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Roy Moore: Trump defends Alabama candidate in misconduct claims

US President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs the White HouseImage copyright Getty Images

US President Donald Trump has backed a beleaguered Alabama Senate candidate who is accused of preying on teenagers.

He pointed out that Roy Moore "totally denies" sexual misconduct with a string of teenage girls, including a 14-year-old, when he was in his 30s.

"We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat," Mr Trump said of next month's election.

The White House previously said Mr Trump thought the Moore allegations were "extremely troubling."

Senate candidate's accuser: I was a child

On Tuesday, Mr Trump also assailed Mr Moore's Democratic rival Doug Jones, who is currently ahead in opinion polls by 47% to 42%.

I've looked at his record, he's terrible on the border," Mr Trump said as he left the White House for a five-day holiday in Florida.

He also voiced support for the scores of women who have felt emboldened to level sexual misconduct allegations since last month's downfall of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

"Women are very special," Mr Trump said.

"I think it's a very special time, a lot of things are coming out and I think that's good for our society and I think it's very, very good for women and I'm very happy."

Mr Trump himself faced multiple sexual assault allegations during last year's election campaign, but he denies those claims.

The Republican president's legislative agenda could be imperilled if Mr Moore is beaten on 12 December - Republicans only hold a slim 52-48 majority in Senate.

Yet a number of Senate Republicans, including majority leader Mitch McConnell, have called on Mr Moore to quit the race.

The 70-year-old former Alabama supreme court judge and firebrand Christian conservative has refused to stand aside.

Seven women have accused Mr Moore of pursuing sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was a 30-something prosecutor.

Two of them allege he assaulted them.

Two other women who were in their 20s at the time accuse him of making unwanted advances.

He denies the allegations.

A political dilemma

Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington

After having been burned by backing the establishment-endorsed candidate in the Alabama Senate primary over Roy Moore, Donald Trump isn't making the same "mistake" twice.

His loyal supporters in Alabama largely continue to stand by the former judge, despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct - and so does the president.

Mr Trump signalled his implied preference for Mr Moore by condemning the Democrat, whom he says is soft on crime and immigration.

It mirrors White House adviser Kellyanne Conway's warning of the dangers of electing a liberal to an important political office.

It's a rationale not unlike the one used by some uneasy Republicans last year to justify voting for Mr Trump following the Access Hollywood tape revelations and allegations that he had harassed or assaulted more than a dozen women.

Yes, Mr Trump's behaviour was inappropriate, but electing Hillary Clinton as president would be much, much worse.

Democrats face a similar dilemma with Senator Al Franken's admitted misdeeds. At what point must one put aside party loyalty and conclude that some alleged actions - and actors - cannot be condoned?

For Mr Trump, who notes that Mr Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations, the line has not yet been crossed.

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Argentina navy: Missing sub 'had called to report breakdown'

An undated handout photo made available by the Argentine Navy on 17 November 2017 shows the ARA San Juan submarine.Image copyright EPA
Image caption The vessel is the newest of the three submarines in the Argentine navy's fleet

Argentina's navy says its ARA San Juan submarine, which has been missing since Wednesday, reported a mechanical breakdown in its last communication.

The submarine, with 44 crew on board, disappeared 430km (270 miles) off the Argentine coast.

"The vessel surfaced and it reported a breakdown," naval commander Gabriel Galeazzi said.

Argentina's navy said a "noise" picked up by sonar on Monday during the search did not come from the vessel.

It is the second false alarm in the hunt for the submarine.

Capt Galeazzi, who heads the naval base in Mar del Plata, south of Buenos Aires, said that the fault reported earlier related to a "short circuit" in the sub's batteries.

The brother of a crew member earlier told local media that in a message before communications were lost his sibling had mentioned that the vessel was having problems with its batteries.

This is the first time that an official has mentioned the sub encountering mechanical problems.

However Capt Galeazzi said that mechanical problems were not uncommon and rarely posed a risk.

"A warship has a lot of backup systems, to allow it to move from one to another when there is a breakdown," he said.

The naval commander said that the submarine had been asked to cut short its mission, which was originally due to last until Monday, and go directly to Mar del Plata.

Map of the area where the submarine disappeared

According to local media, the captain of the ARA San Juan contacted the naval base again after reporting the mechanical problem.

In the message, he reportedly said the sub was heading towards Mar del Plata with all 44 crew members in perfect health.

Signals not from sub

The navy also announced on Monday that seven signals picked up at the weekend were not from the missing submarine's satellite phone.

The failed calls, lasting between four and 36 seconds, had been received on Saturday. They had raised hopes that the crew members were alive.

ARA San Juan submarine

Missing since 15 November

  • Built in Germany: 1983

  • Length: 66 metres

  • Crew: 44

  • Top speed: 45 km/h

  • Range: 22,224 km


A huge search and rescue operation is continuing in the South Atlantic.

Specialist underwater rescue equipment has arrived in Argentina from the United States and more boats and planes have also joined the search, which has been hampered by heavy winds and high waves.

The ARA San Juan was returning from a routine mission to Ushuaia, near the southern-most tip of South America, towards Mar del Plata.

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『What Happened』(Hillary Rodham Clinton,Simon & Schuster)

Donald Trump spending about 20 percent of his new presidency at his own luxury golf clubs. I sometimes wonder: If you add together his time spent on golf, Twitter, and cable news, what’s left?
First, and most importantly, there was the unprecedented intervention by then FBI Director Jim Comey. His October 28 letter about the investigation into my emails led to a week of wall-to-wall negative coverage. A look at five of the nation’s top newspapers found that together they published 100 stories mentioning the email controversy in the days after Comey’s letter, nearly half of them on the front page. In six out of seven mornings from October 29 to November 4, it was the lead story in the nation’s news cycle. Trump understood that Comey’s apparent imprimatur gave his “Crooked Hillary” attacks new credibility, and Republicans dumped at least $17 million in Comey-related ads into the battleground states. It worked





 In 2008, the major networks’ nightly newscasts spent a total of 220 minutes on policy. In 2012, it was 114 minutes. In 2016, it was just 32 minutes. (That stat is from two weeks before the election, but it didn’t change much in the final stretch.) By contrast, 100 minutes were spent covering my emails. In other words, the political press was telling voters that my emails were three times more important than all the other issues combined.





 She told me that if there was one thing she wanted everyone to know from her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, it’s this: the data show that for men, likability and professional success are correlated. The more successful a man is, the more people like him. With women, it’s the exact opposite. The more professionally successful we are, the less people like us.

 「シェリル・サンドバーグは私に言ったことがある。彼女の著作『リーン・イン 女性、仕事、リーダーへの意欲』の中でひとつだけ、みんなに知ってもらいたいことがあるとしたらこれだと。データによれば、男性であれば、好感度と仕事での成功は比例する。男性は成功すればするほど、もっと人に好かれる。女性の場合、全く逆になる。女性は仕事で成功すればするほど、好きになってくれる人が減る」


 Moreover, I have come to terms with the fact that a lot of people—millions and millions of people— decided they just didn’t like me. Imagine what that feels like. It hurts. And it’s a hard thing to accept. But there’s no getting around it.



 And while I’m sure a lot of Trump supporters had fair and legitimate reasons for their choice, it is an uncomfortable and unavoidable fact that everyone who voted for Donald Trump—all 62,984,825 of them—made the decision to elect a man who bragged about sexual assault, attacked a federal judge for being Mexican and grieving Gold Star parents who were Muslim, and has a long and welldocumented history of racial discrimination in his businesses. That doesn’t mean every Trump voter approved of those things, but at a minimum they accepted or overlooked them.

 「多くのトランプ支持者たちはちゃんと筋の通った考えのもと投票したのだと思う一方で、62,984,825 人もの有権者がドナルド・トランプを選ぶ決断をしたというのは、不都合だが否定できない事実だ。セクハラを自慢し、メキシコ系だということを理由に連邦判事を批判したり、戦死した息子を悼む両親をイスラム系だという理由でないがしろにしたりする男を選んだわけだ。しかも、手掛けていた事業では長期にわたり人種差別をしていた記録が残っている男をだ。トランプに投票したすべての有権者がこうしたことを是認したわけではないだろうが、すくなくとも大目にみたわけだ」


 There were plenty of people hoping that I, too, would just disappear. But here I am. As Bill likes to say, at this point in our lives, we have more yesterdays than tomorrows. There is no way I am going to waste the time I have. I know there is more good to do, more people to help, and a whole lot of unfinished business.