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Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives by bicycle to meet Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday.
Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives by bicycle to meet Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday. (Thibault Camus / Associated Press)

He showed up at Paris City Hall on Monday on a green bicycle and wearing a green tie to talk climate change with the mayor.

But Arnold Schwarzenegger almost didn’t make the trip from Los Angeles. One of the wildfires scorching Southern California was threatening his home.

“Luckily we have extraordinary firefighters,” he told a group of officials and journalists.

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President Obama in Selma, Ala., at a 2015 commemoration of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.
President Obama in Selma, Ala., at a 2015 commemoration of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

Former President Obama and his vice president, Joe Biden, each provided last-minute help to fellow Democrat Doug Jones in Tuesday’s Alabama Senate election, but the candidate is keeping quiet about it.

Obama and Biden recorded robocalls urging Alabama voters to cast ballots for Jones in his contest against Republican Roy Moore.

But Jones denied knowing whose calls his campaign was placing to voters.

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Protesters demonstrate in New York's Time Square in July over President Trump's ban on transgender people joining the military.
Protesters demonstrate in New York's Time Square in July over President Trump's ban on transgender people joining the military. (Jewel Samad / AFP/ Getty Images)

The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Trump's opposition.

The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services.

Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, says the enlistment of transgender recruits will start Jan. 1 and go on amid the legal battles. The Defense Department also is studying the issue.

Michael Flynn
Michael Flynn (Associated Press)

An energy company that had hired Michael Flynn as an advisor denied a Democratic lawmaker’s report that the incoming national security advisor sent text messages saying the company’s Mideast nuclear reactor project was “good to go” and that U.S. sanctions on Russia would be “ripped up.”

Phone records “flatly contradict” claims that Flynn sent several texts to Alan Copson, an executive at ACU Strategic Partners, during President Trump’s inauguration ceremony last January, the company said in a statement. 

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, had made the claims about Flynn public last Wednesday, citing information from an interveiw with an unidentified witness. 

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin
Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

The Treasury Department on Monday released a one-page analysis of the Senate tax bill, saying the cuts and other changes would more than pay for themselves by stimulating stronger economic growth.

But there’s a catch.

The conclusion, which runs counter to estimates from Congress’ own scorekeeper and outside analysts, assumes the economy also would be boosted by “a combination of regulatory reform, infrastructure development and welfare reform.”

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(Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)

Republican Roy Moore fought back Sunday against allegations that he sexually abused teenage girls when he was in his 30s, saying they were part of a plot to defame him before Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election on Tuesday.

“Ritual defamation has been around for a long time, and that’s what this is,” Moore, 70, told Bill Britt, anchor of “The Voice of Alabama Politics” television show.

Moore denied ever meeting either Leigh Corfman, who says he molested her when she was 14, or Beverly Young Nelson, who says he bruised her in a sexual assault when she was 16.

Palestinians demonstrate in Jerusalem on Friday.
Palestinians demonstrate in Jerusalem on Friday. (AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, says President Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel was “courageous.”

Haley has staunchly defended Trump’s recognition last week of the contested city as Israel’s capital, facing a barrage of criticism at the U.N. last week. The United States stood virtually alone as Security Council members described the move as rash, impulsive and prejudicial to the outcome of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

“What you saw was a courageous move by the president,” Haley said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Disputing the notion that Trump had preempted the city’s status as part of any future peace agreement, she said: “He didn’t talk about boundaries; he didn’t talk about borders. He didn’t get into any of that.”

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore at a campaign appearance
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore at a campaign appearance (Dan Anderson / TNS)

Two days before Alabama’s hard-fought U.S. Senate election, the state’s senior Republican, Sen. Richard Shelby, said “the state of Alabama deserves better” than Roy Moore, who has been accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct, including an assault on a 14-year-old.

Speaking Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Shelby told interviewer Jake Tapper: “I think the Republican Party can do better.”

The special election campaign in Alabama has been extraordinarily divisive, not only exposing the deep partisan divergence between backers of Moore and his Democratic challenger, Doug Jones, but spotlighting an intraparty rift among Republicans in what has long been a reliably red state.

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You can always count on President Trump to bash the media, whether or not the reporting is accurate. But on the occasions when the media makes a mistake, he’s quick to pile on.

The source of his anger on Saturday morning was an error made by CNN on Friday, when the network wrongly reported that the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. may have been notified about hacked emails obtained by Wikileaks before they were publicly released. The notification didn’t come until after they were public, and CNN corrected its story.

That didn’t satisfy Trump, and he drew a comparison to a recent inaccurate report from ABC, which led that network to suspend one of its star investigative reporters, Brian Ross.