Good Monday morning, and welcome back. "Prince Harry is to marry his American actress girlfriend Meghan Markle," BBC reports. "Harry, fifth in line to the throne, will marry Ms. Markle next spring and will live at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace in London. The couple, who have been dating since the summer of 2016, secretly got engaged earlier this month."
Capitol Hill veterans expect that "a lot more" sexual-harassment settlements by lawmakers will be uncovered. So now there's a race to strengthen workplace rules that are scandalously archaic.
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)., the House's longest-serving member, is being allowed to go slowly after accusations became public. Conyers announced that he's stepping aside as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while he's investigated by the Ethics Committee.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi complicated her party's position by making supportive comments about Conyers during a live appearance on "Meet the Press" ("an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women"), and even questioning the accusers: "I don't know who they are. Do you?"
Change is coming. The Senate passed a resolution mandating annual anti-harassment training for senators and staff. The House will vote this week on mandatory sexual-harassment training for members and staff, with an Administration Committee hearing Dec. 7 on further protections for staff.
Be smart: Under longtime precedent, House members have been allowed to set the policies for their own workplaces (why John Boehner could smoke in his office after it was banned in the Capitol). This has fostered abuse, and leaders must now make the kind of changes that Congress rarely makes.
One after another, regulators are making moves that underscore just how fast the media industry is changing, Axios' Kim Hart and Sara Fischer write:
P.S. Progressive union backs big merger ... Christopher Shelton, president of the Communications Workers of America (AFL-CIO) writes state attorneys general to say the Justice Department lawsuit to stop the AT&T-Time Warner merger is "politically motivated" with "spurious antitrust grounds."
Esquire posts a big interview of Sen. John McCain by David Usborne: "[A]fter the senator was diagnosed with brain cancer in July, his contrarian resolve revealed itself in unexpected ways that may shape his legacy — and our future."
Meredith Corp., the Iowa-based media company, will purchase Time Inc. for $2.8 billion, and roughly one-quarter of the deal ($650 million) is being financed by Koch Equity Development (KED), the investment arm of Koch Industries, run by Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch.
Next weekend will bring what could be called "the greatest Saturday in college football history," according to AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo: