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Austin-bound, Al Franken talks Trump, Schumer, LBJ, Perry, Cornyn and, of course, Ted Cruz

Good day Austin: On Tuesday evening I interviewed Minnesota Sen. Al Franken in advance of his coming to Austin to deliver the keynoter at the Texas Tribune Festival Friday night. Franken will be talking about his book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, which devotes a long chapter to his loathing of

MYSTATESMAN.COM - 2017-09-21 07:00:00

Sen. Franken Prefers Southern Poverty Law Center Bias to Constitution in Nomination Process

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of The Christian Post or its editors. (Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) questions Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch during the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmati

CHRISTIAN POST - 2017-09-20 15:55:02

Al Franken: No regrets on devoting chapter to his loathing of Ted Cruz

Sen. Al Franken devotes two chapters in his book, "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate," to Texas politicians. The first, Chapter 34, "I Meet George W. Bush," describes how the Minnesota Democrat and "Saturday Night Live" alumnus met the man who he had relentlessly mocked as a "terrible president," and

MYSTATESMAN.COM - 2017-09-20 23:59:59

Sen. Al Franken Adds Name to Marijuana Legislation

On Tuesday, Minnesota Senator Al Franken officially became the fifth person to sign on as a co-sponsor for a pro-cannabis legalization bill that would authorize marijuana growers and cultivators to be eligible for taxation. If passed, the measure would further legitimize the manufacture and sale of

HIGH TIMES - 2017-09-21 16:55:53

More Than 2 Dozen Groups Praise Franken for Decision Not to Return Blue Slip on Stras Nomination

WASHINGTON- In a letter made public today, 25 civil rights, labor, and other public interest organizations praised Senator Al Franken for his decision not to return his blue slip on the nomination of Justice David Stras to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The letter st

PFAW.ORG - 2017-09-20 07:00:00

Nancy Lyons: Hold the line on Stras nomination, senators

A lifetime appointment should not be taken lightly. That's what is at stake when a person is appointed as a judge on the federal bench. He or she gets a lifetime appointment to shape the way each of us in this great state and country live our lives every single day - the impact of which will last fo

PIONEER PRESS - 2017-09-21 05:19:15

An Afternoon with Senator Al Franken to Support Texas Democrats

The Texas Democratic Party will host an afternoon with U.S. Senator Al Franken at The Belmont in Austin, TX on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1:30 PM with doors opening at 1 PM. The Belmont Hotel is located at 305 W. 6th Street, Austin, TX Tickets are projected to sell out, so purchasing early is suggested.

PATCH - 2017-09-19 22:58:49

NM & RI-Sen: Al Franken (D. MN) Goes All In To Help These Democrats Keep Up The Resistance

The end of the FEC quarter is coming up in 12 days Sam. So today, I am asking you to click on links and chip in $5 or more. Not for me -- for two great colleagues in the Senate up for re-election in 2018. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D. NM) First up, Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico. Martin's already

DAILY KOS - 2017-09-19 02:43:00

Al Franken Vows To Fight The New GOP Effort To Rip Away Health Insurance Away From Millions

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) urged Republicans to ditch their latest effort to repeal Obamacare and vowed to fight against the Graham-Cassidy bill that would rip healthcare away from millions of Americans. In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Sen. Franken said: Since the beginning of the year, Congres

POLITICUSUSA - 2017-09-18 17:40:24

Report Explains Face ID Worked Fine at Live Event; U.S. Senator Raises Privacy and Security Concerns on New Feature

REUTERS/Stephen LamApple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone x during a launch event in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 12, 2017. Several days following the iPhone X reveal, a possible explanation on what happened at the Face ID live presentation

CHRISTIAN POST - 2017-09-18 04:29:10

Single Payer Joins the Debate

Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-All bill gets a different response this time. The most frustrating thing about the national discussion prior to passing the Affordable Care Act in 2010 was that single-payer was out of the picture from the beginning. Some Democrats (I remember hearing presidential candid

WEEKLYSIFT.COM - 2017-09-18 14:15:04

Apple assures us that Face ID on the iPhone X is as reliable and secure as Touch ID

Since making its debut on the iPhone 5s a few years ago, Touch ID quickly became an indispensable and reliable part of the iPhone user experience. That being the case, it's only natural that some people are viewing the iPhone X's new Face ID feature with a healthy bit of skepticism. At best, some an

CNBC - 2017-09-18 14:13:27

After Equifax Breach, Franken Proposes Consumer Data Protection Legislation

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - Sen. Al Franken wants you to have more control over your personal information. He's proposed legislation to help protect consumers' personal data from being compromised. It comes after consumer report agency Equifax was hacked. RELATED: After Equifax Hack, Should You Freeze Your

CBSLOCAL.COM - 2017-09-17 01:19:00

Trump's Judicial Makeover is White and Far-Right

AARON MATE: It's The Real News. I'm Aaron Mate. Donald Trump's presidency has been hobbled by some internal turmoil and the president's own impulsive behavior, but one area where the Trump agenda is moving forward is in the nation's courts. With most of the country's focus elsewhere, Trump is overse

REAL NEWS NETWORK - 2017-09-16 09:09:07

Franken Calls Religious Freedom Organization A "Hate Group"

Image Screenshot from C-SPAN Video https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4681521/al-franken-roasted-amy-barrett WASHINGTON - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken recently lashed out at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a group that provides legal counsel to protect First Amendment rights, calling the organization

ALPHANEWSMN.COM - 2017-09-16 17:46:52

Indie Bestsellers

A list of the nation's best-selling books for the sales week ended Sunday, Sept. 10. Based on reporting from hundreds of independent bookstores. For an indie bookstore near you, visit www.indiebound.org. (Books in bold are new this week.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. A Legacy of Spies, John le Carre, Viking

THE DAILY NEWS ONLINE - 2017-09-15 19:55:00

United States Senator Questions Face ID Security

Tim Cook and his executive team within Apple are well informed and experienced enough to know that you can't just introduce a feature like Face ID without expecting to get some push-back questions. Those questions are expected, but it's likely that even Tim Cook didn't expect them so quickly. Just a

REDMOND PIE - 2017-09-15 05:59:23

Slideshow: Best-selling books

Best-selling books for the week ended Sept. 10. FICTION 1. "Secrets in Death" by J.D. Robb (St. Martin's Press) 2. "Enemy of the State" by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills (Atria Books) 3. "A Legacy of Spies" by John le Carre (Viking) 4. "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio (Knopf Books for Young Readers) 5. "Dog Man

WATERLOO CEDAR-FALLS COURIER - 2017-09-15 16:00:00

Who's the Funniest U.S. Senator? And Who's the Biggest Jerk?

The first Al Franken book I read (he has done seven) was Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: And Other Observations, his 1996 effortless takedown of right-wing political figures Pat Buchanan, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and others. It was great fun, as was my other prior Franken read: L

NEWSWEEK - 2017-09-15 15:58:24

Why Hillary Clinton's Book Is Actually Worth Reading

Most books by politicians are bad. They're bad because they are cautious, or pious, or boring, or some even-worse combination of all three. They're cautious because over the years politicians learn they have more to lose than gain by taking "interesting" or edgy stands. (Something I learned when wor

THE ATLANTIC - 2017-09-15 15:10:51