Dec 6, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: Al Franken crumbles

The survival prospects for Al Franken went south today, with nearly a triple baker's dozen of Democratic senators calling for his resignation after a seventh allegation of sexual harassment. (Followed shortly by an eighth).

Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) got things rolling: "While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve."

The 30 Democrats (and one independent) who followed:

  1. Mazie Hirono (HI)
  2. Claire McCaskill (MO)
  3. Maggie Hassan (NH)
  4. Patty Murray (WA)
  5. Tammy Baldwin (WI)
  6. Kamala Harris (CA)
  7. Bob Casey (PA)
  8. Sherrod Brown (OH)
  9. Joe Donnelly (IN)
  10. Debbie Stabenow (MI)
  11. Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
  12. Ed Markey (MA)
  13. Michael Bennet (CO)
  14. Dianne Feinstein (CA)
  15. Pat Leahy (VT)
  16. Tammy Duckworth (IL)
  17. Dick Durbin (IL)
  18. Maria Cantwell (WA)
  19. Martin Heinrich (NM)
  20. Jeff Merkley (OR)
  21. Ron Wyden (OR)
  22. Tom Carper (DE)
  23. Bernie Sanders (VT)
  24. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
  25. Angus King (ME-I)
  26. Elizabeth Warren (MA)
  27. Cory Booker (NJ)
  28. Jon Tester (MT)
  29. Gary Peters (MI)
  30. Tom Udall (NM)
  31. Chris Murphy (CT)
  32. (This list will probably grow by the time you see this)

What's next: He'll make an announcement tomorrow morning, his office said.

Be smart: This is a sign of how fast the Hill can move when it finally moves, and it sets a new precedent that some sitting lawmakers are vulnerable for the consequences of their bad behavior.

2. What you missed
  1. Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital: The president made it official today, confirming Axios' scoop from Friday. Richard Haass weighs in.
  2. Trump's Yemen surprise: The White House called on Saudi Arabia to allow humanitarian aid into Yemen.
  3. And the looming shutdown: Trump told reporters ahead of a Cabinet meeting Wednesday that a government shutdown over the spending bill "could happen."
  4. Qualcomm's next chip: The company is promising the Snapdragon 845 will provide higher quality video and photo capture and better battery life. More.
  5. The smart-speaker war is on: 14 million smart speakers will be sold globally during the final three months of the year, an analyst tells Axios. Details.
3. 1 great thing

That's Vine founder Dom Hofmann, who tweeted in November: "[I]'m going to work on a follow-up to vine. i've been feeling it myself for some time and have seen a lot of tweets, dms, etc."

Mike Allen