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House Speaker Paul D. Ryan speaks Oct. 26 in Washington.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan speaks Oct. 26 in Washington.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that Alabama Republican Roy Moore “should step aside,” joining top GOP leaders who are trying to push the Senate candidate facing sexual misconduct accusations out of the race.

"These allegations are credible," Ryan said. "He should step aside."

Five women have said Moore, now 70, pursued them when they were teenagers and he was a prosecutor in the district attorney's office in his 30s.

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(Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he had "no clear recollection" of being alerted by two former campaign aides to contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential election. 

Sessions told members of the House Judiciary Committee that after reading news reports, he now recalls a March 2016 meeting that was attended by Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. He made a similar statement regarding the presence of another advisor, Carter Page, at a Capitol Hill Club meeting.

Both men have said that they discussed contacts with Russians with Sessions or in his presence. Their statements contradicted previous testimony by Sessions that no such communications took place.

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Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions testified again before the House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 14, 2017.

"Lastly, I would like to address the false charges made about my previous testimony. My answers have never changed. I have always told the truth, and I have answered every question as I understood them and to the best of my recollection, as I will continue to do today.

"I would like to address recent news reports regarding meetings during the campaign attended by George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, among others. Frankly, I had no recollection of this until I saw these news reports. 

"I do now recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during that meeting. After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government, or any other foreign government, for that matter. But I did not recall this event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it.

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, shown during June testimony on Capitol Hill
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, shown during June testimony on Capitol Hill (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Few weeks have gone by this year without President Trump’s least favorite topic, the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, surfacing in some form.

On Tuesday, even as the president flies back from his 12-day Asian trip, the subject will rise again.

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify at 10 A.M. Eastern to the House Judiciary Committee. He will try to square his past assertions that he knew of no contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians with new claims in court documents and congressional testimony alleging that he did.

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Security guards walk through the hotel in Hangzhou, China, where three UCLA basketball players are staying.
Security guards walk through the hotel in Hangzhou, China, where three UCLA basketball players are staying. (Gaochao Zhang / For The Times)

President Trump said he was hopeful that three UCLA basketball players detained in China will be released and sent home.

"I had a great conversation with [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping]," Trump  told reporters aboard Air Force One Tuesday afternoon, just as his plane was about to take off from Manila, the final leg of his 12-day trip to Asia. "What they did was unfortunate. You know, you're talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games." 

Xi "was terrific, and they're working on it right now," Trump continued. "And hopefully everything is going to work out."

A fifth woman has come forward to accuse former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore of inappropriate sexual conduct.

A fifth woman has come forward to accuse former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Beverly Young Nelson, 55, said Moore, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old high school student working as a waitress in Gadsden, Ala.

Speaking at a news conference in New York, Nelson said Moore was then a 30-year-old deputy district attorney in Etowah County and a regular customer at Olde Hickory House restaurant in Gadsden. He often complimented her on her looks and pulled on the ends of her long, red hair, she said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, and Senate candidate Roy Moore, right
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, and Senate candidate Roy Moore, right (AP)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama “should step aside” in light of allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago. 

Speaking to reporters after visiting a plant in Kentucky, McConnell said he believes the women who were quoted in a Washington Post story about Moore's past relationships with them as young women. 

Previously, McConnell had said Moore should step aside if the allegations proved to be true. 

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Hundreds of rich American taxpayers have signed a joint letter calling on Congress to reject Republicans' proposed tax plan, saying it would disproportionately benefit wealthy people and corporations at the expense of everyone else.

The 400-plus signers are all in the top 5% of Americans by income or wealth, according to a press release by United for a Fair Economy's Responsible Wealth project. Signers include recognizable last names like Rockefeller and Disney as well as financiers and former CEOs.

"Tax reform should be, at a minimum, revenue neutral – without using gimmicks like dynamic scoring," the letter reads, a reference to what economists say are Republicans' overly optimistic estimations that economic growth will offset the loss in tax revenue. The Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the House tax plan estimates that it would add $1.7 trillion to the federal deficit over the first decade.

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After the allegations of sexual misconduct by Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, the internet responded with posts including the #MeAt14 hashtag.

The hashtag was started by Raleigh, N.C., lawyer Catherine R. L. Lawson last week.

Twitter users quickly began posting their own photos and experiences.