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  • Al Franken Faces New Sexual Misconduct Allegation As He Attempts Political Comeback

    10/01/2019 6:53:49 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 23 replies
    Minnesota Sun ^ | October 1, 2019 | Anthony Gockowski
    "Former Sen. Al Franken is attempting to make a political comeback but was accused of sexual misconduct by a ninth woman on Monday. New York magazine published reflections from 25 women involved in the #MeToo movement, including one anonymous woman who revealed a new allegation against Franken. The magazine identifies her as “a former staffer who served on Democratic campaigns and works at a large progressive organization.”
  • Al Franken, seeking to restart his public life ... will give a Portland talk

    09/08/2019 7:53:07 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 26 replies
    8 September 2019 ^ | Douglas Perry
    At Revolution Hall, Franken is expected to reminisce about his time at SNL and offer insight into the workings of the Senate. “Whether discussing his career in comedy or in public service,” the event’s program promises, “Franken delivers a singular experience -- leaving audiences thoroughly entertained, more knowledgeable, and either optimistic or extremely depressed about our nation’s future -- depending on how he feels that day.”
  • Why the Left Is Reconsidering Al Franken

    07/24/2019 2:32:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2019 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, The New Yorker printed a lengthy piece by reporter Jane Mayer about the sad fate of former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. Franken resigned from the Senate in 2017 after a bevy of women accused him of sexual harassment; their accounts ranged from unwanted kisses to unsolicited a-- grabbing. In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Franken stepped down, all the while decrying President Trump's own record of allegations concerning mistreatment of women. At the time, there were two possible interpretations of events. The first was more inspiring: After decades of defending sexual misconduct by powerful Democratic figures, Democrats...
  • Al Franken regrets resigning from Senate over sexual misconduct scandal

    07/22/2019 12:16:08 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 22, 2019 | 1:16pm | Bob Fredericks
    Former Sen. Al Franken says he “absolutely” regrets his December 2017 resignation over a sexual misconduct scandal — and some of the senators who’d pressed him to quit are also questioning their actions. “I can’t go anywhere without people reminding me of this, usually with some version of ‘You shouldn’t have resigned,’” Franken, the former “Saturday Night Live” funnyman-turned-politician, said in a lengthy look back at the incident in The New Yorker. “Yup,” was his usual reply, he told the magazine. Pressed on whether he means it, he adds: “Oh, yeah. Absolutely.” Leeann Tweeden, a conservative talk-radio host, had accused...
  • Gillibrand defends her statement before Franken's ouster: 'Enough was enough'

    01/19/2019 6:24:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/19/19 | Dan Merica
    Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand defended her decision to call on former Sen. Al Franken to resign after allegations of unwanted touching and kissing were made against him, earning praise from a friendly audience of Iowans in Sioux City on Friday. Gillibrand, who was first to call on Franken to resign, clearly came prepared to answer questions about the Minnesota Democrat, whose ouster after a series of allegations in 2017 remains a contentious issue for the party. Some on the left, including a number of top Democratic donors, believe Franken was pushed out too quickly, while others...
  • GOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat

    09/17/2018 8:23:24 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/17/18 | Michael Burke
    Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith (D) holds a 7-point lead over Republican challenger and state Sen. Karin Housley ahead of November's midterms, according to a new poll publishing Monday. The Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota poll found that Smith, who replaced former Sen. Al Franken (D) following his resignation in January, has the support of 44 percent of likely voters. Another 37 percent support Housley, while 15 percent of those surveyed say they remain undecided, according to the poll. Smith, the former Minnesota lieutenant governor, was tapped to replace Franken after he resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Smith now faces Housley...
  • Franken on Running for Office Again: ‘I Haven’t Ruled It Out’

    07/31/2018 1:21:02 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 25 replies
    WFB ^ | 30 July 2018 | David Rutz
    Former Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) said he hadn't ruled out the possibility of running for public office again during an interview with a CBS Minnesota television station on Monday. Franken attended the dedication of Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. He sat on the Indian Affairs Committee in the U.S. Senate and helped secure $12 million in funding for new facilities to replace the old one, which was in dismal condition. "That means a lot to me. It was very moving for me. It was very gratifying. I put my heart in the job," Franken said....
  • Are Democrats brave enough to run a woman against Donald Trump?

    06/17/2018 9:06:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Vox ^ | June 16, 2018 | Laura McGann
    Democrats agree that Donald Trump’s history of bragging about groping and assaulting women is unacceptable, but they don’t agree about how to deal with it in 2020. The tension has spilled into the open in the ongoing debate about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s role in galvanizing Senate Democrats to call for Sen. Al Franken to step down over misconduct. Even white college-educated women, Hillary Clinton’s biggest supporters, are divided. “We loved him,” Marsha Pearcy, 58, said sadly to Gillibrand at a private event for professional women in Washington on Tuesday night. Pearcy barely finished saying Franken’s name when quiet murmurs and...
  • Al Franken blasts Facebook, election meddling in first speech since resignation

    05/02/2018 12:53:38 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2 May 18 | Emily Tillett
    In his first major public speech since resigning from the U.S. Senate, Al Franken returned to the spotlight to deliver a blistering rebuke of tech companies, specifically Facebook, over abuse of users privacy data while speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Fired FBI official authorized criminal probe of Sessions, sources say

    03/21/2018 1:29:07 PM PDT · by rxsid · 251 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 03.21.2018 | Mike Levine
    EXCLUSIVE: Fired FBI official authorized criminal probe of Sessions, sources say By Mike Levine Mar 21, 2018, 4:01 PM ETNearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a "lack of candor," McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.
  • Major donor reconsiders support for Democrats who urged Franken to quit

    01/07/2018 4:12:52 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 1/7/18 | JACEY FORTIN New York Times
    A prominent donor to the Democratic Party says she is considering withdrawing support for senators who urged their colleague Al Franken to resign after he was accused of sexual misconduct. The donor, Susie Tompkins Buell, has been one of the Democratic Party’s most generous supporters for decades. In particular, she has been a champion of female politicians, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Maria Cantwell of Washington. Last month, those senators were among the dozens who called for Franken to resign from the Senate after at least six women accused him of sexual harassment...
  • Bill Maher ‘gropes’ Bob Saget to mock Al Franken

    01/04/2018 11:39:06 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 4, 2018 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Bill Maher turned Al Franken’s controversial groping photo into his own #MeToo moment – recreating it by reaching for a sleeping Bob Saget. Maher is seen smiling maniacally at the camera as he appears to grab Saget’s chest during his nap aboard a flight. “These New Years Hawaii trips are getting weird – Saget, forgive me!” the HBO “Real Time“ host tweeted to his more than 10 million followers Thursday morning.
  • Al Franken resigns: Here's what happens to his Senate seat

    01/02/2018 12:49:06 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 56 replies
    FOX ^ | January 2, 2018 | By Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Sen. Al Franken officially resigned on Jan. 2, nearly a month after he announced his plans to step down from Congress amid numerous sexual misconduct allegations that began in November of last year. Aides to the senator told Fox News that Franken has provided his letter of resignation to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who is replacing Franken, is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday. Franken, a Minnesota Democrat who has been in office since 2009, was plagued by multiple accusations of sexual misconduct over the past month and faced a Senate Ethics Committee investigation....
  • Michele Bachmann says she's considering running for Al Franken's Senate seat

    01/02/2018 1:38:56 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 80 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/2/18 | Nicole Darrah
    ormer Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is considering running for the recently vacated U.S. Senate seat held by Al Franken. “I’ve had people contact me and urge me to run for that Senate seat,” Bachmann said recently on televangelist Jim Bakker's television show. “And the only reason I would run is for the ability to take these principles into the United States Senate and to be able to advocate for these principles.”
  • Democrat Franken says goodbye in Minnesota (*sniff*)

    12/31/2017 7:27:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/28/17 | Dom Calicchio
    U.S. Sen. Al Franken said goodbye to staff members and supporters in Minneapolis on Thursday night, in his first public appearance in Minnesota since being accused of sexual harassment. Franken will officially step down from the Senate on Tuesday, with his successor – Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith – scheduled to be sworn in Wednesday to complete Franken’s term, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. The Democrat, a former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer, said he didn't know what to expect when he first ran for office, “and of course, neither did Minnesotans.”
  • Minnesota voters to Franken: Don’t quit — let us fire you

    12/28/2017 5:40:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December28, 2017 | ED MORRISSEY
    Luther Strange isn’t the only current US Senator on his way out the door. In a few days, Al Franken will submit his resignation as promised last week, and Tina Smith will take his seat at least until a special election in November chooses his successor. As it turns out, Minnesota voters aren’t entirely happy about Franken’s resignation — and half of them want Franken to renege on his pledge to resign, according to a new PPP poll: -50% of voters think he should not resign, to only 42% who think he should go through with his planned resignation. There...
  • The Senate Waited Until Christmas To Reveal How Many Harassment Settlements Were Paid Out

    12/25/2017 8:45:14 PM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 83 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/25/2017 | Kevin Daley
    GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, who chairs the Rules Committee, said further particulars cannot be made public, in order to respect the confidentiality afforded to victims. “While the Rules Committee has been eager to provide this information in a transparent manner, it has been our priority to protect the victims involved in these settlements from further harm,” the senator said in a statement attending the report.
  • List: These 32 Senators Voted to Shut Down the Government Before Christmas (Franken's last vote?)

    12/23/2017 4:36:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 12/22/17 | Thomas Phippen
    The Senate approved a short-term spending plan to keep the government open Thursday but not without nearly a third of the chamber dissenting for various reasons. The funding bill, called a continuing resolution, keeps the government open through mid-January. The legislation needed at least 60 votes and passed by 66 votes, with 32 nays and two senators not voting. That’s double the 14 Democrats who dissented against the temporary spending bill two weeks ago. Most of the nay votes were from Democrats who are desperate to deal with immigration issues.
  • Franken to resign in early January

    12/20/2017 4:41:56 PM PST · by ColdOne · 29 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/20/17 | Max Greenwood
    Sen. Al Franken will step down on Jan. 2, a spokesman for the Minnesota Democrat said Wednesday.
  • Al Franken will resign Jan. 2

    12/20/2017 12:45:32 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 58 replies
    Axios ^ | 12/20/17 | Anon
    Sen. Al Franken will resign on Jan. 2, per multiple reports. His successor, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, will be sworn in on Jan. 3.