Following two nights of intense monologues against the Graham-Cassidy bill, Jimmy Kimmel doubled down again on Thursday with a special guest appearance by Senator Al Franken (R-MN) — whose combination of wit and wonkish wisdom is so reliably effective against right-wing lies. “Usually I don’t like it when comedians get involved in politics,” Franken deadpans, […]
If you’re like David Letterman and still don’t know about Siegfried and Roy Koch (better known as the Koch brothers), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is here to explain on the second of six episodes of his Funny Or Die web series, Boiling The Frog.
Now that Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has decided that it’s safe to be funny again, he’s back with a vengeance. He’s published a new book that’s hilarious — and he’s making a series of videos on climate change. In the kickoff, he offers an insulting analogy between quack doctors and climate-denialists, both of whom would […]
Al Franken is one of the smartest, funniest people ever to enter American politics — and his sharp new memoir will make you think and laugh on every page. In this excerpt he goes straight at Donald Trump on immigration, a topic of profound relevance in his home state of Minnesota.
Today Al Franken releases a new book, Giant of the Senate, whose very title indicates that he no longer feels quite so comedically constrained as when he entered politics. It’s funny as hell — and includes a full chapter on that most unpopular Senator, up for reelection next year, Ted Cruz. Here Franken tells the story of a very special personalized joke he penned just for his favorite Texas Republican.
For Joe Scarborough, the only thing more bizarre than Jeff Sessions’ press conference Thursday recusing himself from an ongoing White House investigation was its timing.
The Minnesota senator slammed Republicans for attempting to recast their colleague as a voting rights champion. “I know Senator Sessions. We served together since I joined this body… and I know his record on voting rights,” Franken bellowed. “He’s no champion of voting rights.”
Washington confirmation hearings are both theater and ritual. Behind the ostentatious displays of deference that senators and would-be cabinet secretaries must display toward each other is a useful democratic exercise. During Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing, senators learned that Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary is clueless, rich, and deceptive.
This Nov. 8, even if you manage to be registered in time and have the right identification, there is something else that could stop you from exercising your right to vote. The ballot. Specifically, the ballot’s design.
One of the wisest political minds to analyze Donald Trump might actually be sitting right now in the halls of American government. After all, he already wrote the book on it.
The junior senator from Minnesota responds to the online supporters of a certain other candidate, who objected to his endorsement of Hillary.
The Israeli newspaper “Haaretz” had an embarrassing gaffe Thursday, in its effort to track the latest congressional vote count on the Iran nuclear deal.
After reviewing the historical record, Larry Wilmore concluded that Obama is really the first president to use that word “without expecting someone to then immediately bring him a lemonade.”
Jimmy John’s is making its employees sign non-compete agreements, contracts typically required of high-ranking executives, not fast-food workers.
By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WILLMAR, Minn. — It must be said at this point: Sen. Al Franken is just dull. How dull is he? He says the most memorable conversation he’s had as a senator — “hilarious” even — was a wonkish discussion with former President Bill Clinton about how to finance […]
The inventive and indefatigable Edward Klein, author of many works of purported non-fiction, is back in bookstores with Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas. In his latest work, the former Newsweek journalist recounts supposedly verbatim conversations between Bill and Hillary Clinton about Benghazi, and between Bill Clinton and his “friends” reviling President Obama. He […]
As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, an avalanche of polling data will emerge on the key races that will decide who controls the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. What follows is a brief summary of some key polls from the week of March 30: Mississippi Going into the 2014 […]
By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — At a closed-door meeting once in Boise, Idaho, a group of Republican governors quizzed actor-turned-aspiring-politico Arnold Schwarzenegger on the secret of raising money for a campaign. Easy, he said with a laugh. Make hit movies and marry a Kennedy. The marriage didn’t work out. But the hit movies […]
During debate over a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act — which defines marriage as between a man and a woman — Senator Al Franken lambasted Focus on the Family right-winger Thomas Minnery, pointing to inaccuracies in his written testimony alleging the dangers of gay marriage. In commanding fashion, Franken called out the […]