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Second Woman Says Franken Inappropriately Touched Her
Alleged incident took place in 2010, Franken’s second year in office

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has been accused of sexual harassment by two women in the last week . (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A second woman has accused Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate contact with her. The alleged incident took place in 2010, when the Minnesota Democrat was in his second year as a senator.

It is the first such accusation of inappropriate touching against Franken as a sitting senator.

Congress’ Compliance Watchdog: Settlement Payouts Highest in 10 Years
OOC handles harassment, discrimination and other workplace complaints

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BY ANDREW MENEZES AND SEAN MCMINN

U.S. taxpayers paid out more than $900,000 in the most recent fiscal year to settle claims on Capitol Hill, the highest amount in 10 years. 

Judge Declares Mistrial in Menendez Case
Jurors said they were deadlocked on all counts

Sen. Robert Menendez has occasionally been at the Capitol while on trial in New Jersey. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A federal judge is declaring a mistrial in the federal corruption case against Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, after a New Jersey jury was declared hopelessly deadlocked on all counts.

That’s according to a defense attorney, who informed reporters at the courthouse.

Photos of the Day: Trump on the Hill Ahead of Tax Bill Passage
Thursday, Nov. 16, in photos

President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul D. Ryan leave a meeting with the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on Thursday to discuss the House GOP tax bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated at 2:10 p.m.| The House voted Thursday on a GOP plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code. The bill passed 227-205, with 13 Republicans voting against their party’s plan (here’s Roll Call’s full coverage of the vote).

Before the vote, President Donald Trump was at the Capitol to meet with the conference and discuss the bill. 

Menendez Trial Jury to Resume Deliberations After Juror Replaced
Judge might question jurors if they heard former juror’s comments that they were leaning toward acquittal

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has been on trial for 11 weeks on 17 counts of bribery. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Bob Menendez’s day of reckoning is back on track after a snafu with a juror in his trial halted deliberations last week. The juror has been replaced and deliberations are scheduled to resume today.

Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby has been relieved of jury duty  because of a previously scheduled vacation U.S. District Judge William H. Walls knew about during jury selections in August. Walls assured Arroyo-Maultsby she could take the vacation under the premise that the trial would not last more than eight weeks. The trial is entering its 11th week.

Senate Backs New Anti-Sexual Harassment Training Rules
Adoption comes hours after allegations about Alabama Senate frontrunner

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., worked to craft the Senate resolution. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday mandating training for senators and staff to combat sexual harassment.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the ranking Democrat on the Rules and Administration Committee, sponsored the final version of the resolution.

Menendez Jury Will Have to Start Over
With juror leaving for vacation, alternate will step in next week

The jury debating the legal fate of Sen. Robert Menendez will need to start its deliberations anew. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jury deliberations in the federal corruption trial against Sen. Robert Menendez will have to start over.

That’s the word from the federal courthouse in Newark, N.J., where the Democratic senator has been on trial on a total of 18 counts related to alleged public corruption, including allegations he took a slew of gifts for official acts.

Rand Paul Has Five Fractured Ribs, Uncertain Timeline for Return to D.C.
Senator was assaulted on Friday

Sen. Rand Paul could face an extended absence from Capitol Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul’s injuries in the aftermath of Friday’s assault at his home in Kentucky appears to be much more serious than first thought.

“Senator Paul has five rib fractures including 3 displaced fractures. This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force,” Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to the Kentucky Republican, said in a statement. “It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying.”

Rand Paul Doing ‘Fine’ After Being Assaulted at Kentucky Home
Incident took place on Friday, arrest made

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was allegedly assaulted at his Kentucky home on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul ‘is fine’ after facing a surprise attack at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Friday.

“Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault. The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police,” a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Republican told Roll Call. “Senator Paul is fine.”

Clovis Latest Casualty of Russia Probe, Withdraws Nomination
Trump adviser identified as communicating with Papadopoulos

Sam Clovis, seen here high-fiving then-candidate Donald Trump in Iowa last year, has withdrawn his nomination to a top post at the Agriculture Department. (Scott Olson/Getty Images file photo)

Sam Clovis, the nominee for the Agriculture Department’s top scientific post, has withdrawn from consideration after being identified as one of the Trump campaign officials with whom former campaign aide George Papadopoulos communicated about his Russian contacts.

“We respect Mr. Clovis’s decision to withdraw his nomination,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.