Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32
Alabama resident Leigh Corfman said that in 1979, when Moore was an assistant district attorney, he brought her to his home and touched her sexually. Three other women said that Moore — now a candidate for U.S. Senate — pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s.
By Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites  •  Read more »
Mitch McConnell calls on Moore to exit Alabama Senate race ‘if these allegations are true’
A growing chorus of Senate Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have called on Senate candidate Roy Moore to withdraw from a special election on Dec. 12.
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Senate GOP plan would protect mortgage interest deduction, end state and local tax deduction
Republican senators are forging their own path on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code, preparing a plan that would delay President Trump’s top business priority and blow up House Republicans’ carefully crafted compromise on state and local tax deductions. There are other notable differences between the bills from the two chambers.
By Damian Paletta and Mike DeBonis  •   Read more »
White House chief of staff tried to pressure acting DHS secretary to expel thousands of Hondurans
Elaine Duke refused to reverse her decision and was angered by what she felt was a politically driven intrusion by White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and Tom Bossert, the White House homeland security adviser, according to officials with knowledge of the events. Duke informed Kelly she plans to resign, the officials said. But a DHS spokesman denied that Duke plans to leave the position.
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Aaron Hernandez suffered from most severe CTE ever found in a person his age, study finds
Doctors released the postmortem results for the former Patriots tight end who hanged himself in prison.
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Putin says Olympic disqualifications are sign of U.S. meddling in Russia’s elections 
On the eve of a possible meeting with President Trump, the Kremlin leader said Americans are trying to stir discontent in Russia.
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Trump’s ‘terrific’ trip to China may not be so successful
Some observers worry that after all the sweet talk by President Trump in China, the United States expects a lot from Beijing — but Chinese leader Xi Jinping may not budge.
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Army jacket and pearls: How Sanders is the White House’s great master of image
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders may have been dressing for the weather, but it was perfect for the narrative.
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Trump voter-fraud commission sued by one of its own members, alleging Democrats are being kept in the dark
The panel faces at least eight other lawsuits seeking to curb its operations or make its deliberations more transparent.
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Driverless bus gets into an accident on its first day at work in Las Vegas
But the fender bender was caused by the driver of the other vehicle — a delivery truck that backed into the front of the shuttle, according to a report.
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Cowboys star Elliott again suspended by NFL as appeals court rejects latest injunction request
Barring the results of yet another appeal, Elliott’s six-game ban will begin Sunday and lift ahead of Dallas’s Dec. 24 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
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Neighbor who allegedly attacked Sen. Rand Paul pleads not guilty
Rene Boucher faces the possibility of much more serious federal and state felony charges as investigations continue.
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