Author: Jessica Taylor

Abortion Could Be Deal-Breaker In Alabama Senate Race For Many Torn GOP Voters

NPR Enlarge this image Alabama Republican Seante nominee Roy Moore speaks during a campaign event earlier this week. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images For some Alabama voters, supporting abortion rights may be a sin worse than some of the sexual misdeeds Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore has been accused of — allegations Moore has denied. That’s the conundrum facing the state’s conservative, deeply religious electorate: Embrace Democrat Doug Jones despite his liberal stance on abortion and other social issues or vote for Moore anyway even if they believe there is some truth to...

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White House Says Moore Allegations ‘Very Troubling,’ But Alabama Voters Should Decide

NPR Enlarge this image Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore listens to a question during a news conference with supporters and faith leaders along with his wife, Kayla, on Thursday in Birmingham. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Drew Angerer/Getty Images White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that President Trump believes the allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault against Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore are “very troubling and should be taken seriously,” but stopped short of calling on him to step aside as other national Republican leaders have. “He believes the people of Alabama...

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Protester Throws Russian Flags At Trump As He Arrives For Capitol Hill Tax Lunch

NPR Enlarge this image Ryan Clayton of Americans Take Action is corralled by police after he threw Russian flags at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump as they arrived for the Republican Senate Policy Luncheon at the Capitol. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Trump was met by a protester who threw Russian flags at him and chanted “Trump is treason!” as he arrived on Capitol Hill to urge Senate Republicans to pass tax cuts. While the president was entering the weekly GOP lunch on Capitol Hill, escorted by Senate Majority Leader...

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Bannon: ‘It’s A Season Of War Against The GOP Establishment’

NPR Enlarge this image Former adviser to President Donald Trump and executive chairman of Breitbart News Steve Bannon speaks at a campaign event for Republican candidate for the Senate in Alabama Roy Moore on September 25, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Scott Olson/Getty Images Updated at 7:18 p.m. ET Steve Bannon came to the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to detail the holy war he intends to wage against Republicans at the ballot box in next year’s midterm elections. “This is not my war. This is our war. And...

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White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly: ‘I’m Not Quitting’ Or ‘Being Fired’

NPR Enlarge this image White House chief of staff John Kelly calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House on Thursday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption toggle caption Susan Walsh/AP White House chief of staff John Kelly made an unusual appearance at Thursday’s daily press briefing to clear up a few things — he isn’t going anywhere, he’s not frustrated by President Trump’s use of Twitter and he’s not trying to micromanage the president. “Although I read it all the time, pretty consistently, I’m not quitting today,” Kelly said. “I don’t believe — and I just...

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Bannon’s ‘War’ With GOP Has Only Just Begun

NPR Enlarge this image Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon speaks at a rally on Monday night in Alabama in support of candidate Roy Moore. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Scott Olson/Getty Images Roy Moore’s GOP runoff win in Alabama Tuesday has only emboldened the anti-establishment wing of the party in its belief that it can knock off other incumbent senators in next year’s midterm primaries. “We’re going to war,” former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told Politico this week. “This is not a pillow fight, this is a fight fight.” Now back at Breitbart...

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Conservatives Fume Over DACA Deal As Trump Tries To Mollify His Base

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump speaks to the press at the White House on Thursday upon returning from Florida after surveying damage from Hurricane Irma. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Conservatives are livid after President Trump appears to have made a deal with Democrats in order to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program — claiming he’s abandoning his base and the stringent immigration platform he campaigned on. Commentator Ann Coulter went on a Twitter tirade Thursday, furious that the president appeared to be reneging on his trademark border wall....

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Trump, McConnell Point Fingers Over Health Care Failure

NPR President Trump speaks as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., looks on during a meeting with House and Senate leadership at the White House back in June. Pool/Getty Images When it comes to health care legislation, the finger pointing between President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is continuing almost two weeks after GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed. The top Republican in the Senate was the first to throw down the gauntlet this week, saying back home in Kentucky that it was Trump’s political inexperience that led to him setting...

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