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Lawrence’s Chief of Staff Resigns Over Harassment Allegations
Dwayne Duron Marshall was initially placed on leave after allegations emerged

Dwayne Duron Marshall, the chief of staff for Michigan Rep. Brenda Lawrence, has resigned amid claims of sexual harassment. 

Last week, three former female aides told Politico that Marshall committed unwanted touching, asked about their dating lives and spoke about female staffers’ appearances. 

Corrine Brown Asks for Mercy at Sentencing Hearing
Judge calls case a ‘complicated stew’

Hoping to avoid prison, former Florida Rep. Corrine Brownasked for mercy during her sentencing hearing Thursday.

Brown also asked that U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan consider her years of public service, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Moore Jabs at McConnell for Franken Response
Says he received harsher treatment than Minnesota Senator

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for being harsher on him than on Sen. Al Franken.

Moore’s words come as Sen. Al Frankenwas accused by Los Angeles morning radio host Leann Tweeden of kissing and groping her without her consent

County Democratic Party Files FEC Complaint Against Bishop
Says his PAC failed to disclose at least $1,000 in contributions, Bishop campaign calls complaint ‘bogus’

The Democratic Party in Livingston County, Michigan, has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Republican Rep. Mike Bishop’s political action committee.

The county party alleged in its complaint that Bishop filed his reports late and failed to disclose at least $1,000 in political contributions in the past 13 months, the Detroit Free Press reported.

McCollum Says She Fought off Colleague’s Advances
Minnesota congresswoman said she used a rolled-up newspaper to reject unidentified congressman’s advances

Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum said she used a rolled-up newspaper to  reject a fellow member of Congress’ advances in the House cloakroom.

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawmaker said other colleagues were watching as she batted the unidentified member of Congress away and snickered.

Speier and Gillibrand Introduce Harassment Transparency Legislation
Bill would disclose involved offices and make members pay for settlements

A bipartisan group of lawmakers joined Rep. Jackie Speier to introduce new legislation that takes aim at sexual harassment in Congress.

“For all intents and purposes, a staffer in the Capitol is powerless and gagged,” Speier, a California Democrat, said Wednesday at the beginning of a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center. Harassers are often allowed to walk away to prey on others, she said.

Speier Says Congress Paid $15 Million for Harassment Settlements
Speier and Gillibrand to introduce legislation to deal with ‘an antiquated process’

Rep. Jackie Speier said Tuesday that the House of Representatives has paid out more than $15 million over the last decade to settle harassment cases, though that number also includes discrimination claims.

Speier made the assertion on “Meet the Press Daily” after testifying in Congress about sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. 

Jones’ Ad Touts Republicans Supporting Him Over Moore
Statewide ad hints at reports of Moore’s improper relationships with teen girls

Alabama’s Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones’ latest ad shows Republicans saying they support him instead of GOP candidate Roy Moore.

The ad hints at allegations that Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with teenage girls without saying it explicitly. 

Rand Paul Hires Personal Injury Attorney
Senator returned to Capitol Hill on Monday after assault by neighbor

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has hired a personal injury attorney after an assault at his home in Bowling Green earlier this month.

Thomas Kerrick, of the firm Kerrick Bachert Law, is representing the Republican senator, Newsweek reported.

Moore Accusations Divide Evangelicals
Polling in Alabama shows more than a third of evangelicals are more supportive of Moore after story broke

Accusations that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually abused teenage girls has roiled  evangelicals who for years have seen him as a champion.

“This is one of those excruciating decision moments for evangelicals,” Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, told The Associated Press. “These allegations, if true, are devastating. If true, this is a very big deal.”

Cornyn Rescinds Moore Endorsement
Calls accusations disqualifying if true

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn rescinded his endorsement Monday of Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore.

“I believe the accusations against Roy Moore are disturbing and, if true, disqualifying,” the Texas Republican said in a statement. “The most appropriate course of action, in my view, is to leave the final judgment in the hands of Alabama voters — where it has always belonged — and withdraw my endorsement.”

New Accuser Wants Moore to Testify Before Senate Judiciary
Beverly Young Nelson said she was assaulted by Moore when she was 16

A new accuser against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore wants him to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that he sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.

At a press conference in New York, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore frequently made complimentary remarks toward her and tugged on her hair when she was a waitress at a restaurant in the town of Gadsden. Moore worked in the district attorney’s office at the time.

McConnell: ‘I Believe the Women,’ Moore Should Step Aside
Majority leader says GOP looking at potential write-in campaign

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he believes the women accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of inappropriate sexual conduct, and that Moore should step aside as the Republican nominee.

Speaking at a press conference in Louisville, Kentucky, about a tax overhaul, McConnell was asked if he believed Moore’s accusers.

Judge Won’t Announce Corrine Brown Sentence Until December
Brown and two others involved in sham charity have sentencing hearings this week

The judge overseeing disgraced former Rep. Corrine Brown’s sentencing on fraud charges said Sunday he will not announce her punishment until Dec. 4.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan will still hold sentencing hearings this week for Brown, her former chief of staff Ronnie Simmons, and Carla Wiley, who ran the bogus charity Brown used as a personal slush fund this week, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Curtis to be Sworn in Monday
Comes as the House gets ready for tax reform

Republican Utah Rep.-elect John Curtis will be sworn in on Monday after winning his special election last week to replace former Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Curtis says he’ll be casting his first vote today, which he told the Salt Lake Tribune was “a little surreal.”

Report: Mueller Probing Rohrabacher’s Meeting with Flynn
Rohrabacher received repeated criticism for pro-Russian stances

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is reportedly probing into a meeting California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher had with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to NBC.

Rohrabacher, a Republican, is frequently referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite congressman because of his support for a stronger partnership between Russia and the United States.

Romney on Moore: Guilty Until Proven Innocent in Politics
Former Mass. Gov. considers running for Hatch seat

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore should step aside in light of reports he initiated sexual relations with teenage girls.

Romney’s denouncement comes as he is considering a run to replace Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch if Hatch chooses not to run for re-election.

Corrine Brown Prosecutors Want Jail Time, Repayment of Scammed Funds
Former Florida congresswoman’s sentencing hearing scheduled for Thursday

Prosecutors are calling for the former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown to serve prison time and repay money donors gave to her bogus charity.

The repayment of the $650,000 prosecutors say was scammed from donors would likely be split with Brown’s former chief of staff Ronnie Simmons and Carla Wiley, who ran One Door for Education, the Florida Times-Union reported.

15 Protesters Arrested at Rally in Hart for DACA
The group was asking for the GOP to pass a clean DREAM Act by December

Immigration activists held a large rally in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Thursday, calling on Congress to help undocumented immigrants who received deferred action.

The protesters flooded the hallways of the building, hanging signs with calls to GOP leadership, before heading down to the center of the building, which has a lower floor that opens up into an atrium. There, several protesters were arrested.

McConnell: Moore Must Step Aside If Allegations True
Ala. candidate initiated sexual encounter with girl, reports say

Updated 3:17 p.m. | Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, according to The Washington Post.

“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday.