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  • 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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  • The Presence of Justice
    Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

    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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    Kevin Liles

    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

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    John Bazemore / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Poll Tide

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

  • 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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    Susan Walsh / AP

    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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    Alex Wong / Getty

    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.

  • Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images

    Judith Butler Overestimates the Power of Hateful Speech

    In remarks at Berkeley, the professor suggested the need for greater limits on free expression.

  • Brynn Anderson / AP

    The Alabama Election Is a Referendum on the GOP's Future

    The candidacy of Roy Moore pits the Republican Party’s populist insurgents against its establishment—with national implications.

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    'It's the Grandparents Stealing From the Grandchildren'

    There’s a fiction at the heart of the debate over entitlements: The carefully cultivated impression that beneficiaries are simply receiving back their “own” money.

  • Jonathan Bachman / Reuters

    Will Roy Moore Win the Alabama Senate Race?

    Polling has been all over the place in the final days of the race, making reliable predictions impossible.

  • Scott Bauer / AP

    Wisconsin's Welfare Overhaul Is Almost Complete

    The Trump administration could soon approve a proposal from Governor Scott Walker to drug test food-stamp recipients.

  • Andrew Kelly / Reuters

    Another Failed ISIS Attack

    A would-be suicide bomber in New York again displays the incompetence of so many of the Islamic State’s sympathizers.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Lemon Aid

    CNN accused Trump of online bullying after he tweeted that anchor Don Lemon is the “dumbest man on television.”

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    The Partisan, Nihilist Case Against Robert Mueller

    Attacks on the special counsel aren’t about misconduct—instead, they’re aimed at discrediting the very idea of professionalism.

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    How Russia Hacked America—And Why It Will Happen Again

    Russia’s cyber warfare success revealed America’s weakness.

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    Jeff Elkins; Alexey Kurbatov and Muti

    What Putin Really Wants

    Russia's strongman president has many Americans convinced of his manipulative genius. He's really just a gambler who won big.