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President Trump campaigned on Friday night for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange, in a race that has pitted him against his most loyal supporters and that holds the potential to upend the political dynamics for Republicans facing election in 2018.
Housing and Urban development Secretary Ben Carson issued a statement on Friday backing Moore’s candidacy, an extraordinary endorsement that came just hours before Trump was set to arrive in Alabama to campaign for Strange.
The Department of Homeland Security told officials in 21 other states that Russian hackers had tried to breach their election systems before the November 2016 presidential election, but failed to change any votes.
US officials confirmed last year that the Russian government had tried to hack voting machines in some states for the 2016 presidential election. Some officials found out only Friday their states were on the list.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) will seek re-election in 2018, asking voters for a second term that she says will be dedicated to making sure the District’s runaway economic prosperity is shared more equitably across its gulfs of class and race.
In a hypothetical three-way Democratic mayoral primary, Bowser captured 50 percent support among registered Democratic voters, compared to 27 percent for Gray and 10 percent for Racine.
In a newly resurfaced television interview from 2005, U.S. senate candidate Roy Moore, Republican of Alabama, compared gay sex to bestiality and said “homosexual conduct should be illegal." The interview features Moore, who is currently running to fill the senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, answering questions on CSPAN-2’s "After Words" program from host Bill Press.
In a 2015 interview posted to YouTube by Lone Star Q, Moore reiterated his 2005 assertion that "homosexuality should be illegal" and would not answer a question as to whether it should be punished by death. And he recently told the Guardian that the U.S. promotes “a lot of bad things,” citing "same-sex marriage” as an example.
The crowd booed as Trump said the opposition from McCain, R-Ariz., who announced on Friday that he would vote against the latest GOP health care bill, was "terrible, honestly, terrible" when he cast the deciding vote against an earlier measure. "It was sad," Trump said.
He praised the senator’s loyalty in the health care battle, recalling that Strange asked for nothing in return for his support to repeal Obamacare — unlike McCain and other unhelpful GOP senators.
The Department of Homeland Security contacted election officials in 21 states Friday to notify them that they had been targeted by Russian government hackers during the 2016 election campaign.
Three months ago, DHS officials said that people connected to the Russian government tried to hack voter registration files or public election sites in 21 states, but Friday was the first time that government officials contacted individual state election officials to let them know their systems had been targeted.
North Korea’s florid insults and President Trump’s schoolyard ripostes are but the latest in a long tradition of political and diplomatic put-downs.
Asked during last year’s U.S. presidential campaign to compare himself to Trump, Duterte replied: “Donald Trump is a bigot, and I am not.”