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Live – Voters go to polls in crucial election involving man accused of sexual assault on teenagers

“And speaking at a rally on the eve of the election last night, Mr Moore told supporters: “If you don’t believe in my character, don’t vote for me.”” writes Harriet Agerholm for independent.co.uk. Alabama heads to the polls on Tuesday for a special election that pits Democrat Doug Jones against Roy Moore, a Republican candidate dogged by sexual misconduct allegations.But at his own rally on Monday night Mr Jones said the election was a referendum on “who we are and what we’re going to tell our daughters”.Mr Jones, for his…

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House Passes 2-Week Stopgap Funding Bill to Avoid a Shutdown

“Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, said she was eager to address the issues of health insurance for children, combating opioids and helping veterans” writes Thomas Kaplan for nytimes.com. WASHINGTON — The House approved on Thursday a two-week stopgap measure to avoid a government shutdown this weekend, pushing until just before Christmas a broader possible showdown over spending priorities, immigration and health care. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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Al Franken resigns from Senate over sexual misconduct allegations

“As as senator, Franken has sought to shed his funnyman image” writes Lauren Gambino for theguardian.com. But he said that his response to the sexual misconduct allegations against him “gave some people the false impression that I was admitting doing things that I hadn’t done.Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday, becoming the highest ranking US politician yet to step down in the wake of widening allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the media and politics. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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From comedy to politics to disgrace

“The Democratic senator announced on Thursday that he will resign in the coming weeks following a string of sexual misconduct allegations” writes David Smith for theguardian.com. It’s a sad day: he put his life on hold and now his career in politics appears to be over.When Al Franken was mooted as a possible dark horse in the 2020 presidential election, those who knew him warned that he comes with baggage. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Senator Al Franken Announces He Will Resign “in the Coming Weeks”

“Senator Al Franken, a former Saturday Night Live writer and comedian who has been the junior senator from Minnesota since 2009, announced this morning he was resigning after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct” writes Megan Friedman for cosmopolitan.com. Franken said the accusation was “categorically not true.” That same day, a group of female Democratic senators called on their colleague to resign. Source: cosmopolitan.com Share This:

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Several Democratic Senators Call on Al Franken to Resign After New Accusation Emerges

“Four more senators have added their voices in the call for Franken to resign: Update, Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 2:05 p.m.: Sen” writes Ben Mathis-lilley for slate.com. Update, Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 12:25 p.m.: More senators and Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez have come forward with calls for Franken to resign: Update, Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 1:27 p.m.: Sen.On Wednesday morning, Politico reported that a former Democratic congressional aide said Franken tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006, three years before he became a senator. Source: slate.com Share This:

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To bring down a senator, it takes seven sexual harassment accusers, apparently

“A seventh woman emerged to accuse the senator of misconduct, and that was apparently the magic number for Democrats” writes Becket Adams for washingtonexaminer.com. These senators were apparently okay referring Franken’s reported misconduct to the Ethics Committee when there were only one, then two, then three, then four, then five, and then six accusers. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Female senators lead the way in calling for Al Franken’s resignation on Twitter

“Although Franken denied this new allegation, many Democratic senators took to Twitter to call for his resignation” writes Alison Main for mashable.com. Al Franken’s future in politics amid allegations of sexual misconduct, several senators have made their message loud and clear— Franken must go.Although these Democratic senators have worked with Franken to craft policy since his election in 2009, they believe his female accusers and think that his alleged behavior is unacceptable. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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