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Monday, July 16, 2018

Excerpt: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

The following is an excerpt from Minnesota Senator Al Franken’s uplifting, uproarious, and absolutely serious new political memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, published by Twelve Books.

Two days before the 2016 election, Donald Trump landed his gaudy plane at the Minneapolis–St. Paul airport, making his first public appearance in our state just in time to spread his trademark blend of hate, fear, and ignorance—this time targeting our Somali-Minnesotan community.

Somalis started coming to America in large numbers during a civil war in the early 1990s. Many families had spent years in refugee camps in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa.

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SNL: Melissa McCarthy Lampoon Of Sean Spicer Absolutely Kills

In the latest inspired stroke of casting by Saturday Night Live’s producers, Melissa McCarthy showed up late on February 4 as Sean Spicer — complete with his ill-fitting suit and loud, shrill pronouncements.

McCarthy’s dim, pugnacious, emotionally unstable screen persona engages the Spicer mode perfectly from the moment “he” steps to the podium to inform the stunned White House press corps that the briefing would begin with “an apology — from you to me” — which of course he doesn’t accept. Acknowledging the “rocky start” to his new role as White House press secretary, he explains, “I mean it in the sense of Rocky the movie, because I came out here to punch you!…

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The Tyranny of A Minority President Has Begun — And So Has The Resistance

Donald Trump’s official presidential bio contains about a half-dozen attempts to convince someone — probably himself — that his win was a massive blowout and not a shameful, slight fluke only made possible by the intervention of a foreign government and a domestic conspiracy to get the FBI director to interfere in the democratic process during the final weeks, twice.

This sad overcompensation — like the emergency White House press briefing called Saturday night to lie about the size of of his inauguration crowd as the largest protests in U.S. history raged against the new president — isn’t an accident.

It’s an announcement: We will do what we want regardless of how many Americans are against us.…

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