Omarosa Manigault-Newman Leaves the White House, Doug Jones (D) Defeats Roy Moore (R) in Alabama

Omarosa Manigault-Newman Leaves White House Post

White House Communication Official Omarosa Manigault-Newman is vacating her position in the Trump administration, effective January 20. She has received wide criticism from both the left and the right for her “antics”  while in her role under Trump, including bringing her 39-member wedding party to the White House for an unscheduled photo op. Fellow staffers say that it was not clear to others what Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s duties as a White House staffer were, though she was taken to task for operating outside of White House protocol.

Notably one of Donald Trump’s more prominent African-American supporters, and said to be a personal friend, Manigault-Newman has often been criticized for her support of Trump.

Manigault-Newman maintains that she has resigned of her own volition. Other sources say, though, that for the former contestant on Trump’s reality show, The Apprentice,  this will be the second time in her history with Donald Trump that Omarosa has been told “You’re fired.”

Why Omarosa was forced out of the White House  |   CBS This Morning (2017-12-14)

Omarosa Full Interview after Leaving Trump Administration  |   Fox News (2017-12-13)

Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race over GOP Roy Moore

Doug Jones’ defeat of Roy Moore in the recent Alabama special election marks the first time in 25 years that a Democrat has been elected senator in Alabama.

Roy Moore, twice dismissed from judgeships, recently accused of past sexual misconduct with several minors when he was in his thirties, and known for his extreme views regarding both religion and race, nevertheless had a substantial body of support in Alabama. Doug Jones won by a margin of only 1.5 percent, thanks mainly to Alabama’s black voters.

The record victory of Democrat Doug Jones in one of the country’s most conservative states brings up many questions: Was this a vote against Roy Moore, or was it a vote for Doug Jones?

Was it enthusiasm among Democratic voters, or was it a lack of enthusiasm among Republican voters that led to Doug Jones’ victory?

Are we seeing the start of a new blue-leaning trend in Alabama, or will Alabama remain a staunchly red state? Is Doug Jones’ victory an indicator that things don’t bode well for President Trump and the Republican party, in general, or are Democrats jumping to conclusions?

Were voters considering the future of Alabama when they voted the way they did, or was the focus simply “us vs. them”?  The Doug Jones victory in Alabama presents some important lessons for both parties as they go forward.

How Doug Jones pulled off a win in Alabama | CBSN (2017-12-13)

Roy Moore’s Defeat, Explained | LifeZette (2017-12-13)

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