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Believing Him: For Trump, Sticking With Men Like Stephen Moore Is Nothing New

Mr. Trump, who has his own troubled history with women and has bragged about sexual misconduct, has displayed an almost across-the-board disdain for accusations of harassment, assault or just plain sexism lodged against men who also proclaim their innocence, as he does. Mr. Trump is still backing him, as he has other men under fire for their own alleged conduct. And in turn, so are the people around him. He praised Bill O’Reilly, the former Fox News host, as “a good person” who he did not believe “did anything wrong,” days after The New York Times reported that he had settled with five women who filed harassment claims against him. Of his preference for Mr. Moore, Ms. Gillibrand said that “it shows us again who President Trump actually is. “Love people who are great under pressure,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. Supporting people like this, it just supports him.” Over the years, Mr. Trump has defended himself by pointing to women like Louise Sunshine and Barbara Res, whom he promoted to top management jobs at the Trump Organization. Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor, has noted that after a long career as a pollster in Republican politics, it was only Mr. Trump who elevated her to the position of campaign manager in 2016. Mr. Moore told Fox News on Friday that the president “has been fully supportive of me, 100 percent” and has made it clear that “he doesn’t want me to back down.” But Mr. Moore said he would withdraw from consideration if he became a liability to the Republican Party, and even some conservative supporters say his checkered personal history and lack of professional credibility make his nomination a fight not worth having for the White House. So far, no Republican senators have said publicly that they would oppose Mr. Moore’s confirmation if Mr. Trump nominates him.

Brexit adds to Northern Ireland’s broken politics

The main achievement of the Good Friday Agreement — the creation of power-sharing institutions — is not just unwell, but perhaps terminally ill. Like few places on earth, Northern Ireland lives its history. Stay at the multimillion pound Radisson Blu hotel in downtown Belfast and an Irish tricolor can be seen, stuck in a window of a flat in the “Markets” area — an Irish Catholic ghetto surrounded by Britishness and a derelict patch of grass. Politically, it is more Balkan than British or Irish. It created a land where you could be Irish or British — or both. “Politics here are based on allegiance and identity," wrote the columnist Brian Feeney in the Irish News last week, days before the shooting of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry/Londonderry on Thursday night. Look, it’s not going to happen.” The New IRA admitted responsibility for the killing on Monday — albeit with "full and sincere apologies" — a sign of the deadly tensions that are still simmering in Northern Ireland. The backstop, which aims to ensure no border controls are needed, treats Northern Ireland differently to the rest of the U.K., raising unionist fears that it is the start of the slow drift to Irish reunification — and the dominance of Irish nationalists over Ulster unionists. The old leaders who guided the peace process to its conclusion — and may have had the power and authority to save it now — are gone. Northern Ireland is not well. Sign up here.

Sanders: ‘Thousands of people will literally die’ if Trump ‘gets his way’ on health...

Trevor is 41 and dying of liver disease. He lives in a low-income housing facility and he doesn’t have health insurance. “Had Trevor lived a simple thirty-nine minute drive away in neighboring Kentucky, he might have topped the list of candidates for expensive medications called polymerase inhibitors, a life-saving liver transplant, or other forms of treatment and support,” Metzl writes. But Tennessee officials repeatedly blocked efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But Trevor is not mad at the state’s elected officials. “Ain’t no way I would ever support Obamacare or sign up for it,” he tells Metzl. “I would rather die.” When Metzl prods him about why he’d choose death over affordable health care, Trevor’s answer is telling. “We don’t need any more government in our lives. And in any case, no way I want my tax dollars paying for Mexicans or welfare queens.” This is what happens to a man's mind after a lifetime of Republican propaganda.