Roy Moore still refuses to concede in Alabama senate race

By Kyle Swenson | Washington Post A day after losing the Alabama senate race to Democrat Doug Jones, Roy Moore has issued a stark new statement refusing to concede the election. In a message issued by the campaign Wednesday evening, Moore said his campaign is still waiting for the official vote count from Alabama officials. “In this race, we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots,” the candidate said. “This has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by the Secretary of State.” Get top headlines in your inbox every afternoon. Get the free PM Report newsletter. Moore’s statement put the stakes… Read More

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Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself

By Adam Beam | Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. — Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys and who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself Wednesday night. He was 57. Get top headlines in your inbox every afternoon. Get the free PM Report newsletter. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson shot himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville. Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories that gave… Read More

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False accusations against Schumer are the latest attempt to trick the media

By Callum Borchers | Washington Post A woman whose name appeared on what looked like a legal complaint against Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has told multiple news outlets that her signature was forged and that she was not sexually harassed by the New York Democrat. Schumer has asked Capitol Police to investigate the origin of a document that was submitted to several news organizations in what was presumably an effort to trick journalists into publishing a false accusation that would smear Schumer and ultimately embarrass the media, once the hoax was revealed. Get top headlines in your inbox every afternoon. Get the free PM Report newsletter. Sign Up Reporters… Read More

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Daphne Bramham: Legal rights, not religion, may result in polygamy convictions being stayed

CRANBROOK, B.C. — Convicted polygamist Winston Blackmore believes Canada’s guarantee of religious freedom gives him the right to have multiple wives. But it is the Constitution’s legal rights sections that may provide the strongest reason for a judge to stay his guilty verdict or exempt him from punishment. The former bishop of the fundamentalist Mormon community of Bountiful was found guilty in July of one count of polygamy along with James Oler, another former bishop. On Wednesday, Blackmore’s lawyer argued in B.C. Supreme Court that his client was unfairly tried because the provincial government dithered for 25 years before charging him with a single count of polygamy for having two… Read More

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Clinton visits Vancouver, calls Alabama’s election of Democrat a ‘turning point’

Thousands packed Vancouver’s convention centre on Wednesday to cheer for Hillary Clinton on the last stop of a tour promoting the memoir of her 2016 election defeat. Or, as event host Bob Rennie suggested, not a defeat so much as a stolen victory, in a contest that has no prize for the person who takes second place. Clinton received nearly three million votes more than President Donald Trump. “She is our legitimate president,” said Marci Haskell, who had travelled from Bellingham for the event with her mother, Maggie Hanson. Hanson, 87, has been an admirer of Clinton ever since 1995, when she stood up in Beijing and said, women’s rights… Read More

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Women lawmakers complain about California senator’s lingering hugs

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Los Angeles Democrat known in the Capitol for his hugging, has come under scrutiny for his lingering embraces as two sitting lawmakers and a former legislator complained that the behavior made them uncomfortable, the Sacramento Bee reported. Hertzberg has long had a reputation for being physically affectionate. A pin he distributed at the 2000 California Democratic convention read, “I was hugged by Assemblymember Bob Hertzberg.” In political circles, he has the nickname “Huggy Bear.” But three women interviewed by The Bee — which included two sitting lawmakers who declined to give their names, fearing repercussions — said the embraces were too intimate. Two of… Read More

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Rosenstein defends Mueller, Russia investigation

By Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett | Washington Post WASHINGTON – Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended special counsel Robert Mueller in the face of critical questioning Wednesday from the House Judiciary Committee about whether bias might have infected Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Rosenstein said that he had not seen good cause to fire Mueller, and that although some members of the special counsel team had political views, that did not necessarily taint their work. “We recognize we have employees with political opinions. It’s our responsibility to make sure those opinions do not influence their actions,” Rosenstein said. “I believe that Director Mueller understands… Read More

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New US Embassy in London – the ‘sugar cube’ – unveiled

By William Booth | Washington Post LONDON – At $1 billion it is the most expensive embassy ever constructed. But its designers say the new American chancery on the Thames River marks a paradigm shift in design: the U.S. Embassy here will exude openness, while hiding all the clever ways it defends itself from attack. After decades of building American embassies that look brutalist or bland, like obvious fortresses, the soon-to-be opened chancery in London is a crystalline cube, plopped down in the middle of a public park, without visible walls. Get tech news in your inbox weekday mornings. Sign up for the free Good Morning Silicon Valley newsletter. The… Read More

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Opinion: Fight sexual harassment in technology companies with — technology

The voices of victims are growing louder, amplifying from the Hollywood hills to the halls of Congress. Harrowing stories of systemic gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace have dominated headlines and social media, raising awareness and encouraging change. This is especially true for the tech sector. Countless individuals have come forward and stats are rolling in. A recent study found that 90 percent of women in Silicon Valley have witnessed sexist behavior and 60 percent have experienced sexual harassment firsthand. For many, including myself, the vast number of firsthand experiences and stats have lifted a heavy weight — you’re not alone, you’re not an outlier, you’re not wrong.… Read More

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Bangladesh authorities: NYC attacker was ‘self-radicalized’

Vidhi Doshi | Washington Post DHAKA, Bangladesh – Hours before Akayed Ullah stepped into a busy Manhattan subway passage, a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body with Velcro, his wife called him from here to wake him up. The telephone conversation Monday was brief and ordinary – Jannatul Ferdous did not detect any signs that her husband was upset or angry, nor did he say anything memorable. She told him to go to work and hung up. Soon her husband’s image would be shown on television screens around the world. His bomb had detonated; he was severely injured. American authorities accused him of plotting a terrorist attack. On Wednesday… Read More

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