U.S. Senate Candidate Roy Moore Accused of Sexual Misconduct with 14-Year-Old
Following allegations by four different women of sexual misconduct with underage girls, Republican Roy Moore’s support for the upcoming U.S. Senate race in Alabama has taken a significant hit, according to recent polls. On Wednesday, the Washington Post published an article accusing then 32-year-old Moore of initiating a sexual encounter with 14-year-old Leigh Corfman in 1979. Three other women have come forward with claims that Moore pursued them while they were 16-18 years old.
Moore has denied these reports, calling them an attempt by the opposition to defame him before the upcoming election. While many Republicans have withdrawn their support for his candidacy, several have stood by Moore. Most notably among these is Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler, who condoned Moore’s behavior by comparing it to the relationship of the Bible’s Mary and Joseph. Polls conducted following Thursday’s news suggest a close race, with some showing Moore behind his Democratic opponent Doug Jones.
President Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan
President Trump has decided to broker a peace in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians. Since his experience in making deals was a significant component of his campaign platform, President Trump sees this as an opportunity to succeed where past administrations have failed. This will not be easy, however, because both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas face political problems among their constituents that will send them to the negotiating table with diminished support.
The four individuals President Trump has assigned to compose the plan are his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell, and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. Officials hope to have a deal early next year. In the past, President Trump, who has referred to himself as the “biggest friend” of Israel, has not committed for or against a two-state solution that would recognize an independent Palestinian state.
Lebanese Prime Minister’s Resignation
The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri left on an unexpected visit to Saudi Arabia on November 3rd, and what seemed like a diplomatic trip is now mired in accusations of foul play. Hariri announced hisresignation as Prime Minister while in Riyadh, citing fear of an assassination attempt. He referred to this decision as a consequence of interference in Lebanon by Iran and the militant party Hezbollah. Hariri is attempting to avoid a confrontation with the Arab states, referencing a missile recently launched by Yemen on Riyadh.
The resignation was broadcasted on Saudi-controlled media channels, leading some to suspect that it may be a coercion attempt by Saudi officials. Although Hariri has close Saudi ties, Lebanese sources have gone as far as to claim that Hariri was detained and forced to resign. In a statement released today, Hariri spoke to a Lebanese media source. “Here in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I am free.” He expects to return to Lebanon in a few days and resign constitutionally.
DPR Highlight of the Week
The U.S. federal government was intentionally structured to maintain civilian control over its military institutions, with the president serving as Commander-in-Chief and Congress having the sole authority to declare war. This interaction between civil society and the military has been less than harmonious lately, however, as multiple quarrels have broken out between President Trump and members of military families.
Duke Political Review writer Zachary Guffey explains that this disconnect is not isolated to the Trump Administration, but is actually indicative of a greater divide permeating American culture. Simply put, engagement with the military has become increasingly isolated to bubbles that never come into contact with most Americans. To find out more, read Guffey’s piece on the civilian-military divide as the DPR Highlight of the Week.
In Other News…
President Trump called North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un “short and fat” in a tweet on Saturday night.
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck near the border of Iran and Iraq on Sunday.
Venus and Jupiter will pass close enough together to be visible simultaneously just before the first few sunrises this week.
Mass graves that could contain as many as 400 bodies were found outside Hawija, Iraq, an area recently retaken from the Islamic State.