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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), left; Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), left; Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

The Senate Republican tax bill would increase the federal budget deficit by $1 trillion over the next decade even when taking into account increased economic growth, according to a congressional analysis released Thursday.

The so-called dynamic score from the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the tax cuts and other changes in the bill would boost the nation’s economic output by an average of 0.8% over the 10-year period.

That would reduce the bill’s earlier estimated $1.5-billion deficit impact, which was calculated without taking into account potential economic growth, by about $408 billion.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) speaks to reporters in the Capitol.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) speaks to reporters in the Capitol. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions dodged questions about whether President Trump tried to interfere with the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s campaign, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday.

“I asked the attorney general whether he was ever instructed by the president to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation, and he declined to answer the question,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) told reporters after a closed-door meeting with Sessions.

His remarks were reported by the Hill

Tom Steyer's drive to impeach President Trump includes a billboard in New York's Times Square.
Tom Steyer's drive to impeach President Trump includes a billboard in New York's Times Square. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

From its very founding, California has been a land of reinvention. The creed is practically written in the state Constitution: If you don’t like who you are, or your place in life, start over.

Gold was the first lure. Since then, countless have sought fame. Others, acceptance.

Tom Steyer has no end of wealth, a measure of fame and a seeming appetite for political office.

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U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.)
U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

A woman who alleges she was fired because she rejected Detroit Rep. John Conyers' sexual advances broke a confidentiality agreement Thursday to tell NBC's "Today" show that the longest-serving member of the U.S. House subjected her to years of sexual harassment.

The Democratic congressman also was hospitalized Thursday in Detroit, according to political consultant Sam Riddle, who said he'd talked with Conyers' wife. Riddle said he didn't know why Conyers went to the hospital or his condition.

Marion Brown, 61, said the Democratic congressman propositioned her for sex multiple times over more than a decade. She said she stayed on the job because she needed to support her family and found the work rewarding.

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Speculation has circulated for weeks that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on his way out. He has publicly contradicted, and been contradicted by, his boss the president. He reportedly called President Trump a "moron" in a private meeting, and never denied that when asked by reporters.

Tillerson, 65, the former chief of ExxonMobil, has repeatedly said he has no plans to step down, while adding that he serves at the president's pleasure.

But tension between Foggy Bottom and the White House has not subsided. Thursday, the speculation kicked up again when the New York Times reported the White House had drawn up a plan for CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson.

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A few weeks ago, when a series of women first stepped forward to accuse Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, Republican senators said confidently that if he won the Senate seat from Alabama for which he is running, they would expel him.

Now, with the Alabama election less than two weeks away, second thoughts have begun setting in.

Republican senators continue to say that they would subject Moore, a fellow Republican, to an Ethics Committee investigation. But questions are mounting about whether it would be appropriate for the Senate to oust Moore over allegations that were known to voters before the election.

(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

President Trump extended his flirtation with racist extremists internationally on Wednesday — and drew a rare rebuke from two European allies — by retweeting three anti-Muslim videos from a far-right fringe group in Britain.

“It is wrong for the president to have done this,” said James Slack, spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May. He described the group, Britain First, as one that “seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tension.”

Compounding the sudden diplomatic muddle with the United States’ closest ally, Trump hit back at the prime minister Wednesday night, again on Twitter, telling her, "Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!"

Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, one of the elected officials accused of sexual harassment
Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, one of the elected officials accused of sexual harassment (J.Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

American corporations in recent weeks have scythed through the ranks of alleged sexual harassers, dispatching personalities as powerful as movie producer Harvey Weinstein and television anchor Matt Lauer, who was swiftly fired on Wednesday after a credible accusation of sexual misbehavior.

But in Washington, the growing public intolerance for harassment has tied politicians in partisan pretzels and left them grappling for a way to assess guilt and mete out consequences.

Several factors have slowed the political response.

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) in 2015.
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) in 2015. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

With a spate of sexual harassment allegations stirring trouble on Capitol Hill, Congress faces a new test of how well it can police itself.

Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, accused of demanding sex from women who worked for him, is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Some fellow Democrats have urged him to resign.

Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, another Democrat fighting to save his career, is bracing for a Senate Ethics Committee inquiry of groping allegations.