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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.

MESABI DAILY NEWS - 2018-12-02 04:20:00

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.

FOX9.COM - 2018-11-30 22:06:00

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.

THE HILL - 2018-11-29 14:30:00

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

NATIONAL REVIEW - 2018-11-29 17:12:09

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.

BUSINESS INSIDER - 2018-11-27 21:18:00

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

CAPITALRESEARCH.ORG - 2018-12-13 07:00:00

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.

WORDPRESS.COM - 2018-12-09 18:17:04

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

SLATE - 2018-11-28 22:36:22

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

HUFFINGTONPOST - 2018-11-27 17:14:01

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

HOT AIR - 2018-11-28 15:41:22

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

THE EPOCH TIMES - 2018-12-05 20:38:53

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

HOT AIR - 2018-12-05 16:21:16

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

DAILY KOS - 2018-12-02 00:07:00

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.

THEMARYSUE.COM - 2018-11-26 13:59:00

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.

WASHINGTON EXAMINER - 2018-11-26 21:15:27

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.

HOT AIR - 2018-11-27 01:41:11

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."

THE HILL - 2018-11-26 14:54:39