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And now our series for this week, Highly Specific Superlatives of 2017. Today - the most retweeted tweet of President Donald Trump. Here to present it is NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith. Hi, Tam.

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Doug Jones' victory is not only turning Alabama politics upside-down. It also adds a new challenge for Republicans in Washington. His win narrows the closely divided Senate down to a 51 to 49 GOP majority.

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Alabama: Now What?

Dec 13, 2017

All politics are local … until they aren’t.

Updated at 7:18 p.m. ET

President Trump said thank you Wednesday evening to Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice contestant turned White House aide, who is stepping down from her post.

"I wish you continued success," Trump posted on Twitter.

The nomination of Brett Talley, the Justice Department official in line for a lifetime judicial appointment, "will not be moving forward," a Trump administration official told NPR on Wednesday.

Talley had been rated "unanimously unqualified" for the post by the American Bar Association this year after an evaluation that questioned his experience. Talley had never argued a case, or even a motion, in federal court, he testified.

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Republicans pummeled the FBI and Justice Department on Wednesday as they continued painting its special counsel, Robert Mueller, as the boss of a partisan fishing expedition rife with Democratic sympathizers that is out to get President Trump.

But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resisted the fishing expedition narrative and told the House Judiciary Committee that Mueller is not off inside a locked room hidden from his view, but instead is consulting with him about the directions his team wants to travel.

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Right Won Over Wrong In Alabama, Perez Says

Dec 13, 2017

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Alabama's election result caught even the winner, Democrat Doug Jones, off guard.

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DOUG JONES: I got to tell you...

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RACHEL MARTIN, BYLINE: Yeah, so one of the themes of Republican Roy Moore's campaign has been that he's never going to stop fighting, right? He's said that time and again. Now he says he is not going to concede.

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Last night, I guess we can say Alabama politics, but also national politics, shifted a bit.

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Yeah, you bet. Democrat Doug Jones won a vacant Senate seat in deep-red Alabama.

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