The White House is standing behind Federal Reserve Board of Governors pick Stephen Moore despite his past comments about women.

According to CNN, Economic Council director Larry Kudlow spoke with reporters Wednesday and conveyed the Trump administration’s belief that Moore is still a solid choice to serve on the fed.

“We continue to back Stephen Moore, continue to back him. He’s in the process of being vetted by the FBI and so forth, and if he gets through that, we will nominate him formally and then he’ll go to the Senate Banking Committee and they’ll vet him also,” Kudlow said.

Moore was found to have made remarks about women that questioned their ability to work as men’s college basketball referees or beer vendors at games, and also said female athletes do “inferior work” to men.

Moore pushed back and said the comments were a joke.

“This was a spoof. I have a sense of humor,” he told CNN.

On Wednesday, Kudlow acknowledged Moore’s explanation.

“He says it was a spoof. That’s what he’s told me — I do buy it,” Kudlow said. “I know him; he’s kind of a great sense of humor, wiseass kind of guy, what can I tell ya? I don’t think it’s germane. I don’t think he was making a statement. I think he was making a spoof. Our support is still there, still there.”

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Former Trump campaign adviser Stephen Moore told The Wall Street Journal he would bow out as the president’s nominee for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board if he becomes a liability for Republicans.

“I want to help make America the most prosperous place in the world,” Moore said Wednesday, adding, “I’m totally committed to it as long as the White House is totally committed to it.”

Since President Donald Trump announced Moore as his pick, several media outlets have reported on Moore’s old columns about women in sports.

CNN published an article quoting four columns Moore wrote in the early 2000s for National Review magazine, which included pithy jokes and commentary about banning female announcers and referees from NCAA basketball games and questioning why ESPN would ever air women’s basketball.

Moore earlier Wednesday accused journalists of pulling a Kavanaugh against me” in reference to sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process last year.

“It’s been one personal assault after another and a kind of character assassination, having nothing to do with economics,” Moore said during an interview with North Dakota radio station WZFG.

But he told the Journal he would back down “if something I said or something I’ve done becomes a political problem. … I don’t want to be a liability. Why should we risk a Senate seat for a Federal Reserve board person, you know? I mean that just doesn’t make any sense.”

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Former House Speaker John Boehner has a message for former Ohio Gov. John Kasich: Don’t bother challenging President Donald Trump for the Republican ticket in 2020.

“There’s this 38 percent of America that’s very big supporters of President Trump. And you know, they’re gonna show up and vote for him,” Boehner said during an appearance on CNBC host Chuck Todd’s podcast, “Chuck Toddcast,” per The Hill.

Kasich, a CNN senior political contributor, has been a prominent critic of Trump’s on everything from tax cuts to the immigration policy of family separation.

Asked if Trump has done anything he agrees with, Kasich said border control, lower taxes, and higher financial contributions from European allies are all needed. But the president has set too negative a tone when he’s not wrong, with an overall “dismal” record, Kasich said.

“Tariffs are a bad idea. Debt is a bad idea. Family separation is a bad idea. Demonizing immigrants is a bad idea. And breaking down our alliances is bad too,” Kasich told The Associated Press in December.

He ran a failed presidential primary campaign in 2016 and is considering his options for 2020.

“If you’re not around the hoop, you can’t get a rebound,” Kasich said during an interview with the AP. “So we’re hanging around the hoop, and we’re very serious about this. How would we not be?”

“It’s not like I wouldn’t do it,” he said of a potential run. “You can’t be afraid to do it.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Evangelical leader Franklin Graham on Wednesday chastised Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg for being gay, calling homosexuality a “sin” that the South Bend, Ind., mayor and war veteran ought to “repent.”

In a tweet, Graham, son of the late Billy Graham, called out the candidate, who is a newlywed, and whose candidacy has been surging in early polls.

“Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian,” Graham tweeted. “As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman — not two men, not two women.”

The tweet follows a  CNN town hall in New Hampshire on Tuesday during which Buttigieg said, “I get that one of the things about Scripture is different people see different things in it.”

“At the very least we should be able to establish that God does not have a political party,” he said.

“It can be challenging to be a person of faith who’s also part of the LGBTQ community and yet, to me, the core of faith is regard for one another,” Buttigieg added. “And part of God’s love is experienced, according to my faith tradition, is in the way that we support one another and, in particular, support the least among us.”

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Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., is one of Sen. Bernie Sanders’, I-Vt., presidential campaign co-chairs, but he said Wednesday he does not agree with his call to give voting rights to violent felons such as Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

“I think that I wouldn’t go that far,” Rep. Khanna told CNN’s “New Day.” “He should have the right to be treated for cancer, if he has cancer, and he should have certain human rights, but I wouldn’t go that far in terms of giving him the right to vote.”

Khanna said in his state, there is a compromise that allows nonviolent felony prisoners the right to vote, but not people who have committed violent felonies.

“That to me seems like a reasonable way forward, where you’re enfranchising people but not giving someone like the Boston Marathon bomber the right to vote,” he said.

Sanders has drawn criticism after his comments on voting during a CNN town hall event Monday.

But Khanna said he does agree some people who are behind bars should be able to vote and Sen. Sanders has been talking about the matter because “mass incarceration is an issue of racial disparity.”

“One of out every three black men are in jail or find themselves convicted of a felony,” Khanna said. “We have a country that has gone from incarcerating 500,000 people to 2.2 million people and this is disenfranchising for many people of color.”

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The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday asked a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to prevent President Donald Trump from using funds identified from his national emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, CNN reports.

“Defendants are moving quickly to construct the border wall, and they have awarded contracts against funds that Congress did not appropriate for that purpose,” House General Counsel Doug Letter and other lawyers wrote in a 56-page motion filed to U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden. “And more contracts are coming soon. Once made, these unconstitutional expenditures cannot be undone, and the grave institutional injury inflicted on the House cannot be remedied.”

Trump declared a national emergency in mid-February in an attempt to secure more funding to build a barrier, a move that resulted in roughly $6 billion from the Pentagon’s budget and $600 million from the Treasury Department being shifted over to use for the barrier.

Trump, House lawyers said, violated the U.S. Constitution with his decision to do so.

“The decision to spend funds ‘without Congress’ violates the Appropriations Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which mandates that ‘[n]o Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law,'” they wrote.

Lawmakers earlier in the month only allocated $1.375 billion for the barrier, far less than the $5.7 billion Trump requested.

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A former official, who oversaw the security clearance process, has been told by the White House not to comply with a House subpoena ordering him to testify, CNN is reporting.

Carl Kline, who now works at the Defense Department, had been subpoenaed to give a deposition by the House Oversight Committee. White House officials maintain Democrats on the committee were trying to gain access to confidential information.

In a letter to Kline’s lawyer, White House deputy counsel Michael Purpura asked that Kline not show up to the committee as requested, according to The Washington Post.

Purpura wrote that the committee subpoena “unconstitutionally encroaches on fundamental executive branch interests.”

And in a letter to the committee, Kline’s attorney, Robert Driscoll said: “With two masters from two equal branches of government, we will follow the instructions of the one that employs him,” Driscoll wrote in the letter to the committee chairman.

Tricia Newbold, a White House personnel security whistleblower, has claimed the administration had been recklessly granting security clearances to some individuals, the Post said.  Included in those clearances she questioned, was one granted to Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, the newspaper noted.

CNN said the failure of Kline to appear before the committee, will leave open the possibility that the House panel could try to hold him in contempt for ignoring the subpoena.

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said during a CNN town hall Monday night that Congress should back a study on reparations for African Americans, but did not say if she supports financial payouts.

Harris supports that Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, a bill introduced this year by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who took over from former Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who had introduced the bill every year since 1989. It calls for comprehensive federal research into the nature of the enslavement of Africans and the financial impact, as well as the effect of the Jim Crow era and institutionalized racism on African Americans.

“We had centuries of slavery in this country. We had decades of Jim Crow. We had legalized discrimination and segregation. And then we had de facto discrimination and segregation,” Harris said, according to HuffPost. “And to believe or suggest that those years of … abuse and violence and crime did not have an impact is to overlook the facts of history.”

When CNN’s Don Lemon, the host, asked Harris if she supports financial payouts, she said she supports “that we study them,” and said that she’s studied how racial trauma can have a physical effect.

“When you are talking about the years and years and years of trauma that were experienced because of slavery, because of Jim Crow and because of all that we have seen in terms of institutional and legal discrimination and racism, this is very real and it needs to be studied,” she said. “And we need to look at exactly how the response should be played out.” 

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Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer is launching a new 30-second television ad urging that President Donald Trump be impeached, Politico is reporting.

The ad is costing Steyer’s Need to Impeach group $325,000. It will be shown nationally on MSNBC and CNN and on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC in the Washington, D.C. area, according to Politico.

In the ad, Steyer holds up the report by special counsel Robert Mueller and says:  “It’s all here: 10 detailed acts of obstruction of justice. Robert Mueller’s report lays out a road map for impeachment proceedings against this president, and challenges Congress to do its job. I’m Tom Steyer, and we can’t let this president destroy the public trust, break his oath of office and get away with it. Congress has to do its job and hold him accountable. Please call them at this number. Tell them to get going.” 

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The Republican National Committee blasted Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. for being open to Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt., suggestion that everyone should have the right to vote – even the Boston Marathon bomber.

At a CNN Town Hall, Sanders, who is running for president, argued democracy demands that right for every American.

Asked if he believed that should include sex offenders, the Boston Marathon bomber, terrorists and murderers, Sanders replied, “Yes, even for terrible people…”

A short time later, Harris, who also is  making a White House run, was asked at her CNN town hall session, if she agreed with Sanders.

“I think we should have that conversation,” she said. CNN posted a video of her remarks on its Twitter account.

But in an email blast, the RNC took issue with the Democrats.

“2020 Democrats continue to show that there is no radical policy supported by Bernie Sanders that they will not endorse,” said Steve Guest of the RNC. “Minutes after Bernie said that he would let terrorists vote from jail, Kamala Harris said “we should have that conversation” about allowing the Boston Marathon bomber to vote from prison. Instead of endorsing Bernie’s extreme policies, Democrats should be condemning them.”

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