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Sarah Sanders takes questions from behind the podium. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said this afternoon that the allegations of sexual harassment against President Trump are a settled subject because he addressed them during the campaign. "We feel strongly the people of this country addressed it when they elected Donald Trump as president,” she said.

She was responding to a comment by Sen. Al Franken about the "irony that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office," made during a speech announcing his resignation.

  • On Roy Moore's candidacy: Sanders repeated the White House's message that the allegations are "troubling," and the "people of Alabama" will decide Moore's fate.
  • On the California fires: The White House is speaking regularly to local authorities.
  • On the corporate tax rate: "22 [percent] is better than what we have."
  • On Donald Trump Jr.'s congressional testimony: "We believe his lawyers had a reason not to answer those questions," Sanders said. Trump Jr. claimed attorney client privilege.
  • On a possible government shutdown: "We expect a clean CR to pass with Democratic support."

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Biden names Erika Moritsugu as senior AAPI liaison

Erika Moritsugu. Photo courtesy: National Partnership for Women & Families

President Biden has named Erika Moritsugu as deputy assistant to the president and Asian American and Pacific Islander senior liaison, the White House announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: The decision follows weeks of pressure from AAPI leaders to include more Asian American representation at the Cabinet level and in senior administration roles.

Matt Gaetz targets CNN in new ad amid sexual misconduct claims

Rep. Matt Gaetz in Doral, Florida, last week. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) announced Wednesday a six-figure ad buy for a spot that takes aim at CNN as part of an offensive to hit back at mounting sexual misconduct allegations, Politico first reported.

Driving the news: Gaetz is under federal investigation following sex trafficking allegations, and the House Ethics Committee has also opened an inquiry. Announcing the 30-second ad, to run in his Florida Panhandle district, Gaetz called on his Twitter followers to "help us fight back!"