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Monday’s news: The accusations of sexual misconduct levied against powerful men in both political parties continued over the weekend as the closely watched Alabama Senate race heats up.


1. “We dare defend our rights’: Alabama Republicans standing by Moore reflect state’s tradition of defiance,” by The Washington Post’s Michael Scherer

“Moore’s campaign has taken to repeating Alabama’s motto, written in Latin on the state coat of arms in 1923 and translated to “We dare defend our rights,” while Moore backers have repeatedly argued that their state has the right to decide its own fate in the Dec. 12 special election.” http://wapo.st/2mJbSLr


2. “Roy Moore, Al Franken Stories Dominate Political News,” by NPR’s Susan Davis

“Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct, and Sen. Al Franken has apologized to a woman who says he forcibly kissed and groped her in 2006.” http://n.pr/2zYGXOn


3. “For Latino Democrats, fight for ‘dreamers’ underscores tense relationship with John Kelly,” by The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe

“These tensions with Kelly, a retired four-star general, are surfacing again as Congress is poised for a year-end fight over whether to enact permanent legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants — known as “dreamers” — who were brought into the country as children.” http://wapo.st/2AgjXgx


4. “‘A long winter’: White House aides divided over scope, risks of Russia probe,” by The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker and Carol Leonnig

“Some in the West Wing avoid the mere mention of Russia or the investigation whenever possible. Others take solace in the reassurances of White House lawyer Ty Cobb that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will be wrapping up the probe soon and the president and those close to him will be exonerated. And a few engage in grim gallows humor, privately joking about wiretaps.” http://wapo.st/2B4yKbo


5. “Judicial appointments are the sleeper story that matters,” by Axios’s Jonathan Swan   

“If Mitch McConnell's schedule goes to plan, the week after Thanksgiving the Senate Majority Leader will confirm his ninth federal judge. That would beat President Reagan's eight in his first year — the most in recent history. And it triples the three federal judges President Obama appointed in his first year in office.” http://bit.ly/2zStcCW