Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken have both been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women in the past few weeks. Conyers resigned yesterday, and now it looks like Franken could resign amid mounting calls for him to do the same.

Why it matters: These timelines felt slow in 2017. But a sitting lawmaker was pushed out of the House, and a powerful senator faces the same in the Senate.

The Conyers timeline:

  • Nov. 20 first allegations surface
  • Nov. 22 Rep. Kathleen Rice becomes the first Democratic member, House or Senate, to call on Conyers to resign; she's followed by Dem Reps. Joe Crowley and Tim Ryan
  • Dec. 5 Conyers resigns

The Franken timeline:

  • Nov. 16 first Franken allegation surfaces
  • Nov. 27 Rep. Rice calls on Franken to resign; she's followed by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, Dem Reps. Joe Crowley and Tim Ryan
  • Dec. 6 Democratic senators call on Franken to resign

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LeBron James on Trump NBA protest remarks: "We could care less"

The Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James kneels during the national anthem before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Wednesday. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

LeBron James responded on Wednesday night to President Trump's comments calling NBA players "disgraceful" for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and that he won't watch games because of the action.

The big picture: Trump has repeatedly criticized sports players for taking the knee since 2016. But James said during a news conference, "I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game." November's elections marked "a big moment for us as Americans," he said. "If we continue to talk about, 'We want better, we want change,' we have an opportunity to do that," he added. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said the league will "respect peaceful protest."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 18,752,917 — Total deaths: 706,761— Total recoveries — 11,308,298Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 4,821,296 — Total deaths: 158,249 — Total recoveries: 1,577,851 — Total tests: 58,920,975Map.
  3. Public health: Florida surpasses 500,000 confirmed casesFauci calls U.S. coronavirus testing delays "totally unacceptable."
  4. Business: America's next housing crisis.
  5. States: Virginia launches contact tracing app using specs from Apple and Google.
  6. Cities: L.A. mayor authorizes utilities shut-off at homes hosting large gatherings
  7. Politics: White House, Democrats remain "trillions of dollars apart" on stimulus talks.

L.A. mayor authorizes utilities shut-off at homes hosting large gatherings

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a January event in Los Angeles. Photo: Sarah Morris/Getty Images

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday he's authorized the city's Department of Water and Power (DWP) to shut down utilities at locations that host large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Driving the news: Garcetti's announcement follows a fatal shooting at a house party attended by roughly 200 people last Monday, the Los Angeles Times notes.