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    The Latest: Jones says he hopes Moore will concede

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Republican Roy Moore refusing to concede defeat in Alabama U.S. Senate race (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Democrat Doug Jones says he hopes Republican Roy Moore will “do the right thing” and concede the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. Jones told a news conference that “it’s time to […]
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    GOP hopes Alabama loss is wakeup call for Trump White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump managed to endorse two different losing candidates in the same Senate race, a setback that is highlighting an experience deficit within the White House political team. “As the leader of the party, I would have liked to have had the seat,” Trump acknowledged Wednesday, a day after a special […]
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    GOP’s Shelby played key role in Democrats’ Alabama victory

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Credit six-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby for Democrat Doug Jones’ shocking win in Alabama, say senators from both parties. Shelby, Alabama’s senior senator and the state’s most influential official, publicly opposed GOP nominee Roy Moore and declared before the election that “the state of Alabama deserves better” than a former judge accused […]
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    Trump’s Alabama evolution _ a tale told in tweets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump likes to trumpet his opinions on Twitter, even when they change dramatically. He put his presidential weight behind two different candidates for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, and both lost. A look at Trump’s tweets over the course of the race: BEFORE AUG. 15 PRIMARY Aug. 14 “Luther Strange […]
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    After big Senate loss, what’s next for firebrand Roy Moore?

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Roy Moore has now lost more statewide races than he’s won in Alabama, including a Senate contest that seemed within reach. So will the Republican former judge now abandon politics and ride off into the sunset? Probably not. Instead, he’s discussing a possible recount — a longshot at best — and […]
  • Lifestyle

    First lady hopes giving spirit continues through holidays

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump said Wednesday at a holiday toy drive sponsored by the military that she hopes the giving spirit that Americans displayed during a season of devastating hurricanes will continue over Christmas and into the new year. She said the holidays are about family, service and gratitude — not gifts. The first […]
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    White House: Trump judicial pick withdraws nomination

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Donald Trump’s nominees for federal judge has been withdrawn, the first failed judicial pick for the Republican president. White House officials said Wednesday the nomination of Brett Talley, who has never argued a case in court and was rated “unanimously unqualified” by the American Bar Association, was withdrawn. The […]
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    Biden consoles daughter of ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to console the daughter of ailing Sen. John McCain after she began crying while discussing her father’s battle with brain cancer on ABC’s “The View.” Meghan McCain, a panelist on the program, told Biden on Wednesday she hadn’t been able to get through his new memoir, […]
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    Minnesota Senate appointment creates a mess back home

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The elevation of Minnesota’s Republican state Senate president to lieutenant governor as part of a chain reaction after U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s resignation will likely lead to a legal fight over whether she can hold two jobs. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to […]
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    Republican higher education bill clears first hurdle

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican legislation making its way through Congress goes after a number of key student loan subsidies and deductions, and critics say it could make college less affordable for millions of Americans. A rewrite of the nation’s main law governing higher education that passed the House Committee on Education and the Workforce late […]
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    The Latest: Fed chair expects ‘modest lift’ from tax cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she and her colleagues expect a “modest lift” to economic growth from the tax cuts being proposed by President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers. Yellen said at a news conference the likelihood of lower […]
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    The Latest: GOP questions political leaning of Mueller team

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election (all times local): 11:08 a.m. Republican members of Congress are challenging the deputy attorney general about the political leanings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team. The questioning of Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday comes one day after […]
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    Alabama House Republican discloses cancer diagnosis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Mo Brooks said Wednesday he has prostate cancer and will undergo surgery this week. The four-term Alabama lawmaker sought the GOP nomination in the Senate race but lost. He said that after losing the primary he got a physical and a screening in which the disease was discovered. Brooks said […]
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    Megyn Kelly takes on sexual misconduct topic, finds audience

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three months ago the idea that Megyn Kelly would make news this week about President Donald Trump seemed unthinkable, but it illustrates her journey in establishing her NBC show as a destination for a national discussion about sexual misconduct. Kelly interviewed four women who accused Trump of inappropriate behavior. In recent […]
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    CNN says Anderson Cooper’s Twitter account apparently hacked

    NEW YORK (AP) — CNN says Anderson Cooper’s Twitter account was hacked after a since-removed tweet from his handle called the president a “tool” and a “pathetic loser” following Democrat Doug Jones win in Alabama’s Senate election. The cable network tweeted early Wednesday that “someone gained access” to Anderson’s account and sent the tweet to […]
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