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Al Franken takes first steps back into public arena
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly a year after he resigned his U.S. Senate seat amid sexual misconduct allegations, Al Franken is testing whether he can make a comeback in the #MeToo era.
A year after announcing resignation, former Senator Al Franken reemerges with new podcast
(KMSP) - It has been almost a year since former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation from Congress amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Norm Coleman: ‘I do believe’ I beat Al Franken in 2008
Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) still believes he should have been declared the winner in his 2008 Senate race against former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — a race Franken ultimately won by a few hundred votes.
Can an Unrepentant Al Franken Torpedo Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 Ambitions?
The disgraced ex-senator’s fans in the liberal-donor class are attempting to hobble the senator who forced his resignation in her bid for the White House. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand may have thought she had heard the last of Al Franken, her disgraced former Democratic colleague, when he exited the C
Kirsten Gillibrand hits back at top Democratic donors who blame her for Al Franken's ouster
A host of top Democratic donors say they won't donate to or raise funds for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's potential 2020 bid after she led the charge in ousting fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken last year amid sexual misconduct charges.
Political Law Personified: Marc Elias & Perkins Coie
This is the first in a two-part profile about Marc Elias and his work for Perkins Coie. When Florida Governor (and now-Senator-elect) Rick Scott’s apparent victory over Democratic incumbent Senator Bill Nelson fell within a margin thin enough to warrant an automatic recount, Democrats sent in one of
Dana Carvey’s Friendship With George Bush
Just a great Sunday afternoon read. President Ronald Reagan was an easy target. He had an impossibly low hairline, a tan, wrinkled face, a bobbling head, and as a bonus, he called his wife Mommy. He was comedy gold.
Electoral ethics: Bipartisan fraudsters?
Republicans have accused Democrats, sometimes credibly, of clever voter-fraud schemes in recent years. In 2008, Democrats snatched an apparent victory from Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and placed the grotesquely unqualified Democrat Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. Among the consequences of this scheme
Democrat Senator Kamala Harris to Retain Seat on Judiciary Committee
California Senator Kamala Harris was at risk of losing her seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee but kept it with the of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. “As a former prosecutor, [Harris] has strived every day for a more fair judicial system for all Americans,” Schumer on Tuesday morning. “I
Democrats Blame Kirsten Gillibrand for Al Franken’s Fall
When seven women accused then–Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of sexual harassment or abuse last winter, Democrats were put in a tight spot. If they demanded Franken’s resignation for alleged acts far less severe than those the sitting president has been accused of perpetrating, they’d lose a reliably pro
Opinion | Stop Punishing Kirsten Gillibrand For Al Franken's Mistakes
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand(D-N.Y.) has long been rumored to hold presidential ambitions. She was, for a time, seen as the heir apparent to Hillary Clinton, whose Senate seat she inherited. She has a reputation as a standout progressive ― she voted “no” on more of President Donald Trump’s appointees than
Gillibrand feeling the Franken backlash
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has sent every possible signal to the media that she’s at least considering a run for the presidency, assuming she hasn’t privately made the decision already. And if you’re a Democratic voter, what’s not to like, right? The identity politics crowd would definitely
H.W., Trump, and Saturday Night Live
As George H.W. Bush lay in state at the Capitol, he received well-deserved praise for his service to the nation, his leadership, and his general all-around decency. To a certain extent, that is to be expected when any president passes, but Bush was a legitimate war hero, an accomplished statesman, a
Good news from Kirsten Gillibrand: The future is female and intersectional
This is sad twice over, once because the pandering is so clunky, twice because it’s so unlikely to succeed. Nate Silver is correct: “The type of people who respond positively to the term ‘intersectionality’ are the type of people who will think she’s a neo-liberal establishment shill and have 4 or 5
Ex-Sen. Al Franken releases healthcare podcast
Roughly one year after allegations of improper conduct were made against former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., the former senator stepped back into the public arena this week with the release of a new healthcare-focused podcast.
Molly Ivins (and others) on George H.W. Bush
I heard some of the fawning coverage following George H.W. Bush’s passing, but mostly I’ve tuned it out. I don’t want to hear people gushing over him. He spent a lot of years serving in public positions, but from what I remember he mostly served himself and people like him — as in, other rich whites
Too Many People Still Blame Kirsten Gillibrand for Al Franken’s Actions
It’s been nearly a year since Al Franken resigned from the Senate over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, and according toa new article inPolitico, a lot of prominent Democratic donors are still mad.
Democratic donors plot to punish Kirsten Gillibrand for holding Al Franken accountable for his sins
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has flipped her position on issues before, yet for the one thing she remained admirably principled on — the seriousness of sexual assault — the Democratic donor classreportedlyplans on punishing her.
Heh: Al Franken fans ready to punish Gillibrand in the primaries for turning against their favorite senator
Imagine if Gillibrand and Sherrod Brown somehow end up as the last two candidates standing in the primary. It’ll be a battle between liberals whodon’t take #MeToo issues seriously enoughand those who take #MeToo issues, er, too seriously.
Top Dem donor says Gillibrand 'stained' reputation with Franken's ousting
The donor, Susie Tompkins Buell,told Politicothat Gillibrand's push for Franken to leave after allegations emerged of his sexual misconduct, including a photo of him pretending to grope a sleeping woman, "stained [Gillibrand's] reputation as a fair player."