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Even Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is backing away from racist group in Dylann Roof manifesto

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Alabama state Chief Justice Roy Moore distanced himself from a white supremacist group cited as an influence by Charleston terrorism suspect Dylann Roof.

“I have spoken to many groups during the past 30 years about acknowledging God in our law and government,” Moore told the Birmingham News. “I did not consider the Council of Conservative Citizens to be a ‘white supremacist’ group when I spoke to them 20 years ago, and I presume neither did Senator Trent Lott, Alabama Governor Guy Hunt, Mississippi Governor Fordice or many others who have done so in the past.”

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According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Roof said in his online “manifesto” that he found “pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders” upon visiting the group’s website. The SPLC has designated the council — a reconfigured version of anti-desegregation groups dating back to the 1950s and 60s — as a hate group.

The council has denounced Roof’s fatal attack against nine people in a church last week while defending its content, stating, “The CofCC is one of perhaps three websites in the world that accurately and honestly report black-on-white violent crime, and in particular, the seemingly endless incidents involving black-on-white murder.”

Buzzfeed reported that Moore spoke at the CCC’s “semi-annual national conference” in 1995, when he drew national attention for posting a copy of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom while he was working in the state’s 16th Circuit Court. There appears to be no public transcript of his remarks at the event.

Moore defended his appearance in part by pointing out that he was given an award by the the Coalition of African-American Pastors for “traditional and biblical marriage.”

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“I obviously highly regard the fundamental principle stated in the Declaration of Independence that ‘all men are created equal,'” he told the News. “I resent any efforts to disparage my commitment to that principle and to attack my message of family, faith and freedom.”

He did not mention that, while accepting the award, he compared support for marriage equality to backing segregation, arguing, “Marriage isn’t based on love. Marriage is based on the law.”


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House GOP loses yet another incumbent as California’s Paul Cook announces retirement

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Another day, another retirement for House Republicans.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Paul Cook R-CA) is heading for the exits and retiring at the end of his term in 2020.

Instead of serving in Congress for another term, Cook will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the congressman's chief of staff tells the Los Angeles Times.

Even though Democrats made major gains in California during the 2018 midterm elections, Cook's district will be difficult for the party to pick up. Cook last year won reelection with 60 percent of the vote and his opponent wasn't even a Democrat, but fellow Republican Tim Donnelly.

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Michigan Republicans thank ‘Uncle Ted’ Nugent for testifying after he says their state ‘doesn’t qualify as America’

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Republican lawmakers in Michigan invited conservative rocker Ted Nugent to testify even though he has said the state "doesn't qualify as America."

In testimony on the Michigan state House floor on Tuesday, Nugent spoke in support of a bill that would reverse a ban on deer and elk baiting. The ban was put in place in 2018 due to suspicions that chronic wasting disease (CWD) was being spread through piles of bait.

For his part, Nugent argued that the ban was ineffective because deer are "swapping spit."

"If they think they can stop deer from swapping spit, they're idiots," Nugent testified, according to The Detroit News.

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NY judge kicked off the bench after suggesting nooses are needed to ‘make America great again’

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A judge in upstate New York has been forced off the bench after he posted an image of a noose on his personal Facebook account -- and suggested it was needed to help "make America great again."

The Washington Post reports that officials on Tuesday revealed that Kyle R. Canning, a part-time judge, was relieved of his duties after the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded that his Facebook post showed an unacceptable level of political and racial bias.

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