House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Rep. John Conyers — who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women — is an "icon in our country." She added, "He has done a great deal to protect women ... I believe he understands what's at stake here, and he will do the right thing." Pelosi made the comments on NBC's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.

Why it matters: Critics of Congress's culture say the process for dealing with sexual harassment allegations discourages victims from coming forward and protects the accused. On Conyers, Pelosi said, "We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation? Is it two?"

Conyers has denied the allegations, detailed in a BuzzFeed report last week, though he did admit to paying a legal settlement to a former employee for wrongful termination. The woman said she was fired because she rejected his repeated unwanted sexual advances.

Pelosi said the House's Ethics Committee should investigate Conyers, but that he is innocent until proven guilty.

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Republicans, win or lose next week, face a big — and growing — math problem.

The state of play: They're relying almost exclusively on a shrinking demographic (white men), living in shrinking areas (small, rural towns), creating a reliance on people with shrinking incomes (white workers without college degrees) to survive.

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With less than a week until the 2020 election, researchers have expressed concern that the information ecosystem today is ripe for an unprecedented level of exploitation by bad actors, particularly hyper-partisan media and personalities on the right.

Why it matters: The misinformation-powered right-wing media machine that fueled Donald Trump's 2016 victory grew stronger after that win, and it's set to increase its reach as a result of the upcoming election, whether Trump wins or loses.