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Franken Accused of Groping Woman, House Passes Tax Bill, Mistrial in Menendez Corruption Case: P.M. Links

Via Leeann TweedenSen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is the latest to be accused of aggressive and unwanted sexual advances toward a woman during a USO tour in 2006, Leeann Tweeden, now a morning news anchor on KABC radio in Los Angeles. He has apologized for his behavior and has asked for an ethics investigation. Republicans passed […]

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Denver Cashes in by Seizing Cars for Low-Level Crimes, Even Without Convictions

Denver Police body camera footageDenver cab driver Semere Fremichael got caught up in an undercover prostitution sting. He was innocent—he thought she wanted a ride, not sex for pay—and was acquitted by a judge. His taxi, however, got taken for a rough ride. Denver’s Fox affiliate has an excellent two-part investigation showing how the city […]

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Another Woman Accuses Moore of Underage Sexual Advances, Supreme Court Takes Up First Amendment Cases, Rand Paul Returns to Work: P.M. Links

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/NewscomThe latest in response to the allegations that Alabama candidate for the U.S. Senate Roy Moore in the past made sexual advances toward underage girls: Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Susan Collins say they believe the women and that Moore should step aside; more than 50 pastors in Alabama have signed a […]

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Texas Shooter’s In-Laws Attended Targeted Church, Woman Fired for Flipping Off Trump, Weiner Readied for Hard Time: P.M. Links

Nick Wagner/TNS/NewscomThe church targeted by the Texas shooter was also the church that his mother-in-law attended, and he had been sending her threatening texts, according to authorities. She was not at the church at the time of the attack. His grandmother-in-law, though, is reportedly one of the victims. The Russian lawyer who met with Donald […]

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GOP Tax Plan Released, Utah Nurse Gets $500,000 for Blood Draw Arrest, Comey Trolls Trump with Book Title: P.M. Links

Jerry Mennenga/ZUMA Press/NewscomHouse Republicans have released their 429-page tax proposal today, and various people have opinions! Sam Clovis has withdrawn his name from consideration as the chief scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture after getting caught up in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the discovery that he was aware […]

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8 Dead in Apparent Terrorist Attack in NYC

Truck hit cyclists on path in Manhattan Scott Shackford|Oct. 31, 2017 6:22 pm Jackson Lee / Splash News/NewscomAt least eight people are dead, many more are injured, and a suspect is in custody in what officials are calling a terrorist attack in lower Manhattan. Details at this point are still coming together. Police and witness […]

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Manafort Indicted, but Trump Has Bigger Problems, Podesta Steps Down, Trans Troop Ban Blocked: (Too Many) P.M. Links

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/NewscomJust try to pay attention to all the news today. I dare you. First, Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, has been indicted for concealing his ties to the Ukrainian government, cashing in, and evading reporting and taxes on that money. Former business associate Rick Gates has been indicted […]

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House Narrowly Passes Budget, Twitter Bans Ads from Russian Media Outlets, JFK Files to Be Released: P.M. Links

Dolphfyn / DreamstimeThe House narrowly passed a budget that cuts federal taxes but also scales back state and local income tax deductions, prompting a small group of Republicans in high-tax states to vote against it. Twitter has announced it is banning all ads from Russian-owned news networks RT and Sputnik. Call me dumb, but I […]

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