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At least five women have accused Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers. With Alabama's special election runoff slated for Dec. 12, many GOP senators have withdrawn their endorsements of Moore or issued strong statements condemning him.

How does that compare with what GOP senators said about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump after an "Access Hollywood" tape portrayed him speaking crudely about women and bragging about his behavior with women that some have characterized as sexual assault?

Trump dismissed the 2005 tape as "locker room talk," but the incident sparked ample discussion about past sexual misconduct allegations. Several Senate Republicans spoke out.


The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday when the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against the New Jersey politician and a wealthy donor. 

Prosecutors can seek to retry the lawmaker. 

U.S. District Judge William Walls declared the mistrial after more than six full days of deliberations that had to be re-started midway through when a juror was replaced. 


Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio show anchor said that he had forcibly kissed her and later groped her on a 2006 USO tour, actions that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said should trigger a sexual harassment investigation.

Leeann Tweeden, a news anchor on KABC-AM’s “McIntyre in the Morning,” said in a post on the station’s website that Franken, then a professional comedy writer and performer, had written a skit for the USO tour in which they kissed, and he demanded that they rehearse the scene.

After Franken aggressively kissed her, Tweeden said, “I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time ... I felt disgusted and violated.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), right, talks with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) in the Capitol.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), right, talks with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) in the Capitol. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wants the FBI to turn over information to Congress on any security clearance application filed by Michael Flynn Jr., the son of President Trump’s former national security advisor.

Flynn Jr. served as the chief of staff at his father’s private consulting company, the Flynn Intel Group, and also worked with the president’s transition team.

Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, requested information a year ago from Trump's transition team on security clearance applications, but Vice President Mike Pence did not respond, he said.

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Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn.
Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Republican and Democratic senators have joined forces on legislation to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church.

Congress has taken no steps on guns in the weeks after deadly shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas. The bill, which has the backing of the Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, would ensure that federal agencies, such as the Defense Department, and states accurately report relevant criminal information to the FBI.

The Air Force has acknowledged that the Texas shooter, Devin P. Kelley, should have had his name and domestic violence conviction submitted to the National Criminal Information Center database.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) (Win McNamee)

Low-income earners would pay more in taxes starting in 2021 under a revised Senate Republican bill, according to a congressional analysis released Thursday.

People with incomes between $10,000 and $30,000 a year would see their overall taxes decrease in 2019 along with all earners, but that would reverse in 2021, according to a report from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.

By 2023, people with incomes below $10,000 also would see increases.

White House adviser Ivanka Trump listens to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speak in Bayville, N.J., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.
White House adviser Ivanka Trump listens to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speak in Bayville, N.J., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (Matt Rourke)

Ivanka Trump believes “there’s a special place in hell” for people who do the things that GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore is accused of.

While President Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about Moore on Wednesday, the first daughter weighed in on the scandal surrounding the firebrand former Alabama judge, telling the Associated Press that she has seen no evidence discrediting his accusers.

Moore has been accused of pursuing sexual and romantic relationships with teenage girls — one as young as 14 — when he was in his 30s.

Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. (Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)

Republican establishment support for Roy Moore, the embattled Senate candidate in Alabama, eroded further Wednesday as the state's senior senator, Richard Shelby, said he planned to write in the name of another candidate on his ballot.

Facing accusations that he sexually assaulted teenage girls -- assertions he has denied -- Moore should seriously consider withdrawing from the Sept. 12 election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, Shelby told reporters.

“I wish we had another candidate,” Shelby said, naming Sessions as the ideal contender.

  • White House
Sean Hannity speaks during a campaign rally for then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz in Phoenix on March 18, 2016.
Sean Hannity speaks during a campaign rally for then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz in Phoenix on March 18, 2016. (Associated Press)

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity has given Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore 24 hours to explain “inconsistencies” in his response to allegations of child molestation or else exit the Alabama race.

During his show Tuesday night, Hannity called on Moore to “immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory explanation” for “inconsistencies.” Moore has repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct years ago.

Keurig announced Saturday that it had pulled advertising from “Hannity” after several Twitter users questioned the host's coverage of the allegations against Moore. The move drew anger from conservatives, some of whom posted videos of themselves smashing Keurig coffee-makers