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Roundup Of The Week: Taxes, Sexual Harassment And Russia In The Politics Podcast

It was an unusually busy week on Capitol Hill. The House passed the tax bill , largely along party lines. Now it's on to the Senate, where Republicans are tacking on a rollback of the Obamacare individual mandate. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before Congress — again — and says his story about Russia contacts during the Trump campaign "has never changed." Another committee held hearings on the issue of sexual harassment on the Hill. That hearing was planned even before the new...

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For all the negative headlines that 2017 have generated, Republicans are on the cusp of accomplishing two major policy goals that have eluded them for decades, at the same time.

The Senate could soon approve oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with its bill to overhaul the nation's tax code.

You are in a foreign country. And things are certainly looking a bit foreign.

Do you sit or squat? Can you toss toilet paper down the bowl or hole?

Let the signs guide you.

That is, if you can understand them.

Doug Lansky, author of the Signspotting series of books, knows how toilet etiquette signs can be mysterious, misleading and hilarious. His books include all types of funny warning and advice signs, but the topic of toilets is especially popular.

Two dozen third-graders wiggle in their seats. Their attention is on their teacher — up front. He has a question for them: How many know about condoms? About half of the students raise their hands. They are fixed on his talk — a lesson on sexual education and gender equality.

Everyone inside the classroom in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city, is captivated with this lesson. It's the people farther away — across the island — who are not happy about it.


The Ohio Department of Transportation says the opening of some newly reconstructed ramps on I-270 north will now take place on Tuesday.


Republican State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel says Roy Moore should quit the Alabama Senate race if allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls are true.


A Pennsylvania couple is suing the police and Columbus-based Nationwide Insurance, claiming they were handcuffed for hours in a police cruiser after their hibiscus plants were confused for marijuana.


An Ohio State University student's therapy dog has been allowed to stay in a sorority house until the courts sort out whether it needs to move because of another student's allergies.

The head of Puerto Rico's power authority stepped down Friday amid controversy over his handling of a system that still can't deliver electricity to that island two months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the power grid.

Ricardo Ramos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, resigned as he was unable to shake off questions about a $300 million contract that he had awarded to Whitefish, a small Montana-based energy firm, that was supposed to restore power on the island.

A Facebook post from the only Democratic justice on the Ohio Supreme Court is causing some to call for his resignation. 

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill, who is the only Democrat holding statewide elected office, says he stands by a controversial Facebook post, in which he disclosed he’d had more than 50 lovers and revealed some identifying details about them. 


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Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia

The tiny nation of Denmark has just three stations for monitoring atmospheric radiation. Each week, scientists change out air filters in the detectors and take the used ones to a technical university near Copenhagen. There, Sven Poul Nielsen and other researchers analyze the filters. They often snag small amounts of naturally occurring radioactivity, radon for example. Then about a month ago, Nielsen was startled to find something far stranger: a radioactive isotope known as ruthenium-106....

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