3. Another round of hurricane disaster relief. As mentioned above, there will be a big push in Congress to get a lot of things done before the end of the year, and one item on the list will be billions more in disaster relief for those hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, along with help for communities ravaged by wildfires in California. Before Thanksgiving, the White House asked Congress for $44 billion in aid, far below what the states of Texas and Florida have requested, and not even half of what Puerto Rico's Governor asked for to deal with damage on that island. When you add up the first two bills, plus this third proposal, you are almost to $100 billion - and everyone agrees much more is needed. We'll see if Senators from Florida and Texas can produce more aid in time for the holidays.
4. Ethics panels eye sexual misconduct matters. While the tax and spending fight will play out for all to see in coming weeks, behind closed doors, the House and Senate ethics committees are expected to take some first steps to review questions about two Democrats, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). On Sunday - after calling Conyers an "icon" in a Sunday morning TV show appearance - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi then made Conyers step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, while a review is underway. "Zero tolerance means consequences," Pelosi said in a written statement. "I have asked for an ethics investigation, and as that investigation continues, Congressman Conyers has agreed to step aside as Ranking Member." It's not clear what's next for Franken, as he too, faces an ethics review. And obviously, we wonder if more stories are out there.
5. Roy Moore all but endorsed by President Trump. While a number of prominent Republicans in the U.S. Senate have said they want no part of Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, President Trump certainly isn't in that category. "The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet," the President tweeted out on Sunday. Mr. Trump never mentioned Roy Moore by name, but made clear that the President's preference is not to elect a Democrat on December 12 in the Yellowhammer State. "Can't let Schumer/Pelosi win this race. Liberal Jones would be BAD!" Mr. Trump said of the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. If Jones wins, what awaits him in the Senate? It would be interesting to say the least, as a number of GOP Senators aren't ready to put out the welcome mat for him.