Legislature

FILE - In a Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks during the Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken has agreed to talk with a handful of Minnesota media outlets on Sunday, Nov. 26, marking his first interviews since the Democrat was swept into a nationwide tide of sexual harassment allegations. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
November 27, 2017 - 7:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said he doesn't remember whether he touched women inappropriately while having his picture taken with them at campaign events. The Democrat's comments were the latest indication that he had no plans to step down amid allegations of sexual misconduct. One...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2016, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing. Conyers said he is stepping aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee amid a congressional investigation into allegations he sexually harassed female staff members. In a statement Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, Conyers said he denies the allegations and would like to keep his leadership role on the panel. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
November 27, 2017 - 4:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even while fiercely denying allegations of sexual harassment, Michigan Rep. John Conyers is giving up his leadership position as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, acknowledging a congressional probe into his possible misconduct had become an unwelcome distraction. The...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2017 file photo, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney departs after a television interview at the White House in Washington. Senior Trump administration officials said Saturday, Nov. 25, that they expect no trouble when President Donald Trump's pick for temporary director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows up for work, despite the clash on who should take over. Trump announced he was picking Mulvaney within a few hours of Richard Cordray's announcement on Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
November 27, 2017 - 2:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (all times local): 9:15 p.m. President Donald Trump's appointment of his budget director as interim director of a consumer financial protection agency championed by Democrats is being challenged in federal court. The official...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2017 file photo, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney departs after a television interview at the White House in Washington. Senior Trump administration officials said Saturday, Nov. 25, that they expect no trouble when President Donald Trump's pick for temporary director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows up for work, despite the clash on who should take over. Trump announced he was picking Mulvaney within a few hours of Richard Cordray's announcement on Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
November 26, 2017 - 10:44 pm
President Donald Trump's appointment of his budget director as interim director of a consumer financial protection agency championed by Democrats was challenged in a lawsuit filed in federal court Sunday night. Leandra English, the federal official elevated to the position of interim director of...
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FILE - In a Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks during the Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken has agreed to talk with a handful of Minnesota media outlets on Sunday, Nov. 26, marking his first interviews since the Democrat was swept into a nationwide tide of sexual harassment allegations. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
November 26, 2017 - 8:09 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said he feels "embarrassed and ashamed" amid allegations that he groped several women, but said he looks forward to returning to work on Monday and gradually regaining voters' trust. The Democrat spoke to a handful of Minnesota media outlets on Sunday in...
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November 26, 2017 - 6:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. (all times local): 6 p.m. Michigan congressman John Conyers is giving up his leadership position as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. His decision comes ahead of a congressional probe into allegations of sexual harassment made...
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FILE -- In this Jan. 13, 2017, file photo, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Friedman, a first-term lawmaker, was appointed chairwoman of the Assembly Rules Subcommittee on Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Prevention and Response. The committee will hold its first hearing Tuesday, Nov. 28, in response to allegations of pervasive sexual harassment in the California Legislature. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
November 26, 2017 - 2:24 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Assemblywoman Laura Friedman had no idea a sexual harassment scandal was about to explode in Sacramento when she was elected last year. Now, she's helping lead the California Legislature's response. The Glendale Democrat will chair public hearings starting Tuesday aimed at...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2016, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing. Conyers said he is stepping aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee amid a congressional investigation into allegations he sexually harassed female staff members. In a statement Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, Conyers said he denies the allegations and would like to keep his leadership role on the panel. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
November 26, 2017 - 2:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Rep. John Conyers, under investigation over allegations he sexually harassed female staff members, said Sunday he will step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while fiercely denying he acted inappropriately during his long tenure in Congress. In a...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump in tweets Sunday, Nov. 26, is again coming to the side of Republican Roy Moore by bashing the Democratic nominee Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
November 26, 2017 - 12:04 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that electing a Democrat as Alabama's next senator "would be a disaster," making clear the success of his legislative agenda outweighs widespread GOP repulsion at the prospect of seating Republican Roy Moore, who is dogged by...
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Fidelis Mukonori, a Catholic priest who mediated talks with Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe, prays inside the sacristy after mass in Chishawasha, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. Mugabe knew it was "the end of the road" days before he quit, and appeared relieved when he signed his resignation letter after 37 years in power, a Catholic priest who mediated talks leading to his ouster said Sunday. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
November 26, 2017 - 10:58 am
CHISHAWASHA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe knew it was "the end of the road" days before he quit, and appeared relieved when he signed his resignation letter after 37 years in power, a Catholic priest who mediated talks leading to his ouster said Sunday. Fidelis Mukonori...
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