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November 14, 2017

11-14-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

During his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended his past statements about Russia and the Trump campaign. When asked about the sexual-misconduct allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Sessions said he has “no reason to doubt” Moore’s accusers. In another House hearing, two female lawmakers accused sitting male lawmakers of sexual harassment and misconduct. Senate Republicans announced that they will include a provision to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate in their tax bill. And the federal judge overseeing the bribery trial of Democratic Senator Robert Menendez encouraged jurors to take their time reaching a verdict, after the group was deadlocked on Monday.

Washington Brief

  • Senate Republicans are planning to attach a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate to their tax overhaul legislation, a move that would free up more than $300 billion that could go toward tax cuts. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that combining the two major GOP priorities would be helpful for passing the measure in the Senate. (The New York Times)
  • Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the House will mandate anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all lawmakers and staff. The announcement came after two female lawmakers at a House Administration Committee hearing said two sitting male lawmakers one Democrat and one Republican have engaged in sexual harassment. (The Hill)
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions told members of the House Judiciary Committee that he did not lie under oath in previous congressional testimony about his contacts with Russian officials during President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. He also said the Justice Department’s review of allegations that the Clinton Foundation may have influenced an Obama administration decision to allow a Russian agency to buy a company with access to uranium in the United States would be done without regard to political considerations. (The Associated Press)
  • A nationwide poll found that 60 percent of registered votersand half of Republican voters say Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama’s Dec. 12 special election, should step aside following allegations that he molested a 14-year-old girl in 1979 and pursued other romantic relationships with teen girls. Forty-six percent of U.S. voters said they had not heard much or anything at all about the accusations against Moore, according to the survey conducted Nov. 9-11. (Morning Consult)
  • In response to Republican requests, the Justice Department told the House Judiciary Committee that it’s looking into whether a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate allegations that donations to the Clinton Foundation may have influenced a 2010 decision by the Obama administration to allow a Russian agency to buy a company with access to uranium in the United States. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify before the committee today during an oversight hearing. (The New York Times)
  • Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), who was first elected to Congress in 1992, said he will not seek re-election next year. Green is the sixth member of the Texas delegation to forgo a 2018 run, and he’ll leave a district viewed as electorally safe for Democrats. (The Texas Tribune)
  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California let President Donald Trump’s travel ban partially go into effect, temporarily blocking another judge’s ruling that had put on hold the administration’s latest iteration of the ban that was announced on Sept. 24. The court ruling means the administration can block travel for people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen who do not have connections to the United States. (Reuters)

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