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December 15, 2017

Alabama, and Other Blazes: Our Visual Roundup of the Week

Democrat Doug Jones scored a stunning upset victory in a fiercely contested US Senate race in conservative Alabama in a bitter blow to President Donald Trump (AFP Photo/JIM WATSON)

Really, it’s impossible to tease out the how much one political issue effects another. Democrat Doug Jones’s victory in Alabama was astonishing on its own merits. (Above, it’s a selfie for the ages.) The Senate contest, however, was as much tied to a radical shift right and culture war (see the shunning of Trump at the new Mississipi civil rights museum) as it was to the national awakening over sexual harassment and abuse. Not only was an already flawed Moore badly tainted, but Trump’s strong endorsement put even more focus on the president’s abusive past. Meanwhile, in California, raging wildfires cast a hard light on the nation’s climate in a more literal sense. As we wrote in October in response to the wine country fires, global warming seems to have permanently altered the California dream. The other pictures on our radar involved the massive and wayward tax bill that looks to be become law, and the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre. Yes, we’re still waiting for that national conversation about gun violence. At least The Atlantic brought some cheer with an upbeat year end round up.

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Photo: Jim Watson/AFP Caption: Democrat Doug Jones scored a stunning upset victory in a fiercely contested US Senate race in conservative Alabama in a bitter blow to President Donald Trump 

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