Luther Strange

One of Trump's most vocal critics in the Senate has quickly turned into one of his best friends — and people are shocked

• <b>Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and President Donald Trump appear to be great friends now.</b>• <b><br>They did not used to be.</b>• <b><br>The two have been golfing more often, and Graham has recently taken to defending or sticking up for the president when previously, he was much more antagonistic.</b><p>Perhaps nothing helped …

Donald Trump

Moore loss means Republicans must 'fear for their political lives,' and other news agenda

All it took for the media to stop viewing Alabamians as a bunch of rednecks was for the media candidate to win an election. Suddenly, journalists began seeing the people of Alabama as enlightened progressives. Staff in the CNN election night studio even cheered off-camera when it was announced that …

Opinion

After Alabama loss, Trump has ambitious plans to campaign in 2018 midterms

President Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but the White House is planning a full-throttle campaign to plunge the president into the midterm elections, according to senior officials and advisers familiar with the planning.<p>Trump’s political aides have met with 116 candidates for office in recent …

Donald Trump

WRIGHT: Moore’s Loss Bad News for Trump and the GOP

<b>CRYSTAL WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO TORONTO SUN</b><p>Though he tried mightily, President Donald J. Trump couldn’t convince Republicans in Alabama to vote …

Elections

What Trump did this week: Twitter feuds – naturally – and a shock loss for Roy Moore

The week began with the president accusing CNN of ‘fake news’, and moved through a tweetstorm with Kirsten Gillibrand and a damaging defeat in Alabama<p>Each week, Trump seems to make more news than most presidents do in a lifetime. The Guardian is keeping track of it all in this series, every …

Donald Trump

Lessons from Alabama: GOP, throw out the old playbook

Thought experiment: Had the GOP candidate been anyone other than Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSeth Meyers mocks Roy Moore riding a horse to vote: ‘Two …

Elections

Weekly Wrap: Retail Spending Figures Have The Financial Media Giddy, But Just How Strong Is The Consumer?

The biggest driver for the markets in the past week has been the increased likelihood of getting some sort of tax reform bill passed before …

Economy

Trump and Steve Bannon urge Roy Moore to concede

<b>(CNN) —</b> Both President Donald Trump and his former chief political strategist Steve Bannon are urging Roy Moore to concede, as the defiant Republican Senate candidate refuses to admit defeat to Democrat Doug Jones.<p>Moore lost Alabama's Tuesday special Senate election by more than 20,000 votes.<p>"I …

U.S. Politics

Black Caucus women: Alabama's Jones should be seated now

ATLANTA (AP) — Female members of the Congressional Black Caucus are asking Republican leaders to let Alabama Democrat Doug Jones join the Senate immediately or delay votes on major legislation.<p>Twenty House members are making the request in letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and …

U.S. Politics

Behind Rubio’s Irresponsible, 12th-Hour Tax Bill Monkey Wrench

It’s one thing to push for changes to a bill. It’s quite another to do it this late in the game, when your party hasn’t put a point on the board all …

Marco Rubio

Breitbart editor: We defended Roy Moore to protect Donald Trump - Salon.com

The editor-in-chief of the ultra-conservative, Steve Bannon-run news outlet Breitbart admitted during a radio broadcast Friday morning that his team's defense of defeated Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore was a bid to protect President Donald Trump from the potential fallout from the various …

Donald Trump

Trump Plans to Help More Republicans Lose in 2018

President Trump plans to be right in the thick of next year’s midterm elections, according to a new report in the Washington <i>Post</i>. The crowd-loving …

Elections

These states could be the next Alabama

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Could the next Roy Moore be awaiting Republicans in Arizona or Nevada?<p>With wounds still fresh from the bruising Senate special election in Alabama, party strategists have begun to refocus on a slew of potentially messy party primaries next year -- where the challenge of …

U.S. Politics

Blue Tide In Alabama

<b>Can You Believe?</b><p>Can you believe Bannon and Trump blaming Mitch McConnell for Roy Moore’s defeat? Or Trump claiming the results show he was right to back Luther Strange? Strange indeed.<p>Can you believe Mitch McConnell rushing a vote on the GOP tax bill before Senator-elect Doug Jones can be seated? …

Harry Reid

Donald Trump is Succeeding Where Hillary Clinton Failed—In Uniting Democrats

It’s been a good year for Democrats, and they have one man to thank for their success: President Donald J. Trump.<p>Even as activists fight over the …

Elections

First Read’s Morning Clips: Tax bill hits a roadblock

<b>TRUMP AGENDA: Tax bill hits a roadblock in the Senate</b><p>The big question in Washington: Will the tax bill have the votes? From NBC’s Benjy Sarlin: “Just days before an expected vote, the sweeping Republican tax bill's fate was up in the air Thursday, with few details confirmed and key senators …

U.S. Politics

There’s good news and there’s bad news - Salon.com

Hard to believe, but four days after Doug Jones beat Roy Moore for Senate in Alabama, it’s already time to take a step back and ask ourselves what really happened down there.<p>Watching the returns on MSNBC on Tuesday night, you’d have thought they were covering a vote in the House to impeach Donald …

U.S. Politics

How Fundagelical Leaders Will Reassure the Tribe After Roy Moore’s Defeat

It wasn’t anyone’s imagination: 2017 kinda sucked all the way around for a lot of folks and in a lot of ways. So we’re probably all feeling like a …

Trump's Brand Is a Drag on GOP Candidates | The Report | US News

Ronald Reagan offered a sunny vision for the nation, with a "Morning in America" message that built a GOP brand of optimism and fiscal conservatism. …

Elections

Across America Briefs

<b>Black Caucus women: Jones should be seated now</b><p>ATLANTA — Female members of the Congressional Caucus are asking Republican leaders to let Alabama …

HBCUs

Donald Trump this week: Moore goes down in Alabama, and a ‘sexist’ tweet targets Gillibrand

Despite endorsing the alleged child molester, U.S. President Donald Trump knew Roy Moore would lose the senate election in Alabama.<p>Story continues …

Donald Trump

Democracy in Crisis: Law Order Dumb-Dumb

By Baynard Woods<p>Jefferson Beauregard Sessions came to Baltimore on the day that Democrat Doug Jones took the attorney general’s former Alabama Senate …

Liberal View

Alabama’s Effort to Suppress Black Vote Couldn’t Prevent Huge Turnout

Some 1.3 million Alabamians – more than twice as many who voted in the primary – turned out to vote in Tuesday’s special election to fill the U.S. …

Liberal View

10 Mind-Blowing Things That Happened This Week (12/15/17)

Keeping up with the news is hard. So hard, in fact, that we’ve decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most significant, unusual, or just …

List-Worthy

Doug Jones, eager to speak for the South, embraces the spotlight

Doug Jones, weeks away from taking office as Alabama’s first Democratic senator since 1996, is not done talking about his win. On Wednesday, as national TV cameras rolled, he spent 26 minutes talking about his goals for 2018. On Thursday, he talked to the hosts of “Pod Save America” — a tastemaking …

U.S. Politics

The Fix's Ask Aaron: The week in politics - The Washington Post

Great to have everyone back this week. TONS of questions already in, so let's get to it...<p>Hi Aaron -- what's your take on Dayton's choice to replace Franken in your native state? And what your sense of who might run on the Republican side? Colman (Norm) says no; Pawlenty? Or is he happy making …

Politics

George Will: Trump is now the worst-ever president

In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, Will, a conservative pundit who is often critical of Trump, ripped the president for supporting GOP …

Donald Trump

Roy Moore issues fiery video refusing to concede: 'Immorality sweeps over our land'

In a statement, the Alabama judge railed against a litany of issues, including ‘abortion, sodomy and materialism’, before wishing viewers a ‘Merry Christmas’<p>Roy Moore refused to concede the Alabama senate election in a fiery video statement released Wednesday night in which he warned “the heart and …

Politics

Is Trump Taking Roy Moore’s Disastrous Loss Too Well?

With intra-party fissures deepening and Trump refusing to course-correct, Republicans are hurtling toward a 2018 shellacking.<p>As the interminable <i>New York Times</i> needle swung for <b>Doug Jones,</b> handing a Democrat a Senate seat in ruby-red Alabama, the Republican establishment turned swiftly on former …

Steve Bannon

Republicans have votes to pass tax plan after Rubio, Corker pledge support

Congressional Republicans secured enough support Friday to pass their massive tax plan, a measure that would deliver a major legislative victory to President Trump and his GOP allies and make tax changes affecting nearly every American family and business.<p>Passage appeared certain after two critical …

U.S. Congress