“I believe the women,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, calling on Roy Moore to “step aside.” Allegations against Moore, the GOP candidate in Alabama, include that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
The nominee, a former pharmaceutical executive, was a top Health and Human Services official in the George W. Bush administration. If confirmed, he would succeed Tom Price, who resigned in September amid criticism for taking noncommercial flights at taxpayer expense.
People familiar with the incident said President Trump raised the arrests during a two-day state visit to Beijing, arriving a day after the freshman basketball players had been accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel.
When D.C. principal Brian Betts was killed in 2010 by someone he had arranged to meet via a telephone chat line, his ex-boyfriend, O’Neil McGean, vowed to be careful about online dating services. But after six years, McGean’s caution had waned — he didn’t expect to be betrayed.
As in 2015, the largest share of victims last year — nearly six in 10 — were targeted because of bias against the victim’s race or ethnicity. Of the cases spurred by hatred of a particular religion, anti-Semitism was again the leading cause.