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Trump suffers 'big black eye' in Alabama

A state that adored him in 2016 delivers the most serious setback of his presidency.

5 takeaways from Alabama's startling special election

Doug Jones' victory reshaped the political landscape and set the stage for fierce GOP infighting.

Exit polls: How Doug Jones pulled off his stunning win

Doug Jones needed a surge of black voter turnout and a wide gender gap to pull off his stunning victory over embattled Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday's special Senate election.In becoming the first Democrat to win a statewide federal election in Alabama since 1992, Jones proved that Democratic ...

Doug Jones election remarks

Roy Moore on Alabama Senate race: 'It's not over'

Alabama earthquake: Democrat Jones wins

Republican Roy Moore is defeated in a huge blow for President Donald Trump and his former strategist Steve Bannon.

Republicans close in on historic tax deal

Republicans are considering a 37 percent top individual tax rate and a 21 percent corporate rate as they start putting the final touches on a sweeping compromise tax overhaul.The corporate rate would be up slightly from the 20 percent currently in both the House and Senate plans, sources said, while ...

Trump's tweet creates a political opening for Gillibrand

The New York senator, who called on the president to resign over sexual harassment allegations, responded forcefully to the president's tweets slamming her.

In texts, FBI agents on Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

Messages could fuel GOP claims that bias tainted Clinton and Trump investigations.

White House lawyer: Mueller finished with interviews he's requested

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday completed interviews with the last in a slate of about two dozen current and former White House witnesses he's initially requested as part of the investigation into Russia's actions in the presidential election, White House attorney Ty Cobb said.It's unclear ...

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 for him to resign yesterday, citing allegations of ...

White House: Trump stance on North Korea has 'not changed'

President Donald Trump's outlook on North Korea remains unchanged, the White House announced Tuesday, shortly after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to soften his stance by saying the U.S. is ready to engage in discussions with Pyongyang 'without precondition.''The President's views on ...

Schiff denies leaking 'non-public' information about Trump Jr.'s testimony

An aide to Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that neither he nor his staff leaked any 'non-public information' about the testimony of Donald Trump Jr. last week, but his office defended his decision to tell reporters the president's son had refused ...

Moore 'probably' still thinks homosexuality should be illegal, spokesman says

A spokesman for Roy Moore's campaign said Tuesday that the Republican Senate candidate probably' still thinks that homosexuality should be illegal.Homosexuality is a sin in the Biblical sense. That is where Roy Moore is and the state of Alabama is,' campaign spokesman Ted Crockett said on CNN hours ...

Judge: Cruise line isn't an internet provider under surveillance law

Just because Royal Caribbean provides WiFi doesn't make it an internet provider, a judge rules.

Dems back away from brink on Dreamers

Democratic leaders will not force a shutdown showdown over relief for young undocumented immigrants.

Lawmakers to meet on taxes — but real work is behind closed doors

House and Senate tax-writers will hold a conference committee meeting Wednesday, but Republicans have already nearly finished negotiating final details of the bill.

Senate Dems warn GOP against increasing defense spending without domestic boost

All but four of the Senate's 48 Democrats on Tuesday warned congressional GOP leaders against pursuing a government funding plan that would boost defense spending for the rest of the fiscal year while leaving domestic priorities at current levels.In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

White House: Trump's Gillibrand tweet wasn't sexual unless 'your mind is in the gutter'

President Donald Trump was not making a sexual reference when he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would do anything for' political donations, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at her afternoon press briefing.I think only if your mind is in the gutter ...

From 'locker room talk' on, Trump fends off misconduct claims

Since October 2016, when the Washington Post published an Access Hollywood' recording of Donald Trump bragging about groping women, his responses to allegations of sexual impropriety have shifted to match the moment.The claims, leveled by at least 16 different women before last year's election, have ...

Playbook scoop: McHenry transfers $1M to NRCC

DNC waged stealth organizing campaign for Jones

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — With the spotlight squarely on Roy Moore in the closing weeks of Alabama's Senate special election, a constellation of Democratic groups embarked on an under-the-radar effort to organize voters for candidate Doug Jones.Despite publicly remaining mum on the race, the Democratic ...

Sixth senator says Trump should resign

A sixth senator on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to resign amid renewed attention to past allegations of sexual harassment and assault.Sen. Mazie Hirono told NBC News that Trump is a misogynist,' admitted sexual predator' and liar' with a narcissistic need for attention.'The only thing ...

Despite 'Rexit' rumors, Tillerson says he's 'learning to enjoy' his job

In remarks to his employees, the secretary of state didn't sound like a man about to leave his post.

Today in Trumpworld: Kirsten Gillibrand

Trump Jr. to appear before Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday

The president's eldest son will be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee investigators in a highly anticipated closed-door session.

GOP congressman to Trump: Mueller probe 'infected with bias'

A Florida congressman who has said that the country is at risk of a coup d'etat' by Special Counsel Robert Mueller says he warned President Donald Trump personally last week that Mueller's Russia investigation is infected with bias' against the president.Rep. Matt Gaetz, a freshman Republican, said ...

Justice Department won't disclose details on Mueller ethics waiver

The Justice Department is refusing to reveal details of the process that led up to former FBI Director Robert Mueller being granted an ethics waiver to serve as special counsel investigating the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.In response to a ...

Paul Manafort's Dirty Secret: He's a Terrible Propagandist

If bad editing's a crime, lock him up.

Don't Be Fooled By the Muted Reaction to Trump's Jerusalem Gambit

The president's move was an epic blunder that made peace far harder to achieve.

Trump escalates fight with Democratic critic Gillibrand

The president called the New York Democrat a 'lightweight' who 'would do anything' for political donations.

Alabama Senate election: 5 things to watch

Doug Jones' chances hinge on African-American turnout and college-educated crossover voters, while Roy Moore is banking on an animated conservative base.

David Petraeus Would Still Work for Trump, Under 'Certain Conditions'

Life is good for the former CIA director and four-star general. But he's keeping his options open.

The Poll That Built a University

Quinnipiac was a small college on the Eastern seaboard. Then John Lahey had a radical idea.

Moore, wife blast Washington establishment and media in final appeal

The Republican delivered a thundering speech, and his wife combated questions of anti-Semitism by noting that 'one of our attorneys is a Jew.'

Secret super PAC backing Jones in Alabama exposed

A group that's spent more than $4 million on the Democrat's behalf is controlled by Washington interests, even as Jones has distanced himself from the national party.

Alabama Senate race hurtles to a dramatic finish

Roy Moore is set to emerge from hiding at a rally with Steve Bannon, as a surprise Fox News poll shows Democrat Doug Jones up by double-digits.

Pollsters throw predictions out the window in Alabama race

The race is so unusual that some polling outfits won't report a horse race result.

Sanders says 2016 victory 'answered' allegations against Trump

The press secretary also repeated that it was up to Alabama voters to decide whether Roy Moore should serve in the Senate.

GOP lawmakers struggle to close gaps in tax plan

The Treasury Department said the tax plan currently before Congress would need an assist from other Trump administration priorities to pay for itself.

Looming pension shortfalls to complicate next shutdown fight

Key Democrats want a government funding bill to maintain the solvency of pension plans for hundreds of thousands of workers.

Democrats seek alleged evidence of anti-Clinton 'bias' at the FBI

Amid GOP attacks on the bureau, House Democrats say the FBI's real prejudice was against their party's 2016 presidential nominee.

'Making America great again' — in space?

'I think he sees space as a symbolic area of American leadership,' says one longtime space policy leader of Trump's directive to return to the moon.

Today in Trumpworld: Trump's sexual misconduct allegations

Trump After Dark: One Moore Day edition

President Donald Trump hasn't gone to Alabama for Roy Moore, the GOP Senate candidate who has been accused of child molestation, but he's done just about everything else he could. Tomorrow, he'll find out if it pays off. The final day of a wild race to fill Alabama's Senate seat contained a fresh ...

Justice Dept. seeks emergency halt to transgender troop deadline

The Trump administration on Monday night requested an emergency stay to a court decision that would require the Defense Department to begin accepting transgender recruits on Jan. 1.The action came hours after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said the military must begin accepting ...

New Yorker fires Ryan Lizza over alleged 'improper sexual conduct'

The New Yorker magazine announced Monday it had fired Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza following an allegation of sexual misconduct. The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct,' a spokesperson said in a statement. We have reviewed the ...

Theresa May unites Tories on Brexit

White House: Trump's immigration policies could have prevented New York attack

The White House on Monday said President Donald Trump's immigration policies against so-called chain migration could have prevented a suspected terror attack in New York City, blaming Democrats in Congress for blocking his plans.Authorities in New York identified 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, an ...

Obama, Biden to record robo-calls for Jones

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama senate candidate Doug Jones is getting some last-minute help from Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who are separately recording robo-calls for the Democratic hopeful.A source close to campaign confirmed that the former president will record a call for Jones, while a Democrat ...