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5:35 AM ET, December 13, 2017


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New York Times:
Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Doug Jones, a Democratic former prosecutor who mounted a seemingly quixotic Senate campaign in the face of Republican dominance here, defeated his scandal-scarred opponent, Roy S. Moore …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Doug Jones's victory scrambles the Republican congressional agenda  —  Doug Jones's odds-defying victory in Alabama — handing Democrats a vanishingly rare Senate win in the Deep South — scrambles President Trump's legislative agenda for the coming year, threatens to heighten Republican infighting …
Discussion: Vox
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Stephen Colbert Mocks Roy Moore Over Alabama Senate Loss: ‘Roy Moore Now Has to Eat His Horse’ … “It's also a huge day in Alabama: Election Day,” announced Stephen Colbert.  “And now it is official: Roy Moore either is or isn't our newest U.S. senator.  Because you see, we taped tonight's show long before the polls closed.”
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Steve Bannon's Republican critics are gleefully dunking on him for Roy Moore's shocking loss  —  “Not every man can make an Alabama Senate race close, but Steve Bannon can.”  —  Doug Jones's shocking victory in Alabama's Senate special election is a tremendous humiliation …
New York Times:
Alabama Election Results: Doug Jones Defeats Roy Moore in U.S. Senate Race  —  All the latest political news and more: sign up for the Morning Briefing.  Free to your inbox.  —  Candidate Party Votes Pct.  —  Doug Jones  —  Dem.  —  671,151  —  Roy Moore  —  Rep.  —  650,436
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race in seismic Democratic victory; defiant Roy Moore does not concede  —  Doug Jones, a Democratic former U.S. attorney whose long-shot candidacy was bolstered by a wave of sexual misconduct accusations against his opponent Roy Moore, will win the special election …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump suffers ‘big black eye’ in Alabama  —  Doug Jones didn't just defeat Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate race on Tuesday night — he administered the most crushing and embarrassing political blow of President Donald Trump's young presidency.  —  Jones' win meant that Trump …
Discussion: ABC News
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
In Alabama, a lousy night for Republicans and a resounding defeat for Trump
Discussion: ABC News
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Alabama Senate election: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore, Fox News projects
Associated Press:
Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Kayla Moore: ‘One of our attorneys is a Jew’
Katie McDonough / Splinter:
Horse Twitter Comes for Roy Moore
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Roy Moore's loss in Alabama was a self-inflicted wound by Senate GOP
Discussion: The Federalist and Politico
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
In texts, FBI agents on Russia probe called Trump an ‘idiot’  —  Two FBI agents assigned to the investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia exchanged text messages referring to the future president as an “idiot,” according to copies of messages turned …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI texts reveal anti-Trump, pro-Clinton comments  —  Texts between two senior FBI officials involved in both the probe of Hillary Clinton's emails and possible connections between Trump associates and Russia show the pair frequently discussed their political views, their intense dislike …
Discussion: The Root
New York Times:
In Texts, F.B.I. Officials in Russia Inquiry Said Clinton ‘Just Has to Win’
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Strzok-Page texts show hatred of Trump by the two ex-Team Mueller members
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Mike Allen:
Schumer calls cops after forged sex scandal charge  —  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he was the victim of a fake news hit on Tuesday, and has turned over to Capitol Police a document that purports to detail lurid sexual harassment accusations by a former staffer.
USA Today:
Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says President Donald Trump's latest tweet about her was a ‘sexist smear’ aimed at silencing her voice.  The New York Democrat says she won't be silenced on the issue of sexual harassment.  (Dec. 12) AP
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump attacks Gillibrand in tweet critics say is sexually suggestive and demeaning
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN's Jim Acosta cites access threat from White House's Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Already on the 2020 radar, Kirsten Gillibrand catapulted into the spotlight by President Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and IJR
Exclusive: Grassley urges Trump to reconsider controversial judicial picks  —  Trump packing courts with conservatives  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley issued a rare rebuke Tuesday of two of President Donald Trump's …
Henry C. Jackson / Politico:   Trump After Dark: Empire Strikes Back edition
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump's tweet creates a political opening for Gillibrand
Discussion: The Week and Washington Post
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
White House lawyer: Mueller finished with interviews he's requested
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP congressman to Trump: Mueller probe ‘infected with bias’
Discussion: New York Times and CNBC
Washington Post:
Preliminary exit poll results: How different groups voted in the U.S. senator election in Alabama  —  See how different groups voted in the U.S. senator election in Alabama between Roy Moore and Doug Jones
Associated Press:
GOP tax plan trims top rate for wealthy, cuts corporate rate  —  A massive Republican tax package swiftly taking shape would pull down the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the tax rate for corporations to a level slightly above what businesses and conservatives wanted.
Discussion: Axios
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Tax bill negotiators agree to reduce mortgage interest deduction
Discussion: Northern Star Online and Politico
New York Times:
Republicans, Closing In on Final Tax Bill, Aim for a Vote Next Week
Discussion: Mashable
Sam Gillette /
Donald Trump Claims He ‘Never Met’ Accusers Like PEOPLE's Natasha Stoynoff, But We Have the Photo  —  President Donald Trump claims he doesn't know — and has never met — the multiple women who have accused him of sexual misconduct or assault.  But PEOPLE has the photo showing …
Mark Galli / Christianity Today:
The Biggest Loser in the Alabama Election  —  No matter the outcome of today's special election in Alabama for a coveted US Senate seat, there is already one loser: Christian faith.  When it comes to either matters of life and death or personal commitments of the human heart, no one will believe a word we say, perhaps for a generation.
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Connor Sheets /
In final-hour order, court rules that Alabama can destroy digital voting records after all  —  Alabama is allowed to destroy digital voting records created at the polls during today's U.S. Senate election after all.  —  At 1:36 p.m. Monday, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge issued …
New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr. Demands Leak Probe of House Intelligence Committee  —  Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, has asked the House Intelligence Committee to open an investigation into leaked information related to his closed interview with the committee last week.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Axios and Raw Story
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Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
After 9-point loss in Va., Gillespie says he would not encourage others to run for office …
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Leonard Greene / New York Daily News:
Why Melania, Ivanka and Jared's mayoral election votes didn't count
Discussion: VICE, NBC News and Splinter