Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota announced he would resign “in the coming weeks” from the U.S. Senate after his support among Democrats crumbled, becoming the highest-profile casualty in the growing list of lawmakers felled by charges of sexual harassment or indiscretions.

“I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Franken said during his resignation speech.

“The President addressed the comments back during the campaign,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “We feel strongly that the people of this country also addressed that when they elected Donald Trump to be president…I don’t have anything new to add.”

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is likely to tap LG Tina Smith to replace Franken after his resignation, which would set off a cascade of job openings and reshape Minnesota politics.

Former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr. has been fired for misconduct by Morgan Stanley after facing a human resources investigation into allegations of misconduct, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

Huckabee Sanders briefly extended today’s briefing to answer what she called “ridiculous questions” about Trump’s health due to slurred words during his Israel speech. She attributed that to a dry throat, and “nothing more than that.”

Huckabee Sanders also said Trump will have a physical exam early next year at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the results will be released to the public.

AND Huckabee Sanders quickly walked back her remarks, after she suggested no decision had been made to send U.S. athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will insist on safeguards for those in the DACA program before the holiday recess, suggesting Republicans will be on their own to prevent a government shutdown if that language is excluded. “We will not leave here without a DACA fix,” she insisted.

Hillary Clinton is pushing Congress to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), denouncing Republicans for passing tax cuts while the program’s authorization has expired.

FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his employees against a growing chorus of accusations by Republicans, including Trump, that its agents were allowing political bias to seep into their investigations.

Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn said she’ll be representing the “people of the United States,” not Trump, at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea, and also insisted she won’t go to the White House if invited.

Actor Alec Baldwin took to Twitter to chastise the way in which some late-night personalities have handled the growing cavalcade of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the Obama administration erred when it formally declared greenhouse gases a dangerous pollutant worthy of regulations in 2009.

Just a few blocks from his Tel Aviv hotel where he is staying with his wife, Monique, Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen said Palestinians were violently protesting the president’s Jerusalem decision.

A House bill passed late yesterday to expand the right to carry concealed weapons drew condemnation from New York Democrats, while upstate Republicans supported the measure.

Ten Albany High School students were taken into custody following a series of fights that broke out across campus this afternoon, Albany police said.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray defends the habitual returns she and her husband make (via police-driven SUV) to Brooklyn for things like gym visits and trips to the dry cleaner.

Promises the governor made in the wake of the Buffalo Billion corruption scandal have been abandoned as Phase II of the project moves forward.

General Electric is planning to cut 12,000 jobs in its power business, a person familiar with the matter said, as the company’s new leaders move to slash costs and stabilize the beleaguered manufacturer

A broad coalition of 133 conservation and Wilderness organizations from across America, including Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, has asked Congress “to reject an unprecedented call to amend the Wilderness Act to allow for the use of mountain bikes in designated Wilderness.”

Bronx Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda wants to allow undocumented immigrants protected under the federal DACA program to keep their driver’s licenses after it ends in March, and also to be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship program.

Gov. Scott Walker announced plans this week to move forward with making Wisconsin the first U.S. state to drug test people applying for food stamps.