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Roy Moore accusers feel vindicated by his Senate defeat

For Tina Johnson, Roy Moore’s defeat is just beginning to sink in. Johnson, one of the women who accused Moore of sexual misconduct as he ran for U.S. Senate in Alabama, had never voted before Tuesday. Watching returns with family and friends in Gadsden, Ala., she was nervous about Democrat Doug...

  • Senior Justice Department official rejects Republican complaints about Russia investigation

    Senior Justice Department official rejects Republican complaints about Russia investigation

    Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation into whether President Trump’s team assisted Russian meddling in last year’s campaign, pushed back strongly Wednesday against Republican accusations that the probe is infected with partisan bias and steadfastly defended special counsel...

  • The Alabama Senate loss just made Trump's job a lot harder

    The Alabama Senate loss just made Trump's job a lot harder

    President Trump’s margin of support — among the American people and in Congress — was already thin. After Tuesday’s defeat in Alabama, it is decidedly thinner, more than the loss of one Republican senator's vote would suggest. The win by Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in one of the...

  • Minnesota governor appoints Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in U.S. Senate

    Minnesota governor appoints Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in U.S. Senate

    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday that his lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, will replace Al Franken after the Democratic senator formally resigns. Under state law, Smith will hold Franken’s seat until the 2018 election. The winner of that election will finish the remainder of Franken’s...

  • Ex-polygamous sect leader gets nearly 5 years in fraud case

    Ex-polygamous sect leader gets nearly 5 years in fraud case

    A former polygamous sect leader has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for his role in carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial. U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart said Wednesday during a hearing in Salt Lake City that Lyle...

  • U.S. government's embattled email surveillance program proves resilient

    U.S. government's embattled email surveillance program proves resilient

    Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the extent to which the U.S. government searches and reads the email of millions of people — and the complicity of telecom and tech companies in the effort — demands that the massive surveillance program be reined in have been intense across party lines. Yet with...

  • Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat, but Roy Moore won't concede

    Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat, but Roy Moore won't concede

    Democrat Doug Jones, who started the Alabama race for U.S. Senate as a massive underdog, swept to victory Tuesday night in a repudiation of scandal-stained Roy Moore. The upset also dealt a serious blow to President Trump. The narrow victory slices the GOP’s already-thin margin in the Senate to...

  • In stunning 2017 defeats, Republicans see vision of difficulties in 2018

    In stunning 2017 defeats, Republicans see vision of difficulties in 2018

    Democrats who opened the year clashing among themselves and lamenting President Trump’s election have closed 2017 with victories that demonstrated their ability to weaponize party enthusiasm and draw a template for success in a sharply competitive battle for Congress in 2018. For Republicans, Tuesday...

  • Roy Moore’s wife revives bigotry charges against her husband. Was that intentional?

    Roy Moore’s wife revives bigotry charges against her husband. Was that intentional?

    If Kayla Moore was trying to convince the public that her husband Roy Moore is not an anti-Semite, she hardly could have done a worse job. Her election eve comment — “One of our attorneys is a Jew” — became an instant punchline, summing up Republican Roy Moore’s long history of overt bigotry just...

  • Alabama Senate race churns into final hours, still too close to predict

    Alabama Senate race churns into final hours, still too close to predict

    With the help of two high-profile surrogates, Roy Moore and Doug Jones scrambled Monday to stake their final claims in Alabama’s cliffhanger of a U.S. Senate race. Moore, who largely disappeared from public view after being accused of sexual misconduct, resurfaced for an election eve rally with...

  • Three things to watch in Alabama's Senate election

    Three things to watch in Alabama's Senate election

    It’s a surreal spectacle to see a Democrat running a viable campaign for U.S. Senate from Alabama. President Trump won more than 62% of the Alabama vote last year, one of his biggest victories in the nation. Both of Alabama’s U.S. senators are Republican, and so are six of its seven House members....

  • Amid the rush to finish GOP tax bill, a sudden slowdown for second thoughts

    Amid the rush to finish GOP tax bill, a sudden slowdown for second thoughts

    The rush to finish the GOP tax overhaul has hit a snag as Republicans grapple with substantial differences between the House and Senate bills, and pause to consider unintended consequences of the most massive rewrite of the tax code in a generation. Lawmakers are eager to pass the bill, President...

  • Trump links New York bomb attack to immigration debate

    Trump links New York bomb attack to immigration debate

    President Trump cited the suspect in the New York subway bombing on Monday as an argument for his crackdown on legal as well as illegal immigration, after the administration said the man entered the country in 2011 on a family immigrant visa. “Today’s attempted mass murder attack in New York City...

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