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For Doug Jones to win, here’s what has to happen

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) THE MORNING PLUM: Can Democrat Doug Jones win in Alabama today? The answer will mostly depend on three components, according to a senior Jones strategist I spoke to this morning: African American turnout must outperform expectations. Undecided white voters — there is still an unexpectedly large percentage of them, according to private data — must continue to break towards Jones. And, in an important but under-appreciated factor, a larger than expected percentage of GOP-leaning white voters — say, in the mid single digits — has to write in somebody other than Roy Moore. “It’s a dead heat,” Joe Trippi, a senior strategist to Jones, told me this morning, in characterizing the campaign’s data. “We’re right on the ragged edge.” In our interview, Trippi described ...

There’s Trump math and then there’s real math

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke with Republican senators on Nov. 7 about the push for tax reform. “Nothing is more important to the president’s agenda than tax reform and tax cuts,” he said. (Reuters) No doubt, the trained professionals in the Treasury Department were embarrassed to see such a shoddy, rankly partisan document under their department’s name. Chalk it up to the further denigration of truth and destruction of the reputation of our federal government. Yesterday, Business Insider reported: The Treasury Department on Monday released a one-page report arguing that the Republican tax bill’s cost would eventually be paid for by economic growth, but it triggered backlash from experts who said it contained serious errors and significant assumptions. … The Tre...

Alabama voters head to the polls in pivotal Senate race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a pivotal special election in which allegations of inappropriate behavior against Republican candidate Roy Moore have created a unique opportunity for Democrats in the typically ruby-red Deep South. The closely watched Senate contest between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones is expected to set the stage for the 2018 midterm elections by testing the influence of President Trump and conservative allies, such as Stephen K. Bannon, former White House chief strategist, with voters on the ground. Democrats are hoping to capi­tal­ize next year on allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump and other members of the GOP to help them gain seats in the House and Senate. Voting began at 7 a.m. Central time on Tuesday, as both candidates ...

Follow live: Ball, Lakers head into clash with Knicks

Lonzo Ball looked up at the famous ceiling at Madison Square Garden and soaked it all in during his first morning shootaround at the arena. Ball has only been to New York twice — the only other time was for the draft — and tonight will be his first game at the Mecca of basketball. Ball says he’s mostly stayed in his hotel room outside of making an appearance at a Big Baller Brand pop-up store to sign autographs for thousands of fans who braved the cold on Sunday. It’s a big week for the rookie. Besides making his Garden debut, he faces LeBron James, his favorite player growing up, on Thursday for the first time. “Every kid dreams about playing (at the Garden), just because of all the history and all the battles,” Ball said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun...

Oscar Pistorius Bruised In Prison Fight Over Phone

Oscar Pistorius Bruised In Prison Fight … Over Phone 12/12/2017 7:11 AM PST Breaking News Here’s a story about a no-legged man in an ass-kicking contest …  Ex-Olympic sprinter (turned convicted killer) Oscar Pistorius was involved in a prison fight in the South African penitentiary where he’s locked up … officials confirm.  The Blade Runner — who’s serving a 13-year prison term for the 2013 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp — got into the scrap on Dec. 6.  Prison officials say Pistorius and another inmate fought “over the use of a public phone in the special care unit.” Pistorius only suffered a bruise. No word on the other inmate.  No so tough without your gun, are ya? 

Sandy Hook families share how to spot signs of mass shooting

© Getty Images Vigil Held In Newtown, Connecticut For Las Vegas Shooting VictimsNEWTOWN, CT – OCTOBER 04: Dozens of people attend a vigil remembering the 58 people killed in Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas and calling for action against guns on October 4, 2017 in Newtown, Connecticut. The vigil, organized by the Newtown Action Alliance, was held outside the National Shooting Sport Foundation and looked to draw attention to gun violence in America. Twenty school children were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown on December 14, 2012. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) When 20 children and six educators were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, people across the US said: “Never again.” Instead, family members of victims have watched as a s...

Stunning photos of storms captured perfectly

Storms can often leave behind destruction and chaos, but sometimes they appear so beautiful that we’re forced to stop for a moment and just stare at this natural phenomenon. Click through to view some stunning storm photography that will leave you spellbound.

Both parties fear damage in new era of harassment politics

© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) (C) arrives at the U.S. Capitol Building December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Franken announced that he will be resigning in the coming weeks after being accused by several women of sexual harrassment. WASHINGTON — Chatter in Washington around the rising tally of lawmakers toppled by sexual harassment allegations has shifted from “who’s next?” to “how does this end?” While the U.S. capital has endured sex scandals since Alexander Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds in the 1790s, the country has undergone a sudden shift in attitudes toward allegations of abuse, harassment or other inappropriate behavior and no historical templates exist for how it all might play out. The cultural change has been moving so fast last week that Democratic...

31 reasons why 2017 was a mind-blowing year for the environment

By loveEXPLORING staff of Love Exploring | Environmental stories that made the headlines Our planet has endured a tumultuous year of rising temperatures, natural disasters and wildlife extinctions, but it’s not been all bad news for Mother Earth. We take a look back at the key environmental stories of 2017. © Superjoseph/Shutterstock

Analysis: How could Moore win? Weak parties, strong partisanship

© Provided by Vox.com Alabama might elect a senator whose past includes dating teenagers when he was in his 30s, and getting kicked out of a mall for predatory behavior. How could this happen?  The same way Donald Trump happened. The most important feature of our political age is that parties are weak while partisanship is strong. The Republican Party, in particular, has lost control over its primaries: Like Trump before him, Moore was opposed by the GOP establishment but won the party’s nomination anyway. And having won his party’s nomination, he is now buoyed by the power of modern partisanship: Alabama is overwhelmingly Republican, and Republicans do not want to vote for a Democrat, or let one win. It’s worth dwelling on how different, and how surprising, this era is. As a political sci...

BTS Earns First Pop Songs Chart Hit for a K-Pop Group With ‘MIC Drop’

The song, featuring Desiigner, debuts at No. 37 on the radio airplay survey. BTS notches the first hit for a K-pop group in the history of Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as “MIC Drop,” featuring Desiigner (and remixed by Steve Aoki), debuts at No. 37 (on the chart dated Dec. 23). The song is just the second K-pop song overall to reach the ranking, following singer/rapper PSY‘s smash “Gangnam Style” which hit No. 10 on Pop Songs in 2012. The Pop Songs chart, which began in 1992 (and just celebrated its 25th anniversary), measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 160 mainstream top 40 stations. The chart honors continue to flow for BTS, as, a week earlier, “MIC Drop” debuted at No. 28 o...