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Franken apologizes to woman who says he kissed, groped her

Sexual Harassment Franken

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken personally apologized to the woman who has accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour, saying he remembers their encounter differently but is “ashamed that my actions ruined that experience for you.” In a guest appearance...


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Members of the Senate Ethics Committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Senate Ethics Committee, who face the prospect of investigating their peers: REPUBLICANS JOHNNY ISAKSON, R-Ga., chairman Isakson, 72, who is in his third term, is the only chairman of two Senate committees. He leads the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where he has...


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Health Giant Sutter Destroys Evidence In Crucial Antitrust Case Over High Prices

Sutter Health intentionally destroyed 192 boxes of documents that employers and labor unions were seeking in a lawsuit that accuses the giant Northern California health system of abusing its market power and charging inflated prices, according to a state judge. In a ruling this week, San Francisco...


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Ultra-wealthy win in Senate tax bill, other face hikes

Trump Congress Taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ultra-wealthy, especially those with dynastic businesses — like President Donald Trump and his family — do very well under a major Republican tax bill moving in the Senate, as they do under legislation passed this week by the House. Want to toast the anticipated tax win with...


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The Latest: Economic adviser talks tax bill with GOP foe

Trump Congress Taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican-pushed tax overhaul legislation (all times local): 3:55 p.m. The chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers says he met yesterday with a senator who opposes the senate’s tax overhaul plan. Kevin Hassett tells reporters at the White House Friday that...


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The Latest: Sanders says Trump, Franken cases are different

Sexual Harassment Franken

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken (all times local): 3:40 p.m. The White House says there’s a difference between the sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump and Democratic Sen. Al Franken. White House press secretary Sarah...


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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Tax Bill Or Health Bill?

Republican efforts to alter the health law, left for dead in September, came roaring back to life this week as the Senate Finance Committee added a repeal of the “individual mandate” fines for not maintaining health insurance to their tax bill. In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of...


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Trump to pay his own legal bills, set up fund to cover staff

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. President Donald Trump has started paying his own legal bills related to the Russia probe, rather than charging them to his campaign or the Republican National Committee, and is finalizing a plan to use personal funds to help current and former White House staff with their...


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GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

Trump Congress Taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though. The House passage...


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Franken case puts both parties in bind on misconduct probes

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Allegations about improper sexual conduct by a Democratic senator and a Republican senatorial candidate are forcing the Senate to confront a difficult dilemma: where to draw the line and how to mete out punishment. How should Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota be dealt with after...


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