Today is Friday, November 17, and there are the big stories to watch closely as the day moves forward.

1.  The Senate Finance Committee voted late Thursday to advance the GOP’s tax-relief bill to the full Senate for a vote, just hours after the full House passed the sweeping legislation. Both votes were along party lines … The Thursday votes were good news for President Donald Trump, who’s looking for his first major legislative victory. But the future of the Senate tax reform bill, which includes a repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate, is still very much up in the air, despite Thursday’s 14-12 committee vote … Earlier, the House bill passed 227-205. House Speaker Paul Ryan celebrated the passage, calling it “nothing short of extraordinary.” But the Senate version still faces pushback from some GOP senators. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., announced his opposition Wednesday. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee have expressed concerns about the bill but have not signaled which way they would vote.

2. TRUMP stays silent about Moore, condemns Franken…. Trump moved quickly Thursday to condemn accusations against Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken as “really bad,” but he has remained conspicuously silent on the more serious claims leveled against Roy Moore, the Republican in Alabama’s special Senate race who faces allegations he sexually assaulted teenage girls decades ago. READ MORE

3. Tennis legend Serena Williams marries co-founder of Reddit…. READ MORE

4. Former Florida student gets $49M for being raped by teacher…. A Florida jury awarded $49.3 million to a former high school student who was raped by her former geometry teacher in his classroom. READ MORE

5. Rocky Balboa actor, Sly Stallone denies 3-some claim….  A woman came forward Thursday claiming that in 1986 Sylvester Stallone had inappropriate sexual contact with her in a Las Vegas hotel room when she was 16, The Daily Mail reported. The actor has denied any involvement in the alleged incident. READ MORE

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