Nov 6, 2019

Woman who gave middle finger to Trump's motorcade wins Virginia election bid

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Juli Briskman, who was fired from her job after a photo of her giving the middle finger to President Trump's motorcade went viral in 2017, won a seat on the board of supervisors for Loudon County, Va., on Tuesday night, per the AP.

The big picture: Briskman's new seat includes the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va.

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Women's Trump-era power surge

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A surge of female winners in this week's state elections — most of them Democrats, and many of them women of color — reflect women's rising political power since the 2016 election, AP reports.

Why it matters: Tuesday's results mean women will hold majorities in places like the Boston City Council, long seen by many as a "boys' club," and lead communities such as Scranton, Pa., where voters elected the city's first female mayor just weeks before she's due to give birth.

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Former AG Jeff Sessions announces bid for Alabama Senate seat

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he will challenge Alabama Sen. Doug Jones in 2020 for Sessions' previously held Senate seat.

The big picture: Sessions' launch comes exactly one year to the day after he submitted his resignation at the request of President Trump. Sessions, who held the Senate seat from 1997-2017, is entering a crowded primary, as several Republican candidates vie to turn the Alabama seat red again.

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Jeff Sessions' Alabama Senate run triggers GOP schism

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement that he attempt to reclaim his Alabama Senate seat in 2020 is driving a wedge among Republicans.

The big picture: The congressional GOP's unity has been continually tested during the Trump administration, but maintaining a united front has become more important than ever for the party as it angles to flip the House and hang onto the Senate in 2020.

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