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Week in Review: Mayor Murray abuse allegations, Syria strike, SCOTUS nom

L-R: Tina Podlodowski, Bill Radke, Dan Savage and Chris Vance

What a week.

The Seattle Times reports on bombshell allegations that Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused up to three teenaged men in the 1980s -- claims the Mayor strongly denies and plans to fight in court. 

President Trump orders a cruise missile strike on a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed Syrian civilians earlier this week.

A divided Senate does away with the filibuster and confirms Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

And Bertha emerges from a four-year trip underneath downtown Seattle just in time to catch it all.

Editor's note: We removed two audio cuts from the podcast of this week's show at the request of the Seattle Times, after Mayor Murray's accuser reached out to reporters there and was concerned about being identified by his voice.

Get caught up on the news:

This week's panel:

Dan Savage @fakedansavage, host of the Savage Love podcast
Tina Podlodowski @tinapo, Washington State Democratic Party chair
Chris Vance @chrisvance123, former Washington State Republican Party chair
Jim Brunner @jim_brunner, Seattle Times political reporter

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