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The Alabama Special Election Live Blog

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:37:00 GMT2017-12-13T00:37:00Z

It’s been just 11 weeks since Roy Moore won the Alabama GOP primary to become the nominee to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, and only five weeks since the Washington Post began reporting the allegations that Moore pursued and sexually abused teenagers when he was in his 30s—leading Roy Moore and his allies to lie again and again and again and again about the accusations. The stakes are now much higher than a single Senate seat, and the pressure on Democrat Doug Jones couldn’t be more intense. Below is our running coverage of tonight’s climax to the special election campaign that turned into an unnerving national drama.

Alabama Senate candidates Roy Moore and Doug Jones.


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All the Things Uber Is Doing to Try to Prove It's Now Less Awful

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:29:13 GMT2017-12-13T00:29:13Z

Travis Kalanick, former CEO of Uber, left his position in June amid a number of scandals at the company.

Uber is trying to prove it's a different company. 


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The Apple Watch Wants to Become the Ultimate Fitness Tracker

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:24:03 GMT2017-12-13T00:24:03Z

The Apple Watch has a new trick: connecting to workout machines at the gym. Announced back at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June, this capability—called GymKit—syncs Apple Watches with smart gym equipment. It’s a step beyond what even today’s most advanced GPS and activity monitors offer—and a step toward turning the Apple Watch into the ultimate fitness tracker.

The Apple Watch has become a serious option for athletes. 


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The Angle: Big Night Edition

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:11:25 GMT2017-12-12T23:11:25Z

Looking ahead: Democrats in Alabama tell Jamelle Bouie that even if they lose tonight’s special election, and Roy Moore becomes a senator, they see this groundswell of opposition as an opportunity that shouldn’t be wasted. (Meanwhile, Molly Olmstead tags along with a few Democrats knocking on doors and trying very hard not to mention Moore or Trump.)

Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones prepares to greet voters outside of a polling station at the Bessemer Civic Center on Tuesday in Alabama.


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The Free World’s Landlord

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:08:43 GMT2017-12-12T23:08:43Z

In a little-noted passage of his speech at a Saturday rally in Pensacola, Florida, mostly devoted to support for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, President Trump revived a theme that some of his aides had hoped he’d abandoned—his demeaning of America’s allies, his dismissal of NATO as an outfit of no real use to U.S. interests, and his threat not to send troops to defend its members from attacks unless they pony up more money.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Pensacola Bay Center on Saturday in Pensacola, Florida.


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It’s Partisanship, Stupid

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:52:15 GMT2017-12-12T22:52:15Z

Listen to Episode 888 of Slate’s The Gist:

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones meets with voters on Nov. 20 in Talladega, Alabama.


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One Hasty Study Doesn’t Mean That “Man Flu” Is Real

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:38:00 GMT2017-12-12T22:38:00Z

The notion of a “man flu” has long circulated on the internet, a silly concept with some serious staying power. While it’s been entered into more reputable lexical receptacles since, Urban Dictionary defined it first and best: “The condition shared by all males wherein a common illness (usually a mild cold) is presented by the patient as life-threatening. This is also known as ‘Fishing for Sympathy’ or ‘Chronic Exaggeration’. When the patient is your boyfriend, he will exhibit the standard symptoms (such as an overwhelming desire for compassion) while simultaneously rejecting any and all efforts you make to placate him.”


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The “Movement” Against Roy Moore

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:16:00 GMT2017-12-12T22:16:00Z

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—If ever there was a time for Alabama to buck its 25-year history of electing Republicans—and only Republicans—to the United States Senate, now is it.

Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones speaks to reporters after voting at Brookwood Baptist Church on Tuesday in Mountain Brook, Alabama.


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Europe Has a Message for Americans on Net Neutrality

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:55:52 GMT2017-12-12T21:55:52Z

Whether to retain or remove net neutrality protections in the United States, as the Federal Communications Commission will decide this Thursday, is an American question. But it’s good to know how it works in other democracies. As the chairman of both France’s regulatory agency for telecommunications and the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, or BEREC, I believe it is my duty to share some evidence from Europe.

People use their smartphones to take photos of the L’Oreal fashion show on the Champs-Élysées as part of Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 1.


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