Nov 10, 2017

Moore denies sexual misconduct allegations

Roy Moore speaks at a rally, in Fairhope, Ala., in September. (AP's Brynn Anderson)

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore said a story in the Washington Post about alleged sexual misconduct was "completely manufactured." In an interview with conservative radio host Sean Hannity, Moore said his campaign has evidence of "collusion" related to the allegations, but isn't ready to release details to the public.

In a separate written statement Moore said: "I have never provided alcohol to minors, and i have never engaged in sexual misconduct ... I strongly urge the Washington Post, and everyone involved, to tell the truth."

More from his interview with Hannity:

  • "I never knew this woman, I never met this woman," he said of Leigh Corfman, who said he sexually assaulted her when she was 14 and he was 32. "These charges are politically motivated."
  • "This never happened, they know it never happened and obviously you don't wait 40 years to bring up something like this."
  • He said he doesn't "remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother," he told Hannity.
  • He also denied any inappropriate behavior, but admitted that he "dated a lot of young ladies" when he returned from the military, though "not generally" 16- and 17-year-olds.
  • "This was a Democrat and maybe even an established Republican effort to undermine this campaign."

Why it matters: Moore is tied with his Democratic opponent in a new poll.

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Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases since February

Italy’s aerobatic team Frecce Tricolori fly over Milan in Duomo Square on May 25. Photo: Francesco Prandoni/Getty Images

The Italian government reported 300 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, the lowest daily increase since Feb. 29.

Why it matters: Italy, the first country in Europe to implement a nationwide lockdown after emerging as a hotspot in March, appears to have finally weathered its coronavirus outbreak. Italy has reported nearly 33,000 total deaths, the third-highest total behind the U.S. and U.K.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 5,453,784 — Total deaths: 345,886 — Total recoveries — 2,191,310Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 1,651,254 — Total deaths: 97,850 — Total recoveries: 366,736 — Total tested: 14,163,915Map.
  3. World: Top Boris Johnson aide defends himself after allegations he broke U.K. lockdown — WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns.
  4. 2020: Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina — Joe Biden makes first public appearance in two months.
  5. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks over Memorial Day.
  6. Economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Charities refocus their efforts to fill gaps left by government.
  7. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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Joe Biden makes first public appearance in over two months

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Former Vice President Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in over two months on Monday to honor Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a Delaware veterans park, AP reports.

Why it matters: Biden, the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, has taken the unprecedented step of campaigning from his home during the coronavirus pandemic, ever since canceling a rally in Cleveland on March 10.