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11:25 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 …
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.
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 …
Alice Stewart / CNN:
Steve Bannon's political science experiment blew up in Trump's face  —  Alice Stewart is a CNN political commentator and former communications director for Ted Cruz for President.  The views expressed in this commentary are solely hers.  —  (CNN)Voters in The Cotton State listened …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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.
New York Times:
Doug Jones: A Lawyer in the Thick of Alabama's Big Moments  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The fact that Alabama's voters have sent a Democrat to the Senate for the first time since Howell Heflin retired in 1997 is a stunner, exceeded in incredibility only by the events that led to it — not least …
Discussion: CNN
David Byler / Weekly Standard:
Alabama Slamma: Four Takeaways from Roy Moore's Devastating Loss to Doug Jones  —  That.  Just.  Happened.  —  Last night, a Democratic candidate won a Senate seat in deep red Alabama.  —  Let that sink in.  —  Alabama is one of the worst places in the country to be a statewide Democratic political candidate.
New York Times:
Key Takeaways From Doug Jones's Alabama Victory
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Wall Street Journal: Bannon ‘is for losers’
Discussion: RedState and Talking Points Memo
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump suffers ‘big black eye’ in Alabama
Discussion: The Week and ABC News
NBC News:
Alabama results show that a 2018 wave is building
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
The Making of an Upset
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Alabama Election Results: Doug Jones Defeats Roy Moore in U.S. Senate Race
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Alabama election: Doug Jones scores stunning win, but Moore won't concede
New York Times:
Roy Moore Loses, Sanity Reigns
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
5 takeaways from Alabama's startling special election
Discussion: National Journal, Axios, Vox and The Week
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:   Bannon's ‘kingmaker’ status tarnished by Moore defeat
New York Times:
Video and Full Transcript: Roy Moore, Refusing to Concede, Addresses Supporters on Election Night
Discussion: American Prospect
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race in seismic Democratic victory; defiant Roy Moore does not concede
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat
Discussion: Washington Post
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: Mother Jones, New York Magazine, AOL and CNN
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI texts reveal anti-Trump, pro-Clinton comments
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Root
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:   One Mueller-Investigation Coincidence Too Many
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
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Prominent black supporter of Trump set to leave White House  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Omarosa Manigault Newman — one of President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters — plans to leave the administration next month.  —  White House press secretary …
Discussion: Axios
Henry C. Jackson / Politico:
Trump After Dark: Empire Strikes Back edition
Discussion: ABC News, Splinter, CNN and Shareblue Media
ABC News:
Sources: Minnesota governor picks Smith to replace Franken  —  Minnesota's governor has chosen Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Sen. Al Franken's seat until the November election, and she will run in that election to complete the final two years of Franken's term, a Democratic operative told The Associated Press Wednesday.
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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
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Washington Examiner:
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Toni Airaksinen / Campus Reform:
UW-Madison quietly shelves controversial masculinity program
Discussion: Althouse
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Economic Policy Institute:
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Associated Press:
Palestinian president says no role for US in peace process
Discussion: The Week
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
‘Fake News,’ Trump's Obsession, Is Now a Cudgel for Strongmen