Voters finally lined up and voted across Alabama Tuesday after a scandal-stained Senate election campaign that tested the limits of party loyalty in the age of President Donald Trump and — win or lose — promised significant political consequences for Republicans everywhere.
At the center of the special election was fiery Christian conservative Roy Moore — "Judge Moore" to his supporters. The 70-year-old Republican was twice ousted as state Supreme Court chief justice after flouting federal law. This year he attempted a political resurrection against party officials horrified by accusations that he was guilty of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.
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President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Tuesday, after she said Trump should resign over recent sexual misconduct allegations. Gillibrand called it a "sexist smear" while Democrats rallied around her.
Trump was pushing back against the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisting he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met."
Three women who previously accused Trump of sexual harassment had shared their stories on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" on Monday, their accusations getting a new focus as the #MeToo movement highlights sexual misconduct in workplaces from Hollywood to Washington.
Amid sexual misconduct allegations that have rocked Capitol Hill, a generational divide is becoming increasingly evident in Congress. The upheaval has spurred a wave of younger lawmakers to demand institutional reform and call for top Congressional leaders to step down and make way for the next generation.
"Given the current age profile of the Democrats, it seems like there will be a generational shift," Gregory J. Wawro, a professor of political science at Columbia University, told NBC. "That seems inevitable now. To what extent that will bring about changes in Congress or changes in the Democratic Party, that remains to be seen."
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The Senate on Tuesday narrowly confirmed one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees despite a rare "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association.
On a party-line vote of 50-48, the Republican-led Senate backed Leonard Steven Grasz to serve on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
An illegal cooking fire at an encampment near a Los Angeles freeway sparked a fast-moving wildfire last week that destroyed homes in the Bel-Air neighborhood and closed down a major freeway, officials said Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said that a cooking fire in a brush area near Sepulveda Boulevard where it passes underneath the 405 Freeway was the cause of the so-called Skirball Fire, which broke out around 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Republican Roy Moore, facing numerous allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, and Democrat Doug Jones cast their ballots in the vote that will send one of them to the U.S.
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A visit by Colin Kaepernick to the Rikers Island jail facility has drawn a rebuke from the union that represents city correction officers.
The president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association told the Daily News that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's presence at Rikers on Tuesday will only encourage inmates to attack jail guards.
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Carter Stone's relapse story echoes the millions suffering from opioid addiction. Over the past 18 years, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids nearly quadrupled, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
On an average day in the U.S., more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed. On each day, 3,900 people begin the nonmedical use of prescription opioids, while 580 people begin using heroin, DHHS says.
The man who authorities said detonated a makeshift bomb strapped to his chest in one of the New York City subway system's busiest underground corridors referenced the president in a Facebook post the morning of the attack, saying, "Trump, you failed to protect your nation," according to a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday.
The complaint was unsealed less than 24 hours after the attack near Port Authority and Times Square and charges Akayed Ullah in federal court with bombing of a public place, using a weapon of mass destruction and material support for a foreign terrorist organization.
The federal charges against Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi national who has lived in Brooklyn since immigrating to the states on a family visa in 2011, came down shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, just more than 24 hours after he allegedly exploded the device in an ISIS-inspired attack.
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A San Diego man believes the fact that he was not in the backyard of his home when a small plane crashed is a miracle.
Max Sansa left his Clairemont home for work at 4:13 p.m. Saturday.
At 4:25 p.m., a plane fell from the sky shortly after takeoff from Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport.
The plane exploded into flames, killing two people and destroying the home.
The pilots were trying to land in a nearby schoolyard, however, the plane crashed through a fence and skidded into Sansa's yard on Chandler Drive.
With more people opting out of traditional Christmas lights and choosing instead to create over-the-top laser displays, the Federal Aviation Administration warns these powerful beams could shoot past homes and into the sky, distracting pilots.
“The FAA's concerns about lasers – regardless of the source – is that they not be aimed at aircraft in a way that can threaten the safety of a flight by distracting or blinding the pilots,” the federal agency said in a statement. “People may not realize that systems they set up to spread holiday cheer can also pose a potential hazard to pilots flying overhead.”
As two states prepare to use the powerful opioid fentanyl in executions, an inmate on death row in Nebraska is preparing to challenge the use of “an untried four-drug combination” to carry out his death sentence for the 2002 killings of five people during a bank robbery.
Fentanyl, which is blamed for thousands of overdose deaths across the U.S., is also a key ingredient in the lethal cocktail that Nevada officials hope to use to execute another convicted killer.
“We are still waiting for the courts to approve the use of this new drug cocktail,” Nevada DOC spokeswoman Brooke Keast said Tuesday in an email to NBC News. “But should that happen, we have purchased enough fentanyl to use it in future executions as well.”
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Standing outside of a Roy Moore rally in Midland City on the eve of Alabama’s special Senate election, peanut farmer Nathan Mathis held a photo of his daughter and a sign with a message for voters: Please don’t vote for Moore.
Mathis’ daughter, Patti Sue Mathis, died by suicide when she was 23 because "she was tired of being ridiculed and made fun of," for being gay, he wrote in an open letter to the Dothan Eagle, a local Alabama newspaper, in 2012.
Speaking to NBC News’ Vaughn Hillyard, Mathis condemned Moore’s past comments on homosexuality while revealing he too was once anti-gay. "I said bad things to my daughter, which I regret,” Mathis lamented.
President Donald Trump tweeted that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign contributions on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Later in the day, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said...
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional spending on missile defense programs to counter North Korea's growing nuclear weapons threat.
But there's a catch. The $700 billion budget won't become reality until lawmakers agree to roll back a 2011 law that set strict limits on federal spending, including by the Defense Department — and they haven't yet.
The law caps 2018 defense spending at $549 billion.