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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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Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.

The China whisperer

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President Biden's nominee for ambassador to China will face aggressive questioning Wednesday about the most important, and potentially perilous, bilateral relationship in the world.

Why it matters: While Nick Burns is an experienced diplomat with support on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers want to use his confirmation hearing to force the administration into some tough positions on China.

Jan. 6 committee recommends contempt charges against Bannon

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night recommending that former Trump aide Steve Bannon be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena.

Why it matters: The resolution sets up a House vote to refer Bannon for potential criminal prosecution, signaling that the committee will not tolerate attempts by former President Trump and his associates to stymie the investigation.