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Sixth woman accuses Al Franken of sexual misconduct

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Capitol Hill. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

A former elected official in New England claims Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) tried to forcibly give her a "wet, open-mouthed kiss" on stage during an event in 2006, Jezebel reports. Franken's office has not returned an Axios request for comment.

Why it matters: There have been a few calls for Franken to resign from the Senate, and this accusation suggests there could be more to come against the senator, therefore increasing the pressure to resign.

The details: The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told Jezebel that she met Franken when she was the chair of her New England town's Selectboard (a group of town officials). Franken was a radio host at the time and asked her to be a guest on his show and to be interviewed in front of a live audience at a local theater.

"I reached out my hand to shake his," she recalled to Jezebel. "He took it and leaned toward me with his mouth open. I turned my head away from him and he landed a wet, open-mouthed kiss awkwardly on my cheek."

Franken has been accused by five other women in recent weeks, starting with Leeann Tweeden, who recalled Franken trying to forcibly kiss her and of whom a photo surfaced showing Franken reaching at her breasts while she was sleeping.

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Self-driving lab head urges freeze after "nightmare" fatality

Uber self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Photo: Jeff Swensen / Getty

Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to be," said Raj Rajkumar, head of Carnegie Mellon University's leading self-driving laboratory.

What he said: Speaking a few hours after a self-driven vehicle ran over and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, Rajkumar said, "This isn't like a bug with your phone. People can get killed. Companies need to take a deep breath. The technology is not there yet. We need to keep people in the loop."

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Trump, Sessions & GOP lawmakers to meet about sanctuary cities

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Attorney General Jeff Sesssions, Donald Trump, Melania Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan / Getty

The White House is hosting a roundtable on sanctuary cities Tuesday afternoon with the President, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of the Department of Homeland Security, Republican lawmakers and others, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Conservatives tried to use this week’s massive government spending bill to cut federal funds from sanctuary cities, but they failed, according to sources involved in the process. But Trump officials want to use Tuesday’s event to highlight the issue and put pressure on cities that don't comply with federal immigration law enforcement.