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Alabama Senate Race: Doug Jones and Roy Moore Vote as Contest Ends With More Controversy

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Alabama voters go to the polls to choose between Roy S. Moore and Doug Jones in a special election with huge stakes for both parties and President Trump.

Trump Says Gillibrand ‘Would Do Anything’ for Campaign Donations

President Trump suggested that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a leading voice against sexual harassment, “would do anything” for campaign donations.

Many G.O.P. Blunders Put Seat at Risk, Even Before Scandal

Republicans made a lengthy list of errors, giving Democrats an opening well before Roy Moore was accused of sexual misbehavior.

Republicans Nearing Agreement on Final Tax Bill


Senator John Cornyn said a deal to reconcile the House and Senate tax bills could be reached on Tuesday.

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Why No One Knows What Will Happen in Alabama

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Today’s special election is forcing pollsters to confront just about every major challenge in survey research.

New Higher Education Bill Rolls Back Obama-Era Safeguards

A House rewrite of the law governing higher education would dismantle several regulations imposed by the Obama administration to control for-profit colleges.

Fingerprints of Russian Disinformation: From AIDS to Fake News

In the 1980s, the Soviets peddled “bum dope about AIDS” around the world. Moscow’s tactics haven’t changed much in the years since.

Economic Scene: Tax Plan’s Biggest Cuts Could Be in Living Standards

Cutting taxes is mostly an exercise in slicing the economic pie a different way, not making it bigger, with gains for a few offset by losses for many.


Right and Left React to the Alabama Senate Candidacy of Roy Moore

Writers from across the political spectrum on the contentious Senate race in Alabama.


Trump Announces That the Moon Is Astronauts’ Next Destination


The presidential directive called for partnership with other nations and commercial companies but did not offer details about schedule or cost.


Tawdry Tales Depict a Texas Congressman’s Frat House on the Hill

Representative Blake Farenthold, the subject of an ethics investigation, set the tone for off-color jokes and inappropriate banter, legal documents and interviews with former aides suggest.

Trump Escalates His Criticism of the News Media, Fueling National Debate

President Trump has issued broadsides against major news outlets, as reporting errors provide ammunition for his case that he is being persecuted.


White House Memo: A Campaign Memoir That Shows Trump, at Least Partly, as He Is

For the first time, some former Trump aides put their name to describing the president’s habits.


Trump Sexual Misconduct Accusations Repeated by Several Women

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The women said they hoped to be taken more seriously after a torrent of allegations that have toppled the careers of men in media, business and politics.


An Obamacare Surprise in the Mail: New Insurers and New Costs

Through “automatic re-enrollment,” some Obamacare consumers are being assigned new insurance policies at higher costs — for doing nothing during open enrollment.

Monday, Dec 11

Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers

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An analysis of enforcement data at the E.P.A. shows a substantial drop in activity against polluters when compared with the Obama and Bush administrations.

Liberal Outsiders Pour Into Alabama Senate Race, Treading Lightly

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With only hours until the polls open in the unlikeliest of battleground states, Democrats are deploying a multimillion-dollar get-out-the-vote operation in an effort to steal away a Senate seat.

Nikki Haley Says Women Who Accuse Trump of Misconduct ‘Should Be Heard’

The comments by Ms. Haley, the United Nations ambassador, broke from the administration’s assertion that the allegations are false and voters rightly dismissed them.

Saturday, Dec 9

Trump, Rejecting Calls to Stay Away, Speaks at Civil Rights Museum

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In Jackson, Miss., the president hailed heroes of the civil rights movement even as activists and politicians said his presence insulted the effort to confront the state’s history.

Trump’s Way: Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

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With Twitter as his Excalibur, the president takes on his doubters, powered by long spells of cable news and a dozen Diet Cokes. But if Mr. Trump has yet to bend the presidency to his will, he is at least wrestling it to a draw.

Trump Rallies a Florida Crowd in Support of an Alabama Senate Candidate

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President Trump again offered his unequivocal backing for Roy S. Moore, who has been accused of sexual assault.

Trent Franks, Accused of Offering $5 Million to Aide for Surrogacy, Resigns

Mr. Franks, Republican of Arizona, resigned earlier than expected after two women said he wanted to use sex as a means to impregnate them.

Friday, Dec 8

F.B.I. Warned Hope Hicks About Emails From Russian Operatives

Top counterintelligence agents met with Ms. Hicks, one of President Trump’s closest advisers, to urge caution about Russian outreach efforts.

Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations

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The Democratic senator of Minnesota announced his plans to resign, a day after a sixth woman accused him of misconduct and dozens of his colleagues called for him to step down.

News Analysis: Did Trump Kill Off a Two-State Solution? He Says No, Palestinians Say Yes

The chief Palestinian negotiator said Mr. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital means a radical P.L.O. shift — to a push for a single state, with equal civil rights.

Ex-Governor’s Run Gives Democrats a Bit More Hope of Retaking the Senate

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen will run for the seat being vacated by Senator Bob Corker, giving Democrats a mathematical but narrow path to the majority.

Thursday, Dec 7

Al Franken’s Rise and Fall

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Once a star of “Saturday Night Live,” Al Franken took his liberal politics to Washington in 2008 when he narrowly won a Minnesota Senate seat. He said he would resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Al Franken: From ‘Saturday Night Live’ to Congress


Mr. Franken was a star on the sketch comedy show and then a talk-radio host before running for political office.

For Trump, an Embassy in Jerusalem Is a Political Decision, Not a Diplomatic One

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The president seemed to relish playing a familiar role: the political insurgent, defying foreign policy orthodoxy on behalf of the people who elected him.

A Democratic Chorus Rises in the Senate: ‘Franken Should Resign’

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By Wednesday evening, there was widespread expectation in the Democratic caucus that Senator Al Franken would step down. He has scheduled an announcement on his future in the Senate for Thursday.