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Esme Cribb

Esme Cribb is a newswriter for TPM in New York City. She can be found on Twitter @emquiry and reached by email at esme@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday announced he will give away hundreds of Keurig coffeemakers to fans of his show, who have been smashing the machines en masse in protest of the company’s decision to pull advertising from the conservative commentator’s show.

“To all of my supportive and devoted fans of the show, I am giving away 500 Keurig machines as a thank you for always standing by me,” Hannity tweeted. “We accept the apology of the Keurig CEO, and look forward to enjoying a nice cup of apolitical Joe.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the contest was closed, according to Hannity’s site.

Diehard fans of Hannity’s show posted videos of themselves smashing their Keurig machines over the weekend after Keurig announced it was pulling ads from Hannity’s show over his coverage of sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Hannity cheered on the destruction over the weekend, but urged fans to leave their Keurigs intact after the coffee maker company’s CEO Bob Gamgort on Monday said it was “unacceptable” for the social media team to broadcast the company’s decision to yank ads.

Despite Hannity’s claim, Gamgort did not apologize to Hannity. In a letter to staff obtained by the Washington Post, the CEO apologized to employees “for any negativity” they experienced as a result of the announcement.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday said he has “no reason to doubt” the women accusing Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually pursuing them when they

“I have no reason to doubt these young women,” Sessions said in his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

Sessions previously represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate. Moore is the Republican nominee in the race to fill Sessions’ old seat.

Four women last week accused Moore of pursuing relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. One of the women, Leigh Corfman, said she was 14 years old — two years younger than the age of consent in Alabama — when Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her.

A fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, on Monday  alleged that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old and attempted to force her to have sex with him.

Moore has denied the allegations and remains in the race, amid Republican officials’ calls for him to step down.

Asked whether the Department of Justice would consider a federal review of the allegations against Moore if he wins his Senate race, Sessions said, “We will do our duty.”

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday said allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore are “credible,” and he called on Moore to step down from the race.

“He should step aside,” Ryan said at a press conference with House Republican leaders. “Number one, these allegations are credible. Number two, if he cares about the values and the people he claims to care about, then he should step aside.”

Four women last week accused Moore of sexually pursuing them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. One woman, Leigh Corfman, said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old.

A fifth woman on Monday alleged that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old. Beverly Young Nelson said Moore attempted to force her to have sex with him, and said she thought he was going to rape her.

Moore has denied all the allegations and remains in the race.

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Two more Republican senators on Monday joined a flood of lawmakers calling for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of his race amid allegations that Moore sexually pursued teenage girls while he was in his 30s.

Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) on Monday said the Senate must “act to protect the integrity” of the chamber if Moore does not drop out.

“Roy Moore should immediately drop out of the race,” Young tweeted. “If he does not step aside, we need to act to protect the integrity of the Senate.”

He said the allegations that five women have made against Moore are “far more persuasive” than Moore’s denial that he ever engaged in such behavior.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) also called on Moore to “immediately withdraw from the race.”

Tillis’ and Young’s comments came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called on Monday for Moore to “step aside.” Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) also called for Moore to withdraw from the race after McConnell’s remarks, and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner (R-CO) on Monday called on the Senate to “expel” Moore if he refuses to withdraw and wins the race.

A fifth woman came forward Monday with allegations of misconduct against Moore. Beverly Young Nelson told reporters that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager and left bruises on her neck when she resisted.

Moore has denied the allegations against him.

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National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner (R-CO) on Monday called on the Senate to “expel” Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore if he refuses to withdraw from the race and wins in December.

In a statement, Gardner said Moore is “unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office.”

“If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate,” Gardner said.

Gardner said the women accusing Moore of sexually pursuing them while he was in his early 30s and they were teenagers “spoke with courage and truth.”

A fifth woman on Monday accused Moore of pursuing sex with her when she was a teenager. Beverly Young Nelson alleged that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old and left bruises on her neck when she resisted his attempts to push her head toward his crotch.

“I was terrified,” Nelson said in a press conference. “I thought that he was going to rape me.”

Four other women last week alleged that Moore pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. One woman, Leigh Corfman, said that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) dropped its joint fundraising agreement with Moore last week in the wake of the allegations, which Moore has denied. His supporters have jumped to his defense while elected Republicans have hurried to distance themselves from Moore and called on him to drop out.

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Brett J. Talley, a lawyer with no trial experience who is nevertheless President Donald Trump’s pick for a lifetime federal district judgeship, did not disclose to the Senate that he is married to a senior lawyer who is chief of staff to the White House counsel.

The New York Times reported on Monday that Talley did not disclose his marriage to Ann Donaldson, chief of staff to top White House lawyer Don McGahn, either in his Senate questionnaire or during his nomination process.

Talley did not name Donaldson in response to a question on the questionnaire asking him to list any “family members or other persons, parties, categories of litigation, and financial arrangements that are likely to present potential conflicts-of-interest.”

Democratic lawmakers have harshly criticized Donaldson’s nomination to a lifetime position, based on the 36-year-old lawyer’s total lack of trial experience and the fact that the American Bar Association has rated him “not qualified.”

“How can you claim to be qualified for a lifetime appointment to supervise federal trials on a daily basis when you have never yourself tried a single case?” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Talley in another written questionnaire.

In response, Talley cited his other legal work and said, “If I am confirmed, I will work diligently to supplement that experience in areas where I have less familiarity.”

In response to a question about the judicial offices he has held, Talley responded on his Senate questionnaire, “I have never held judicial office.”

In the questionnaire’s subsection on trial experience, he left all further questions unanswered.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Monday said he will return to work in Washington, D.C. after a neighbor allegedly assaulted him earlier this month.

“While I’m still in a good deal of pain, I will be returning to work in the Senate today, ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks,” Paul tweeted.

Police last week charged one of Paul’s Kentucky neighbors, Rene Boucher, with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a minor injury. Paul said the assault left him with six broken ribs and a pleural effusion, or a buildup of fluid in the chest cavity around the lungs.

Initial reports suggested Paul and Boucher had disputes over landscaping, but the senator last week shared articles suggesting that their disagreements on the subject did not cause the alleged assault.

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Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Sunday said President Donald Trump wants to “deal with” Russian President Vladimir Putin on “major issues,” not including Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

“The President is not the chairman of the board of elections in this country,” Conway said on ABC News’ “This Week. “He’s the President of the United States.”

She said Trump “wants to deal with President Putin” and other heads of state “on major issues like global security, on trade, perhaps in other countries, on combating ISIS, on a nuclearized North Korea.”

Trump on Saturday said he “really” believed that Putin “means it” when the Russian leader tells Trump that Russia “did not meddle in our election.”

“Every time he sees me, he said: ‘I didn’t do that.’ And I believe, I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it,” Trump said.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia did interfere in the U.S. election to aid Trump’s campaign.

“What the President believes is most important here. He believes the assessment of the intelligence communities,” Conway said Sunday, though Trump has questioned their conclusions. “And he stands by that.”

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White House chief of staff John Kelly on Sunday said that he does not keep track of the medium his boss, President Donald Trump, uses to share his unfiltered thoughts, announce policy and issue marching orders.

“Believe it or not, I do not follow the tweets,” Kelly told reporters in Vietnam, according to the Los Angeles Times, where he is accompanying Trump on a 12-day trip to Asia. “I find out about them.”

Trump has used Twitter to insult people, places and things on the campaign trail, to ratchet up his rhetoric about North Korea’s nuclear program, to announce an impromptu, unvetted blanket ban on letting transgender individuals serve in the U.S. military, to attack members of the media and news outlets that publish unflattering coverage, and to alternately endorse and undercut members of his own caucus.

“Someone, I read the other day, said we all just react to the tweets,” Kelly said, according to the report. “We don’t. I don’t. I don’t allow the staff to. We know what we’re doing.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Kelly insisted he does not need to keep the President’s posts in mind when it comes to policy development.

“We develop policy in the normal traditional staff way,” he said. “They are what they are.”

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