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1:20 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 …
Alabama voters reject Roy Moore, elect Democrat Doug Jones  —  Democrat Doug Jones has defeated Republican Roy Moore for the Senate seat held until recently by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Moore was overwhelmingly the favorite until nine women accused him of sexual misconduct.
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 and Business Insider
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 …
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Stephen Colbert Rips Roy Moore for Voting in the ‘Creepiest Way Possible’ … “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: Axios and ABC News
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Alabama Senate election: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore, Fox News projects  —  DEVELOPING...  Democrat Doug Jones has defeated Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate election, according to a projection from the Fox News Decision Desk.  —  ORIGINAL STORY...  The hard-fought Alabama Senate race between …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump suffers ‘big black eye’ in Alabama
Discussion: ABC News
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
In Alabama, a lousy night for Republicans and a resounding defeat for Trump
Discussion: ABC News
Katie McDonough / Splinter:
Horse Twitter Comes for Roy Moore
Associated Press:
Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama
Discussion: Politico
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Kayla Moore: ‘One of our attorneys is a Jew’
New York Times:
Alabama Election Results: Doug Jones Defeats Roy Moore in U.S. Senate Race
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
Alabama Senate Election: Live Coverage And Results
Discussion: CBS News
Charles Barkley Campaigns for Doug Jones
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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.
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: Reuters and CNN
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Peter Strzok, FBI agent removed from Robert Mueller's Russia probe, called Trump an ‘idiot’
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
Henry C. Jackson / Politico:
Trump After Dark: Empire Strikes Back edition  —  President Donald Trump has a new target: Fellow New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand.  —  As Alabama voted today — deciding between Democrat Doug Jones and GOP nominee Roy Moore — Trump tore into Gillibrand on Twitter after she and other Democrats called …
Discussion: Washington Post
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
White House lawyer: Mueller finished with interviews he's requested
Discussion: The Week, Axios and The Daily Caller
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
White House interviews finished in special counsel investigation, Trump lawyer says
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Washington Post:
Congress could finalize deal to reconcile House and Senate tax bills as soon as today, top Republican says  —  Lawmakers are on the verge of striking a tentative agreement that would reconcile tax bills passed separately by the House and Senate, and an announcement could come later Tuesday …
New York Times:
Republicans, Closing In on Final Tax Bill, Aim for a Vote Next Week
Discussion: Mashable
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Tax bill negotiators agree to reduce mortgage interest deduction
Discussion: Northern Star Online and Politico
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
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 …
D.C. McAllister / The Federalist:
Can We Be Honest About Women?  —  David French of National Review recently wrote an article asking, “Can we be honest about men?”  In it, he laments the avalanche of sexual harassment cases in the media, politics, and entertainment, asking, “When will it end?”  —  “The obvious answer is never,” he says.
Yashar Ali / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Jr. Requests Inquiry Into Intelligence Committee Leaks  —  Donald Trump Jr.'s attorney has sent a letter to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence requesting an inquiry into leaks he says took place during and after Trump Jr.'s interview with the committee on December 6.
Transparency International e.V. / Transparency …:
Corruption in the USA: The difference a year makes  —  New public opinion survey compares 2017 with 2016  —  The US faces a wide range of domestic challenges related to the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, which is Transparency International's definition of corruption.
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation and TalkLeft
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:   Report: Americans view Trump White House as the most corrupt government institution
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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: Hullabaloo and New York Magazine
Leonard Greene / New York Daily News:
Why Melania, Ivanka and Jared's mayoral election votes didn't count
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