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The Morning Briefing: Election Day, Fusion GPS, NYC Terror Attack and Much, Much More

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • In the afternoon, President Donald J. Trump will sign H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.
  • The president will then meet with Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and United States Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty.

Election day

Today is Election Day in Alabama. All eyes are on this race because, like all other races since the November 2017 election, this one is a referendum on President Trump. So we are told. Who is going to win? The pollsters have no idea.

Political influencers like Charles Barkley, Uma Thurman and Ellen Degeneres have been deployed to sweet home Alabama for the election. The America First Project brought in a 12-year-old to interview candidate Roy Moore. (Optics!) Mrs. Roy Moore wants you to know they don't hate Jews because one of their attorneys is a Jew. So there's that. BTW, Hanukkah starts tonight!

A mysterious SuperPAC supporting Democrat Doug Jones, Highway 31, has been unmasked. It's a joint effort between the progressive Priorities USA Action and the Senate Majority PAC along with some Alabama Democrats. They've spent $4M on the race.

Highway 31 was created in November, Federal Election Commission filings show. Though Birmingham lawyer Edward Still is listed as the group’s treasurer, it was, in fact, founded jointly with Senate Majority PAC, the outside group closely tied to Democratic leadership in the Senate. Highway 31 has been funded jointly by Senate Majority PAC and Priorities USA Action, the Democratic super PAC that backed Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016, the Democrats briefed on the arrangement told POLITICO.

I'll see you back here tomorrow when I will talk about the results, which will undoubtedly be controversial. A judge has ordered Alabama to preserve all the voting records for the special election.

Attempted terror attack in NYC

Yesterday, a failed suicide bomber tried to blow himself and countless others to pieces in New York City. The perp fell victim to an all-too-common phenomenon: the Islamic extremist occupational hazard of a suicide vest improperly deployed. The family of bomber Akayed Ullah is outraged...over the actions of law enforcement.

“We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at our city today, and by the allegations being made against a member of our family,” Albert Fox Cahn, the legal director for CAIR New York, stated on behalf of the Ullah family, WABC reported Monday.

“But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials who have held children as small as four years old out in the cold and who held a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without a lawyer, without his parents,” the family said. “These are not the sorts of actions that we expect from our justice system, and we have every confidence that our justice system will find the truth behind this attack and that we will, in the end, be able to learn what occurred today.”