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Sen. Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, speaks outside his office on Capitol Hill about accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him. He apologized but said he would not resign. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump meets with congressional leaders in the Oval Office at the White House on Sept. 6. The deadline to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling is coming up on Dec. 8. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speak to reporters about the Senate's version of the GOP tax reform bill. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks during a House Judiciary hearing in April. Documents show that Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint with a former female employee two years ago. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, some of whom were teenagers at the time. He holds up a copy of his handbook, One Nation Under God. Wes Frazer/Getty Images hide caption

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There is discussion of expelling Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting teenage girls, if he wins Alabama's U.S. Senate special election. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images hide caption

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Seated behind a stack of IRS and tax volumes, Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y. (left), and Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., attend a Ways and Means Committee debate on the GOP tax plan on Wednesday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Ryan Clayton of Americans Take Action is corralled by police after he threw Russian flags at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump as they arrived for the Republican Senate Policy Luncheon at the Capitol. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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The Apollo 11 space module floating above the moon. Next-generation space queries may tend toward the political: Do the extraterrestrial beings have political action committees? Are there extraterrestrial lobbyists? Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Close Encounters With Congress?

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President Trump made some big decisions about health care this week, including cutting off subsidies that benefit lower- and middle-class families. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (center) answers questions during a Tuesday news conference on Capitol Hill. Also pictured are Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is in the hot seat, as Senate Republicans appear to be on the precipice of yet another health care failure. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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