Democrat Doug Jones was the apparent winner of Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.
It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but sure in the age of Trump. The Republican loss was a major embarrassment for the president and a fresh wound for the nation's already divided GOP.
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President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Tuesday, after she said Trump should resign over recent sexual misconduct allegations. Gillibrand called it a "sexist smear" while Democrats rallied around her.
Trump was pushing back against the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisting he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met."
Three women who previously accused Trump of sexual harassment had shared their stories on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" on Monday, their accusations getting a new focus as the #MeToo movement highlights sexual misconduct in workplaces from Hollywood to Washington.
Senators took to social media after Doug Jones was the apparent winner to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, with many Democrats calling it a political setback for President Donald Trump.
"Congratulations to my friend @GDouglasJones. He'll be a great colleague," Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., tweeted. "President Trump went all in for Roy Moore, but proud Alabamians wisely repudiated their behavior."
Most Republicans did not immediately react on Twitter to Jones' win.
Amid sexual misconduct allegations that have rocked Capitol Hill, a generational divide is becoming increasingly evident in Congress. The upheaval has spurred a wave of younger lawmakers to demand institutional reform and call for top Congressional leaders to step down and make way for the next generation.
"Given the current age profile of the Democrats, it seems like there will be a generational shift," Gregory J. Wawro, a professor of political science at Columbia University, told NBC. "That seems inevitable now. To what extent that will bring about changes in Congress or changes in the Democratic Party, that remains to be seen."
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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 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Grasz served for more than 11 years as Nebraska's chief deputy attorney general and was general counsel to the Nebraska Republican Party.
Republican Roy Moore, facing numerous allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, and Democrat Doug Jones cast their ballots in the vote that will send one of them to the U.S.
An illegal cooking fire at an encampment near a Los Angeles freeway sparked a fast-moving wildfire last week that destroyed homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood and closed down a major freeway, officials said Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said that a cooking fire in a brush area near Sepulveda Boulevard where it passes underneath the 405 Freeway was the cause of the so-called Skirball Fire, which broke out around 5 a.m. Wednesday.
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was set to reveal his choice Wednesday to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, with the top contender seen as his longtime adviser Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.
Dayton has declined to answer questions about the appointment since Franken announced his impending resignation last week following allegations of sexual misconduct. In making the appointment, Dayton was weighing a short-term replacement against pressure from top Democrats in Washington to name someone who would run in 2018 in a special election to complete Franken's term ending in 2020.
A Democratic official told The Associated Press last week that Dayton was ready to choose Smith as a placeholder before being pressured to appoint someone who could leverage the appointment into a 2018 run.
The man who authorities said detonated a makeshift bomb strapped to his chest in one of the New York City subway system's busiest underground corridors referenced the president in a Facebook post the morning of the attack, saying, "Trump, you failed to protect your nation," according to a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday.
The complaint was unsealed less than 24 hours after the attack near Port Authority and Times Square and charges Akayed Ullah in federal court with bombing of a public place, using a weapon of mass destruction and material support for a foreign terrorist organization.
The federal charges against Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi national who has lived in Brooklyn since immigrating to the states on a family visa in 2011, came down shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, just more than 24 hours after he allegedly exploded the device in an ISIS-inspired attack.
Democrat Doug Jones is the apparent winner of the Alabama Senate race. Jones’ win is an upset in a deep red state that has not had a Democrat in the Senate in 25 years.
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A visit by Colin Kaepernick to the Rikers Island jail facility has drawn a rebuke from the union that represents city correction officers.
The president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association told the Daily News that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's presence at Rikers on Tuesday will only encourage inmates to attack jail guards.
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Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him with insults like "idiot" and "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of the messages released Tuesday.
One of the officials said in an election night text that the prospect of a Trump victory was "terrifying."
Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent, was removed over the summer from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of text messages exchanged with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who was also detailed this year to the group of agents and prosecutors investigating potential coordination between Russia and Trump's Republican campaign.
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the United States is open to talks with North Korea without preconditions, saying it is unrealistic for the country to give up its nuclear weapons program before discussions can begin.
"It's not realistic to say we're only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program, they have too much invested in it," Tillerson said at the Atlantic Council think tank, NBC News reported.
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Officials in several states started warning families this week that funding for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is about to run out.
The joint state-federal health plan designed to help uninsured children from low-income households was not renewed by Congress, and, as NBC News reports, for many families that may mean an end to their children’s health coverage.
“I would say most families, their children will go without insurance,” said Linda Nablo, chief deputy director at Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services.
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Carter Stone's relapse story echoes the millions suffering from opioid addiction. Over the past 18 years, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids nearly quadrupled, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
On an average day in the U.S., more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed. On each day, 3,900 people begin the nonmedical use of prescription opioids, while 580 people begin using heroin, DHHS says.