Tuesday’s stunner was the latest recent election in which Democratic candidates exceeded the party’s past performance among key voting groups. Democratic leaders believe the victories represent a growing backlash against President Trump — and a potential building wave for 2018. Meanwhile, Republicans see dimmer hopes for retaining power.
The president told advisers he does not want the Republican's defeat to be seen as a referendum on him, even though he supported the candidate.
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Christian protesters in Amman, Jordan, take part in a march to protest President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Reuters)
Christian protesters in Amman, Jordan, take part in a march to protest President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Reuters)
Palestinians stand in front of the Christmas tree near the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (Abed Al Hashlamoun/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock)
Palestinians stand in front of the Christmas tree near the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (Abed Al Hashlamoun/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock)
Pope Tawadros II, head of the Egyptian Coptic Church, called off a scheduled meeting with Vice President Pence in Cairo. (AFP/Getty)
Pope Tawadros II, head of the Egyptian Coptic Church, called off a scheduled meeting with Vice President Pence in Cairo. (AFP/Getty)
The administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there has provoked widespread opposition among Christians across the Middle East. As Vice President Pence prepares to visit the region, the White House is facing an awkward backlash from Christians it pledged to protect. 
Ireland is a preferred European home for the United States’ top tech and pharmaceutical companies. Irish officials, accountants and highly skilled workers expect American companies to keep investing unabated in Ireland, with little incentive to move back to the U.S.
GOP leaders reached an agreement that would lower the corporate tax rate to 21 percent, two people briefed on the discussions said, part of a compromise on a $1.5 trillion tax plan they hope to vote into law by next week.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation to treat brain cancer at the National Institutes of Health, next to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The body of Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson — who was accused of molesting a member of his church when she was 17 — was found with one gunshot wound to the head.
An inquiry by an outside law firm revealed “multiple, credible allegations” of misconduct against host Tavis Smiley, the public broadcaster said.
The administration plans to offset the cost of a Mexico border wall by cutting spending on surveillance technology and freezing the pay of federal officers, according to Democratic Senate staffers.
One of the president’s most prominent African American supporters resigned under pressure after a confrontation with Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, who had grown frustrated with her abrasive and attention-seeking style.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said the White House would withdraw its nomination of Brett Talley, while the paperwork for Jeff Mateer was never submitted.
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