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Former Oregon Sen. Bob Packwood resigned in the middle of an ethics invesitgation in 1995. Photo: Jack Smith / AP

The last time a U.S. senator faced an Ethics Committee investigation into allegations of sexual harassment or assault was in 1992. The senator was Bob Packwood of Oregon — accused of unwanted sexual advances by more than two dozen women over the course of 25 years — and the chair of the Ethics Committee was Mitch McConnell.

Why it matters: McConnell called Thursday for the committee to launch an investigation into a harassment allegation against Sen. Al Franken, who has said he'll cooperate. The Majority Leader has also said that, if elected, Roy Moore — Alabama's Republican candidate for Senate who has been accused of child sexual abuse — will face the Ethics Committee "immediately" after he's sworn into office.

In 1992, Packwood won re-election in Oregon. Days later, the Washington Post published a front page story detailing 10 women's allegations of sexual harassment. In the weeks and months that followed, more than a dozen additional women voiced allegations against the senator.

The Ethics Committee voted unanimously to expel Packwood in September of 1995. "These were not merely stolen kisses, as Senator Packwood has claimed ... There was a habitual pattern of aggressive, blatantly sexual advances, mostly directed at members of his own staff or others whose livelihoods were connected in some way to his power and authority as a Senator," McConnell said, per the New York Times. The next day, Packwood resigned in disgrace, ending his 27-year career.

Go deeper: "Past Sexual Misconduct Cases Show McConnell Is Willing to Take a Tough Line," by the New York Times

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Report: Pentagon watchdog finds Ronny Jackson drank on duty and harassed staff

Rep. Ronny Jackson walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol in January. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) allegedly made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female staffer, drank alcohol and took sleeping medication while working as White House physician, according to a report obtained by CNN Tuesday night.

Driving the news: The Department of Defense inspector general's report stems from a years-long investigation. Jackson has called the allegations "false and fabricated."

DOJ pressed to enforce Al Jazeera foreign agent ruling

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

Poll: Immigration is America's most-polarizing issue

Data: The American Aspirations Index/Populace; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Immigration was found to be the most polarizing issue in America based on new polling from Populace.

Why it matters: Americans have surprisingly similar priorities for the U.S., but immigration stands out as one of the few issues with clear partisan differences. It underscores the challenge for advocates and lawmakers hoping to pass immigration reform in the coming weeks amid narrow margins in Congress.