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HC Wake-Up Call: Trump Questions “Access Hollywood” Tape Authenticity, Sen. Franken Goes Back to Work & Miss USA’s First Contestant With Down Syndrome

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

President Trump Reportedly Privately Questioned the Authenticity of That “Access Hollywood” Tape

In a report about the similarities between Roy Moore’s senate campaign and now-president Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, the New York Times said that, despite previously apologizing for the “Access Hollywood” tape in which he brags about grabbing women “by the pussy,” the president has privately suggested to both a senator and advisor that the tape is not authentic. Previously, Trump has acknowledged that it is, in fact, his voice on the tape. Despite these reports, in a statement on Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president stands by his original apology for the tape. Hmm.

Senator Al Franken Says He’ll Be “Accountable” for Sexual Misconduct Allegations

On Monday, Democratic Sen. Al Franken issued an apology following reports that he sexually harassed multiple women, BuzzFeed News reports. After apologizing, the senator said he will not be resigning and that his process of regaining the public’s trust, “starts with going back to work today.” Monday was Franken’s first day back on Capitol Hill since allegations were first made against him two weeks ago.

“I am going to work to regain their trust,” he told reporters. “I am going to be accountable. We are going to cooperate completely with the ethics investigation.”

This Woman Just Made History as the First Miss USA Candidate With Down Syndrome

Bethel University student Mikayla Holmgren made history over the weekend as the first Miss USA candidate to have Down Syndrome, Cosmopolitan says. While she didn’t win the title, Holmgren competed in the Minnesota Miss USA state competition and won two awards: the Spirit of Miss USA Award and the Director’s Award. She had previously competed in the Minnesota Miss Amazing pageant for women with special needs, and won. 

“I was super shocked, I was in tears,” Mikayla told BuzzFeed News. “I went from a special needs pageant to the biggest pageant in the world. It’s kind of crazy.”

What to look out for…

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show premieres tonight at 10 p.m. EST on CBS, so don’t forget to grab your roomies for a viewing party.

Caroline is the Evening/Weekend Editor and Style Editor at Her Campus, a senior public relations major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leather jacket enthusiast.  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @c_pirozzolo. 
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