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Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, Monday. Photo: Brynn Anderson / AP

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore gave his first campaign rally in almost two weeks tonight. And with only two more weeks to go until the special election, Moore vehemently denied the sexual abuse and harassment allegations made by several women, calling them "malicious and false attacks" and "corrupt politics," per Al.com.

Key quote: "This is simply dirty politics and it's a sign of the immorality of our time ... Politicians will stop at nothing to win an election."

More from the rally:

  • "This hurts me personally ... And it's a little odd ... that after 40 years of service to this state and this community, and 50 years if you count my military service, never once has this been alleged."
  • "This is an effort by Mitch McConnell and his cronies to steal this election from the people of Alabama, and they will not stand for it."
  • "[Politicians] not only want to hide the issues, they don't want my opponent's issues revealed; how he stands on these issues. I'll tell you how he stands: completely contrary to the people of this state and this country."
  • On his opponent Doug Jones disapproving of Trump's military ban on transgender individuals: "I oppose transgender rights. There is no right to believe you're a person of the opposite sex or opposite gender, and when you start preserving rights like that, that you can be who you want ... there's a big difference between myself and my opponent."

Go deeper: Earlier today, the Washington Post reported that a fake Moore accuser was involved in a sting operation to discredit reporting on the allegations against Moore.

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Scoop: Senate committee postpones hearing for imperiled Tanden

Neera Tanden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate Homeland Security Committee is postponing a confirmation hearing scheduled Wednesday for Neera Tanden, Axios has learned, a potential death knell for President Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

Why it matters: Tanden’s nomination was already in peril after several senators voiced their opposition. While the White House has continued to stand by her, the last-minute postponement is another indication of the tenuousness of her confirmation.

Acting Capitol Police chief: Officers were unsure of lethal force rules on Jan. 6

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman wrote in prepared remarks for a House hearing on Thursday that officers in her department were "unsure of when to use lethal force" during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Why it matters: Capitol Police did deploy lethal force on Jan. 6 — shooting and killing 35-year-old Ashli Babbit — but have faced questions over why officers appeared to be less forceful against pro-Trump rioters than participants in previous demonstrations, including those over Black Lives Matter and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

United CEO is confident people will feel safe traveling again by 2022

Axios' Joann Muller and United CEO Scott Kirby. Photo: Axios

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby believes that people will feel safe traveling again by this time next year, depending on the pace of vaccinations and the government's ongoing response to the pandemic, he said at an Axios virtual event.

Why it matters: Misery for global aviation is likely to continue and hold back a broader economic recovery if nothing changes, especially with new restrictions on international border crossings. U.S. airlines carried about 60% fewer passengers in 2020 compared with 2019.

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