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Voters head to the polls in contentious Senate race in Alabama

December 12, 2017
Michael Scherer, Sean Sullivan, David Weigel, Elise Viebeck | The Washington Post
Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a pivotal special election in which allegations of inappropriate behavior against Republican candidate Roy Moore have created a unique opportunity for Democrats in the typically ruby-red Deep South.
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GOP senators won't commit to giving Roy Moore committee seats

December 12, 2017
Manu Raju, Ted Barrett | CNN
Being denied a committee assignment could significantly undercut Moore's ability to be effective in the Senate. It would deny him the ability to work on legislation and attend hearings with witnesses about policy matters, alienating him in a body that already has revolted from him in the aftermath of allegations of sexual misconduct, including with minors
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Shelby bucks his party and president to oppose Moore for Senate

December 11, 2017
Michael Scherer | The Washington Post
Since the surfacing of allegations of Moore’s sexual misconduct, Shelby has publicly bucked President Trump and the rest of Alabama’s statewide Republican leaders by vocally opposing Moore’s candidacy, which he warns could hurt the state he has spent his life transforming.
Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI)
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Precision sacrificed for speed as GOP rushes ahead on taxes

December 11, 2017
Erica Werner | The Washington Post
Republicans are moving their tax plan toward final passage at stunning speed, blowing past Democrats before they’ve had time to fully mobilize against it but leaving the measure vulnerable to the types of expensive problems popping up in their massive and complex plan.
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Lawmakers hoping to settle tax disagreements over weekend

December 9, 2017
Ylan Mui | CNBC
Republican lawmakers hope to resolve their disagreements over their tax bill this weekend.
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Female aides fretted Franks wanted to have sex to impregnate them

December 9, 2017
Jake Sherman, Rachael Blade | POLITICO
Arizona Rep. Trent Franks allegedly made unwanted advances toward female staffers in his office and retaliated against one who rebuffed him, according to House GOP sources with knowledge of a complaint against him.
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Congress Examines Sexual Harassment Settlements Paid With Taxpayer Dollars

December 8, 2017
Susan Davis | NPR
Their message was clear. They follow the law as Congress wrote it under the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act. If Congress doesn't like it, they need to change the law. That's what lawmakers like Virginia Republican Barbara Comstock say they intend to do.
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Political Fallout From Franken Resignation

December 8, 2017
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
Democrats are also held to a higher standard on the issue of sexual harassment. Not only do they promote themselves as the party of diversity, but they depend on women voters for their electoral base. And, women view the issue of harassment and the role of women in society much differently than men.
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