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The impact of Roy Moore’s loss and what’s the latest on the GOP tax plan?




Democratic U.S. Senator elect Doug Jones (L) and wife Louise Jones (R) greet supporters during his election night gathering the Sheraton Hotel on December 12, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Democratic U.S. Senator elect Doug Jones (L) and wife Louise Jones (R) greet supporters during his election night gathering the Sheraton Hotel on December 12, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Democrat Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate special election, a victory that was a stunning upset in a deeply red state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump.

The president, who had backed Republican Roy Moore despite multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and assault, congratulated Jones on Twitter. The win by Jones, projected by The Associated Press two hours after the polls closed Tuesday night, is sure to send shock waves through Washington. The special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate in February, was upended in November as multiple women came forward to say Moore had pursued them romantically as teenagers when he was in his 30s. Some alleged he had sexually assaulted them, including one woman who said he had initiated sexual contact with her when she was just 14. Moore has denied the accusations. See the full story here.

In other news, President Trump announced he will make a “closing argument” on the GOP tax plan Wednesday. Republican just announced they have come to an agreement on the tax overhaul. As Bloomberg reports. Trump is expected to sign the legislation next week and polls are still showing the plan is unpopular due to impressions that it favors the wealthy. Guest host Libby Denkmann speaks our guests for the latest.

Guests:

John Hammontree, managing producer of Reckon Alabama, the investigative and in-depth reporting unit at AL.com, the news site that covers the state of Alabama; he tweets @johnhammontree

Kevin Whitelaw, deputy managing editor for U.S. government at Bloomberg; he tweets @kevinwhitelaw1