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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…
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 |...

President Trump's presumptive pick for the Federal Reserve Board, Stephen Moore, has withdrawn from being considered for the influential appointment.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. » Subscribe to MSNBC: MSNBC…

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.
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…

On Politics: Supreme Court Hears Census Citizenship Question

Good Wednesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today. _____________________ • 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. But his report is a detailed map to the answers. Mr. Trump tweets no. History says yes. Impeachment proceedings against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton could provide a guide to House Democrats. • Two months into his second presidential bid, Senator Bernie Sanders is atop the field of announced Democratic candidates. • M.J. Hegar, a former Air Force helicopter pilot who narrowly lost a bid for the House in November, will challenge Senator John Cornyn, a fixture in Texas Republican politics, in 2020.

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

Republican senators have shown less tolerance for such sentiments from some of Mr. Trump’s nominees than they have from the president himself. 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. “The crisis in America today isn’t about women’s wages; it’s about men’s wages,” he wrote. Mr. Kavanaugh disputed the claims and denied he ever assaulted her, rallying Republican senators to his defense. “I was so honored when I got the call from Donald Trump,” Mr. Moore said on the radio program. “He has no business making monetary and regulatory policy that will impact the lives of people across the country.” Some Capitol Hill Republican aides said this week that Mr. Moore’s writings about women could hurt his chances with female Republican senators and vulnerable incumbents running for re-election next year. Several emails to press offices for Republican senators asking about support for Mr. Moore went unanswered on Tuesday. The White House has also stayed largely quiet about Mr. Moore, other than to say he is undergoing a background check. “He said to me about two or three years ago something that I thought was very good advice for people who run companies,” Mr. Moore said, “and this is very good advice, is that I would never have a meeting with a woman without someone else in the room. “She sticks her finger in her mouth and zooms off and Steve is left screaming at the kids: ‘How many times do I have to tell you tyrants to stay out of sight when I’m hitting on girls?’ And then Will, with a puzzled look on his face says, ‘but daddy, we already have a mommy.’ And then Steve says, ‘Yes, but imagine, just for a moment, how nice it would be if you had a much younger mommy.’” On Tuesday, a reporter asked a White House spokesman if Mr. Trump had spoken with Mr. Moore and still had confidence in his possible nomination.

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

Mr. McConnell, of Kentucky, who grumbled in private about Mr. Trump’s decision, managed a laugh. 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. 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. “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. Soon after, Mr. McConnell told one fellow Republican senator that Mr. Pence, while well intentioned, could not be entirely relied upon as a negotiator who spoke for the president. Other times, Mr. McConnell sends his message more by what he does not do than what he does. “When Democrats were in the majority, we had a positive legislative agenda that would help the middle class in this country,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader. “The Senate Republican agenda for the last two years has been to do whatever Donald Trump tweeted that morning.” Mr. McConnell’s approach is rooted in his personal political realities: He cannot afford to have the president, whose support with the party’s base remains solid, turn on him. While Mr. McConnell does not interact with Mr. Mulvaney much, he did reach out to him last year, when Mr. Mulvaney was running the White House budget office, to ask that the president request $400 million for a new Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Louisville, according to a person with direct knowledge of the conversation. Mr. Mulvaney said yes.
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. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, and the direct-to-consumer streaming service, FOX Nation.…

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. 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 alimony and child support to his ex-wife. Brown and Wyden asked Moore to explain why he had still not paid the IRS, despite a lien for the debt being filed to court in Maryland in January 2018. Moore has blamed IRS bureaucracy, saying that calls to the service have gone unreturned. Moore said on Fox News this week that the findings on his personal finances and legal issues were irrelevant. “This doesn’t have anything to do with whether I’m qualified to be on the Federal Reserve board,” he said. He was asked in the letter if he had wrongly claimed deductions for child support in other tax years, and whether his alleged debt to the IRS related to any other issues on which he had been challenged. He was also pushed to explain why he apparently failed to respond to notifications from the IRS for several years, and whether any adjustments were made to his tax bills following audits in the last decade. The senators asked for a response by 15 April.

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

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. Documents from the file were copied by a Guardian reporter last week at the courthouse before the request to seal was made. If Moore is formally nominated he must be confirmed by the US Senate. This prompted the judge to order the sale of his house to satisfy the debt in 2013. In a signed response from April 2011, Moore said that he “admits all allegations” in his ex-wife’s divorce complaint. Moore said: “Allison Moore and I were married for 19 years and have three wonderful sons whom we have co-parented. Our divorce was settled amicably many years ago and we remain on friendly terms to this day. I am happy to speak to the media on any matters related to the economy or my views on the Fed.” Allison Moore said: “Steve Moore and I reconciled through our divorce many years ago and we would hope the media would respect our privacy.