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    Marco Rubio Makes His Move

    With Republicans already tight on votes, the Florida senator says he’ll oppose the final tax bill if party leaders don’t meet his demands to expand the child tax credit for working families.

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    The 2018 Congressional Retirement Tracker

    Republican Representative Blake Farenthold of Texas on Thursday became the latest member of Congress forced out by allegations of harassment. Here's a running list of all the lawmakers calling it quits.

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    Americans Don't Really Understand Gun Violence

    Why? Because there's very little known about the thousands of victims who survive deadly shootings.

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    The Republican Nightmare Is Just Beginning

    In 2018, party strategists fret, they’ll face a tough electoral landscape—and a bumper crop of fringe candidates.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Omarexit

    Omarosa Manigault-Newman, a former star on The Apprentice, resigned from her position as a White House aide amid reported “drama.”

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    The Legacy of Ed Lee, San Francisco's First Asian American Mayor

    Jean Quan, Oakland’s first Asian American chief executive, talks about the impact of her colleague from across the Bay.  

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    ‘If It Doesn’t Work, Blame Us’

    Brushing aside attacks from Democrats, GOP negotiators agree on a late change in the tax bill that would reduce the top individual income rate even more than originally planned.

  • Marvin Gentry / Reuters

    Can the Democratic Party Make a Comeback in 2018?

    Democrats won a historic victory in Alabama in the U.S. Senate special election, but the unique circumstances of that race won’t be easily replicated in future contests.

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    Trump's Flawed Theory of the Alabama Senate Race

    In analyzing Doug Jones’s surprise win, the pundit-in-chief misconstrues the race and elides his own role in Moore’s defeat.

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    How Doug Jones Will—and Won't—Shake Up the Republican Agenda

    The Democrat’s win in Alabama could scuttle the GOP’s hopes of repealing Obamacare and scaling back safety-net programs. But he probably won’t get to Washington in time to stop the tax bill.

  • Jonathan Bachman / Reuters

    'We Are in a Trump-Driven Worst-Case Situation Right Now'

    The president is the common thread between the recent Republican losses in Alabama, New Jersey, and Virginia.

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    New York City Has Its Own Fund to Bail People Out of Jail

    It’s one of several ways local officials are trying to reform a bail system that the state largely controls.

  • Carlo Allegri / Reuters

    The Making of an Upset

    Everything had to go exactly right for Doug Jones, and exactly wrong for Roy Moore—and it did.

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    The Voters of Alabama

    Portraits from the Yellowhammer state, where Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the special election for Senate on Tuesday

  • Marvin Gentry / Reuters

    African American Voters Made Doug Jones a U.S. Senator in Alabama

    The state’s Black Belt made big turnout gains in support of the Democratic candidate, providing his margin of victory in the Senate special election in a deep-red state.

  • Marvin Gentry / Reuters

    An Upset Win for Democrats—and a Stinging Loss for Donald Trump

    Democrat Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate race, narrowing the Republican majority and handing the president a major political setback.

  • Carlo Allegri / Reuters

    Democrat Doug Jones Wins the Alabama Special Election

    In a major upset, the Democratic candidate prevailed in the deeply conservative state.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Poll Tide

    Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones face off in Alabama’s special Senate election.

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    Republicans Race to Finish Their Tax Cuts

    The GOP wants to enact a final bill into law next week, but it has to make some tricky decisions first.

  • Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    A National-Security Strategy Devoid of Values

    H.R. McMaster previewed the administration’s new plan on Tuesday, which offers a striking contrast to the visions of other recent presidents.

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    Trump Tests the Limits of Shame

    The president attacked a senator who has emerged as a crusader against all manner of sexual misbehavior by political leaders.