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Defiant Moore Refuses To Concede Alabama Senate Race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore ain’t done yet.An obstinate Moore refused to concede defeat to Democrat Doug Jones even though he trailed Jones by a not-that-close 49.9 percent to 48.4 percent, insisting there was a possibility of a recount.

Trump Congratulates Dem Jones On Senate Victory: 'A Win Is A Win'

President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted his congratulations to Democratic Sen.-elect Doug Jones , calling Jones’ victory “hard fought.” Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are ...

NRSC Chair Says Jones Should Vote With GOP To 'Truly Represent Alabama'

The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee urged Alabama’s newly elected Democratic senator, Doug Jones, to “do the right thing” and vote with Republicans. “Tonight's results are clear , the people of Alabama deemed Roy Moore unfit to serve in the U.S. ...

Boom. Nets and AP Declare Doug Jones Winner

There it is. Democrat Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore to become the next Senator from the State of Alabama.

Doug Jones Beats Roy Moore In Wild Alabama Election

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Democrat Doug Jones will be Alabama’s next senator after one of the wildest races in recent memory, giving Democrats a crucial seat in the chamber and opening a real if narrow path to retaking Senate control next year.Jones lead accused child molester and GOP nominee Roy ...

Doug Jones Pulls Ahead As Moore Crowd Grows Nervous In Alabama Senate Race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. , Tensions have started to build underneath the sounds of smooth jazz at Roy Moore's election night party as updated results have Democrat Doug Jones closing in on Moore.Moore was clinging to a narrow lead of 49.5 percent to 49 percent lead — less than 5,000 votes ...

Okay, This Looks Close to Done

Two Hours In

Where We Are After 90 Minutes

Important

As I mentioned below, the NYT has a very sophisticated realtime prediction widget that shifts its prediction as results come in. It had been bouncing around dead even with a mild advantage either way. Then it swung hard in Jones' favor. I saw a number of people speculate that there had been some ...

Perhaps Some Good Signs

8:46 PM: We only have a tiny number of votes reported so far. But even these allow us to compare results in a few places to historical baselines. And they seem encouraging for Doug Jones. I would say that based on these very limited results there are enough good indications to make a Jones' win ...

Okay, It's a Race

So here we are. Only a trickle of results in so far. But we've seen enough early data to sense we've at least got a genuine race on our hands. TPM's Cam Joseph is in Montgomery. The TPM team is at its workstations. I'm actually on a train. But as long as this train wifi holds out we're doing this ...

Networks Say Alabama Race Is Too Early To Call As Polls Close

As polls closed in Alabama Tuesday night in the special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate seat, NBC News, CNN and Fox News all described the race as “too early to call.” @NBCNews projects Alabama Senate special election as 'too early to call' - ...

WaPo Reporters Barred From Roy Moore Election Night Event

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday barred Washington Post reporters from his election night event, the paper confirmed to TPM. The Associated Press reported that a spokesperson for Moore, Hannah Ford, “confirmed the newspaper is not being granted press ...

Alabama Polls Close At 7 P.M. CT

TPM's Cameron Joseph is in Montgomery at the Roy Moore election night event. You can follow him on Twitter, and stick around with us through the evening. Anyone's guess in a very unpredictable race.

5 Things To Watch In Alabama's High Stakes Senate Race

WASHINGTON — As Alabama votes to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the choice between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has taken on outsized significance. Moore has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers, dividing the GOP and giving Democrats ...

Tillerson Softens US Stance On Possible Talks With North Korea

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday softened America's stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it “unrealistic” to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in ...

Senate Confirms Trump Judicial Pick Unanimously Rated 'Not Qualified'

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday narrowly confirmed one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees despite a rare “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association.On a party-line vote of 50-48, the Republican-led Senate backed Leonard Steven Grasz to serve on the 8th ...

Moore Spox Falls Silent When Told Bible Isn't Required For Oaths Of Office

A spokesman for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign on Tuesday appeared dumbfounded when asked whether he knew that there is no legal requirement for elected officials to be sworn in using a Christian bible.“Judge Moore has also said that he doesn't think a Muslim member ...

Senate Narrowly OKs Trump Judicial Pick With Rare 'Not Qualified' ABA Rating

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday narrowly confirmed one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees despite a rare “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association.On a party-line vote of 50-48, the Republican-led Senate backed Leonard Steven Grasz to serve on the 8th ...

Even Some GOPers Are Wary Of Trump Lawyer's Call For 2nd Special Counsel

Senate Judiciary Republicans were not eager to join a Trump attorney's calls Tuesday that a second special counsel be appointed to investigate potential conflicts at the Justice Department.Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has called for a special counsel to probe the so-called “Uranium ...

Moore Spox: He 'Probably' Still Thinks Homosexual Conduct Should Be Illegal

A spokesman for Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore on Tuesday said that Moore “probably” still thinks gay sex should be illegal.Asked whether Moore thinks Christian theology should be the foundation for U.S. law, Moore's campaign spokesperson Ted Crockett said on CNN, ...

WH: Trump Attacked Gillibrand To Boost Administration's Ethics Pledges

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was “controlled by special interests,” “a wholly-owned subsidiary of people that donate to her campaign,” “a puppet of Chuck Schumer” and “somebody that is ...

Steve King Remains On IA Guv Campaign After 'Diversity Not Our Strength' Tweet

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday said she would keep U.S. Rep. Steve King involved in her gubernatorial campaign while condemning a comment he made on Twitter that criticized diversity.Reynolds made her comments after Iowa Democrats called on her to drop King as a ...

Trump's National Security Strategy To Push For 'Cooperation With Reciprocity'

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is set to unveil his first National Security Strategy next Monday.National security adviser H.R. McMaster said the strategy will incorporate four core national interests: the protection of American people; advancing American prosperity; “preserving ...

Republicans Duck Questions, Play Down Trump's Attack On Gillibrand

Sen. Mike Rounds was at Tuesday morning Bible study—a rare bipartisan activity on Capitol Hill—with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand when her aides interrupted to inform her that President Donald Trump had gone after her on Twitter as a “lightweight” who “would do anything” ...

Sanders Responds to Trump Innuendos

White House: Trump's Eyebrow-Raising Jab At Gillibrand Wasn't 'Sexist At All'

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday said President Donald Trump's vague remark that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand “would do anything” for campaign donations was not a “sexist” innuendo “at all.”“I think that the President is very ...

Dem Rep. Says Moore Supporters Posing As Reporters Are Harassing Her Office

Rep. Gwen Moore said Tuesday she has received at least one angry phone call from a Roy Moore supporter claiming to be an Associated Press reporter since she warned the Senate Sergeant at Arms of Roy Moore's “predatory” behavior.Gwen Moore tweeted that “another Roy Moore ...

Flynn 'Tired Of The Constant Barrage' Of Attention On Family, Him Amid Probe

WASHINGTON — In the days before he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and as he braced for the public revelation that he'd morphed from government target to government cooperator, Michael Flynn was reveling in the pleasures of a new grandchild, swapping cheerful observations about babies with ...

Sessions Won't Say Who He Voted For In Alabama Special Election

Attorney General Jeff Sessions would not say who he voted for in Tuesday's Alabama special election to fill the Senate seat he vacated to join President Donald Trump's administration.“I voted absentee, yes, and I value the sanctity of the ballot,” he told reporters at an event in ...

Trump Urges Congress To 'Finish The Job' Of Approving $700B Military Budget

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional spending on missile defense programs to counter North Korea's growing nuclear weapons threat.But there's a catch. The ...

WATCH LIVE: White House Press Briefing At 3 PM ET

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to deliver an on camera press briefing at 3:00 p.m. ET Tuesday. Watch live below:

Minnesota Gov. To Announce Franken's Replacement On Wednesday

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to announce Sen. Al Franken's appointed replacement on Wednesday.Dayton's office announced in an advisory sent out Tuesday that the governor will announce his appointment to replace Franken at 10 a.m. local time from the Minnesota State Capitol.

Roy Moore Rides A Horse To The Polls In Alabama Special Election

Alabama Senate GOP candidate Roy Moore rode a horse to the polls on Tuesday to cast a ballot in the Senate race.WATCH: Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore arrives to vote on horseback pic.twitter.com/crp2cfsfNA

Tillerson: State Dept. Without 'Wins To Put On The Board' After First Year

WASHINGTON — Seeking to reassure American diplomats amid low morale, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveiled changes Tuesday to the State Department that he said would help workers perform better and position the United States to advance its interests overseas.At a town hall meeting with the ...

Sessions: NYC Subway Attack Shows Immigration Failures In 'Starkest Terms'

BALTIMORE — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that an attack on the New York City subway system showed in the “starkest terms” that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue.Speaking at a news conference with the new chief of Homeland ...

Report: Trump Infuriated By Haley’s Remark That Accusers ‘Should Be Heard’

President Donald Trump was furious that his top United Nations diplomat on Sunday said the women who have accused him of sexual harassment and assault should be heard, the Associated Press reported.“I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to ...

The WH Provided Three 'Eyewitnesses' To Disprove Trump Accusers. They Don't.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed Monday that multiple “eyewitnesses” had denied allegations of sexual misconduct made against President Donald Trump. But it's not so simple.“The President has denied any of these allegations, as have eyewitnesses,” ...

Gillibrand Calls Trump's Tweet About Her 'A Sexist Smear'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand  on Tuesday said President Donald Trump's tweet insinuating that she would “do anything” for campaign contributions was a “sexist smear” that was “intended to silence” her.“I see it as a sexist smear. I mean, that's what it ...

The Only Honor Is Corruption

"Would Do Anything"

Any thoughts on what this line means?

Trump: Dems Didn't Find Collusion, Moving On To 'False Accusations'

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Democrats weren’t able to find any “collusion” between his campaign and the Russians, so “they are moving on” to promoting the women who have accused him of sexual harassment and assault.“Despite thousands of hours wasted and many ...

Dem Congresswomen Call For Probe Into Trump Sexual Misconduct Allegations

In a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight Committee, more than 50 Democratic congresswomen asked the committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump.The female lawmakers noted that at least 17 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct and argued ...

Kill All Independent Centers of Power

Kimmel Holds Son, Calls Out Congress: ‘Disgusting’ To Put Tax Cuts Above Kids

After taking a week off for his son’s heart surgery, a tearful Jimmy Kimmel returned to late-night Monday to plead with Congress to fund health insurance for kids from low-income families.“Daddy cries on TV, but Billy doesn’t, it’s unbelievable,” Kimmel said, holding his son ...

Sean Spicer To Write A Book To 'Set The Record Straight' About Time With Trump

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced on Monday night that he will write a book about his experience working for President Donald Trump during the campaign and in the White House.“I looked back at the coverage of the campaign, the transition and the first six, seven months ...

Analysts: Tax Plan Would Add $1 Trillion To Budget Deficits In Next Decade

WASHINGTON — The Republican tax plan will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers, the Trump administration asserts in a new analysis. But nonpartisan analysts make a less rosy projection of new revenue from the tax ...

Officials: Pipe Bomb In NYC Subway At Rush Hour A 'Nightmare' Scenario

NEW YORK — A would-be suicide bomber inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for years, authorities said.In the end, the only ...

US Climate Scientists Take Research To France After Winning Anti-Trump Grant

PARIS — It is a dream come true for U.S.-based climate scientists — the offer of all-expenses-paid life in France to advance their research in Europe instead of in the United States under climate skeptic President Donald Trump, two of the winners say.American scientist Camille Parmesan and ...