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10:10 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 …
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Trump: I said Roy Moore would not be able to win the general election  —  in an early morning tweet on Wednesday said he endorsed Sen. Luther Strange  —  (R-Ala.) in the Alabama Senate Republican primary because Roy Moore would not be able to win the general 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 and The Week
New York Times:
Key Takeaways From Doug Jones's Alabama Victory
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
New York Times:
Alabama Election Results: Doug Jones Defeats Roy Moore in U.S. Senate Race
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
In Alabama, a lousy night for Republicans and a resounding defeat for Trump
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Stephen Colbert Mocks Roy Moore Over Alabama Senate Loss: ‘Roy Moore Now Has to Eat His Horse’
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Axios
New York Times:
Roy Moore Loses, Sanity Reigns
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race in seismic Democratic victory; defiant Roy Moore does not concede
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:   Bannon's ‘kingmaker’ status tarnished by Moore defeat
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:   The Making of an Upset
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
5 takeaways from Alabama's startling special election
Discussion: National Journal, Axios, Vox and The Week
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: New York Magazine, AOL and CNN
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Text Messages in Hand, Republicans Plan to Accuse Justice Department of Bias
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
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
White House lawyer: Mueller finished with interviews he's requested
Discussion: 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: Mother Jones
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump's tweet creates a political opening for Gillibrand
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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
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