Senate Republicans' slim majority grew slimmer on Tuesday with Democrat Doug Jones' surprising victory over Trump-backed Republican Roy Moore in. Moore, accused of sexual misconduct with minors almost 40 years ago, has refused to concede despite President Trump's urging him to do so.
Moore's controversial campaign is done, but the Capitol's reckoning with assault and harassment is far from over. Texas congressman Blake Farenthold said this week heafter recently coming under fire for alleged sexual misconduct with staffers. And on Friday, the Ethics Committee launched an another investigation into misconduct allegations against . The president, who has more than a dozen accusers of his own, lashed out on Twitter at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, after she openly called for his resignation.
Meanwhile, Republicans moved closer this week to passing a tax bill before Christmas. Senate and House leaders said on Wednesday they reached an agreement in melding their two bills. As the, and amid some last-minute maneuvering for votes, Vice President Mike Pence has postponed his Middle East trip to be available to cast a possible tie-breaking vote.
Trump and Republicans are putting pressure on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling after reports of anti-Trump bias from an FBI agent who was dismissed from Mueller's team earlier this year. Trump has used the report to . Other important developments in the investigation this week included reports that Mueller's team and the House Intelligence Committee sought information from Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm the Trump campaign employed.
This Sunday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will talk with "Face the Nation" anchor John Dickerson about the final version of the GOP's tax bill. He'll identify what has and hasn't changed, and he'll discuss the administration's view on the bill's larger implications for the middle class and the deficit.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, will be on this Sunday to give his evaluation of the bill. We'll ask Sanders, an outspoken critic of Republican efforts, to outline his problems with the GOP's plan. We'll also get Sanders' take on Jones' historic win in deep-red Alabama, the looming budget deadlines, and more.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, will be on the program to talk about what direction his committee's Russia investigation might be headed and whether he feels that theover it. We'll also get Lankford's take on the GOP's last-minute tax negotiations.
Wall Street Journal tax reporter Richard Rubin will join the program to break down the tax bill – what it does, who it affects, and more. Rubin, who has rigorously covered the GOP's efforts from the start, will help us maneuver through the weeds and clarify what this bill could mean for taxpayers.
As always, we'll have our expert political panel to break down this week's round of headlines. This week we'll be joined by Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic Jeffery Goldberg, Slate Chief Political Correspondent and CBS News Contributor Jamelle Bouie, Publisher of The Federalist and CBS News Contributor Ben Domenech and National Editor of the Cook Political Report Amy Walter.
It's going to be an exciting broadcast, so clickto check your local listings and tune into "Face the Nation" this Sunday.