Meet Lee Busby, the Alabama write-in candidate challenging Roy Moore

The former Marine says Alabama voters don’t like either of their choices. So he jumped in the race. Republicans toyed with, and then quickly abandoned, the possibility of a write-in campaign to challenge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. But at least one guy still thought it was a good idea “I don’t mean it’s a cakewalk to kick off a campaign 15 days before, with no money, no organization, no experience,” Col. Lee…

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White House claims there are eyewitnesses who can prove Trump didn’t sexually harass anyone

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she has reports of eyewitness accounts disputing Trump’s accusers. The first four women reporters called on at the White House press briefing Monday all asked about the same issue: the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault against President Donald Trump. In response, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration would be putting out “multiple reports” of eyewitness accounts refuting the allegations. It wasn’t immediately clear which…

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These are the people who would lose under Medicaid work requirements

This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here. We just got some of our strongest evidence yet that there is no pandemic of Medicaid enrollees who are avoiding work to stay on the program’s rolls, even as the Trump administration prepares to institute work requirements in some…

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The Trump economy is nothing special

A funny thing happened on Inauguration Day, and the exact same economic conditions that had existed throughout 2016 — steady but nonspectacular job growth, low unemployment, sluggish but real wage growth, record stock market valuations — changed political valences. Suddenly, performance Trump labeled disastrous under Obama was spectacular under Trump. In some ways, even more oddly, while in 2016 pundits saw Trump’s political success as a sign that real economic conditions were worse than the…

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“I just stepped back from him in utter disgust”: 4 women accuse chef Mario Batali of sexual misconduct

But the celebrity chef is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to harassment in the restaurant industry. Celebrity chef Mario Batali is stepping away from his restaurant business after a report detailing his alleged sexual misconduct toward female employees and other women in his industry was published on Monday. Batali’s reported behavior is just one data point in an industry where a majority of women workers say they’ve experienced sexual harassment from…

"“I just stepped back from him in utter disgust”: 4 women accuse chef Mario Batali of sexual misconduct"

Alabama’s Republican senator says he couldn’t vote for Roy Moore

He wrote in a Republican candidate because “Alabama deserves better.” “I couldn’t vote Roy Moore,” Sen. Richard Shelby said Sunday on CNN. “I didn’t vote for Roy Moore, but I wrote in a distinguished Republican name.” Saying that “Alabama deserves better,” the Republican senior senator explained he could not support GOP candidate Moore given the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Moore has been accused of preying on teenage girls, including one woman who said…

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Pentagon: transgender people can enlist in the military starting January 1

The announcement comes amid another court ruling against President Donald Trump’s ban on trans troops. The Pentagon said it will let openly transgender people enlist in the military starting on January 1, according to the Associated Press. This is not because, as some people responding to the news on social media assumed, the Pentagon is unilaterally defying President Donald Trump’s order to ban trans people from the military. It’s because Trump’s order has been blocked,…

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Saudi Arabia is allowing movie theaters to open for the first time in 35 years

But it’s more about the economy than it is about cultural openness. For the first time in more than 35 years, Saudis will be able to do something the rest of the world takes for granted: go to the movies. But it’s more than just a change for people looking for a fun night out. It’s also the latest example of how the government is willing to overturn long-held social rules as it searches for…

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One chart that shows how Democrats are now more eager than ever to run for office

It’s too early to tell if Democrats can flip the House in 2018. But hundreds of candidates are already lining up. When Michael Malbin started crunching Federal Elections Committee data this summer to see how the 2018 midterms were shaping up, the sheer number of Democratic challengers blew him away. Back in June, there were already 209 Democratic candidates entering House races who had raised at least $5,000, compared to just 28 Republican candidates. When…

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3 winners and 3 losers from this year’s Golden Globes nominations

The nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes were predictably unpredictable. The nominations for the Golden Globes, made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are notoriously capricious and unpredictable, satisfying no one and startling many. This year’s nominations are no different, with some obvious choices (like The Shape of Water and Game of Thrones) alongside some real curveballs. In a field as crowded as this one — there are dozens of TV shows and films nominated…

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