Anderson Cooper mocks Trump’s ‘best and brightest’

Anderson Cooper mocks Trump's 'best and brightest'

NN’s Anderson Cooper calls out President Trump for saying he would fill his administration with the “best and brightest” following Stephen Moore’s withdrawal from consideration for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board after past writings about women resurfaced. #CNN #News

What Stephen Moore’s Withdrawal Means For The Fed, Economy | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

What Stephen Moore’s Withdrawal Means For The Fed, Economy | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

President Trump’s presumptive pick for the Federal Reserve Board, Stephen Moore, has withdrawn from being considered for the influential appointment. Ali Vitali, Stephanie Ruhle and Kelly O’Donnell report on the significance of Moore’s move.
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What Stephen Moore’s Withdrawal Means For The Fed, Economy | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

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

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WASHINGTON — Stephen Moore, President Trump’s preferred choice for the Federal Reserve, has written that women should not serve in the military or serve beer at men’s basketball games — unless they look like his favorite female ESPN commentator and dress in halter tops. He has scraped through a messy divorce, failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in alimony and child support to his ex-wife.

Confronted by his history, Mr. Moore has been defiant, saying he views the attacks on his character as a “badge of honor.”

If Mr. Moore sounds a lot like Mr. Trump, that may be no coincidence. Gleefully indiscreet, politically incorrect and unrepentant about his views of women, Mr. Moore is not just similar to the president, but also the latest in a long line of male malefactors for whom Mr. Trump displays a strange affinity.

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.

The president has not formally nominated Mr. Moore, who now finds himself on a bumpy road to the Federal Reserve Board. But it’s not because the recently unearthed writings, or juicy details about his extramarital affair and subsequent divorce, have diminished him in the eyes of the president. 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.

“I don’t think it’s germane,” Larry Kudlow, Mr. Trump’s top economic adviser, told Bloomberg News, referring to Mr. Moore’s past writings about women. “I think he was making a spoof. Our support is still there.”

For Mr. Trump, it’s par for the course. He stuck with Roy S. Moore, the failed Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, after he was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with underage girls. 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.

More recently, the president went out of his way to note that Robert Kraft, the New England Patriots owner charged with soliciting prostitutes in a massage parlor, had proclaimed his innocence.

Mr. Trump was angered by “the terrible pain and suffering” endured by Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation process, which was almost derailed by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Justice Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers.

“Think of your husbands, think of your sons,” Mr. Trump said at a rally in Mississippi in October, warning that such accusations could cost innocent men their jobs.

Inside his own shop, he threw a lifeline to Bill Shine, when he offered him the position of White House communications director. Mr. Shine had been pushed out of his management role at Fox News over his handling of harassment scandals at the network.

Mr. Trump’s other preferred choice for the Fed, Herman Cain, decided to drop out of the running just as old sexual harassment allegations against him resurfaced. Mr. Trump accepted his decision, but wrote on Twitter that he still considered Mr. Cain a “truly wonderful man.”

Mr. Trump’s “I…

Trump Federal Reserve pick: Critics are ‘pulling a Kavanaugh’ on me

Trump Federal Reserve pick: Critics are 'pulling a Kavanaugh' on me

Economist Stephen Moore, who President Donald Trump nominated for a spot on the Federal Reserve Board, says his critics are “pulling a Kavanaugh” on him following major backlash over his past sexist comments. CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski has the latest. #CNN #News

On Politics: Supreme Court Hears Census Citizenship Question

Good Wednesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.

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The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seems poised to allow the Trump administration to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census. Adding the question, government experts said, could depress participation in the census (about 6.5 million people might not be counted) and affect how congressional seats are allocated. (Here’s a look at how it could alter the maps.)

Robert Mueller’s report stopped short of declaring whether acts by President Trump were illegal attempts to impede the investigation. But his report is a detailed map to the answers.

Is obstruction an impeachable offense? Mr. Trump tweets no. History says yes. Impeachment proceedings against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton could provide a guide to House Democrats.

Stephen Moore, the economic adviser Mr. Trump plans to nominate to the Federal Reserve, wrote in 2000 that “radical feminists” had turned white men into an “oppressed minority” on college campuses, raising new questions about the president’s pick.

Setting up what was expected to be…

Stephen Moore’s Columns Deriding Women Raise New Questions for Trump Fed Pick

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WASHINGTON — Stephen Moore built a career in conservative media by championing tax cuts and leaning into the culture wars, bashing “radical feminists” and bloated government with equal zeal. His writings helped him land a promised nomination to the Federal Reserve from President Trump, but they could hurt his chances at Senate confirmation, if Mr. Trump officially nominates him.

Mr. Moore’s long paper and video trail contains potential roadblocks to confirmation — particularly a history of writing about women in unflattering terms. His writings contain language that sometimes echoes Mr. Trump’s past comments about women on shock radio and on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. Republican senators have shown less tolerance for such sentiments from some of Mr. Trump’s nominees than they have from the president himself.

“Colleges are places for rabble-rousing,” Mr. Moore wrote for The Washington Times in a 2000 column bemoaning what he called the oppression of white men on campus. “For men to lose their boyhood innocence. To do stupid things. To stay out way too late drinking. To chase skirts. (At the University of Illinois, we used to say that the best thing about Sunday nights was sleeping alone.) It’s all a time-tested rite of passage into adulthood. And the women seemed to survive just fine. If they were so oppressed and offended by drunken, lustful frat boys, why is it that on Friday nights they showed up in droves in tight skirts to the keg parties?”

In the piece, Mr. Moore counseled parents against sending their daughters to schools that devote resources to women’s studies and black history programs.

Mr. Moore, in a column reprinted in The Ottawa Citizen in 1998, complained about coed youth soccer games, which he called “a giant social experiment imposed upon us by the geniuses that have put women in combat in the military.”

“No one seems to care much that coed sports is doing irreparable harm to the psyche of America’s little boys,” he wrote. He called a kindergartner named Kate Lynn, who was in his son’s soccer league, “Secretariat in pigtails.”

Mr. Moore’s more recent writings include an early version of what has become a popular argument among some conservative media figures, such as the Fox News host Tucker Carlson, that rising wages for women could have adverse consequences for men — and society.

In 2014, Mr. Moore critiqued a Democratic proposal to combat gender discrimination in a column for National Review. “The crisis in America today isn’t about women’s wages; it’s about men’s wages,” he wrote.

“What are the implications of a society in which women earn more than men?” he wrote. “We don’t really know, but it could be disruptive to family stability. If men aren’t the breadwinners, will women regard them as economically expendable? We saw what happened to family structure in low-income and black households when a welfare check took the place of a father’s paycheck. Divorce rates go up when men lose their jobs.”

In a series of columns for National Review in the early 2000s, Mr. Moore mocked female athletes and proposed, in what he says was a joke, that women be barred from officiating, announcing or even serving beer at N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament games. “Is there no area in life where men can take vacation from women?” he wrote in 2002. “What’s next? Women invited to bachelor parties? Women in combat? (Oh yeah, they’ve done that already.)”

Mr. Moore is a longtime economic commentator and writer, who has worked for conservative think tanks and The Wall Street Journal editorial board, and he founded the…

Mitch McConnell, Never a Grandstander, Learns to Play by Trump’s Rules

Erin Schaff/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump was walking through the Capitol corridors in February, en route to his State of the Union address, when he spied Mitch McConnell, the taciturn Senate majority leader, and rumbled over to deliver his signature verbal high-five.

“Mitch!” Mr. Trump said in a voice loud enough to be heard by a Republican aide pinned against a nearby wall. “I just saw you on Fox! You were totally great with Martha MacCallum!” he added, referring to a prespeech TV appearance in which he denounced the shutdown Mr. Trump initiated against his advice.

Mr. McConnell, of Kentucky, who grumbled in private about Mr. Trump’s decision, managed a laugh. The senator, allergic to public glad-handing, would have preferred a more substantive interaction. He had spent much of that week urging Mr. Trump, unsuccessfully, to abandon his plan to declare a national emergency at the border with Mexico to secure wall funds that Congress had denied him.

But the exchange captured the essence of an awkward, compulsory yet increasingly close working relationship between two men divided by temperament but Krazy Glued together by shared self-interest. Over the last six months, necessity has cast Mr. McConnell into a new role — as one of the president’s most important counselors, upping the pace and intensity of his one-on-one interactions. Nowadays, he speaks with Mr. Trump nearly every day and far more frequently during times of crisis, according to interviews with two dozen lawmakers, White House aides and administration officials.

“The president talks to the leader a lot and vice versa,” said Senator Richard C. Shelby, Republican of Alabama.

Seeking little credit — and getting even less — Mr. McConnell has expedited virtually everything Mr. Trump has asked of him since 2017, rolling back Obama-era regulations, ramming through a giant tax cut that has driven up an already high budget deficit and playing wingman to the White House on contentious nominations, even those he had questioned, like Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

But critics say Mr. McConnell’s acquiescence — he even strong-armed Senate rule changes to ease the president’s nominations to confirmation — has only encouraged Mr. Trump to go further out of the mainstream. While other Republicans have openly questioned Mr. Trump’s intention to nominate a former pizza magnate, Herman Cain, and a conservative commentator, Stephen Moore, to the Federal Reserve Board, Mr. McConnell has held his tongue. He has scarcely mentioned last week’s jarring shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security.

And Congress has left for a two-week spring recess without passing a popular and much-in-demand disaster relief bill, in large part because Mr. McConnell does not want to provoke Mr. Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats are demanding but the president is refusing.

Mr. McConnell, speaking in his office last week, promoted his collaboration with the White House on nominations and tax reform but pushed back when asked if Mr. Trump’s unpredictable behavior had hijacked his legacy.

“My legacy is shaped by how I handle myself and what I do,” he said. “He sends up the nominees and signs the bills.”

Democrats disagree. “Anyone that deals with the president is part of the Trump message,” said former Senator Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who was majority leader, when asked about Mr. McConnell during a phone interview on Saturday. “It’s not anything you want to define who you are, you know, by virtue of Donald Trump. But they are stuck with him. It’s too bad.”

Mr. McConnell has been willing to express his opinions to the president in private. He vehemently opposed the emergency declaration at the border, continues to noodge him on tariffs and trade, counseled the president not to appoint Ryan Zinke as interior secretary, pushed him not to withdraw troops from Syria and has, from time to time, even urged him to cool it on Twitter.

“I think Senator…

Potential Fed nominee: I’m worried about deflation of the economy

Potential Fed nominee: I'm worried about deflation of the economy

Economist Stephen Moore on the U.S. economy and his potential Federal Reserve nomination.

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Democrats seek financial records from Trump Fed pick after Guardian report

Democratic US senators have pressed Stephen Moore for detailed information on his finances over the past decade, after the Guardian revealed he owed $75,000 in federal taxes and was held in contempt of court over unpaid debts.

Moore, the economics commentator chosen by Donald Trump for a seat on the Federal Reserve’s board of governors, was warned in a letter that he may need to provide a full tax return to senators preparing to consider his nomination.

Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking members of the Senate banking and finance committees, told Moore they had “read with concern” the Guardian’s reports, which Moore has called “vile and vicious and underhanded”.

The articles disclosed that the IRS is pursuing Moore for $75,000 that it assesses he owes for 2014, and that he was separately reprimanded by a judge in November 2012 for failing to pay more than $300,000 in…

Stephen Moore: legal file on Trump Fed pick sealed after contempt revelations

The Guardian reported that Stephen Moore was found in contempt for failing to pay his ex-wife more than $300,000 in alimony, child support and debts from their 2011 divorce settlement.

Legal filings detailing how Stephen Moore, Donald Trump’s pick for a Federal Reserve board seat, was found in contempt of court have been hidden from the public following a report by the Guardian.

The entire file on Moore’s divorce was sealed by a court order on Monday in response to a request from Moore’s ex-wife, according to a clerk at Fairfax county circuit court in Virginia. CNBC first reported the file had been sealed.

The Guardian disclosed on Saturday that Moore was found in contempt of court in November 2012 for failing to pay his ex-wife more than $300,000 in alimony, child support and debts from their 2011 divorce settlement.

Documents from the file were copied by a Guardian reporter last week at the courthouse before the request to seal was made. The Guardian made the documents public on Monday.

Trump has been criticised for picking Moore, an economics commentator who has worked for several conservative thinktanks and formerly wrote for the Wall Street Journal,…