Stories to watch this week 11/27 – 12/1

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(1)President Trump is keeping his eye on the Tax Cut Bill. 

“The President is headed to the Hill Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans at their luncheon. He’ll also speak with the so-called ‘Big Four’: House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.” – CNN

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(2) Sexual harassment investigations underway, as Capitol Hill faces pressure to end culture of secrecy. 

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“Lawmakers are facing mounting pressure to end Capitol Hill’s culture of secrecy over sexual harassment as they return from a holiday break, with members of both parties calling for Congress to overhaul its handling of misconduct claims and to unmask lawmakers who have paid settlements using taxpayer money.

On Sunday, the roiling debate over sexual harassment cost one lawmaker who has paid such a settlement — Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan — his post as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, at least temporarily. Mr. Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House, announced that he was stepping aside as the House Ethics Committee investigates allegations that he sexually harassed aides.

And on the other side of the Capitol, Senator Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat who has been accused of groping several women, told a home state newspaper that he would return to work on Monday feeling “embarrassed and ashamed.” – New York Times

(3) Pope Francis to visit Myanmar on Monday 

“The world’s most high-profile Christian is about to take center stage in a staunchly Buddhist country accused of horrifying acts of brutality against its Rohingya Muslim.”  – CNN

(4) Baltimore detective to be laid to rest this week, search for suspect continues

(5) Federal judge rejects effort to block certification of Va. delegate race. Elections board scheduled to meet Monday. 

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“A federal judge on Wednesday rejected an effort to block the Virginia elections board from certifying the results in a House of Delegates race where election officials say some voters got the wrong ballots.

Three voters, represented by a law firm closely aligned with the Democratic Party, asked a judge in federal court in Alexandria to block the certification in a race that could determine control of the House.

The elections board, controlled by Democrats, is scheduled to meet Monday, and officials there say they will have little choice but certify Republican Bob Thomas as the winner over Democrat Joshua Cole in the 28th District in the Fredericksburg area.” – AP

(6) Congratulations to Prince Harry & Meghan Markle! The happy couple announced their engagement on Monday.

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