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Democrats are already feeling Jones' win

Well, that didn't take long. A day after Democrat Doug Jones shocked the political world by defeating President Trump-backed Roy Moore to win a Senate seat for Alabama, the fallout was already being felt. Republicans in Congress announced Wednesday they  reached a deal to overhaul the tax code. Not so fast, said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who called for action on taxes to be delayed until Jones could be seated. Once Jones is sworn in, the GOP majority in the Senate falls to 51-49, giving maverick Republicans extra leverage. Republicans immediately rejected a delay, and Democrats have little power to halt the tax bill. Still, the Alabama results could embolden moderate Republicans to demand more concessions. That would be bad news for Trump, who endorsed Moore despite the candidate's sexual misconduct allegations.

Another Trump White House staffer saying bye-bye

She was fired three times by TV personality Donald Trump from The Apprentice. Now she's out from her job as an aide to President Trump. The White House said Omarosa Manigault Newman — who usually went by just Omarosa — resigned Tuesday. Newman, 43, a former Democrat, parlayed her role as the arch-villain contestant on Trump's reality show into a job as the top-ranking African American inside the Trump White House. Her duties included outreach to historically black colleges and examining racial disparities in the military justice system. She leaves now "to pursue other opportunities." 

'If anybody can make it, your dad can'

Former vice president Joe Biden and his family knows what the McCains are going through. In an emotional moment on The View, Biden shared his wisdom with Meghan McCain, 33, on how to cope with having a family member diagnosed with glioblastoma  — the aggressive brain cancer that led to Beau Biden's death and Sen. John McCain now faces. "I think about Beau a lot," the younger McCain told Biden tearfully on air. Biden, who called the Arizona senator one of his best friends, reassured her. "There is hope and if anybody can make it, your dad can."

Poll shows Americans agree: Time for sexual misconduct to stop

Americans don't see eye to eye on most things, but they do seem to agree that sexual harassment on the job must stop. A USA TODAY/Suffolk poll shows men and women — Republicans and Democrats — say sexual misconduct is a major issue that needs real solutions. Fewer than one in five said too much was being made of the furor that has rattled Hollywood, politics, the news media and more. That doesn't mean we're close to an answer. A significant group — one in three women and one in four men — said they weren't sure whom to believe when an accusation is made. And one-third of the women surveyed said they had to deal with unwanted sexual advances on the job.

Screen Actors Guild nominations most notable for snubs?

Meryl Streep has had over a dozen nominations from the Screen Actors Guild. Not this year. Steven Spielberg's The Post, starring Streep and Tom Hanks, was shut out by SAG, despite scoring six Golden Globe nominations. Also snubbed: Wonder Woman . Instead, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird flew high with six and three nominations, respectively. In TV categories, Big Little Lies, Stranger Things and GLOW were among series receiving multiple nods. Of note: Robin Wright was nominated for House of Cards; Kevin Spacey was not.

In other news about artists, the latest class of Rock and Roll  Hall of Fame inductees was announced Wednesday: Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, Moody Blues, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Cars and Dire Straits.

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