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Democrats are jubilant — and newly confident about 2018 — as Alabama delivers win on Trump’s turf

December 13, 2017
Robert Costa | The Washington Post
The Democrats’ seismic victory Tuesday in the unlikely political battleground of Alabama brought jubilation — and a sudden rush of confidence — to a party that has been struggling to gain its footing since Donald Trump won the presidency 13 months ago.
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Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defea

December 13, 2017
Julie Pace | Associated Press
Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama’s Roy Moore. And rarely has that bet failed so spectacularly.
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How Roy Moore's loss impacts Republican agenda

December 13, 2017
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
Democrat Doug Jones' Alabama Senate victory was a significant setback for President Trump. He will lose a reliable Republican vote in the Senate. A new razor-thin GOP majority, 51 to 49, will make it even harder for Congress to pass Mr. Trump's agenda next year.
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Trump sends sexually suggestive and demeaning tweet about Gillibrand

December 12, 2017
Ashley Parker | The Washington Post
President Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in a sexually suggestive tweet Tuesday morning that implied Gillibrand would do just about anything for money, prompting a swift and immediate backlash.
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GOP senators won't commit to giving Roy Moore committee seats

December 12, 2017
Manu Raju, Ted Barrett | CNN
Being denied a committee assignment could significantly undercut Moore's ability to be effective in the Senate. It would deny him the ability to work on legislation and attend hearings with witnesses about policy matters, alienating him in a body that already has revolted from him in the aftermath of allegations of sexual misconduct, including with minors
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Shelby bucks his party and president to oppose Moore for Senate

December 11, 2017
Michael Scherer | The Washington Post
Since the surfacing of allegations of Moore’s sexual misconduct, Shelby has publicly bucked President Trump and the rest of Alabama’s statewide Republican leaders by vocally opposing Moore’s candidacy, which he warns could hurt the state he has spent his life transforming.
Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI)
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Precision sacrificed for speed as GOP rushes ahead on taxes

December 11, 2017
Erica Werner | The Washington Post
Republicans are moving their tax plan toward final passage at stunning speed, blowing past Democrats before they’ve had time to fully mobilize against it but leaving the measure vulnerable to the types of expensive problems popping up in their massive and complex plan.
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Al Franken is not sorry

December 11, 2017
Molly Ball | TIME Magazine
Long before he became a senator, Al Franken was a liberal hero for the way he stuck it to Republicans. And so it was perhaps inevitable that, even as he resigned from the Senate in disgrace this week, he couldn’t resist a parting shot.
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