OnPolitics Today: Conyers won't take go for an answer
Calls for Rep. John Conyers to step down increased on Thursday after a former staffer accused him of "violating my body, propositioning me" over years before firing her in 2014. The woman, Marion Brown, broke a confidentiality agreement to appear on the Today show before House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called on the longest-serving member of Congress to step down.
Don't hold your breath, Conyers' lawyer said.
"First of all, it’s not up to Nancy Pelosi,” Arnold Reed told reporters outside of Conyers' Detroit home. "That decision will be completely up to the congressman.”
Conyers remained hospitalized, Reed said, for what he assumed to be a stress-related condition.
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Franken sees a new accuser — and an investigation
An investigation launched Thursday into sexual misconduct claims made against another lawmaker, Sen. Al Franken, as a fifth accuser stepped forward. Ohio Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin, 41, said the Minnesota Democrat groped her breast as they posed for a photo in 2003, per CNN. Franken, who has apologized and called his actions unintentional, said he welcomes the investigation.
GOP tax bill, poised to pass, would add $1 trillion to national debt
The tax bill getting pushed by Republicans in the Senate would tack another $1 trillion onto America's debt over the next decade, a nonpartisan congressional analysis found. The bill's fate remains unclear after a "trigger" plan meant to appease deficit hawks collapsed on Thursday. Congress is also rushing to avoid another government shutdown as next week's funding deadline nears. A short-term resolution would keep the lights on, if lawmakers can agree on how short it should be.
Theresa May, Betsy Devos ding Trump for actions on Muslims and Native Americans
British Prime Minister Theresa May rebuked President Trump on Thursday for spreading unverified, anti-Muslim videos from a widely-condemned fringe group in Britain. May said she wasn't afraid to say when "the United States have got it wrong." Her comments came after Trump tried to criticize May in a tweet — but he initially tagged the wrong user.
Meanwhile, Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVos, offered a soft criticism of his calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" (Native American leaders have called it a racial slur) while meeting with Navajo war heroes this week. "We can all do well to reflect on the things we say before we say them," she said.
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