Trump After Dark: Say No Moore edition

President Donald Trump has been largely silent about Republican Roy Moore. It took him less than 12 hours to chime in — on Twitter, naturally — about Democratic Sen. Al Franken.

Both men faced fresh scrutiny today for allegations of sexual misconduct. White House officials, though, sought to draw a line between the two. ““Al Franken was a brand new news story yesterday, and the president weighed in as he does on the news of the day often enough,” President Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Friday.

New, or old, Trump’s made a clear calculation to avoid the Moore scandal. The Alabama Republican is accused of forcing himself on teenaged girls while he was a 30-something district attorney, but Trump has been careful to not call for Moore to leave the race, wary of upsetting his supporters.

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Trump After Dark: Say No Moore edition

President Donald Trump has been largely silent about Republican Roy Moore. It took him less than 12 hours to chime in — on Twitter, naturally — about Democratic Sen. Al Franken.

Both men faced fresh scrutiny today for allegations of sexual misconduct. White House officials, though, sought to draw a line between the two. ““Al Franken was a brand new news story yesterday, and the president weighed in as he does on the news of the day often enough,” President Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Friday.

New, or old, Trump’s made a clear calculation to avoid the Moore scandal. The Alabama Republican is accused of forcing himself on teenaged girls while he was a 30-something district attorney, but Trump has been careful to not call for Moore to leave the race, wary of upsetting his supporters.

Trump’s decision to dub Franken “Al Frankenstein” and put himself into Continue reading “Trump After Dark: Say No Moore edition”

Trump After Dark: A Taxing Day edition

President Donald Trump is halfway there.

The House passed a sweeping tax overhaul today that, among other things, would slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent starting next year from 35 percent, set the top rate for small businesses at 25 percent. For individuals, the legislation widdles the number of deductions for individuals, including state and local tax deductions, medical expense deductions and student loan deductions.

By any measure, it is a massive piece of of legislation — all $5.5 trillion of it — and its passage was a clear victory for President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan who have championed it.

On a day when the vote was obscured by fresh (Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat) and lingering (Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore) allegations of sexual assault and harassment roiling both parties, Ryan notched a clear win, POLITICO’s John Bresnahan and Seung Continue reading “Trump After Dark: A Taxing Day edition”

Ivanka Trump: ‘Special place in hell’ for child predators, no reason to doubt Roy Moore accusers

Ivanka Trump says there’s a “special place in hell” for child predators and says she has no reason to doubt the accounts of women who say they were treated inappropriately as teenagers by Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama.

In an interview with The Associated Press, President Donald Trump’s daughter stopped short of calling for Moore to leave the race. But she made it clear that she found the accounts of women who have come forward credible.

“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” she told The AP. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”

Republicans senators have cut off Moore, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for him to leave the race.

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Trump After Dark: On Wisconsin edition

Is it happening again?

President Donald Trump’s hopes of having Obamacare repealed fell apart when the effort unexpectedly sprung leaks with Republican senators. Today, Trump’s much desired tax legislation hit a significant hurdle when Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said he didn’t support the legislation, POLITICO’s Seung Min Kim and Colin Wilhelm report.

“Johnson said in a statement that he objects to the bills’ treatment of businesses known as pass-throughs, whose owners pay taxes on their companies through the individual side of the tax code.”

He is the first Republican senator to oppose the bill but others — including some of the same ones who stopped an Obamacare repeal — have expressed concern about the legislation. Speaking of the Obamacare repeal: The Senate’s tax bill also includes language that repeals Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, a wrinkle not included in the House legislation. POLITICO’s Seung Min Kim and Jennifer Haberkorn Continue reading “Trump After Dark: On Wisconsin edition”

Trump After Dark: What Moore Can You do? edition

What more can be done about Roy Moore?

The Republican National Committee has cut the Alabama Senate candidate off today. The National Republican Senatorial Committee already did. Local newspapers have panned him and demanded he step aside. Senators say they won’t seat him, or will expel him swiftly.

And yet, still, Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, is here, a potential wrench, and a clear public relations problem, for President Donald Trump’s agenda. As accusations about Moore’s inappropriate behavior with teenaged girls when he was a 30-something district attorney stack up, efforts to get him out of the Alabama Senate race have gone from subtle to stark. And he has remained defiant. Nothing changed in that regard today.

Now the problem will fall to Trump, POLITICO’s Eliana Johnson, Alex Isenstadt and Josh Dawsey report.

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Trump After Dark: What Moore Can You do? edition

What more can be done about Roy Moore?

The Republican National Committee has cut the Alabama Senate candidate off today. The National Republican Senatorial Committee already did. Local newspapers have panned him and demanded he step aside. Senators say they won’t seat him, or will expel him swiftly.

And yet, still, Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, is here, a potential wrench, and a clear public relations problem, for President Donald Trump’s agenda. As accusations about Moore’s inappropriate behavior with teenaged girls when he was a 30-something district attorney stack up, efforts to get him out of the Alabama Senate race have gone from subtle to stark. And he has remained defiant. Nothing changed in that regard today.

Now the problem will fall to Trump, POLITICO’s Eliana Johnson, Alex Isenstadt and Josh Dawsey report.

“It’s a vexing call for Trump. If he tries to pressure Moore out of the race, Continue reading “Trump After Dark: What Moore Can You do? edition”