Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are running to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions — but don't forget, Alabama is already represented in the Senate by Sen. Richard Shelby (R), who told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday he does not want Moore as a colleague.
"I'd rather see the Republican win, but I'd rather see a Republican write-in. I couldn't vote for Roy Moore," Shelby said on State of the Union. "I didn't vote for Roy Moore, but I wrote in a distinguished Republican name, and I think a lot of people could do that. Will they do it, I'm not sure."
"I understand [Republicans] would like to retain that seat in the U.S. Senate," he continued, " but I tell you what, there's a time — we call it a tipping point. I think, so many accusations, so many cuts, so many drip, drip, drip. When it got to the 14-year-old's story, that was enough for me. I said, 'I can't vote for Roy Moore.'"
— CNN (@CNN) December 10, 2017
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley maintained on CNN's State of the Union Sunday that President Trump's decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel this past week will not hinder the Israel-Palestine peace process.
"When it comes to those that are upset, we knew that was going to happen. But courage does cause that. When you make a decision, you're going to have some that see it negatively and you're going to have some that see it positively," she told host Jake Tapper. "But I strongly believe this is going to move the ball forward for the peace process."
Trump's controversial announcement sparked outrage among religious leaders and Arab League nations, as well as protests by Muslims worldwide, some of them violent. Watch an excerpt of Haley's comments below, or watch the full interview via CNN here. Bonnie Kristian
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"Women who accuse anyone [of sexual misconduct] should be heard. They should be heard and they should be dealt with," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation. "And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up," she continued.
Asked whether the election means sexual misconduct accusations against President Trump are a "settled issue, " Haley said the public must make that call. "I know that he was elected," she said. "But, you know, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them."
Watch a clip of Haley's CBS appearance below. Bonnie Kristian
— CNN (@CNN) December 10, 2017
"There's not going to be a government shutdown," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told host George Stephanopoulos in an appearance on ABC's This Week Sunday. McConnell was responding to a question about whether Democrats would refuse "to agree to a deal to keep the government open unless the children of undocumented immigrants are protected" following President Trump's decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
"That's a ridiculous idea," McConnell said. "There is no crisis. The president has given us until March to address the issue of undocumented children who came into the country ... through no choice of their own," he continued, concluding that Democrats would not leave major programs unfunded and "shut down the government over an issue that is not an emergency."
McConnell also addressed the Alabama Senate race in which the GOP candidate, Roy Moore, has been credibly accused of sexual assault. "I'm going to let the people of Alabama make the call" of whether Moore should be in the Senate, McConnell said. Should he win, McConnell added, the "ethics committee will have to consider the matters that have been litigated in the campaign." Watch the full interview below. Bonnie Kristian
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday the risk of war between the United States and North Korea is "increasing every day," arguing Pyongyang is "the greatest immediate threat to the United States" and "we are in a race to be able to solve this problem." He did concede there are "ways to address this problem short of armed conflict," but said there is "not much time left" for those options because of North Korea's technological progress.
In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, McMaster similarly argued preventive war — for the U.S. to attack North Korea to prevent the materialization of a possible future threat — may be the only option to stop "this murderous, rogue regime" from conquering South Korea and starting an Asian nuclear arms race. He brushed aside Wallace's point that the U.S. learned to coexist with a nuclear Soviet Union for decades during the Cold War, suggesting that to repeat that strategy would be too risky for U.S. security.
Watch McMaster's full Fox interview below, and read The Week's Harry J. Kazianis on the deadly consequences of McMaster's proposal. Bonnie Kristian
National security adviser provides insight on U.S. response to North Korea's latest missile test in an exclusive interview with Chris Wallace on 'Fox News Sunday.' https://t.co/uYRrJe0heV
— Carmen D (@carmenduerta) December 3, 2017
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) avoided taking a firm position on whether Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should win his race during an interview on CNN's State of the Union Sunday.
"From a Republican point of view," Graham said, "I don't know what winning looks like with Roy Moore. If he wins, we get the baggage of him winning, and it becomes a story everyday about whether or not you believe the women or Roy Moore — should he stay in the Senate? Should he be expelled? If you lose, you give the Senate seat to a Democrat at a time we need all the votes we can get."
"The moral of the story is don't nominate somebody like Roy Moore who could actually lose the seat that any other Republican could win," Graham concluded, deflecting a follow-up question about whether President Trump is right to back Moore given the credible allegations of his sexual misconduct and assault toward girls as young as 14. Watch a clip of Graham's comments below. Bonnie Kristian
— CNN (@CNN) November 26, 2017
Update 1:22 p.m.: After Conyers stepped aside from his Judiciary Committee role pending an ethics investigation, Pelosi said his civil rights legacy "is not a license for harassment," commending "the brave women coming forward" and stating, "Zero tolerance means consequences." Our original post appears below.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a Sunday appearance on NBC's Meet the Press offered high praise for Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who reportedly settled a wrongful dismissal lawsuit from a former employee who was fired after declining Conyers' "sexual advances."
"John Conyers is an icon in our country," Pelosi told host Chuck Todd. "He has done a great deal to protect women." Pelosi said she is confident Conyers will "do the right thing" and sidestepped a question about believing his accuser by protesting that she does not know the woman's identity.
Her remarks soon attracted broad criticism from left and right alike:
Nancy Pelosi & congressional Dems don't seem to understand the Weinstein moment. This will damage the party. https://t.co/DxGwMQhTe7
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 26, 2017
The highest ranking Republican in the nation, Donald Trump, is pro-Roy Moore.
The highest ranking Democrat in the nation, Nancy Pelosi, is pro-John Conyers.
"A plague o' both your houses!" (Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Sc. 1).
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 26, 2017
Democrats have lost the thread on sexual harassment.
You can debate Franken as being a marginal case, I guess.
But the Conyers claims represent a serious abuse of power—one that required a legal settlement—and Pelosi doesn't see them as a firing offense. https://t.co/10Km2FQisA
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 26, 2017
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney addressed the Trump administration's tax reform agenda in a pair of interviews Sunday, depicting a White House willing to do whatever is necessary to change the tax code.
"We're using reconciliation so that we only need 50 votes in the Senate instead of 60," Mulvaney explained on NBC's Meet the Press. "In order to do that, the certain proposals can only have certain economic impact, and one of the ways to game the system is to make things expire," he continued, clarifying that "this is done more to force, to shoehorn the bill into the rules than because we think it's good policy."
Likewise, on CNN's State of the Union, Mulvaney said the White House would endorse removing the ObamaCare individual mandate repeal rider from the tax bill if that is what it takes to pass the legislation. "If we can repeal part of ObamaCare as part of a tax bill and have a tax bill that is still a good tax bill that can pass, that's great," he told host Jake Tapper. But if "it becomes an impediment to getting the best tax bill we can," the repeal amendment will go.
Read the NBC transcript here, and watch Mulvaney's full CNN appearance below. Bonnie Kristian