines.”

Roy Moore
Roy Moore (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, has lost his lead in the race in the aftermath of allegations that he had sexual contact with teenagers years ago, and the election is now a toss-up, a new poll indicated Sunday.

Moore trails Democratic candidate Doug Jones 46% to 42% among Alabama voters, a lead for the Democrat that is well within the poll's margin of error of 4.1 points in either direction, according to the new survey by Louisiana-based JMC Analytics. That finding is consistent with two overnight polls that were released since the allegations first came to light Thursday.

Before the news broke, Moore had an eight-point lead in the race, reflecting Alabama's heavily Republican tilt. The election is scheduled for Dec. 12.

Democrat Doug Jones speaks at a campaign rally in Birmingham, Ala., in the race to fill Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat. (AP)
Democrat Doug Jones speaks at a campaign rally in Birmingham, Ala., in the race to fill Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat. (AP)

Many politicians might seize on allegations that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore pursued sexual relations with teenage girls. But Democrat Doug Jones isn’t going there.

The former prosecutor, who won convictions against Ku Klux Klan members for killing four young girls in the infamous1963 Birmingham church bombing, has his own story to tell as his unlikely campaign gains sudden momentum.

At a Friday night fish fry in a modest, working-class neighborhood outside Mobile, Jones spent more time talking about his own record and what he would do in Washington than about the scandal engulfing Moore.