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Leahy not aware of FBI probe into Sessions

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., at a Senate Democratic leadership press conference Tuesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger WASHINGTON - A letter from Vermont's senior senator prompted an investigation into Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year, according to a report from ABC News Wednesday. Sen. P

VTDIGGER - 2018-03-21 22:55:16

Al and Abu Ghraib

The minute I laid eyes on the photograph of Al Franken poised to grope Leeann Tweeden's flak-jacketed breasts, another image leapt to mind - that snapshot of Specialist Sabrina Harman giving the thumbs-up over the bruised iced corpse of Manadel al-Jamadi at Abu Ghraib in Iraq in 2003. I know this is

LAREVIEWOFBOOKS.ORG - 2018-03-21 15:15:48

Sen. Tina Smith talks Franken, Trump on 'The View'

The View, YouTube Minnesota's newest senator Tina Smith made her network television debut on Friday with an appearance on ABC's "The View." Two months into her term following the resignation of Al Franken, Smith touched on a number of issues during her seven-minute interview. You can watch her perfo


Al Franken's replacement in Senate wishes 'ethics process' for him had been completed

The Minnesota senator who replaced Al Franken when he resigned after facing allegations of sexual misconduct said she believes he should have had the benefit of an ethics investigation before he stepped down. "I would have liked for the Senate ethics process to run its course, but, you know, that di


Sen. Tina Smith on 'The View': Too salty for daytime TV?

WASHINGTON - Sen. Tina Smith made her [bleeping] network television debut Friday morning. Minnesota's newly appointed junior senator pulled up a seat on ABC's The View to talk about Al Franken, porn star Stormy Daniels, blue waves and words you can't say on daytime TV. "You came into the position un


Ana Marie Cox: I'm 'willing' to vote for Al Franken again

Franken was ousted from the Senate after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him last year. His resignation came as Democrats were locked in a tight battle for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But Cox, who was a constituent of Franken's, wo


Could Richard Painter Enter Race For Al Franken's Senate Seat?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - The election for the Minnesota Senate seat vacated by Al Franken in December may be the most unpredictable in the country. Franken resigned after allegations of inappropriate behavior by at least a half dozen women. Now, a prominent Republican critic of President Donald Trump is


Trump critic Richard Painter to explore Minnesota US Senate run

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Richard Painter, a former White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush who has emerged as a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, announced that he is considering a run for Senate. Painter, speaking at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, told reporters he is


Ex-Bush ethics lawyer exploring bid for Franken's former Senate seat

Richard Painter, a vocal critic of the Trump administration who served as White House ethics counsel to former President George W. Bush, announced on Wednesday that he is eyeing a potential Senate bid. Painter has set up an exploratory committee for the Minnesota Senate seat vacated by former Democr


Richard W. Painter: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Faculty photo University of Minnesota Lifelong Republican Prof. Richard W. Painter exploring independent run for US Senate seat in Minnesota Richard W. Painter, former ethics lawyer for Pres. George W. Bush announced he's exploring an independent bid for the US Senate seat in Minnesota. Painter w


U of M professor, former Bush lawyer considers run for Senate in Minnesota

Take Back Our Republic, YouTube A former White House ethics lawyer turned University of Minnesota professor has is considering a run for Al Franken's former Senate seat. Richard Painter told media at the State Capitol he will create an "exploratory committee" to look into the possibility of running


Tina Smith, Franken's replacement, tries to turn the page

The newly minted Democratic senator from Minnesota is trying to turn #MeToo into economic opportunities for women as she runs to retain her office. Al Franken's checkered history on sexual harassment is an issue Tina Smith (pictured) hardly wants to focus on, given her intention to run for office


Barbra Streisand on Donald Trump, Al Franken and Why She Thinks Hillary Clinton Won the Election

When you talk to Barbra Streisand about politics, she doesn't hold back. "I really believe she won the election," Streisand says about Hillary Clinton. "I've talked to senators from Michigan and Wisconsin. I do believe, like I believed during Bush, they were playing with those voter machines. And [A


Gillibrand Receives Backlash From Prominent Female Donors in Los Angeles for Pressuring Franken to Resign

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y), who has been floated as a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, is facing backlash from prominent female Democratic donors in Los Angeles after she called for then-Sen. Al Franken's (D., Minn.) resignation over allegations of sexual misconduct back in D


Inevitable: Newsweek retracts article claiming Russian bots took down Al Franken

Remember that Newsweek article published this week alleging an army of Kremlin-connected trolls took down disgraced former Senator Al Franken, D-Minn.? As it turns out, I wasn't the only one who thought the story was a load of nonsense. Newsweek's editorial team (what's left of it, anyway) has form


Maybe Al Franken wasn't toppled by a right-wing Twitter bot conspiracy after all

Earlier this week, the outer banks of the lefty media were aflutter over a plot to take down former U.S. Senator Al Franken. If you weren't scoring at home, the caper went something like this: Roger Stone - GOP consultant, lobbyist, and symbol of everything you hate about politics - announced on Twi


Newsweek Retracts Story on Al Franken Twitter Bot Conspiracy Theory

Newsweek has retracted an article that said Twitter bots helped drive calls for Sen. Al Franken's resignation late last year. A writer drawn into the theory told TheWrap it made no sense, timing-wise. Let's back up, first by acknowledging that it hasn't been a great news week for Newsweek: On Tuesda


Randall Beach: Reflections on Al Franken, Branford's Beach Donuts and Yale football

Both of my daughters have "a history" with Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. No, no, not that! He never touched them inappropriately. Now that two women have accused Franken of such conduct - with photographic evidence in one case - I need to be clear he didn't stray with my daughters when they met him bef


Former Bush lawyer calls on Franken to run for governor

A former White House lawyer turned University of Minnesota professor has called on Al Franken to run for Minnesota Governor, and slammed "blue dog" Democrats who accepted NRA money early in their career. Richard W. Painter was the ethics lawyer for George W. Bush between 2005-07 and is now professor


Was Al Franken the victim of a Twitter bot conspiracy?

Newsweek thinks Al Franken, seen on the day he resigned from the U.S. Senate, was chased from office by a bot-based conspiracy.Associated Press Monday morning, Newsweek broke a jaw dropping story detailing a salacious conspiracy to oust then-DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken from office. According to the sto