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Sanders chokes as Hallie Jackson grills her on Moore: Are Dems worse than someone who ‘sexually abused a teen?’

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders appeared to be thrown off her game on Tuesday after MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson asked her to explain why President Donald Trump preferred accused child molester Roy Moore (R) to Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race.

“Is it worse to have a Democrat in that Senate seat than someone who is accused of sexually abusing a teen girl?” Jackson asked.

“We find the allegations to be troubling,” Sanders admitted, searching for words.

“But why endorse [Moore]?” Jackson pressed.

“Look, I think those are different things in terms of — we aren’t going to be the ones to determine that process,” Sanders insisted. “That’s going to be for the people of Alabama to determine what those things come down on.”

“[Trump] does want people who support his agenda,” she added. “He’s not going to obviously support a Democrat. I think that if that’s our standard then we need to look at a number of members of Congress that have had allegation brought against them.”

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Prosecutors debunk right-wing conspiracy theory in new legal smackdown of Roger Stone

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Federal prosecutors debunked a conspiracy theory pushed by the far-right in a new legal brief filed on Thursday.

Longtine Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone had argued federal investigators relied upon a report from the cyber research firm Crowdstrike to conclude that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee.

That contention, according to federal prosecutors, is "incorrect."

"While the prosecutors did not go into detail, they noted that the investigators gathered evidence of the Russians’ involvement independently, which led to the indictment last year of 12 Russian military officials in connection with the DNC hack," Politico reported.

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There is ‘no doubt’ that Ivanka Trump has violated federal law — according to this nonpartisan ethics watchdog

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Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of President Donald Trump, who also serves as a White House adviser, has allegedly violated the Hatch Act by using her Twitter handle for inappropriate political activity, a nonpartisan ethics watchdog organization claims.

"Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington ('CREW') respectfully requests that the Office of Special Counsel ('OSC') investigate whether assistant to the president Ivanka Trump violated the Hatch Act by using her social media account @IvankaTrump to post messages, including President Trump’s campaign slogan: 'Make America Great Again," wrote Noah Bookbinder, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), in a complaint filed Thursday with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).

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Why Federal Reserve independence matters

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Should you care if the Federal Reserve loses its independence?

It’s become a growing risk in recent years as President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the U.S. central bank over interest rate policy and tried to appoint his political allies to its board. Most recently, he reportedly has explored removing Fed Chair Jerome Powell, whom Trump named to the post only last year.

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