'Leave my baby out of this': CNN's Poppy Harlow responds to Roy Moore spokeswoman over abortion stance

Jane Porter, spokeswoman for embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign, appeared on CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday. And Porter began by telling CNN’s Poppy Harlow, who is pregnant, that she and Moore were standing up for Harlow’s unborn child.

“That’s the reason I volunteered to come down to speak for Judge Moore,” Porter said. “Because he’ll stand for babies like yours in the womb, where his opponent will stand for killing them up until the moment of birth.”

What Porter was actually doing on the CNN morning show was defending Moore amid allegations from nine women who have accused the former judge of sexual misconduct ranging from uncomfortable and unwanted overtures to assault. Most of the accusers said the incidents occurred when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s. Moore has fiercely denied the allegations.

The first woman to accuse Moore, Leigh Corfman, told the Washington Post that in 1979 — when she was 14 and Moore was 32 — Moore partially undressed her and himself, touched her over her undergarments and guided her hand to touch him. The age of consent in Alabama was, and remains, 16.

“I don’t believe her,” Porter said, claiming she was “sought after” by the newspaper. Corfman, though, said that she was reluctant to go on the record, and insisted she would only do so if the newspaper’s reporters found more accusers.

Porter said she believes those reporters “had an agenda.”

“One of the jobs of journalists is to not take an Academy Award performance at face value,” she said. “You need to dig into the facts.”

“Poppy, we need to make it clear that there is a group of nonaccusers that have not accused the judge of any sexual misconduct or anything illegal,” Porter said. “If people of a legal age share a meal together, that’s frankly none of my business.”

Porter also dismissed the allegation by Beverly Nelson, who says Moore assaulted her in 1977 when she was a 16-year-old waitress at a Gadsden, Ala., restaurant where Moore, then 30, was a regular customer. Moore even signed her high school yearbook in December of that year, she said.

“Everybody knows her yearbook is a forgery,” Porter said. Nelson’s attorney, Gloria Allred, has said her client will allow a handwriting expert to examine the yearbook if Moore submits to questioning under oath about the assault allegation.

Porter dismissed Allred as “an abortion activist.”

Porter was asked repeatedly by Harlow whether she believed any of the women who have come forward.

She said she does not. “These are people seeking revenge, much like criminals seeking revenge,” Porter said.

Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are competing in the Dec. 12 special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he agreed to become Trump’s attorney general.

On Monday, President Trump formally endorsed Moore, saying he needs the Republican’s vote in the U.S. Senate.

“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more,” Trump tweeted. “No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!”

Following Trump’s endorsement, the Republican National Committee, which had pulled its financial support of Moore amid the allegations, said it would resume funding for his campaign.

Trump also spoke with Moore to offer his full support.

“He knows Judge Moore is a fighter,” Porter said of Trump’s phone call. “He’s denied all the false, baseless allegations. And he fully supports him.”

Later in the interview, Porter again made reference to Harlow’s pregnancy.

“Let’s leave my baby out of this,” Harlow said.

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How to Leave the 9-5 Job Behind for the Modern Economy

The 9-5 is on it’s way out.

You can’t ignore the facts. That traditional model of employment so many Americans sought in the past, is giving way to something new. Fueling that change: dissatisfaction, loss of opportunities, and stagnation. Each forces people and the economy to adapt.

The expectations people have for a job have changed as well.

People want more than just a job. Yet many large businesses and corporations act as stewards of traditional employment. They push the same model of employment on people, but with fewer benefits than in the past.

Job security?

Not likely. Finding security within one company is decreasingly viable. Many people now piece together full-time employment through multiple part-time jobs.

Health benefits?

Almost non-existent. These benefits used to attract employees. Now the government has created so much red tape, healthcare is a liability for companies. They try only to meet the minimum government standards.

What is left to expect from traditional employment?

Monday through Friday, eight hours a day, if not more, your life is given to a company. This, in exchange for moderate financial security and the privilege of spending two days each week as you see fit.

There is no room for taking an afternoon off to reconnect with friends. There is no option of working from an exciting space. And there are not many opportunities to grow as a person.

And people are no longer willing to accept this.

The statistics suggest how this situation drives people to a new kind of employment.

An estimated one in three Americans has given up on the traditional model of employment, opting instead to become freelancers.

The number of businesses that are considered sole proprietorships and home-based businesses is higher than ever before.

The way America views employment has changed.

So, the next question is…

How do you change with it?

Joining the Gig Economy

By 2020 experts believe nearly half of the American workforce will be employed within the gig economy.

What that means varies, but it boils down to one main thing: leaving behind a traditional job in favor of small jobs, or gigs.

People become freelancers, no longer tied to a company but self-employed professionals within an industry.

So how do you join?

Simply put, you find an area of work that is in line with your skill set and start building a client base. You can make almost anything into a freelance job.

And with so many opportunities available, the question is…

What do you enjoy doing?

Finding where you fit into the new market will take a bit of introspection.

But there’s freedom in knowing the choice solely lies with you. You are taking control of your financial freedom, instead of relying on institutions out of your control.

Just browse Craigslist or Freelancer to start seeing all the gigs available. You might be surprised by the range of skills people are looking for.

If you are feeling really adventurous, try to get one of the gigs. That is how you start. By experimenting. How do they respond? What can you do differently next time?

Adapting To Change

For all the freedom and control the gig economy offers, it is not without new challenges.

You can’t be content with work coming to you. You can’t wait out the clock for the end of the workday. Instead, you must take an active role in seeking out opportunities and income.

And while this may be a bit challenging to those just joining the market, with time and practice, it becomes much easier.

As you start…

There are many ways to market your talents and attract high paying clients.

There’s the standard route of building a portfolio and cold pitching potential clients. This takes time but overall leads you to the greatest possibility for success as you continue to develop your skills and land more clients.

Putting in the effort to collect and create an effective portfolio simply will not happen overnight, nor will mastering the perfect cold pitch.



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[WATCH] Officer Earned $175,000 on Leave Since Controversial Police Shooting But Wants $5M More


It’s a standoff that has cost North Miami taxpayers close to $175,000, left the city with one less senior police officer, and remains a sticking point for a city trying to move past a controversial police shooting.

And now, 16 months after behavioral specialist Charles Kinsey was shot lying flat on his back with his hands in the air while trying to protect his severely autistic patient, it’s finally got a legal name: Police Cmdr. Emile Hollant vs. the city of North Miami.

Hollant, in charge of a chaotic July 2016 shooting that put the city in an unwanted national spotlight, hasn’t worked a single day since. Yet he hasn’t lost a paycheck or any benefits, either. The city, wading through investigations and trying to avoid a lawsuit, never fired him. Hollant, expecting a legal settlement, has refused to quit.

Now, trying to force the city’s hand, Hollant on Friday filed a lawsuit in federal court demanding $5 million in compensatory damages and claiming the city has violated his civil rights, inflicted emotional distress and is punishing him for a being a whistle-blower, among other things.

“Emile Hollant has been crucified and had his life destroyed and placed on virtual house arrest for almost two years,” Hollant’s attorney, Michael Pizzi, said on Friday. “They’ve engaged in a pattern of lies, deceit and an irresponsible witch hunt.”

The conditions of Hollant’s leave if he wishes to continue to be paid his salary and benefits, which add up to $131,000 each year: He must remain home during working hours. He can leave only with the consent of a supervisor. On nights, weekends, holidays and mornings before work, he’s free to do as he wishes. Holland, 55, also gets vacation time off.

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Mitch McConnell Tells Roy Moore To Leave Senate Race, Says 'I Believe The Women'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is now calling on Roy Moore, the Republican running for Alabama’s open Senate seat, to withdraw his candidacy, telling reporters in Louisville on Monday that he believes the women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct. 

After giving remarks on tax reform efforts, McConnell was asked about the four women who have accused Moore of preying upon them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. Moore has denied any wrongdoing and has not indicated he plans to drop out of the Dec. 12 special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat. 

McConnell, who previously said Moore should leave the race if the allegations against him “are true,” gave a more forceful condemnation on Monday. 

“I believe the women, yes,” he said. 

McConnell also said he thinks Moore should “step aside.”

When asked if Republicans are encouraging a write-in campaign for another GOP candidate, McConnell said it’s “an option we’re looking at, whether or not there is someone who could mount a write-in campaign successfully.”

He declined to say if that someone would be Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat earlier this year but lost the GOP primary to Moore. “We’ll see” if Republicans will throw their support behind Strange, he told reporters. 

Many of McConnell’s colleagues have also called on Moore to leave the race, and several who endorsed him have since withdrawn their support. 

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Re: Saudi: Palestinian Abbas must endorse US’ plan or leave

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he has to back Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace deal or resign.

According to Israeli sources Abbas was offered an ultimatum after he was summoned to Riyadh last week for a meeting with Bin Salman days after Us Presidential advisor Jared Kushner made an unannounced visit to the Saudi capital to meet the young crown prince. The two are reported to have thrashed out a plan in which Abbas seems to have had no say.

Riyadh had offered to normalise relations with Israel in 2002 on the condition that it agreed to the two-state formula, which more and more Israeli’s, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have rejected.

It’s still not clear what peace deal has been offered to Abbas, but Palestinians will be concerned by Bin Salman’s readiness to rally behind the US President who is described by close associates as the most pro-Israeli president in years. Trump is said to be drafting a deal put together by his son-in-law, Kushner, who is a strong advocate of Israel and his support for the country, say critics,  is odd even by American standards. Kushner has given money to Israeli settlements and his family are close friends of Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli sources also mentioned that Abbas was instructed to stop any further rapprochement with Hamas; an ultimatum that could jeopardise the reconciliation process between the two main Palestinian rivals. If Israeli sources are to be believed than the ultimatum given by Bin Salman seems to be identical to the one made by Netanyahu who is also strongly opposed to the Palestinian unity government.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a central committee meeting of Fatah Movement in Ramallah, West Bank on September 13, 2017.
( Issam Rimawi – Anadolu Agency )

Though Abbas has rejected the claims made by the Israeli Channel 10, details of the meeting seems to be in line with the Saudi, UAE, Israeli and US vision for the region agreed prior to Trump’s inauguration.

It was widely reported that the US gave its backing for the unpredictable young prince while endorsing a regional plan that included unreserved support for Gulf monarchies; revision of the Iran nuclear deal; and a new Israel-Palestine peace plan.

The Saudis appear to be fully behind this deal whose blueprint has been drawn up by senior members of Trump’s exceptionally pro-Israeli administration.

Since his election, Trump has gone on to describe Saudi Arabia as a “magnificent country” while taking the unprecedented step of visiting the Gulf state in his first official visit, having condemned the rulers during his election campaign. Trump also struck a multibillion dollar deal with the Saudi royals in May.

Read: Saudi FM refuses to comment on Saudi-Israel cooperation

Trump’s new fondness for the Saudi’s saw him backing the Saudi-UAE media onslaught on Qatar and, last month, he announced he was decertifying the Iran nuclear accord. Last week, when Saudi Arabia arrested scores of princes and businessmen in an “anti-corruption” purge, the president also tweeted his support.

Palestinians no doubt had hoped that a Saudi crown Prince would be a trusted ally who could at the least present their cause with sympathy. They will be concerned over Bin Salman’s ultimatum, which appears to have been coordinated by people that support Netanyahu’s vision for the region which is nothing more than a “state-minus” for the Palestinians.



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GOP figures call on Moore to leave Alabama race after allegations of sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a slew of other Republicans called on Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama to “step aside” if new allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl — in 1979, when he was 32 — are true.

Less than an hour after the Washington Post’s bombshell report, Republicans were disavowing Moore, who ran as an outsider and defeated the more establishment Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in a recent primary. The special election to fill the seat, previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is scheduled for Dec. 12.

“If these allegations are true, Roy Moore should step aside for all the obvious reasons — very disturbing allegations,” McConnell told reporters.

The Post story is based on an account by a woman named Leigh Corfman, now 53. According to the story, she supports Republicans and voted for Donald Trump last year.

McConnell and other Republicans did not specify what would convince them that the allegations are true.

Three other women accused Moore of pursuing them, according to the Post. All four were quoted under their full names by the newspaper, and other witnesses confirmed they shared their stories with them at the time.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican who recently endorsed Moore, said the conduct described in the story was “deeply disturbing and troubling.” He said the “next steps” for the race are up to the governor of Alabama and its people.

Asked whether Moore should represent his state, Alabama’s senior senator,  Richard Shelby, replied: “I supported Senator Strange — you all know that.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, called the report “horrifying.”

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., released a statement calling upon Moore to step down immediately.

“The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying,” McCain said. “He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.”

Moore denies allegations that he had sexual contact with the 14-year-old and that he pursued relationships with other teenage girls while he was in his 30s. “This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation,” his campaign said in a statement.

Republican senators have been slow to endorse Moore, with just five — including Cornyn — backing him so far. Moore espouses more extreme views than most U.S. senators, arguing that consensual sex between adults of the same gender should be outlawed and suggesting that the 9/11 attacks could have been punishment for the country distancing itself from God.

The judge made a trip to Washington at the end of last month to court senators, telling reporters in brief remarks that they weren’t telling the truth about him in their newspapers. “I don’t hate people,” he said.

It’s unclear what will happen to Moore’s candidacy if he seeks to pull out before the special election against Democrat Doug Jones. Alabama law appears to say that it is too late to replace his name on the ballot even if he files a notice of withdrawal. The state GOP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“At this point ballots have already been printed and absentee voting has begun in our 67 counties,” said Brent Beal, the deputy attorney general in Alabama’s secretary of state office. “Because of this, no change to the ballot can be made for the Dec. 12 election.”

—Gabby Kaufman contributed to this report.

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[WATCH] Delaware County Jail Officer on Administrative Leave After Video of Man’s Apprehension in Muncie Surfaces


MUNCIE, Ind. – A Delaware County jail officer is on administrative leave after video surfaced of him apprehending and threatening a man he believes tried to break into his house.

Video of the Tuesday morning incident at Tillotson and Godman avenues drew attention after it made its way onto social media. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m.

The jail officer, Jerry Shaner, believed a man had broken into his home. He confronted him and ordered him to get on the ground.

“You picked the wrong [expletive] house to try to get into,” Shaner said.

The man protests, but Shaner tells him to turn over or he’s “going to get tased.”

“Keep your [expletive] head down,” Shaner is heard saying on the video. “You move, and your brains are going to be all over the [expletive] pavement, you understand me?”

The video shows Shaner pointing a weapon at the man and threatening him repeatedly as he’s down on the ground. It’s unclear in the video whether Shaner is pointing a firearm or stun gun.

Shaner told a police officer that the man had tried to get into his house and his daughter’s car. There were also allegations that the man was checking car doors in the neighborhood to see if they were locked and had looked through a window on Shaner’s porch.

Muncie police said there’s no evidence the man had committed a crime. Family members said the man suffers from mental illness and was “shaken” after the encounter.

Delaware County Sheriff Ray Dudley said he became aware of the incident Tuesday night. His jail commander contacted him about it, and they placed Shaner on paid administrative leave.

Dudley said an internal investigation into the incident is underway, with the results being shared to the public once the investigation is finished.

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‘Stop fighting ISIS, just go home’: Tillerson urges Iran-backed militias to leave Iraq

    

As the fighting against Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq nears its end, Iraqi Shiite militias and their Iranian advisors need to “go home,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an apparent attempt to curb Iran’s influence in Iraq.

“Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fight against … ISIS is coming to a close, those militias need to go home,”Tillerson said at a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir in Riyadh following a joint meeting with senior Saudi and Iraqi officials.

“The foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control,” he added. Tillerson’s visit comes as part of the US efforts to contain Tehran’s influence in the region that grew over the course of war against Islamic State.

An independent and prosperous Iraq would become an obstacle to Iran’s “malign behavior” in the Middle East, the US top diplomat told reporters during the press conference. However, Washington is also apparently pushing Iraq into closer cooperation with Saudi Arabia, a longtime US ally and Iraqi rival.

Earlier Sunday, Tillerson said that ties between Riyadh and Bagdad had “great potential” and remain vital for “bolstering our collective security,” adding that Washington takes “great interest in it.”

Tehran capitalized on the war on terrorism in Iraq over recent years as it funded and trained the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) – an Iraqi Shiite militia formed in 2014 and declared part of Iraq’s security forces. The PMF fought alongside the Iraqi Army during the liberation of Mosul and other northern Iraqi cities from Islamic State.

In contrast, the Shiite-majority Iraq and the Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia had strained relations for more than two decades after Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. However, the two countries have sought to improve their relations in recent years.

Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad in 2015 after a break of 25 years. In February 2017, the Saudi foreign minister made his first visit to Iraq. During the meeting Sunday, King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reaffirmed their commitment to restoring bilateral relations.

We have launched a program for the future of the region based on development and security rather than the differences and wars that we have suffered,” Abadi said.

Meanwhile, Tillerson also called on other countries to stop doing business with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which the US itself recently added to its list of terrorist organizations.

“We are hoping that European companies, countries and others around the world will join the US as we put in place a sanctions structure to prohibit certain activities of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that foment instability in the region and create destruction in the region,” Tillerson said.

He also warned that all those who “conduct business with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, any of their entities … really do so at great risk.” In mid-October, US President Donald Trump accused the Guards of supporting terrorism and announced “tough” sanctions against them.

Shortly after the announcement, the US Treasury “designated the IRGC under Terrorism Authority,” which would allow the US to impose sanctions on the Guards while stopping short of officially declaring them terrorists.

Less than a week later, the IRGC said that Iran would speed up and expand its missile program development in response to Washington’s hostile approach. The IRGC commander, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, said at that time that the US had long sought to isolate Iran, but that all its efforts had ended up in failure and eventually isolated Washington itself from the rest of the world.

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