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Another ex-staffer accuses Conyers of sexual harassment

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has been accused of sexual harrasment by multiple women. Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP

Deanna Maher, a former deputy chief of staff for Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), has accused the congressman of making unwanted sexual advances toward her, including inappropriate touching, per The Detroit News.

Her allegations are the latest in a string of accusations made by multiple women this month — including another former staffer — and have prompted the now 88-year-old Conyers to step aside from his role as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while a congressional ethics committee investigates his conduct.

The latest allegations:

  • Maher told the Detroit News that the first instance of harassment took place shortly after she started working for Conyers in 1997, during an event with the Congressional Black Caucus. She said she rejected an offer from the congressman to stay in his hotel room and have sex.
  • In 1998 and in 1999, Maher said Conyers touched her inappropriately, including unwanted touching on her legs and under her dress.

Conyer's defense: His lawyer, Arnold Reed, said Conyers is "confident that he will be exonerated because he maintains that he has not done anything wrong." He also described the accusations as being "At best ... uncorroborated. At worst, they're just not believable."

  • Maher said she "didn't report the harassment because it was clear nobody wanted to take it seriously ... John Conyers is a powerful man in Washington, and nobody wanted to cross him."

Go deeper: Court files show allegation of "daily" harassment by Conyers; Conyers admits paying settlement, denies allegations

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Trump's two-front war

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President Trump is ending the week with a flop — nowhere close to the border wall funding he wanted in the DACA-less spending bill that congressional leaders released last evening. But he's fulfilling one of his most aggressive campaign promises with his anti-China trade action.

The big picture: Trump's expected announcement today of tariffs on Chinese imports is a big deal, and analysts fear it could provoke a trade war — and it comes as Trump has been battling his own party here at home over the government spending bill.

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The worst flu season in eight years

Note: Activity levels are based on outpatient visits in a state compared to the average number of visits that occur during weeks with little or no flu virus circulation; Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

This year's flu season caught many experts off guard with both its sustained prevalence and its virulence. At its peak, there was a higher level of flu-like illnesses reported than any other year during the past eight years. Watch in the visual as it hits its peak around Week 18.

Why it matters: Public health officials try to capture this data when developing the next year's vaccines. And, of course, they want to find better ways to prevent severe flu seasons. There's a "Strategic Plan" to develop a universal vaccine to protect against a wider range of influenza viruses, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells Axios.