One day before his return to work on Monday, Sen. Al Franken said he spent time off reflecting on his past behavior and takes responsibility for the sexual misconduct allegations against him. The Senate’s Thanksgiving recess let Franken lie low since the initial allegations surfaced on Nov. 16. Four women said Franken touched them inappropriately. “I’m embarrassed and ashamed. I’ve let a lot of people down and I’m hoping I can make it up to them and gradually regain their trust,” he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
‘Magmatic’ eruptions after Bali volcano forces evacuation
Authorities in Indonesia ordered people within 6 miles of a volcano in eastern Bali to evacuate as eruptions sent plumes of volcanic ash skyward. Mount Agung’s volcanic activity had already canceled dozens of airline flights; government authorities earlier said people closer than 4.6 miles from the volcano should evacuate. The disaster board said it raised the alert level early Monday local time because the volcano had shifted from steam eruptions to “magmatic” ones. When Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, it killed more than 1,000 people and destroyed several villages, according to the Associated Press. Observers were not immediately expecting a major volcanic event, but Gede Suantika, of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said they needed to be “cautious over the possibility of a strong, explosive eruption.”
Jared Kushner must provide more documents related to Russia probe
Monday marks the deadline for Jared Kushner — President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser — to turn over more documents related to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The committee requested transcripts of Kushner’s interviews with other congressional committees, documents related to Wikileaks, communications with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and information about Kushner’s White House security clearance. If Kushner does not comply with the request, the panel has the power to subpoena the documents or compel Kushner’s testimony.
Consumer watchdog agency’s future uncertain
It’s Monday morning. Who’s leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? The simmering battle for control of the agency exploded over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend amid clashing leadership succession strategies by the Trump administration and the watchdog’s newly departed director. After Obama appointee Richard Cordray named Leandra English to take over following his resignation on Friday, Trump moved to circumvent Cordray’s succession plan by announcing Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, as the acting director. English is expected to continue the aggressive policing of banks and other lenders that have angered Republicans. Mulvaney has called the agency a “joke.”
If you couldn’t brave the Black Friday crowds, you can still find plenty of great deals without ever stepping foot in a store on Cyber Monday. The Monday after Thanksgiving is one of the best days for online holiday shopping deals, and consumers can find discounts on everything from travel deals to toys. This year is expected to be the most lucrative online shopping day ever, with a projected $6.6 billion in sales — a 16.5% increase from last year. But be wary for deals that seem too good to be true, cyber scammers often taken advantage of the holiday shopping frenzy.