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8:55 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: Politico, Balloon Juice, Vox and AOL
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
It's not just scandal: Moore lost in Alabama because the GOP agenda is toxically unpopular  —  Republicans are now in trouble everywhere.  —  The easy thing for Republicans to tell themselves after the stinging loss of a Senate seat in Alabama is that they only went down to defeat …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
Republicans Now Have a Reason to Panic  —  Democrat Doug Jones won in deeply conservative Alabama.  Was it Trump's fault?  —  Democrats won a special Senate election in deeply conservative Alabama, narrowing the Republicans' slim majority in the chamber, and likely generating political panic and infighting among scared Republicans.
Discussion: New York Times
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Blue Stars Fell on Alabama  —  Jones win another confirmation of Democratic momentum, even taking Moore's horrible candidacy into account  —  Prior to the Alabama special Senate election on Tuesday night, there was an ongoing discussion in the media about whether the Republicans would lose either way in Alabama.
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: Axios, ABC News and The Week
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
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump: ‘I Said Roy Moore Will Not Be Able to Win’ in Alabama  —  White House aides on Tuesday night were bracing for fallout, in person and on Twitter, from President Trump after the Republican candidate he vigorously backed over his aides' objections lost a Deep South Senate seat to a Democrat.
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
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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
In Alabama, a lousy night for Republicans and a resounding defeat for Trump
New York Times:
Key Takeaways From Doug Jones's Alabama Victory
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race in seismic Democratic victory; defiant Roy Moore does not concede
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Alabama Senate election: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore, Fox News projects
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 …
New York Times:
In Texts, F.B.I. Officials in Russia Inquiry Said Clinton ‘Just Has to Win’  —  WASHINGTON — Senior F.B.I. officials who helped investigate Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign last year told a colleague that Hillary Clinton “just has to win” and described a potential Trump victory as …
Discussion: New York Magazine, AOL and CNN
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:   One Mueller-Investigation Coincidence Too Many
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI texts reveal anti-Trump, pro-Clinton comments
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Root
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Strzok-Page texts show hatred of Trump by the two ex-Team Mueller members
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
White House lawyer: Mueller finished with interviews he's requested
Discussion: New York Times, The Week and Axios
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
Henry C. Jackson / Politico:
Trump After Dark: Empire Strikes Back edition
Discussion: Washington Post
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump's tweet creates a political opening for Gillibrand
Discussion: The Week and Washington Post
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN's Jim Acosta cites access threat from White House's Sarah Huckabee Sanders
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.
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
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
‘Fake News,’ Trump's Obsession, Is Now a Cudgel for Strongmen  —  BRUSSELS — President Trump routinely invokes the phrase “fake news” as a rhetorical tool to undermine opponents, rally his political base and try to discredit a mainstream American media that is aggressively investigating his presidency.
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 …
Associated Press:
Palestinian president says no role for US in peace process  —  ISTANBUL (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Arab and Islamic leaders on Wednesday that the United States is no longer fit to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and should be replaced as mediator by the United Nations …
Discussion: The Week
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Economic Policy Institute:
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Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The Republican Party's reality problem — and ours
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Fingerprints of Russian Disinformation: From AIDS to Fake News
Associated Press:
GOP tax plan trims top rate for wealthy, cuts corporate rate
Discussion: Axios
Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune:
On supervised release, Hastert faces new restrictions on porn, contact with minors
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 Earlier Items: 
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
This poll gave Americans a detailed case for and against the FCC's net neutrality plan.
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Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Trump objects to Russia provisions as he signs $700 billion defense bill
Dow Jones Newswires:
Millions of People Post Comments on Federal Regulations. Many Are Fake.
D.C. McAllister / The Federalist:
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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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Hullabaloo