Political campaigns

Bernie Sanders to meet with 2016 female staffers about harassment

Bernie Sanders hunched over a podium.
Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will meet on Wednesday with women who alleged they experienced sexual harassment and sexism while working for his 2016 presidential campaign, reports BuzzFeed News.

Details: Sanders took heat for his initial apology earlier this month regarding instances of harassment during his campaign — in which he stated he didn't know about the alleged incidents because he was "a little bit busy running around the country." The Vermont senator issued another apology last week for the "unacceptable behavior" on his campaign after a Politico report singled out one of his top 2016 aides.

Go deeper: Campaigns brace for their own #MeToo moment

House Democrats' first bill has an eye on election security

Nancy Pelosi holding a few sheets of paper while sitting
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H.R. 1, the gargantuan first bill the new House Democratic majority will unveil Friday, is an anti-corruption grab bag that most prominently tackles campaign finance, sexual harassment and voting rights. But election cybersecurity will quietly play a major role in the bill, too.

The big picture: This bill will likely clear the House and then die in the Senate. "These are things [Senate] Majority Leader McConnell has spent his entire career fighting," noted a source familiar with the final content of the bill. Beyond the Senate, President Trump is unlikely to welcome a provision requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns.

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