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November 13, 2017

11-13-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

President Trump nominated former pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Lawmakers continued to withdraw their endorsements of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in light of allegations that Moore pursued teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Moore to drop out of the race. And later in the day, an Alabama woman accused Moore of sexual assaulting her when she was 16. The White House said Trump “briefly” touched on human rights during a private meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, but a spokesman for Duterte said human rights were not discussed.

Washington Brief

  • Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the Senate should expel Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama, if he wins the state’s special election scheduled for Dec. 12. Gardner’s statement came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on Moore to step aside following allegations that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 years old. ( Politico)
  • President Donald Trump said he will nominate Alex Azar to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and fill the position previously held by Tom Price, who left the administration amid criticism of his use of taxpayer-funded private charter jets. Azar, a former pharmaceutical company executive who served on the board of directors of a drug industry lobbying group, was a deputy secretary at HHS during the George W. Bush administration. (Reuters)
  • A federal judge in New Jersey ordered jurors to return on Tuesday to continue deliberations after they told him they could not reach a unanimous decision in the corruption trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). While Menendez’s attorney said the jurors should be dismissed, prosecutors argued that the jury had just started deliberating Monday morning with an alternate juror who replaced a member who was dismissed. (CNN)
  • Repudiations of Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama, grew over the weekend, with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) saying the allegations that he pursued relationships with teenage girls while he was in his early 30s “have more credibility” than his denial and that he should step aside. (USA Today) Moore threatened to sue the Washington Post over the original news report as he attempts to undermine the accusers. ( NBC News)
  • Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said the House would reject the Senate’s tax-overhaul legislation if it eliminates the state and local tax deduction. The Senate measure, which the Finance Committee is scheduled to mark up today, would repeal the deduction entirely. (Reuters)
  • President Donald Trump made little mention of human rights during his meeting in Manila with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been accused of extrajudicial killings in the country’s war on drugs. The two focused on combatting illegal drugs, trade and the Islamic State during their bilateral meeting, according to the White House. (The Associated Press)

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