Rep. Jackie Speier is one of the lawmakers calling for an investigation. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The Democratic Women's Working Group called on the House Oversight Committee to launch an investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The accusations against Trump have resurfaced just as similar allegations are ending careers of powerful men in every industry. The Group penned a letter, signed by 56 members, saying, "We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump."

What they're saying:

  • Rep. Lois Frankel, chair of the Group: "Simply said, Americans deserve the truth."
  • Rep. Jackie Speier, on Trump's morning tweet about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: It was "grotesque. It took my breath away."

What Trump's saying:

  • The president has "grown increasingly angry in recent days that the accusations against him have resurfaced, telling associates that the charges are false and drawing parallels to the accusations facing Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore," per AP.

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Florida's health department on Tuesday reported 276 new coronavirus deaths, surpassing the state's record from July 31.

The big picture: The state also recorded over 5,800 new cases — on the low side for a state that is one of the domestic epicenters for the virus.

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Exclusive: Facebook cracks down on political content disguised as local news

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Facebook is rolling out a new policy that will prevent U.S. news publishers with "direct, meaningful ties" to political groups from claiming the news exemption within its political ads authorization process, executives tell Axios.

Why it matters: Since the 2016 election, reporters and researchers have uncovered over 1,200 instances in which political groups use websites disguised as local news outlets to push their point of view to Americans.