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Two Senate Democrats sworn in, GOP margin cut


NYT
WASHINGTON
Two new senators ” Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Tina Smith, D-Minn. ” were sworn in Wednesday, in a history-laden ceremony attended by three current and former vice presidents.
Vice President Mike Pence, in his role as president of the Senate, presided over the swearing in. Former Vice President Joe Biden escorted Jones down the central aisle of the Senate chamber, while former Vice President Walter Mondale escorted Smith.
In a sense, the #MeToo movement played a hand in the arrival of both Jones and Smith. Jones, 63, comes to Washington after a raucous special election in which his Republican opponent, the former judge Roy Moore, was accused of molesting teenagers.
Smith, 59, the former lieutenant governor of Minnesota, was appointed by that state's governor to fill the seat left vacant by the departure of Al Franken, who resigned amid allegations he had forcibly kissed one woman and groped several others.
She becomes the 22nd woman in a chamber that remains heavily lopsided in favour of men.
Jones replaces Sen. Luther Strange, a Republican who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions became President Donald Trump's attorney general.

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