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CNN panel explains why the GOP is totally screwed if Roy Moore gets elected — and if he doesn’t

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During a Wednesday morning CNN panel discussion on “New Day,” the panelists couldn’t help but note that there is really no way out for the Republican Party when it comes to Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

CNN political correspondent David Gregory explained that the GOP is looking for a closet in which they can stuff Moore after new polling showed his support “cratering.”

“It would make total sense given how [Senate Leader Mitch] McConnell and others are moving to cut this off and say ‘We’re going to lose this seat,'” Gregory continued. “Someone has got to intervene here. Roy Moore has dug-in in ways we could talk about that are unfortunate, to say the least. But as a political matter now, I think it is no coincidence that the majority leader of the senate is talking about getting Jeff Sessions as a write-in candidate. He is calling the White House. The White House is listening. He is saying, ‘You want your tax bill? We could lose this seat and you could be in a really bad way. We need to act here, everybody together, to get the guy out.’ Various ways that could happen. A little complicated, but he is certainly working it.”

Co-host Chris Cuomo noted that Moore has made himself into a kind of Christian warrior-turned-martyr. He also asked how removing Moore could even work at the federal level.

“They can’t do it — they meaning on the federal level,” Cuomo began. “This would be up to the governor and what he wants to do with this special election. So, they would go to Sessions and say, ‘Would you want to do this.’ David makes the case there might be susceptibility there. I keep hearing Sessions say he’s not going anywhere. Maybe a call from the president, Mitch McConnell changes his mind — especially after the hearing yesterday. Maybe the meeting yesterday helps massage him a little bit… You would then be putting Sessions where he is, splitting a ticket with Roy Moore and could lose and [Democratic candidate Doug] Jones still could win the seat and Sessions is out as AG.”

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Gregory noted that the president wants to do whatever it takes get “a win” with the tax bill.

“Something to this that is interesting, you hear it from some people close to the president, ‘Wait a minute, you want to tell a guy who could actually win this race we’re going to rig the rules so we can get him out of the race? What about democracy? All of these people hollering about authoritarian tactics?’ Now you use the tactics to get him out of there? He is saying, ‘I can still win this thing.'”

Cuomo called them “establishment tricks,” a claim coming from the Steve Bannon wing of the GOP.

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Errol Louis noted that on the ground in Alabama, people hate McConnell and don’t trust him. If the establishment went in to disrupt the race, it would cause even more problems for the GOP.

Moore has been accused by multiple women for inappropriate touching when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s. The fear of Moore was so well known, people knew to avoid him at Gadsen Mall for their own safety in the 1970s. Moore has played the victim, choosing to attack the media for “fake news” instead.

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Pence abruptly canceled trip because person he was meeting was about to be busted by the feds

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The White House abruptly canceled a planned trip to New Hampshire to prevent Vice President Mike Pence from being seen with somebody about to be busted for interstate drug trafficking of fentanyl, Politico reported Monday.

"Among the problems was a federal law enforcement probe involving individuals Pence would likely encounter, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the incident. If Pence stepped off the vice presidential aircraft, one of the people he would have seen on the ground was under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration for moving more than $100,000 of fentanyl from Massachusetts to New Hampshire," Politico reported.

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‘Do you love Puerto Rico?’: Fox News’ Shep Smith rips governor to shreds

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Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló was outed for cold and heartless comments he exchanged about his own island in wake of the horrific hurricanes that destroyed the island in 2017. He's also being forced to ask questions about the corruption involving the funding for hurricane relief. Nearly 1 million people have taken to the streets demanding accountability and action.

In his first interview, Rosselló may have assumed he'd meet a friendly audience on Fox News, but Shep Smith let him have it.

"The corruption is rampant in Puerto Rico," Smith said. "Economically Puerto Rico is in a fiscal crisis, $70 billion in debt and a 13-year recession. In the leaked 900 pages of profanity-laced messages, dubbed RickyGate, after you, sir, you made light of the casualties of the Hurricane Maria, you tossed homophobic and misogynistic remarks, You were calling the former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverit a whore. Of the oversight board that rules Puerto Rico's finances, you said, 'Go F-yourself. And when your representative to that board said he is salivating to shoot the woman who is the mayor of San Juan, you said, 'You’d be doing me a grand favor.' So, attacks on woman, gays, dead relatives on your own island and after that who is left to support you? Is it even safe for you to govern?"

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Puerto Ricans launch biggest protest yet against governor

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Angry protesters blocked the main road in Puerto Rico's capital on Monday as they launched what was expected to be the largest yet of a wave of demonstrations seeking the resignation of the US territory's embattled governor.

Marching under sunny skies in San Juan, the demonstrators sang, chanted, danced and carried the territory's red, white and blue flag with a lone star.

Altogether, hundreds of thousands were expected to turn out.

Puerto Ricans are up in arms over alleged corruption involving money meant to be for victims of Hurricane Maria in 2017, which left nearly 3,000 dead.

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