Both Mississippi senators targeted in Republican civil war

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has his sights set on long-serving Republican establishment Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, according to an NBC News report. Bannon is hoping to take over the GOP with conservative candidates who can carry the torch of Donald Trump long after the president is out of office. He supports Roy Moore in Alabama’s upcoming senate election, and he has urged state Sen. Chris McDaniel to challenge U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in a primary next year. He also wants Gov. Phil Bryant to send himself to Washington if U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who is 79 and in poor health, retires before his term ends in 2020, according to people familiar with Bannon’s plans.

State flag goes up, down and back up Ocean Springs flagpoles

The Mississippi state flag will fly again at all Ocean Springs city buildings with a flag pole, The SunHerald reports. Last week, Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson, who recently raised the state flag over city hall for the first time in several years, took it down after residents raged against its Confederate battle symbol. But on Tuesday, the Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen voted 6 to 1 to require the flag be flown. Read The SunHerald story here 


The race next door: Roy Moore accuser tells NBC News: ‘I wonder how many ‘me’s’ he doesn’t know.’

Leigh Corfman, who alleged earlier this month that Roy Moore sexually abused her nearly 40 years ago when she was a 14-year-old girl, said Monday that she “didn’t deserve to have a 32-year-old man prey upon” her. In an exclusive interview with NBC’s TODAY (click here to see the interview) — her first on television since she made her allegations against the GOP Senate candidate in Alabama — Corfman, now 53, said she was simply a “14-year-old child playing in an adult’s world,” when Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her. Moore has said, “I am not guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone.”

Corfman dismissed Moore’s denials of sexual misconduct with anyone, saying, “I wonder how many ‘me’s’ he doesn’t know.”

Young John Grisham quit Boy Scouts to play football, chase cheerleaders. That confession and more …

John Grisham sold 1,000 copies of his first novel, A Time to Kill, on his own self-guided tour of 30 small-town Mississippi libraries. Needless to say, he has accomplished much more since then. When asked recently by Vanity Fair magazine what he considers his greatest achievement, he replied, “Debuting at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list for 25 consecutive years.” His latest novel, The Rooster Bar, about a law school scam, did just that.