What to expect in the Alabama Senate election

By Jen Kirby Doug Jones and Roy Moore square off in a chaotic special election with national consequences. What should have been a sleepy, special election to fill now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions's Alabama Senate seat turned into a chaotic, closely watched race on the national stage after Republican candidate Roy Moore was accused of sexual molestation and pursuing underage women while he was in his 30s. Moore is now in a competitive contest against Democrat Doug Jones. The latest polls are all over the map. Most have Moore with a lead, but show Jones within the margin of error. In ...
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The Poll That Built a University

The Poll That Built a University

By SShepard@politico.com (Steven Shepard) HAMDEN, Connecticut—John Lahey arrived in Hamden, Connecticut, in 1987 with a mandate to grow a small college, Quinnipiac, into something much larger. Back then, the school, named for the Native American tribe that once inhabited the area, was a local commuter institution with just a few thousand students. But it had bigger ambitions.A self-described “political junkie” from the Riverdale section of the Bronx, Lahey didn't propose investing in Division I athletics or building a medical school, as other small colleges have done — though he would do both in the coming decades. He came up with ...
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David Petraeus Would Still Work for Trump, Under ‘Certain Conditions’

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By isaac@politico.com (Edward-Isaac Dovere) Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.NEW YORK—David Petraeus had a rule when he was in command in Afghanistan and Iraq: “Be first with the truth.”Recalling that was Petraeus' cautious way of answering a question about whether President Donald Trump is right to say that America is winning the war against the Islamic State. Later, the retired four-star general and former CIA director told me in an interview for POLITICO's Off Message podcast, “There are other presidents who have also made some declarations that they undoubtedly wished that they hadn't ...
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Alabama Senate election: 5 things to watch

Alabama Senate election: 5 things to watch

By dstrauss@politico.com (Daniel Strauss) Alabama's tumultuous special Senate election will take a final unconventional turn on Tuesday, either electing a Republican facing allegations of child predation or giving Democrats their first statewide win in nearly a decade in one of the reddest states in America.Republican Roy Moore was presumed to be the favorite, despite a history of controversial comments and actions, after defeating appointed Sen. Luther Strange in the GOP primary. But Moore's standing fell after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers. Remarkably, Moore remained competitive despite Senate Republicans pulling their support and some calling ...
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Moore, wife blast Washington establishment and media in final appeal

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By gdebenedetti@politico.com (Gabriel Debenedetti) MIDLAND CITY, Ala. — A defiant Roy Moore returned to the campaign trail Monday evening, delivering a thundering speech at an election eve rally in which he implored Alabamians to ignore outsiders who he said were bent on stopping him in the Senate special election.“We dare to defend our rights and we will defend our rights,” Moore, who has been abandoned by much of the Republican Party establishment, told an audience of several hundred packed into a barn. “We're up to our neck in people that don't want change in Washington, D.C., they want to keep ...
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Vox Sentences: No one knows what’s going to happen in Alabama

By Ella Nilsen Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world, curated by Ella Nilsen. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Alabama prepares for election day; an attempted terrorist attack in New York snarls the morning commute; Venezuela slides further into dictatorship. Jones-ing for a win Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Alabama residents head to the polls tomorrow to vote for a new US senator, in a race that has captured the attention of the country. [Vox / Brian Resnick] ...
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Looming pension shortfalls to complicate next shutdown fight

By eschor@politico.com (Elana Schor) The next potential sleeper cause of a government shutdown? Pensions.Congress barely averted a shutdown last year amid a fight over miners' health care. Now the looming collapse of pension plans for the miners — as well as thousands of Teamster truck drivers and food service workers — is fueling another, even more expensive, round of brinkmanship.Key Democrats are vowing to fight for a fix as part of any forthcoming deal to fund the government. And they warn that if Congress doesn't step in soon to forestall the insolvency of several key pension plans — including the ...
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Pollsters dodge Alabama prediction game

Pollsters dodge Alabama prediction game

By SShepard@politico.com (Steven Shepard) Who's leading in Tuesday's special Senate election in Alabama? The race is so peculiar and has so many variables that some pollsters are reluctant to say. Rather than put out a single result that could be viewed as a projection in the race between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore, several polling outfits have simply released a number of different turnout models that explain how the composition of the electorate could swing the election. It's an approach that they say best reflects the tremendous uncertainty surrounding a historically unusual, off-year, mid-December special election in a ...
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