Dec 12, 2017

Axios PM

1 big thing: Alabama votes

Alabama voters decide today whether Republican Roy Moore or Democrat Doug Jones will serve as their next senator. This special election has gotten way more attention than most, and it's easy to see why, Axios' Stef Kight writes.

  • The GOP's internal divisions are on full display, and a candidate who should have been an easy front-runner in a solid red state has been accused by more than five women of predatory behavior.
  • The big question: Will the scandals and allegations of sexual assault on teenagers be enough to deter Alabama voters from casting their ballots for the once-favored Moore and elect the state's first Democratic senator in 25 years? Or will a population distrusting of Washington and the media stick with their party?

Go deeper: If you want a refresher on the race, we've got a special Axios stream.

Stay tuned: We'll have live coverage tonight, along with a special election map. Polls close at 8pm ET.

2. What you missed
  1. House and Senate negotiators reportedly making deals: Mortgage interest deduction cap at $750K (AP), top tax rate at 37% (WaPo).
  2. Donald Trump Jr. wants investigation: on whether the House Intelligence Committee inappropriately disclosed details of his appearance. More.
  3. Charges for NYC bombing suspect: criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism, and making terrorist threats. Details.
  4. The Democratic Women's Working Group called for an investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump. More.
  5. There are at least 400,000 severely malnourished children under 5 years old living in the Democratic Republic of Congo who could die within months without emergency intervention, UNICEF warned today.
3. 1 Twitter thing

Tweet threads — also known as "tweetstorms" — will now be easier to create thanks to a new button the company is rolling out, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.

Background: Threads, which Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen helped popularize a few years ago (before he quit Twitter last year), have become the go-to format for expressing longer and more nuanced thoughts on the service. Even with the recent doubling of the character limit for tweets, users are still using threads to post longer messages, so it's no surprise it's been working on a way to make them easier to create.