Brown: Trump doesn’t fear ‘wrath of God’

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California Governor Jerry Brown, talks during a discussion at the America’s Pledge launch event at the U.S. “We Are Still In” pavilion at the COP 23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 11, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. Brown’s appearance at the Boon conference is just one of the ways he has advocated for doing more to address climate change. | Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

California Gov. Jerry Brown slammed President Donald Trump as a man who is not afraid of “the wrath of God.”

“I don’t think — President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility,” Brown said in an interview airing Sunday on “60 Minutes” on CBS. “And this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed.”

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In the past, Trump has called climate change a hoax pushed by the Chinese.

Brown, a four-term governor of the state, said California is “not waiting for the deniers” as it confronts its most destructive wildfire season on record and prepares for what may become the new normal.

An outspoken advocate on the subject, Brown was among a handful of blue-state politicians who promised to stay the course of combating climate change even after Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate accord, saying it was not good for the country. Brown called that notion “preposterous.”

“I’d say to Mr. Trump: Take a deeper look now is not the time to undo what every country in the world is committed to,” Brown said.

On this and other issues, Brown argued that his state’s reputation as being a Democratic bastion that is far out of touch with the rest of America is simply incorrect. Instead, he said,, California is America’s future; it just arrived sooner than everyone else — with Brown specifically pointing to states like Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania where Trump won just enough votes to win the White House.

“There’s more confidence here; there’s less fear. People are looking to the future,” Brown said. They’re not scared, they’re not going inward, they’re not scapegoating, they’re not blaming — Mexican immigrants. They’re not blaming the stranger Just the opposite. it’s is a place that’s alive.”

As for his future, Brown told “60 Minutes” that he is looking forward to retiring in 2019 and spending time on his ranch north of Sacramento.

Moore in 2011 interview: Scrapping amendments after 10th would ‘eliminate many problems’

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) said in a 2011 interview that removing constitutional amendments after the Tenth Amendment would “eliminate many problems” with the U.S. government, CNN’s KFile reported on Sunday.

Moore reportedly appeared twice on the “Aroostook Watchmen” show, hosted by two men who have a history of peddling widely rejected conspiracy theories about mass shootings, 9/11 and the birthplace of former President Obama, among many others.

In June 2011 one host said he supported getting rid of every amendment besides the first ten amendments.

“That would eliminate many problems,” Moore said in response to the host, according to the audio KFile unearthed.

“You know people don’t understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended,” he continued.

Moore specifically pointed to the 17th as a problematic amendment that contributed to the evolution from the Constitution’s original structure, allowing voters to directly elect senators instead of state legislators appointing them.

Moore’s campaign spokesman dismissed the notion that Moore believed that all amendments after the Tenth should be stripped from the law of the land.

“Once again, the media is taking a discussion about the overall framework for the separation of powers as laid out in the constitution to twist Roy Moore’s position on specific issues,” spokesman Brett Doster told CNN in an emailed statement.

“Roy Moore does not now nor has he ever favored limiting an individual’s right to vote, and as a judge, he was noted for his fairness and for being a champion of civil rights. Judge Moore has expressed concern, as many other conservatives have, that the historical trend since the ratification of the Bill of Rights has been for federal empowerment over state empowerment,” he continued.

Moore, who has a reputation for espousing controversial views — including about homosexuality and Islam — is set to face off with Democratic candidate Doug Jones on Dec. 12.

His campaign came under fire after a handful of women publicly accused Moore of making sexual advances towards them while they were minors and he was in his 30s, with his youngest accuser saying she was 14 at the time Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her. 

Moore, who denied the allegations, refused to step aside despite GOP lawmakers waging an intense pressure campaign for him to do so.

Dem group releases new ad showing Nick Saban as Alabama write-in candidate

A liberal group has released a new advertisement demonstrating to Alabama voters how to write-in a candidate in Tuesday’s special Senate election, providing University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban as an example.

The video, published by American Bridge, shows step-by-step instructions for voters, telling them not to vote along party lines, to fill in the bubble next to the write-in slot and to write in their candidate of choice, providing Saban as the example.

Saban has been the head football coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide since 2007. The team has won four national championships during his time there.


The race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has drawn significant national interest, particularly following sexual misconduct allegations against Moore.

Multiple women have alleged Moore made advances on them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Some Republicans have suggested voters consider a write-in candidate instead of Moore. Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyObstruction of justice watch: Trump attacks the FBI The Hill’s 12:30 Report Alabama businesses fear Moore victory would hurt state economy: report MORE (R-Ala.) has said he wrote-in a “distinguished Republican,” and added Sunday that the state deserves better than Moore.

A Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Moore with a 2.5-point lead over Jones heading into the final days of the campaign.

American Bridge also targeted President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE’s Florida rally on Friday with a mobile billboard showing Ivanka Trump’s criticism of Moore.

House gavel with impeachment power up for grabs

The House Judiciary Committee is losing its chairman next year, creating an unusually wide-open race for one of the most powerful gavels in Congress.

Behind Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteRosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week Conservative pressure on Sessions grows Clock ticking down on NSA surveillance powers MORE (R-Va.), who is retiring at the end of his term, is a deeply unsettled committee bench whose senior ranks have been decimated by retirements.

This likely means that several candidates will jockey to take over leadership of the committee, which has sprawling jurisdiction over issues like gun control, surveillance law and patent reform.

“As you go down the dais, there’s not a clear heir apparent chairman,” said one Republican aide closely tracking the race.

Change is also coming to the Democratic side of the panel, where the ranking member slot is up for grabs due to the resignation of Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersAbortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Democrats turn on Al Franken Michigan state senator to run for Congress MORE Jr. (D-Mich.). If Democrats win back the House next year, the ranking member would likely become Judiciary chairman in 2019.

That means that, one way or another, there will soon be a dramatic reshaping of a committee that Goodlatte has run with an iron fist. 

One of the Republicans considering a bid for the gavel is Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsOvernight Regulation: GOP flexes power over consumer agency | Trump lets states expand drone use | Senate panel advances controversial EPA pick | House passes bill to curb ‘sue-and-settle’ regs Overnight Cybersecurity: Lawmakers grill Trump officials over Kaspersky threat | Trump camp distances itself from data firm | What we know about Bad Rabbit | Conservative groups back data privacy bill House passes bill to curb sue-and-settle regulation MORE (R-Ga.), a well-liked member of House GOP leadership who is far less senior than several of his colleagues who are also eyeing the job.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyTop intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father Overnight Cybersecurity: Panel pushes agencies on dropping Kaspersky software | NC county won’t pay ransom to hackers | Lawmakers sound alarm over ISIS ‘cyber caliphate’ Flynn told associate Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up’ early in Trump presidency MORE (R-S.C.) is also seen as a strong contender, but to take over Judiciary he would have to give up the Oversight gavel that he took up just six months ago, when Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzDem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report Chaffetz replacement sworn in as House member Democrats expand House map after election victories MORE (R-Utah) retired.

Rep. Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaTrump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Giffords gun group targets Issa over concealed carry bill The Hill Interview: Missouri Republican has gavel on his radar MORE (R-Calif.) wants the Judiciary position, but he faces a tough reelection race next year in a district that is trending toward Democrats. Even if Issa wins another term, it’s an open question whether House leadership would support his bid, given his tumultuous tenure as Oversight chairman during the Obama administration.

The most senior member of Judiciary weighing a run is Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotRichard Gere returning to Capitol Hill to talk Tibet House rep touts GOP’s commitment to small businesses Rep. Chabot backs federal contractors’ outcry over executive orders MORE (R-Ohio), who currently chairs the House Small Business Committee. But Chabot is also in a strong position to seek the House Foreign Affairs Committee gavel, another panel he says he’s interested in leading.

Those tracking the Judiciary race say one of the House Freedom Caucus members on the committee might also make a play for the chairmanship, but it’s unlikely they would get the backing of House leadership. Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges ‘entitlement reform’ next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Overnight Finance: Trump says shutdown ‘could happen’ | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises ‘entitlement reform’ in 2018 House conservatives, Ryan inch closer toward spending deal MORE (R-Ohio), the former chairman of the Freedom Caucus whom many in the group wanted to become Oversight chairman, declined to comment on the Judiciary race this week. 

Judiciary is stacked with Freedom Caucus lawmakers, but some of the other more senior members are already out of the running. Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksHouse forges ahead with Dec. 22 spending bill Conservatives fear end-of-year ‘Christmas tree’ spending bill Adoption tax credit restored after conservative backlash MORE (R-Ariz.) abruptly resigned on Friday over allegations of inappropriate conduct with staff, and Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) is running for governor of his home state in 2018.

Behind Goodlatte in seniority is Rep. Jim SensenbrennerFrank (Jim) James SensenbrennerClock ticking down on NSA surveillance powers It’s time to end big government spying on American citizens Dalai Lama worried US becoming more ‘selfish, nationalist’ MORE (R-Wis.), a former chairman of the committee. But although the rules permit Sensenbrenner to seek the position for a second time, he will not do so, according to an aide.

Each of the lawmakers eyeing the post cautioned that it was still far too early to set their strategy — “I have no idea what I’m going to have for supper tonight,” quipped Gowdy — but the early positioning has begun.

Collins, at least, said he has gotten some “encouragement” from the Steering Committee, which will choose the next chairman. But when the time comes, there will be a new bench on that 32-member panel, largely made up of leadership loyalists.

The wild card, aides watching the nascent race say, will be Gowdy. For now, the 53-year-old former prosecutor — a top leadership ally — is keeping his options open.

Gowdy, who rose to prominence as the head of the Select Committee on Benghazi, is one of three Republicans leading the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the election. His Oversight Committee also recently announced a joint investigation with the Intelligence panel into the 2010 sale of a Canadian mining company with holdings in the U.S. to Russia.

But speaking to The Hill on Thursday, Gowdy left little doubt where his preferences lie.

“If [House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: ‘I worry about both sides’ of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges ‘entitlement reform’ next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.)] came to me and said ‘You can only have one committee, I’m going to take the other three away from you,’ as much as I love [Intelligence] and Oversight, I would say ‘give me Judiciary,’ ” he said.

Whoever takes over Judiciary after Goodlatte’s departure will inherit a swath of hot-button issues — including the responsibility for impeachment proceedings against federal officials.

Some Democrats have openly called for the House to initiate impeachment proceedings for President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE, a non-starter under Republican leadership.

But encouraged by a national election sweep in local races across the country last month, Democrats are increasingly bullish about their chances of claiming the 24 seats they would need to regain the majority next year.

Should Democrats win back the House, the push for impeaching Trump could be intense. On Wednesday, 58 Democrats voted in favor of an impeachment resolution, and many said they aren’t ruling out supporting impeachment once the results of the various Russia investigations become public.

That leaves open the question of who would preside over such an effort.

Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenAbortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Dems aim to elect Conyers replacement on Judiciary this month Conyers resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations MORE (D-Calif.), a privacy hawk and immigration lawyer, is running for the ranking member slot against the acting ranking member, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).

Nadler is the most senior Democrat on the committee, but Lofgren is a veteran lawmaker from California, the home state of House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Abortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting MORE.

Democrats will hold their election to replace Conyers next week, according to Nadler.

Palestinian cancellation ‘unfortunate,’ Pence spokeswoman said

Vice President Mike Pence looks on as President Donald Trump signs a proclamation to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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A spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that it is “unfortunate” that the Palestinian Authority canceled a scheduled meeting with Pence over the Trump administration’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“It’s unfortunate that the Palestinian Authority is walking away again from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region, but the Administration remains undeterred in its efforts to help achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians and our peace team remains hard at work putting together a plan,” Pence’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, said in a statement.

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Pence is scheduled to visit the Middle East later this month, but will no longer be meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, nor Pope Tawadros II, the head of Egypt’s Coptic Church. Both said there decisions were in response to Wednesday’s announcement by President Donald Trump that the U.S. was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital..

The move sparked opposition from America’s allies (except for Israel) and protests and violence in the region and elsewhere. In Sweden, for instance, a synagogue in Goteborg was firebombed.

Control over Jerusalem has long been a simmering issue that is fraught with long-held cultural and religious beliefs. Trump also announced plans to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, a move presidents of both parties have long promised, but never followed through on.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday that the announcement was not a surprise, but that the administration poorly handled such a large policy shift.

“I think the announcement itself was not anything that is news. But what the president should have done is done it in the right diplomatic way. And there I think he did not,” Cardin said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Pence is still scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during the trip.

Louis Nelson contributed to this report.