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How a Senate ethics investigation works

US Senate(WASHINGTON) — Top leaders in the Senate are calling for a Senate Ethics Committee review of Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., who was recently accused of forcibly kissing a woman and appearing to grope her while she slept. The committee has not announced whether it will pursue a preliminary inquiry into the alleged incidents, which took place before he joined …

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Republican senator: GOP is ‘toast’ with Trump in control

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent sparring partner of President Donald Trump, continues to make enemies in his own party after calling the GOP “toast” while unaware he was still on a live mic. Flake, R-Ariz., was at a tax reform event in Mesa, Arizona on Friday night when he was caught bashing the president in a …

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Trump to be presented with $47M deal to arm Ukraine against Russia

petervician/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump will be presented with the recommendation to finance and sell anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian government — a move aimed at deterring aggression from pro-Russian separatists, a State Department official told ABC News. The National Security Council decided during a meeting on Tuesday to greenlight the presentation of a $47 million grant package to the …

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Trump says big game trophy ban reversal is on hold to review ‘conservation facts’

MD WAZID HOSSAIN/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has announced that his administration’s plan to reverse a ban on big game trophies has been put on hold so he can “review all conservation facts.” On Wednesday, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official confirmed to ABC News that the Trump administration had planned to allow hunters to bring trophies of elephants …

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How Congress pays for workplace settlements

flySnow/iStock/thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Are taxpayers footing the bill for workplace settlements on Capitol Hill? Earlier this week, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., told MSNBC that Congress has paid out more than $15 million to settle harassment claims over the last 10 to 15 years. An aide to Speier — who is leading the charge on Capitol Hill to reform anti-harassment training and …

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Roy Moore’s wife: President Trump ‘owes us a thank you’ for diverting attention from Russia probe

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — The wife of embattled Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore continued a fierce pushback against allegations of sexual misconduct and impropriety against her husband, holding a press conference on Friday with other conservative Alabama women at the state capitol in Montgomery. “The people of Alabama understand what’s going on here. My husband, Judge Roy Moore …

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Battle between House Republicans and firm that produced infamous ‘dossier’ wages on

f11photo/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Glenn Simpson, co-founder of the investigative firm Fusion GPS, appeared in federal court on Wednesday to fight ongoing efforts to pry more information from his company. The firm, which produced the so-called “dossier” of unconfirmed and salacious allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump, including purported collusion between the Trump campaign officials and agents of the Russian government, is seeking …

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Sessions jokes of Russian ambassador from site of scrutinized 2016 speech

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As several investigations into Russian interference into last year’s presidential election remain ongoing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions joked about his encounters with the former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Friday, at the same location in which their paths crossed over a year ago. Sessions was beginning a speech to the Federalist Society 2017 National Lawyers Convention …

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Black men get longer prison sentences than white men for the same crime: Study

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — African-American men serve longer sentences than white men for the same crime, a new study by the U.S Sentencing Commission shows. The commission’s analysis of demographic prison data from 2012 to 2016 found that black men serve sentences that are on average 19.1 percent longer than those for white men for similar crimes. The racial disparity in …

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Al Franken accuser Leeann Tweeden says she ‘stayed quiet, but I was angry’

U.S. Senate Photographic Studio(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden said she came forward with her allegations that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., forcibly kissed her without her consent so other victims would be empowered to share their stories. “Maybe I have a platform to speak out, because if he did this to somebody else or if anybody else …

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