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Nevada Democrat Facing Harassment Accusations Will Not Seek Re-Election

Representative Ruben Kihuen denied the accusations, but said they would be a distraction in a re-election campaign. He is the fifth member of Congress to step aside in two weeks.

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Rep. won't seek re-election after accusations

Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen has announced he won't run for re-election amid a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed two women.

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As a Must-Pass Republican Tax Bill Headed for the Finish Line, Rubio Saw an Opening

On Thursday, Marco Rubio took a stand: He threatened to vote no unless House and Senate negotiators expanded the child tax credit.

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Peru president fights for political life as impeachment looms

LIMA (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Peru's opposition-ruled Congress filed a motion on Friday to impeach center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on grounds he was morally unfit to lead after he resisted calls to resign over alleged corruption.

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Chef Batali fired from 'The Chew' after sex harassment accusations

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - ABC Television Network said on Friday that it fired celebrity chef Mario Batali from its daytime cooking show, "The Chew," after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

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Right and Left React to the F.C.C.’s Vote on Net Neutrality Rules

Writers from across the political spectrum on the vote Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission to dismantle Obama-era rules on net neutrality.

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G.O.P. Establishment Declares Open Season on a Weakened Bannon

Roy S. Moore’s loss in Alabama has stirred up fresh worry that Republicans are again descending again into Tea Party-type spasms of self-defeating rage.

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House Intelligence Panel Is Rushing to Complete Russia Probe

With key interviews shoehorned into next week before the holiday break, the House Intelligence Committee appears to be rushing its Russia probe to an end.

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With Concession to Rubio on Child Credit, G.O.P. Is Set to Release Compromise Tax Plan

Republican lawmakers have agreed to expand the child care tax credit so that it benefits more low-income Americans, a move intended to win back the support of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

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With Billions at Stake in Tax Debate, Lobbyists Played Hardball

The rapid pace of the tax bill moving through Congress left lobbyists with little time and few lawmakers to press for changes in the $1.5 trillion overhaul.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The G.O.P.’s Legislative Lemons

It’s not just the tax cut or A.C.A. repeal: If the public opposes a law, you can bet the Republicans support it. Why?

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On Washington: With New Focus on Sexual Misconduct, Democrats Take Aim at Trump

After purging some from their ranks, Democrats are intensifying a push to investigate the president over accusations of harassment and abuse.

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Music producer Russell Simmons denies newspaper reports of new misconduct accusations

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music and film producer Russell Simmons faced new accusations of sexual misconduct from nine woman in incidents dating back to 1983, including four who alleged that he raped them, according to separate reports in two U.S. newspapers.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republicans Prepare for Final Rollout of Tax Bill

As Republicans prepared to roll out their final $1.5 trillion tax plan questions continued to loom about how the last-minute changes would be paid for.

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China summons Australian envoy over political meddling allegations

SYDNEY (Reuters) - China summoned Australia's ambassador to lodge a complaint last week over Canberra's allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics, a source familiar with the diplomatic action told Reuters on Thursday.

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Kentucky lawmaker a 'probable suicide' amid sexual misconduct accusations

(Reuters) - Kentucky state Representative Dan Johnson, who was facing sexual assault accusations, died in a probable suicide on Wednesday, Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said.

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Rep. Farenthold facing new harassment accusations

A former senior aide to Rep. Blake Farenthold has approached the House Ethics Committee to share a damning account of working for the Texas Republican, with the intent of describing the congressman as verbally abusive and sexually demeaning. CNN's MJ Lee reports.

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Trump’s E.P.A. Chemical Safety Nominee Withdraws

The nominee, Michael L. Dourson, had faced criticism on several fronts for his ties to the chemical industry.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump’s Gift to Women

His conduct has spurred women to action.

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Alabama Loss Exposes Republican Fissures Amid a Democratic Surge

With the Republican majority in the Senate now reduced to a single seat, the party’s establishment is uneasy about what the populist wing could do in next year’s primary races.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Omen of Alabama

The Resistance has its own Southern Strategy.

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Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate

(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator by the state's governor on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

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Right and Left React to Roy Moore’s Defeat in Alabama

Writers from across the political spectrum on the victory of Doug Jones and the defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race.

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Minnesota's Lt. Gov. to replace Al Franken in the Senate

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been selected to replace Al Franken in the Senate.

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Democrats: McConnell Must ‘Hit the Pause Button’ on Tax Vote

Buoyed by their upset victory in the Alabama Senate Race, Democrats are calling for a delay on the tax vote until Senator-Elect Doug Jones is sworn in.

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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken

(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference.

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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor to Replace Al Franken in Senate

The appointment followed weeks of debate over Mr. Franken’s fate. He announced he would resign last week after more women reported improper behavior.

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Republicans’ Tax Bill Nearing the Finish Line

A public hearing of the conference committee on Wednesday will be largely a show given that Republican lawmakers are close to a final deal on the $1.5 trillion tax bill.

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UPDATE 3-Italian bonds, bank stocks hit as prospect of March election reignites political uncertainty

* Broader markets await Fed rate decision (Adds stocks market reaction, quotes)

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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken: report

(Reuters) - Minnesota's governor will appoint Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith as U.S. senator to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Roy Moore Is Staying Home

And Republicans will be in an even bigger hurry to pass their tax plan.

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Trump: ‘I Said Roy Moore Will Not Be Able to Win’ in Alabama

President Trump, never one to accept blame, may look for a scapegoat for his failure to lift Mr. Moore to victory in Alabama.

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Op-Ed Contributor: A G.O.P. Tragedy in Four Acts

Republicans embraced Trump, Moore and post-ethics politics. In defeat, they are officially post-shame.

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EMERGING MARKETS-U.S. political woes lift emerging stocks, FX ahead of Fed

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks and currencies sailed higher on Wednesday ahead of an expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike, lifted by U.S. assets nursing losses after President Donald Trump's Republicans suffered an election defeat.

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Text Messages in Hand, Republicans Plan to Accuse Justice Department of Bias

A chorus of Republicans, including some party mainstays, are questioning the impartiality of the Justice Department and F.B.I. to discredit the Trump investigation.

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Talk: Pete Souza Didn’t Miss a Thing

The former White House photographer on traveling with President Obama and whether he trolls Trump on Instagram.

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Key Takeaways From Doug Jones’s Alabama Victory

The defeat of Roy S. Moore, the Republican, in Alabama’s Senate election contains some worrying signs for the party as it heads into the 2018 midterms.

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Op-Ed Columnist: As Goes Moore, So Goes Trumpism

A defeat in Alabama should inspire a course correction in the White House — but it won’t.

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Video and Full Transcript: Roy Moore, Refusing to Concede, Addresses Supporters on Election Night

Roy S. Moore, the Republican candidate in the Senate race in Alabama, addressed his supporters on Tuesday night after the election was called for his opponent, Doug Jones.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: Roy Moore Loses, Sanity Reigns

Doug Jones strikes a blow against Donald Trump and for morality in American politics.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race

Doug Jones, a former prosecutor, defeated scandal-scarred Roy S. Moore for the Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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How voters reacted to the accusations against Roy Moore

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Republicans Nearing Agreement on Final Tax Bill

Senator John Cornyn said a deal to reconcile the House and Senate tax bills could be reached on Tuesday.

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Partial power-share can end German political dilemma, some in SPD say

BERLIN (Reuters) - Wary of renewing a coalition with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany's Social Democrats are instead contemplating a so-called "cooperation" arrangement that would see them agree on a minimal program but leave contested matters up for debate.

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Facebook to book advertising revenue locally amid political pressure

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Social media giant Facebook said on Tuesday it would start booking advertising revenue locally instead of re-routing it via its international headquarters in Dublin although the move is unlikely to result in it paying much more tax.

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Trump denies accusations of sexual misconduct, attacks Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he did not know the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and alleged their claims were a political attack pushed by Democrats, rejecting renewed calls to look into his behavior.

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Trump Blames Democrats for ‘False Accusations’ From Women

“Unable to show any collusion with Russia,” the president says, and accuses Democrats of fabricating stories of sexual misconduct.

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Trump dismisses accusations of sexual misconduct as 'fake news'

President Donald Trump dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct on Tuesday, alleging the claims against him were an invention by Democrats who are unable to prove his campaign colluded with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Right and Left React to the Alabama Senate Candidacy of Roy Moore

Writers from across the political spectrum on the contentious Senate race in Alabama.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The White Supremacy Caucus

Roy Moore, Donald Trump and Republican racism

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Texas Congressman Runs What Aides Call a Hostile Workplace

Representative Blake Farenthold, the subject of an ethics investigation, set the tone for off-color jokes and inappropriate banter, legal documents and interviews with former aides suggest.

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Op-Ed Contributor: I’m Not Convinced Franken Should Quit

Congress needs a new process for investigating harassment complaints and disciplining offenders.

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Opinion: What Haley can do about Trump harassment accusations

On Sunday, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, voiced her support for the many women who have publicly accused men of sexual assault -- including her boss, the President of the United States.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Yes, the Truth Still Matters

Donald Trump has turned “fake news” into a battle cry to attack reporting critical of him, spawning a difficult debate in newsrooms.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Several Women Repeat Accusations of Sexual Misconduct by Trump

The women said they hoped to be taken more seriously after a torrent of allegations that have toppled the careers of men in the news media, business and politics.

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Chef Batali exits company, TV show after sex harassment accusations

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Celebrity chef Mario Batali said on Monday that he has stepped away from his restaurant company and ABC said it asked him to step aside as co-host of a daytime food and talk show after he was accused of sexual harassment in a report by an online food trade publication.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Is the Democratic Party Becoming Too Democratic?

Giving more voice to supporters isn’t always a good thing for winning elections.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Rise of the Roypublicans

The Republican Party won’t be able to shake Roy Moore’s values if he wins.

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Yazidis caught in 'political football' between Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds

SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis' mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next.

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'SNL': Kids grill Santa on political scandals

A group of precocious kids had some tough questions for Santa Claus on "Saturday Night Live."

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: The Looting of America’s Public Lands

Mr. Trump thinks the environment has gotten too good a deal, so he eliminated two million acres from national monuments in Utah.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican

Preserving my identity as a Christian conservative means turning away from two movements that have shaped my life.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Baker and the Empire

In search of a less existential politics.

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Scoundrel Theory of American Politics

The idea that a candidate’s character doesn’t matter is pervasive and pernicious.

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Liberal Activists to Democrats: Protect Young Immigrants or Shut Down Government

Democrats want a deal to shield young undocumented immigrants from deportation, but liberal activists question their party’s willingness to provoke a shutdown.

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Trent Franks, Accused of Offering $5 Million to Impregnate an Aide, Abruptly Resigns

Mr. Franks, Republican of Arizona, resigned earlier than expected after two women said he wanted to use sex as a means to impregnate them.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Great Al Franken Moment

His downfall was really a positive sign of the times.

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With Al Franken Coming Home, Minnesotans Watch and Reel

In a state that prides itself on clean politics, Minnesotans seemed puzzled and dazed to be the latest focal point for the nation’s reckoning with sexual harassment.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Justice Dept. Investigating Fetal Tissue Transfers by Planned Parenthood and Others

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department requested documents indicating it is picking up the fetal tissue issue that Congress started last year.

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Farenthold should resign if misconduct accusations true: senior House Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, on Friday told Fox News Channel that fellow Republican Representative Blake Farenthold should resign if an ethics investigation finds that sexual misconduct accusations against him have merit.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump Speaks Tonight in Florida, but Alabama Voters Will Be Listening

President Trump is holding a campaign-style rally in the Florida Panhandle Friday night. But his real audience is likely to be in neighboring Alabama.

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Dina Powell, Influential Foreign Policy Adviser, Is Set to Leave White House

Dina Powell, a deputy national security adviser to President Trump, has been a key player on a variety of issues and a top ally of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

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Why Klobuchar didn't denounce Franken

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who serves in the Senate representing Minnesota with Al Franken, explained that she didn't publicly ask Franken to resign this week because of their relationship.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: How Roy Moore Survives

A noticeable backlash has hyper-energized the Republican senate candidate’s volunteers and Alabamians who hate Washington and its ways.

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Abdul-Jabbar urges athletes to continue political protests

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says NFL players and other professional athletes should continue their protests against police brutality in the United States and has rejected the notion that speaking out is in any way unpatriotic.

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The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Al Franken and the Democrats

The Democratic senator from Minnesota announced that he would resign, even as he denied accusations of sexual misconduct. What does it tell us that his own party pressed him to do it?

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Tax bill could make 'dark money' political contributions tax deductible

For the first time in American politics, anonymous "dark money" political donations could become tax-deductible. That's if a provision currently being debated between House and Senate negotiators makes it into the final tax bill.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Can Steve Bannon Realign American Politics?

Realignments are made, not born — and unlikely with candidates like Roy Moore.

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Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Says a Republican Al Franken Would Still Have a Job

Mr. Noah and other hosts tackled Mr. Franken’s resignation and Roy Moore’s Senate campaign.

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James O’Keefe, Practitioner of the Sting, Has an Ally in Trump

James O’Keefe has long struggled for respect from the media and acceptance from the conservative movement. But now he has an ally in the Oval Office.

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Franken and Franks resign as misconduct charges batter Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday after facing a series of sexual misconduct allegations, and Republican Representative Trent Franks also said he was stepping down as he too was hit with ethics charges.

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On Washington: Al Franken’s Improbable Political Rise and Sudden Fall

Mr. Franken came to the Senate as an instant star, but he was brought down by accusations of inappropriate behavior and a Democratic need to clean house.

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Congressional Democrats Left Out of White House Hanukkah Party

The White House pared down its invite list for the annual Hanukkah celebration. Democrats and Jewish groups critical of the president were not included.

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Editorial: What Congress Can Learn from Al Franken

Will other lawmakers who abuse their power be held to the same standard?

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James Levine Denies ‘Unfounded’ Sexual Abuse Accusations

The Metropolitan Opera’s music director emeritus makes his first public comment since four men accused him of abusing them when they were teenagers or his students.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Australia’s Shifting Political Order

The same-sex marriage debate showed that attitudes on gender and sexuality do not fit neatly into the traditional conservative-progressive divide.

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Los Angeles, Al Franken, Same-Sex Marriage: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Smerconish: I'm not sure this is end for Franken

CNN's Michael Smerconish says he thinks Sen. Al Franken's announcement that he will resign from the Senate in the coming weeks may not be "the end" and Franken may be waiting to see the results of the Alabama Senate race before he resigns.

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House Passes Two-Week Stopgap Bill to Keep Government Funded

Faced with a Friday deadline to pass a government funding measure, the House passed on Thursday a two-week fix to buy more time for negotiations.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Franken Is Leaving and Trump Is Still Here

The #MeToo movement works only with men who can be shamed.

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Cillizza: Franken's totally unapologetic resignation

Two things were clear after Al Franken finished his speech on the Senate floor just after noon on Thursday:

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Franken accusers disappointed he still denies some actions

In the wake of Democratic Sen. Al Franken's resignation, some of his accusers of sexual misconduct told CNN they are disappointed with his defense of the allegations, saying he shouldn't have continued to dismiss them.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Al Franken, Los Angeles: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Democratic Senator Franken says he will resign over sexual misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken announced his resignation from office on Thursday, bowing to pressure from party colleagues after a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Read Al Franken's speech

Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota is resigning following allegations that he touched women inappropriately, he announced in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday. Read Franken's full remarks:

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Al Franken: From ‘Saturday Night Live’ to Congress

Mr. Franken was a star on the sketch comedy show and then a talk-radio host before running for political office.

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Democratic Senator Franken resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken resigned from office on Thursday, bowing to pressure from party colleagues after a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Al Franken’s Rise and Fall

Once a star of “Saturday Night Live,” Al Franken took his liberal politics to Washington in 2008 when he narrowly won a Minnesota Senate seat. He said he would resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Watch Franken speak, throw shade at Trump and Moore

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has resigned, following a raft of allegations he touched women inappropriately and dozens of his Democratic colleagues calling for him to step aside.

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Democratic Senator Franken to resign: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken was set to announce his resignation from office on Thursday, CNN reported, bowing to pressure from party colleagues after a string of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Watch Live: Franken Speaks Amid Harassment Allegations

Several Democrats have called for Senator Al Franken to resign over accusations of sexual harassment.

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Democratic Senator Franken to resign: CNN, citing sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Al Franken will announce his resignation on Thursday, a day after a majority of his Democratic Senate colleagues called for him to step down following a string of sexual misconduct allegations against him, CNN reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Senator Al Franken to Speak From Senate Floor Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Democratic senator of Minnesota is scheduled to speak at 11:45 a.m., a day after dozens of his colleagues called for him to step down.

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If Franken decides to resign, who would replace him?

Should Sen. Al Franken decide to step down, his resignation would set up a gubernatorial appointment and open up a new Senate battleground in 2018.

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Democratic Senator Franken to address calls to resign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Al Franken, facing pressure from his fellow Democrats to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct, will announce his decision on Thursday.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Franken to address calls to resign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Al Franken, facing pressure from his fellow Democrats to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct, will announce his decision on Thursday.

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Lewandowski, anchor spar over Moore accusations

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski argues President Trump was right to endorse Roy Moore because there is no definitive proof behind the accusations against him.

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Embattled Franken to make a statement

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken is set to make a statement Thursday about his future in office, following a raft of allegations he touched women inappropriately and dozens of his Democratic colleagues calling for him to step aside.

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Under pressure, Democratic Senator Franken to address calls to step down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Al Franken will announce his decision to remain in or resign from the U.S. Senate on Thursday after facing intense pressure from members of his own party to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Israel, Al Franken, Los Angeles: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Four Questions About American Greatness

We must not lose sight of what really makes our country special in the modern world.

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Democratic Senator Franken faces pressure to resign, announcement looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Al Franken faced intense pressure from members of his own party on Wednesday to resign from the U.S. Senate over accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Tax Bill Is Likely to Undo Health Insurance Mandate, Republicans Say

House Republicans are embracing the Senate’s repeal of the health law’s mandate that most people have insurance, but they are not buying a side deal to stabilize insurance markets.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republicans Move to Resolve Tax Bill Differences as Cost Concerns Loom

The Senate voted to begin the formal process of reconciling its tax bill with the House version as lawmakers continued to discuss changes to the legislation.

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For Trump, an Embassy in Jerusalem Is a Political Decision, Not a Diplomatic One

The president seemed to relish playing a familiar role: the political insurgent, defying foreign policy orthodoxy on behalf of the people who elected him.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Franken faces pressure to resign, announcement looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Al Franken faced intense pressure from members of his own party on Wednesday to resign from the U.S. Senate over accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Op-Ed Columnist: We’ll Be Cheerful if It Kills Us

That gun bill is back, but then again, there’s a hero cat.

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On Sexual Misconduct, Gillibrand Keeps Herself at the Fore

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the first in what would become a chorus of Democratic senators to call for their colleague Al Franken to resign.

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Jerusalem, Franken, Wildfires: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

House Votes to Sharply Expand Concealed-Carry Gun Rights

The House easily passed legislation requiring each state to recognize another state’s concealed-carry gun permit. But the bill faces doubt in the Senate.

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Democrat Franken to resign from Senate: radio report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Al Franken will resign from the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Minnesota Public Radio reported, after more than half of his Senate Democratic colleagues urged him to do so in light of sexual misconduct accusations.

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Analysis: What happened in the Senate is about a lot more than Franken

There is no old boys club that is older or clubbier than the United States Senate.

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How the dam broke on Al Franken

Nearly three weeks after sexual harassment allegations first emerged against Sen. Al Franken, a wave of Democratic senators — in coordination and following a flurry of text messages and phone calls — called for his resignation in rapid succession Wednesday morning.

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Franken's future in Senate uncertain amid calls for resignation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Half of Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday called for fellow party member Senator Al Franken of Minnesota to resign after new allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

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For ‘Transparent,’ Accusations Against Jeffrey Tambor Burst an Idealistic Bubble

The staff of the acclaimed Amazon series believed it had created a special workplace. Then harassment accusations pierced the idealism.

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One quarter of Democratic senators call for Franken's resignation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than a quarter of Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday called for fellow party member Al Franken, the Senator from Minnesota, to resign after new allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

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Kamala Harris' message for Franken

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) calls on Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to to leave office as allegations of sexual harassment against him continue to mount.

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Democratic Women in Senate Call on Al Franken to Resign

In a coordinated campaign, at least a half dozen Democratic women in the Senate called on their colleague, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, to resign.

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At least 10 Democratic senators call for Franken's resignation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At least 10 U.S. Democratic senators on Wednesday called for fellow Democrat Al Franken to resign in light of allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

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Franken to make announcement on Thursday

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The allegations against Franken

Five women have come forward to accuse Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touching. Two of those incidents occurred while he was on separate USO tours.

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Female Democratic senators call on Franken to resign

At least four female Democratic senators called on Sen. Al Franken to resign Wednesday, marking the first time any senator has called on the Minnesota Democrat to leave office as allegations of sexual harassment continue to mount.

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Trump’s Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a G.O.P. Problem: Chaos

President Trump’s impulsive, improvisational political style is preventing the Republican Party from establishing a true organization for the coming midterm elections.

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Bannon Finds New Fight Backing Roy Moore, but Risks Are High

The former White House strategist delivered a plea to elect Mr. Moore on Tuesday at a rally in southern Alabama.

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Senior lawmaker Conyers leaves U.S. Congress after harassment accusations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat John Conyers, the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, stepped down on Tuesday after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, the first member of Congress to leave his seat during a wave of high-profile harassment allegations.

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Kirstjen Nielsen, White House Aide, Is Confirmed as Homeland Security Secretary

Ms. Nielsen, an aide to John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has defended herself against charges that she is too inexperienced to lead the department.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

The CHIP Program Is Beloved. Why Is Its Funding in Danger?

A children’s health insurance program popular with both Republicans and Democrats is in limbo because of partisan rancor that has stymied legislative action in Washington.

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Conyers leaving Congress after harassment accusations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat John Conyers, the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, stepped down on Tuesday after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, the first member of Congress to leave his seat during a wave of high-profile harassment allegations.

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Congressman Conyers retires after harassment accusations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat John Conyers, the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced his retirement on Tuesday, amid accusations of sexual harassment, and endorsed his son to take his place in Congress.

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The top tweeted political account was ...

President Donald Trump's Twitter handle appeared in more tweets than any other elected official in the US in 2017, according to data from the social network. The fact that many of the top political hashtags were related to Trump, like #resist and #MAGA, probably didn't hurt.

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U.S. congressman Conyers to retire after harassment accusations: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Conyers, the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, will announce on Tuesday he does not plan to run for re-election, U.S. media said following accusations of sexual harassment against the Michigan Democrat.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Roy Moore’s Enablers

Stand by him now, stay linked to him forever.

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Congressman Conyers to retire after harassment accusations: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. congressman John Conyers, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, will announce on Tuesday he does not plan to run for re-election, U.S. media said following accusations of sexual harassment against the Michigan Democrat.

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As Harassment Accusations Multiply, a Question: Who Stays and Who Goes?

Some lawmakers charged with sexual harassment face intense pressure to resign. Others find more tolerance. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the responses.

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GOP political arm will send money to Alabama where Roy Moore vies for Senate amid accusations

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Australia, citing concerns over China, cracks down on foreign political influence

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia, concerned about rising Chinese influence, will ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external interference in domestic politics, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday.

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Corrine Brown, Ex-Congresswoman Who Ran a Sham Charity, Gets 5 Years in Prison

Ms. Brown, a former representative from Florida, was convicted of fraud after using over $300,000 from the charity for personal expenses, including tickets to a Beyoncé concert.

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Director Defends F.B.I. After Trump Says Bureau Is in ‘Tatters’

Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, did not mention the president in defending the agency’s work force as “focused on our critical mission.”

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McFarland Contradicted Herself on Russia Contacts, Congressional Testimony Shows

President Trump’s former aide had told lawmakers that she knew nothing of the national security adviser’s contacts with the Russian ambassador. But newly surfaced emails undermine her assertion.

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Republicans Sought to Undercut an Unfavorable Analysis of the Tax Plan

When the Joint Committee on Taxation found the Republican tax bill would balloon the budget deficit, Republicans tried to discredit it.

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Bill O’Reilly Is Sued by Woman Who Settled Over Harassment Accusations

Bill O’Reilly has said harassment allegations that led to his ouster at Fox News have no merit. One woman says that violates the conditions of their settlement.

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Can Presidents Obstruct Justice? The Latest Trump Fight, Explained

President Trump’s tweet that he knew his former national security adviser had lied to the F.B.I. is seen by some as evidence that he obstructed justice. But his lawyer says a president cannot violate such laws.

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President tweets his support for the Alabama GOP Senate candidate facing accusations of sexual abuse

President Donald Trump fully endorsed Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore on Twitter Monday morning.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Ghost of Steve Bannon

He is still guiding Trump’s ideology.

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G.O.P. Pushes to Avoid Government Shutdown, but the Path Is Tricky

A two-week stopgap measure would provide more time to negotiate, but obstacles loom on both sides of the aisle as lawmakers push their own priorities.

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Met Opera Suspends James Levine After New Sexual Abuse Accusations

The company is investigating its revered conductor after three men came forward with accusations that he abused them when they were teenagers.

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11-Year-Old Has Spent Her Life in Jail, a Serial Killer as a Cellmate

Meena, an Afghan girl born behind bars, has never been outside, and her convicted mother can keep her until she is 18. She is not the only child there, either.

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Operative Offered Trump Campaign ‘Kremlin Connection’ Using N.R.A. Ties

A conservative operative told a campaign aide he could arrange a back-channel meeting between Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia through his pro-gun connections.

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Venezuela political talks end without deal, new meeting planned Dec. 15

CARACAS (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's government and opposition coalition failed to reach a deal in a new round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Saturday aimed at resolving the OPEC nation's protracted political crisis, but planned to meet in two weeks to try again.

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Opinion: How the Republicans Broke Congress

We used to blame both parties for our poisonous political environment. Not anymore.

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Heroin in Soups and Lollipops: How Drug Cartels Evade Border Security

Even as the United States spends billions of dollars along the Mexican border, traffickers are exploiting weaknesses elsewhere, shipping parcels by mail, by air and on Amtrak.

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Editorial: A Historic Tax Heist

In which Republican donors pick your children’s pockets.

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News Analysis: Republicans Near a Big Win — but Will It Lift Them Politically?

Senate passage of a trillion-dollar tax cut will be a much-needed Republican victory, but it remains to be seen whether it lifts them out of their political ditch.

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A Hasty, Hand-Scribbled Tax Bill Sets Off an Outcry

Senator Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, called it “Washington D.C. at its worst” as Republicans sought to speed through their amended bill, handwriting and all.

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Trump to Keep Embassy in Tel Aviv, but Recognize Jerusalem as Capital

The president is trying to appease evangelical supporters and powerful Jewish donors even as he works to avoid derailing his administration’s peace efforts.

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News Analysis: Debt Concerns, Once a Core Republican Tenet, Take a Back Seat to Tax Cuts

The party, which criticized the growth of the federal debt under President Barack Obama, has rallied behind a tax cut that would send it to new heights.

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Right and Left React to Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea

Writers from across the political spectrum on Michael T. Flynn’s plea deal and what it means for the special counsel’s inquiry and the Trump administration.

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Geraldo Rivera apologizes after groping allegation

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Taxpayers Paid $84,000 to End Sex Harassment Claim Against Texas Lawmaker

Rep. Blake Farenthold, Republican of Texas, settled a sexual harassment suit for $84,000, one of six House settlements funded by taxpayers since 2013.

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Political risk on Wall Street? Buy the dip!

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An abrupt stock selloff on Friday, sparked by a report that magnified concerns about President Donald Trump's potential links with Russia, prompted Wall Street's favorite reaction in recent months: "Buy the dip."

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U.S. remains committed to Libyan political agreement: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States remains committed to the Libyan Political Agreement, the State Department said in a statement following U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on Friday.

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Fast-Changing Tax Bill Is Set to Clear the Senate

Senate Republicans made major changes to their bill, and picked up the votes to push it through the chamber on Friday.

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President Xi says China will not export its political system

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will not export its political system, President Xi Jinping told a forum for foreign political groups on Friday, as the ruling Communist Party seeks to boost its global image and take a more assertive international role.

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Schumer quiet on latest Franken allegation

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will not comment on a woman's new allegation Thursday that she was inappropriately touched by Sen. Al Franken years ago, a Schumer spokesman told CNN.

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Merkel, SPD leader agreed to start talks to solve political impasse: party source

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her Bavarian ally Horst Seehofer and SPD leader Martin Schulz agreed during a meeting late on Thursday to enter talks to find a way out of the political impasse, a party official said on Friday.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: In the End, Reality Will Win

Is there no bottom? We may soon learn that Trump won a gold medal in synchronized swimming.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Is Cracking Up

The president is acting more deranged than usual, but Republicans in Congress don’t care.

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Tom Cotton, Said to Be Trump’s C.I.A. Pick, Would Bring Ambition but Little Experience

Mr. Cotton, a senator from Arkansas, would be the youngest person ever to run the C.I.A. should a White House plan to shuffle the cabinet come to fruition.

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UPDATE 1-VW truck boss urges Germany to resolve political deadlock

* Sector needs clear rules from government, regulators (Adds detail)

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Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder in politically charged San Francisco trial

(Reuters) - An illegal immigrant from Mexico was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a San Francisco jury on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a woman that Donald Trump used as a rallying cry against "sanctuary cities" during his presidential campaign.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazilian, Chilean equities slip as political concerns weigh

SAO PAULO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Brazil's benchmark equities index and currency lost ground on Thursday as markets remained jittery about the uneven progress of a pension reform bill seen as key to shoring up the nation's fiscal health. Worldwide, emerging markets came under heavy selling pressure even as U.S. equity markets rallied, with the MSCI International EM price index posting a 1.8 percent loss for its steepest drop in six months. Brazilian President Michel Temer is loo

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Senate Ethics Committee looking into Franken

The Senate Ethics Committee has begun looking into the allegations against Sen. Al Franken, according to a statement from the committee issued Thursday.

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Why Alabamians might go for Moore even if believing accusations

The panel joins Jake Tapper to discuss the Roy Moore race and the likelihood that he can still win despite the allegations against him.

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Senate Ethics Committee opens probe of Senator Franken

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Ethics Committee said on Thursday it has opened a preliminary inquiry into alleged misconduct by Democratic Senator Al Franken.

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Fact Check: The Senate G.O.P. Tax Plan

Senate Republicans and President Trump are rushing to overhaul the tax system. Does their plan live up to their promises?

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Longest-serving House Democrat will not be pressured to resign over harassment accusations, attorney says

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Trump allies fear lack of political strategy

President Donald Trump's allies are increasingly concerned by what they see as a deficit of strategic political advice driving the White House as the party creeps ever-closer to a crucial political year.

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Army vet: Franken groped me during USO tour in 2003

An Army veteran says Sen. Al Franken groped her in December 2003, telling CNN that while she was deployed in Kuwait, the Minnesota Democrat cupped her breast during a photo op.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Trump, Proxy of Racism

The Trump doctrine is white supremacy.

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A ‘Main Street’ Tax Speech Becomes a Trump Riff on the Rich

In a rambling speech in Missouri on Tuesday, President Trump criticized the rich and said the tax bill in Washington would not help people like him.

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Senate Votes to Begin Debate on Tax Overhaul

With the Senate on track for a final vote later this week, Republican leaders were still working to secure the votes they need to pass their tax rewrite.

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Serial Killer Undone by Asking McDonald’s Co-Worker to Mind His Gun, Police Say

Authorities in Tampa arrested the gun owner, who they said was responsible for the shooting deaths of four apparently random people in a quiet neighborhood in recent weeks.

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How to Fix Global Warming: We Talk to Tech Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Political Leaders

Gov. Jerry Brown of California will headline ClimateTECH, a new conference from The New York Times, on Wednesday night. Here’s how to watch and what to know.

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Conyers should resign if accusations are 'founded': No. 2 House Democrat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Wednesday that Democratic representative John Conyers should resign if the sexual harassment allegations against him are found to be true.

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Trump Wanted a Bigger Tax Cut for the Rich but Lost to Ivanka

President Trump hoped to devote proceeds from repealing a health care mandate to helping the rich. Then came opposition from Ivanka Trump and Republican senators.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Lambs of the Senate

Uncommitted senators are squandering their leverage on the tax bill.

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Republicans, Entering Homestretch on Tax Cuts, Are Calm and Cooperative

After an unsuccessful effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have gotten down to doing what they do best — cutting taxes.

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Trump Feuds With Democrats Ahead of a Possible Government Shutdown

In less than two weeks, much of the government will run out of money, but a negotiating session at the White House on Tuesday blew up after President Trump attacked Democrats.

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Trump Once Said the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape Was Real. Now He’s Not Sure.

The president’s changing story, which has stunned advisers, is part of a lifelong habit of attempting to create his own version of reality.

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Tampa police question man over possible link to serial killings

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A man who authorities say may be linked to recent killings in a Tampa, Florida, neighborhood was being interviewed by police on Tuesday as a gun was checked for any ties to the four shootings.