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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.”

“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.”

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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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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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