What We’re Following
Special Election: Alabama voters will make their choice today in the highly unpredictable race for U.S. Senate between Roy Moore, the Republican judge who faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, and Doug Jones, his Democratic rival. Voters will also be choosing between two competing camps of the Republican Party: the establishment leaders who initially rejected Moore and the populists who fueled his rise. Follow along here for the latest results in the high-stakes election.
The White House: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York called on President Trump to step down in light of the multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment against him, prompting the president to lash out at her in a tweet charged with sexual innuendo. And National-Security Adviser H. R. McMaster described a few key elements from the Trump administration’s forthcoming national-security strategy, foreshadowing a plan that lacks previous presidents’ emphasis on promoting democratic values.
Taxes and Benefits: Congressional Republicans are scrambling to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of their bill to overhaul the tax code. If passed, the bill would generate up to $1.5 trillion fewer in tax revenue for the U.S., which already has a low tax burden compared with peer economies—and would likely result in lower benefits for American families. Of the benefits that already exist, Social Security is often seen as a system that returns people’s own money to them, but the reality is more complicated. Kurt Vonnegut once summed it up: “It’s the grandparents stealing from the grandchildren.”