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Alabama results.

Roy Moore beat Luther Strange handedly this evening, despite President Donald Trump endorsing Strange. Trump congratulated Moore and urged him to win in December.

I predicted the Moore win (he led the polls throughout the race), but I still maintain that this was a Moore Strange election than anyone could have predicted.

By the way, if the election were held at the end of next month, it would have been a travesty for Strange to lose. October 31, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and to have a man whose first name is Luther lose any election near that date...

Strange ran a good race, but Trumpism it seems is stronger than Trump himself. Props to Steve Bannon and Seb Gorka for jumping on the Trumpian candidate, even when Trump supported the establishment guy. Good luck, Sen. Strange — and I hope you enjoy October 31!

It would appear that nature isn't yet done wreaking havoc in September:

A palette cleanser for the dog-lovers out there:

Ouch.

Stephen K. Bannon’s remarkable admission: President Trump is easily duped.

Well, maybe not in so many words...

The information that President Trump sees has been a major subplot of the White House's internal drama. Aides often privately describe the president as highly susceptible to acting upon the last piece of information he's seen — no matter how dubious. And controlling that flow of information is a big part of new White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly's effort to right the ship and keep the Oval Office on-task.

But rarely do you see someone close to the president just come out and admit how unsophisticated he is as a consumer of information.

That's what Stephen K. Bannon did Monday night, though not quite in so many words. While chatting with Fox News's Sean Hannity, the former White House chief strategist suggested that Trump was essentially duped into supporting appointed Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) in Tuesday's Alabama special-election runoff. And it wasn't really all that subtle.

Bannon, who along with Breitbart and some other Trump stalwarts, has endorsed former state Supreme Court justice Roy Moore against Strange, told Hannity that there needs to be a “real … review” of how Trump came to the decision to endorse Strange.

To be fair, it's not as though Moore is a great prize. But this much is certain: The GOP Civil War is real, but fortunately for them the Dems are in even worse shape.

Politico has a story about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' talk on free speech at Georgetown today.

Sessions: Senate shouldn't have punished Warren over letter she 'persisted' in reading

Fun headline!

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that his colleagues were wrong to punish Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for seeking to read a historical letter sharply criticizing him during Senate floor debate on his confirmation in February.

"She certainly had the right to criticize my nomination. I think she really had the right to read the letter that she was blocked or at least temporarily blocked from reading," Sessions said during a question-and-answer session following a speech at Georgetown University's law school.

But that's not really accurate. Here's the CSPAN transcript of the talk and  you can decide for yourself:

TRANSCRIPT:

QUESTION TO SESSIONS: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE USE OF SENATE RULE 19 TO LIMIT SPEECH ON THE SENATE FLOOR DURING CONFIRMATION HEARINGS, AS WAS DONE TO SENATOR WARREN WHEN SHE WAS CRITICIZING YOUR NOMINATION TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL?

SESSIONS: SHE HAD A RIGHT TO CRITICIZE MY RIGHT FOR THE NOMINATION AND SHE HAD THE RIGHT TO READ THE LETTER BUT SHE WAS BLOCKED TEMPORARILY FROM READING. THE SENATE RULE 19 SAYS YOU SHOULD NOT AND THIS GOES BACK TO 1902 AFTER A FIGHT BROKE OUT IN THE SENATE THAT YOU SHOULDN'T PERSONALLY DISPARAGE ANOTHER SENATOR. I WAS BOTH A SENATOR AND A NOMINEE AND I WASN'T ON THE FLOOR AND I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I WOULD JUST SAY THAT I THINK IN GENERAL THE SENATE IS ONE OF THE MOST OPEN DEBATING FORUMS IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. ROBERT BYRD SAID THERE WAS TWO GREAT TENANTS AND ONE OF THEM IS THE U.S. SENATE AND PEOPLE FEEL THAT AND WE SHOULD BE VERY CAUTIOUS BEFORE WE CONSTRICT ANY MEMBER ON THE SENATE FROM SPEAKING ON ISSUES AND IN A WAY THEY CHOOSE.

So, not exactly accurate to say Sessions "criticized his colleagues" and that his colleagues were "wrong."