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the latest: doug jones says he'll vote for budget bill


washington — the latest on the budget battle in congress (all times local):8:55 p.m.newly minted alabama democratic sen. doug jones is breaking ranks with party leaders and will vote for the house-passed republican bill preventing a federal shutdown.jones tells the associated press he will "reluctantly" vote for the measure late friday. he says he's backing it because the measure contains fresh financing for the children's health insurance program, which helps low-income children.it will be jones' highest-profile vote since he joined the senate jan. 3 after his upset special election victory over conservative roy moore.democrats say they have the votes to block the gop measure. republicans control the senate 51-49 but need 60 votes to prevail.jones joins at least three other democrats sayi






jones: don’t expect him to always side with senate democrats


washington (ap) — democrat doug jones, who won election to the senate from staunchly republican alabama, insisted to both parties in politically divided washington sunday that he’ll leave “all the options on the table” when it comes to his votes next year on issues from immigration to infrastructure.“i’m going to consider anything,” said jones, a former prosecutor, explaining that he doesn’t plan on labeling himself a progressive or a conservative democrat but a “doug jones democrat.”in an early sign, jones reiterated that he would oppose spending money to build a wall on the u.s.-mexico border, as president donald trump insists upon, and expressed concern that a sweeping tax cut proposal that was on track for approval this week was being “plopped into a vote too quickly.” at the same time






jones: don't expect him to always side with senate democrats


washington — democrat doug jones, who won election to the senate from staunchly republican alabama, insisted to both parties in politically divided washington sunday that he'll leave "all the options on the table" when it comes to his votes next year on issues from immigration to infrastructure."i'm going to consider anything," said jones, a former prosecutor, explaining that he doesn't plan on labeling himself a progressive or a conservative democrat but a "doug jones democrat."in an early sign, jones reiterated that he would oppose spending money to build a wall on the u.s.-mexico border, as president donald trump insists upon, and expressed concern that a sweeping tax cut proposal that was on track for approval this week was being "plopped into a vote too quickly." at the same time, jon






doug jones lauds 'common courtesy and decency' in alabama vote


at the end of the day, this entire race has been about dignity and respect. this campaign has been about the rule of law. this campaign has been about common courtesy and decency. ​​​​​ democrat doug jones of alabama, in victory speech






doug jones says don't expect him to always side with senate democrats


democrat doug jones, who won election to the senate from staunchly republican alabama, insisted to both parties in politically divided washington sunday that he'll leave "all the options on the table" when it comes to his votes next year on issues from immigration to infrastructure."i'm going to consider anything," said jones, explaining that he doesn't plan on labeling himself a progressive or a conservative democrat but a "doug jones democrat."in an early sign, jones reiterated that he would oppose spending money to build a wall on the u.s.-mexico border, as president donald trump insists upon, and expressed concern that a sweeping gop tax cut proposal that was on track for approval this week was being "plopped into a vote too quickly." at the same time, jones said people should not "exp






alabama's doug jones sworn in to the senate


(click here, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)by david weigel | washington postwashington – democrat doug jones was sworn in wednesday as alabama’s newest u.s. senator, reducing the republican majority to 51 seats and giving his party more room to impede president trump’s 2018 legislative agenda.jones took his oath of office alongside former vice president joe biden, a longtime friend who had urged him to run last year. sen. tina smith, d-minn., was also sworn in wednesday to replace former senator al franken; she was joined by former vice president walter mondale.start your day with the news you need from the bay area and beyond. sign up for our new morning report weekday newsletter.a 63-year old democrat, jones became the most junior member of the senate, just






alabama's doug jones sworn in as senator, narrowing the republican majority


democrat doug jones, who pulled off a political upset in the south, took office even though his opponent roy moore refuses to concede        






doug jones' surprise win in the alabama senate race just upended the gop ag


doug jones won’t be sworn in for at least two weeks, giving republicans a narrow window to pass tax reform. after that, they will have smaller majority.        






the latest: moore not conceding defeat in senate race


montgomery, ala. — the latest on republican roy moore refusing to concede defeat in alabama u.s. senate race (all times local):11:45 p.m.alabama republican roy moore says he is waiting for the "final count" in the alabama race for u.s. senate.moore in a wednesday video released by his campaign, said it was a close race and that some military and provisional ballots had yet to be counted.moore said he is waiting for certification of the final vote by the alabama secretary of state. that is expected to occur sometime between dec. 26 and jan. 3.unofficial returns show that democrat doug jones defeated moore by about 20,000 votes or 1.5 percent.moore released the message several hours after jones urged him to "do the right thing" and concede.moore, who is known for his evangelical politics, ca






who is doug jones? civil rights activist, attorney and university of alabama alu


doug jones special election victory over roy moore marks the first time alabama has elected a democrat to the senate in 25 years. but who is he?        






the latest: trump to do robocalls for moore


montgomery, ala. — the latest on the u.s. senate election in alabama.(all times local):7:12 p.m.president donald trump has recorded automated phone messages urging support for republican roy moore in the alabama senate race.white house spokesman raj shah said saturday that trump has recorded the phone message on moore's behalf. moore's campaign said the calls will go out to households monday, a day ahead of the u.s. senate election.moore is locked in a heated contest with democrat doug jones for the seat that previously belonged to attorney general jeff sessions.trump urged alabamians to vote for moore during a friday-night rally in neighboring florida.trump had done similar calls for incumbent sen. luther strange who lost to moore in the gop primary.___6:20 p.m.new jersey sen. cory booker






the latest: doug jones says win is 'new chapter' for state


montgomery, ala. — the latest on the u.s. senate race in alabama (all times local):1:30 p.m.senator-elect doug jones of alabama says his victory marks a "new chapter for our state and the nation."jones issued a statement thursday after a state board officially declared him the winner of the dec. 12 election. jones said he is looking forward to "going to work for the people of alabama."official election results show that jones defeated republican roy moore by 21,924 votes. jones is expected to be sworn in next month.he is the first alabama democrat elected to the u.s. senate in 25 years. jones said he will be an "independent voice" in the senate and will strive for "common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle."the state certified jones' win after a judge rejected moore's req






the latest: bands play for jones's get out the vote push


montgomery, ala. — the latest on the u.s. senate election in alabama.(all times local):8:40 p.m.two prominent alabama-based musical acts are helping democrat doug jones get out the vote for tuesday's u.s. senate election against republican roy moore.singer jason isbell performed a free show for jones' campaign in huntsville saturday night, and two members of st. paul & the broken bones did a show in birmingham.jones took the stage during the birmingham show, telling the crowd: "now is the time to make the winds of change blow through alabama." jones said moore is divisive and would be a "disaster" for alabama businesses.former massachusetts gov. deval patrick joined jones on stage, saying the alabama race is important to the whole nation.isbell played in a mid-sized music hall, while lead






twitter thanks #blackwomen for voting for democrat doug jones in alabama senate


democrat doug jones sailed to victory tuesday in alabama with the help of black voters.        






the latest: ryan says trump came to hill to 'close the deal'


washington — the latest on the republican health care overhaul (all times local):10:40 a.m.house speaker paul ryan is evoking president donald's trump's reputation for deal-making as he describes the president's closed-door meeting with house republicans.ryan said, "president trump was here to do what he does best and that is to close the deal."trump put his political capital on the line tuesday morning by traveling to capitol hill to make his pitch for the bill.the house is scheduled to vote on the bill thursday. if it passes, the bill faces an uncertain future in the senate.___10:20 a.m.president donald trump is warning house republicans that their seats in congress could be at risk is they fail to pass the gop health bill.trump addressed republican lawmakers in a closed-door meeting at






uncomfortable choice for alabama gop voters in senate race


homewood, ala. — with two weeks to go until the alabama election for u.s. senate, kathie luckie of hoover said she is "teetering" with her choice.a republican, she usually supports the gop candidate. but she said roy moore has always been "a little radical" for her taste, even before he was hit with recent allegations of sexual misconduct."it's a struggle. i'm just kind of bouncing around with my decisions. right now, i'm caught between don't vote or vote republican," said luckie, a retired ups supervisor from hoover. even though she's not a moore fan, she said, "i do believe it's important for a republican to get into the office."voters like luckie — reliable republicans in the middle — will determine whether moore or democrat doug jones wins on dec. 12. while moore needs evangelicals to






gop faces 5-day scramble to pass tax bill, avoid government shutdown


republicans return to congress on monday facing a packed agenda with little time to enact it, as party leaders aim to quickly pass their massive tax plan and then cut a budget deal with democrats before the end of friday to avert a government shutdown.republicans' tight timing on taxes is self-imposed. gop lawmakers have for months been racing to beat president donald trump's demand that they send him tax legislation before christmas — a timeline that gained new urgency when alabama democrat doug jones won the senate seat currently occupied by republican sen. luther strange.gop leaders aim to hold tax votes early in the week before moving to the budget bill. they need democrats' help to pass the budget measure through the senate, and thus far they've made little progress bringing them aboa






gop faces 5-day scramble to pass tax bill, avoid government shutdown


republicans return to congress on monday facing a packed agenda with little time to enact it, as party leaders aim to quickly pass their massive tax plan and then cut a budget deal with democrats before the end of friday to avert a government shutdown.republicans' tight timing on taxes is self-imposed. gop lawmakers have for months been racing to beat president donald trump's demand that they send him tax legislation before christmas — a timeline that gained new urgency when alabama democrat doug jones won the senate seat currently occupied by republican sen. luther strange.gop leaders aim to hold tax votes early in the week before moving to the budget bill. they need democrats' help to pass the budget measure through the senate, and thus far they've made little progress bringing them aboa






gop faces 5-day scramble to pass tax bill, avoid government shutdown


republicans return to congress on monday facing a packed agenda with little time to enact it, as party leaders aim to quickly pass their massive tax plan and then cut a budget deal with democrats before the end of friday to avert a government shutdown.republicans' tight timing on taxes is self-imposed. gop lawmakers have for months been racing to beat president donald trump's demand that they send him tax legislation before christmas — a timeline that gained new urgency when alabama democrat doug jones won the senate seat currently occupied by republican sen. luther strange.gop leaders aim to hold tax votes early in the week before moving to the budget bill. they need democrats' help to pass the budget measure through the senate, and thus far they've made little progress bringing them aboa






roy moore still won’t concede in alabama senate race


the republican party of alabama, which stood by roy moore when national republicans abandoned him, congratulated democrat doug jones on wednesday.two days after losing alabama’s special senate election, republican nominee roy moore has yet to concede the race to democrat doug jones — even after white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said he should.“i think the president’s position is pretty clear in his outreach to doug jones directly,” sanders said thursday. “he likes doug jones and looks forward to meeting him in person and hopes that he will come and follow through on his commitment to work with the president on some things that they agree on.”asked if president donald trump believed moore should give a concession speech, sanders said it “should have already taken place.”but






today: alabama rolls with doug jones


until tuesday, alabama hadn’t elected a democrat to the u.s. senate in 25 years. is it a sign of something bigger to come?top storiesalabama rolled to doug jonesdoug jones declared victory. roy moore refused to concede defeat. president trump’s first tweet was strikingly measured and gracious, after he saw yet another candidate with his backing lose a race. and the word most often heard in the media: “stunning.” the upset victory in alabama’s u.s. senate election didn’t just send a message to the scandal-plagued moore, it dealt a serious blow to trump. once the results are certified, it will mean one less gop voice in the senate and leave the party with just a one-vote advantage, even if jones is a conservative democrat. it could also portend bigger things in 2018, as the times’ cathleen d






the latest: democrat pelosi slams gop health care bill


washington — the latest on congressional action on the gop health care bill and the $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill (all times local):8:25 p.m.the top house democrat says house republicans who vote for the gop health care bill thursday "are going to tattoo this moral monstrosity to their foreheads," and the american people will hold them accountable.minority leader nancy pelosi, who helped shepherd the affordable care act into law seven years ago, issued a statement wednesday shortly after house gop leaders announced plans to vote on their measure.pelosi said that if republicans pass "trumpcare" millions will lose health coverage. budget analysts have estimated that 24 million could be uninsured by 2026, including 14 million by next year.she said republicans were pushing throug






senate scheduled to vote on compromise state budget proposal


hartford, conn. (ap) — the connecticut senate is scheduled to vote on a bipartisan, compromise state budget agreement, possibly moving closer toward ending a months-long budget impasse.the senate is scheduled to convene wednesday at 7 p.m.if the budget bill clears the senate, as expected, the house of representatives is scheduled to vote thursday morning on the two-year, approximately $40 billion plan.it remains uncertain whether democratic gov. dannel p. malloy will sign the budget agreement into law or whether the legislature will need to override a possible veto. malloy’s spokeswoman, kelly donnelly, says the governor hadn’t received a copy of the budget as of late wednesday morning.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.connecticut has been without a budget since the






does roy moore's loss mean trumpism is dead?


let's be honest: doug jones is likely to be a three-year senator.i don't want to rain on the winner's parade. the former u.s. attorney, lifted from hopeless to victory by the accumulating flaws of his opponent, is the first democrat in a generation to win a senate seat in alabama. that's an achievement. jones showed enough discipline to avoid a gaffe that might have saved his self-defeating opponent, roy moore, a cosplay cowboy and scofflaw who says life was better when we had slavery and women couldn't vote.jones recognized the political maxim: when your opponent is digging his own grave, don't grab the shovel.but his victory is not about him. on one level, it's about his bizarre opponent. even before we learned about the mall police who allegedly kept an eye out for him approaching teena






senate gop leaders abruptly delay vote on healthcare bill until after july 4th r


facing resistance from their own party, senate republican leaders said tuesday they would postpone a vote on their healthcare bill until after the july 4th recess, according to two sources familiar with their thinking. an announcement was expected shortly.senate majority leader mitch mcconnell wants to provide more time to try to convince reluctant gop senators to vote for the measure.since the nonpartisan congressional budget office said the bill would leave 22 million more americans without insurance, several republicans senators had said they would not even support allowing the bill to be brought to the senate floor for a vote.meanwhile, president trump invited all gop senators to the white house for a meeting tuesday afternoon.






funding colorado's priorities starts with fixing the budget process


we are more than two-thirds through the 2017 legislative session, meaning both the colorado house and senate have just started debate on the state’s budget. the more than 600-page bill, known as the long bill, is presented to both chambers by the six members of the joint budget committee and is scheduled to be passed in two short weeks. if it sounds unusual that the legislature is just beginning debate on the budget, or that only six members out of 100 in the general assembly present the budget bill, or that the other 94 members have only two weeks to read, amend and vote on the long bill, it is. in fact, very few states have a similar budget process, and none give as much autonomy to their budget committee.for the current budget, some legislators, the governor’s office and even many news






the latest: 3 gop senators threaten to oppose health bill


washington — the latest on the republican legislation overhauling the obama health care law (all times edt):7:15 p.m.threats of opposition from three republican senators are casting doubt on whether gop leaders have enough support to move ahead on the senate health care bill.the senate has to hold a procedural vote to move forward, most likely on wednesday.sen. susan collins of maine tweeted after the congressional budget office analysis on monday that the senate bill won't fix the flaws in the current bill. she says she will vote no on the "motion to proceed."sen. ron johnson of wisconsin says he has "a hard time believing i'll have enough information for me to support a motion to proceed this week."sen. rand paul of kentucky says it's worse to "pass a bad bill than to pass no bill."repub






senate swears in new democrats doug jones, tina smith as budget, immigration tal


two new democratic senators were sworn in wednesday, including alabama's doug jones, whose stunning special-election win narrowed the republican majority in the chamber to just 51-49 as president trump looks to implement his 2018 agenda.jones was joined by tina smith of minnesota, appointed by that state's governor to replace former sen. al franken, who resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations.advertisementvice president mike pence swore in the new senators, who were accompanied by two former vice presidents — joe biden, a longtime colleague of jones who campaigned for the former federal prosecutor, and walter mondale with smith — as visitor galleries filled with family members and supporters.among those watching was former atty. gen. eric h. holder jr., who was a deputy in the justice






new health care bill vote in house scheduled for thursday


the house will vote on the gop's proposed health care bill thursday, according to majority leader kevin mccarthy's office.the vote on the long-awaited health care bill is expected to take place early thursday afternoon. the vote comes more than a month after the gop's first failed attempt, when the vote was called off due to a lack of support, and before congress goes into recess for 11 days. house leadership has been working to attract enough votes to pass the bill. last week, speaker paul ryan, r-wisconsin, told reporters, "we're going to go when we have the votes, but that's the decision we'll make when we have it." the house freedom caucus -- many members of which opposed the health care proposals introduced earlier this year -- has endorsed the latest attempt at health care reform. pl






biden stumping for democrat jones in alabama


by kim chandler | associated pressbirmingham, ala. — standing before cheering supporters in the deeply red state of alabama, former vice president joe biden on tuesday urged alabama voters to send democrat doug jones to replace attorney general jeff sessions in the u.s. senate.biden said while a win by jones in the gop stronghold would reverberate across the country, he said alabama voters should elect jones “for alabama.”“doug has demonstrated his courage and his absolute integrity,” biden told a cheering crowd of 1,100 in birmingham. “doug knows alabama. he knows your heart and he’ll never let you down.”jones in the dec. 12 election faces republican roy moore who last week pulled off an upset over a better funded incumbent backed by president donald trump. jones, a lawyer and former u.s.






the latest: revised bill cuts deficit reduction in half


washington — the latest on the upcoming health care vote in the house (all times local):5:25 p.m.congress' nonpartisan budget analysts say changes republican leaders have proposed in their health care bill to win house votes have cut the measure's deficit reduction by more than half.the congressional budget office said thursday that the new version would reduce federal shortfalls by $150 billion over the next decade. that's $186 billion less than the original bill.the deficit reduction figures dropped mostly because the updated measure has additional tax breaks and makes medicaid benefits more generous for some older and disabled people.the office says the updated legislation would still result in 14 million additional uninsured people next year and 24 million more in a decade.average prem






the latest: regents ok uw system budget


madison, wis. — the latest on the university of wisconsin system regents' vote on the system's 2017-2018 budget (all times local):1:50 p.m.the university of wisconsin system regents have approved the system's $6.2 billion budget for 2017-18.the regents approved the spending plan on a 16-1 vote thursday afternoon.the budget keeps undergraduate resident tuition flat as per a legislative mandate but raises student fees and campus housing costs by 2.6 percent on average across the system's four-year schools.the budget also restores $25 million that legislators didn't give the system in 2016-17 and divvies it up between the campuses. uw-madison supporters are upset with a decision to give the flagship campus only $2.9 million, saying the school typically receives about 38 percent of state aid a






new health care bill vote in house scheduled for thursday


the house will vote on the gop's proposed health care bill thursday, according to majority leader kevin mccarthy's office.the vote on the long-awaited health care bill is expected to take place early thursday afternoon. the vote comes more than a month after the gop's first failed attempt, when the vote was called off due to a lack of support, and before congress goes into recess for 11 days. house leadership has been working to attract enough votes to pass the bill. last week, speaker paul ryan, r-wisconsin, told reporters, "we're going to go when we have the votes, but that's the decision we'll make when we have it." the house freedom caucus -- many members of which opposed the health care proposals introduced earlier this year -- has endorsed the latest attempt at health care reform. pl






congress this week: health care, russian meddling, immigration


this week, senate republicans leaders are struggling to win over enough members of their own conference for their proposed health care bill to repeal and replace obamacare -- even as they move toward a floor vote in just a few days. a cost estimate from the nonpartisan congressional budget office (cbo) might have further hurt their chances. the score released monday projects that the senate measure would leave 22 million more people without health insurance than obamacare over the next 10 years. the budget scorekeeper said that next year, 15 million more people would be uninsured under the senate's measure because obamacare's individual mandate that forces a penalty on the uninsured would be eliminated.republicans need 51 votes to pass the 142-page measure, which means they need at least 5






white house urges roy moore to concede, as supporters look for evidence of 'vote


two days after losing alabama's special senate election, republican nominee roy moore has yet to concede the race to democrat doug jones - even after white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said that he should."i think the president's position is pretty clear in his outreach to doug jones directly," sanders said at thursday's briefing with reporters. "he likes doug jones and looks forward to meeting him in person. and hopes that he will come and follow through on his commitment to work with the president on some things that they agree on."asked if president donald trump believed that moore should give a concession speech, sanders said that it "should have already taken place."but moore, who suggested on election night that the race would go to a recount, said in a wednesday web






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roy moore (brynn anderson / associated press) president trump on monday fully endorsed roy moore, going further in his support of the alabama senate candidate accused of making unwanted sexual advances on teenage girls than he had in backing moore last month.“democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive tax cuts is why we need republican roy moore to win in alabama,” trump tweeted early monday. “we need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, border wall, military, pro life, v.a., judges 2nd amendment and more. no to jones, a pelosi/schumer puppet!”in november, trump pointed to moore’s denials of the allegations against the candidate from several decades ago, and the president spoke against voting for democrat doug jones, but did not explicitly endorse moore.






celebration of women filmmakers triggers heated debate between salma hayek, jess


“is your coat wool?” alfre woodard asked as she at a long, flower-filled table d d with purple paisley italian linen. “i’m allergic to wool. i can never wear anything nice.”under the cavernous, vaulted ceiling of a mountain mansion, where the driveway was heated, an indoor stream trickled and a string of faux llamas stood guard on the stone staircase, woodard sipped a spoonful of vegan cream of vegetable soup served by celebrity chef cat cora. nearby, marti noxon, one of the creators of the lifetime series "unr​eal," talked about her feature film debut, “to the bone,” which would sell the next day to netflix for a reported $8 million.here at the home of chefdance ceo and founder mimi kim, woodard, shirley maclaine, elle fanning and jill soloway were just part of a formidable group gathered