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Week in politics: How the Senate GOP is responding to Roy Moore allegations, wrapping up President Trump’s Asia trip and more




US President Donald Trump (L) listens to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their bilateral meeting on the side line of the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017.
US President Donald Trump (L) listens to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their bilateral meeting on the side line of the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017.
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Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says he’s going to sue the Washington Post over the report it published last week in which four women, one of whom says she was a minor at the time of the alleged incident, accused Moore of sexual misconduct in the late 1970s, when he was a young assistant district attorney.

Moore has denied the allegations, calling the Post story “another attack on my character and reputation” aimed at damaging his Senate campaign. Some Senate Republicans have already reacted in the wake of the story, and on Monday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a press conference in Louisville that he believes the women in the story and that Moore should step aside. We’ll look at the developing story and how it impacts Moore’s Senate campaign.

Meanwhile, President Trump is wrapping up his trip to Asia. His final stop is the Philippines, where he has been attending the annual Association of Southeast Nations economic summit. All eyes have been on Trump and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, whose war on drugs has led many to accuse him of human rights violations. President Trump has praised Duterte’s toughness on crime in the past. We’ll look at whether the President accomplished his goals for this trip and find out why Duterte sang President Trump a Filipino love song during a dinner Sunday night.

We’ll also compare the Senate and House GOP tax reform plans, introduce newly-appointed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and update the latest on the sexual harassment investigation in California’s state capitol.

Guests:

Caroline Heldman, associate professor of politics at Occidental College and author of “Protest Politics in the Marketplace: Consumer Activism in the Corporate Age” (Cornell University Press, 2017); she tweets @carolineheldman

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush