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Capitol Hill’s sexual harassment policy ‘toothless,’ ‘a joke’

Rep. Jackie Speier calls Capitol Hill protestion of women a joke

Two female lawmakers and several congressional staffers are calling for an overhaul of Capitol Hill’s policies on sexual harassment, citing a culture of tolerance in a workplace long known as a boys’ club.

The sexual harassment scandals involving major Hollywood and media figures are focusing new attention on Congress’ procedures, which critics say are woefully inadequate for deterring bad behavior in an institution filled with powerful men and young aides trying to advance their careers. Each congressional office operates as its own small, tightly controlled fiefdom with its own rules and procedures, which makes it that much harder to come forward.

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House passes bill to curb class-action lawsuits

House passes bill to curb law suits against corporation

The House passed legislation Thursday to put new restrictions on class-action lawsuits.

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act was approved 220-201. It requires proof that each proposed member of a class-action suit has the same extent of injuries before a federal court can certify it.

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Trump's lawyer meets with House investigators

Michale Cohen, attorney

President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, interviewed before the House Intelligence Committee for nearly six hours in a closed-door session on Tuesday.

Cohen, who has previously drawn congressional ire for speaking to reporters about closed-door interviews, emerged tight-lipped from the marathon session.

“Not gonna happen,” a lawyer for Cohen said when asked if the former Trump Organization lawyer would be commenting on his testimony.

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Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, A Trump Critic, Will Not Seek Re-Election

Sen Flake wll not seek re-election, slams Trump

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said in an interview with the Arizona Republic on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018. He said to the paper, "there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party."

Without naming President Trump, Flake decried the current coarse tone of American politics in a speech on the Senate floor.

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Bob Corker calls Trump an 'utterly untruthful president' in escalating feud

Bob Corker calsss Donald Trump untruthfulTurns out, President Trump's feud with Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker isn't over.

Their war of words escalated on Tuesday as the president insisted the prominent Republican senator "couldn't get elected dog catcher" — and Corker described the president as "utterly untruthful."

Trump attacked Corker over Twitter after the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee defended his previous comment that the White House resembles an adult day care center and criticized his aggressive approach to North Korea.

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Top Twitter lawyer to testify in congressional Russia probes

Twitter lawyer to testifyTwitter will send its acting general counsel to testify before the House and Senate Intelligence committees in hearings regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a company spokesperson.

Twitter's Sean Edgett will join Facebook’s general counsel, Colin Stretch, who is also set to testify at both hearings on Nov. 1, the social media giant said on Thursday.

Google, which was also invited to the hearing, has not yet commented on if it will send a representative to testify. Lawmakers, however, have said that they expect all three companies to attend.

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GOP senator announces deal on health insurer payments

Senate has dealSens Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have reached a bipartisan deal to stabilize ObamaCare.

The deal would extend key Obamacare payments to insurers for two years and give states more flexibility to change Obamacare rules.
President Trump had announced he was cutting off the payments last week, a move that many said would raise ObamaCare premiums and lower enrollment.

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