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#EndorseThis: With Al Franken, Jimmy Kimmel Again Blasts Graham-Cassidy

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, […]

September 22, 2017
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#EndorseThis: Al Franken Explains The Koch Brothers To David Letterman

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.

July 17, 2017
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#EndorseThis: Al Franken Says Climate Deniers Are Like Quack Doctors

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 […]

July 10, 2017
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Excerpt: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

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.

June 4, 2017
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#EndorseThis: Senator Franken, Still Funny After All These Years

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.

May 30, 2017
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‘Morning Joe’ Issues A Warning Jeff Sessions Can’t Ignore

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.

March 4, 2017

Watch: Al Franken Dismantles Sessions’ Dubious Civil Rights Record

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.”

February 2, 2017
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Betsy DeVos Flunks Her First Test

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.

January 19, 2017
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Disenfranchised By Bad Design

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.

October 22, 2016
"Why Not Me? The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency."

Pop Culture Warned Us About Trump, Part 6: ‘President’ Al Franken!

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.

March 15, 2016

Endorse This: Al Franken Gets Funny Again — For Hillary

The junior senator from Minnesota responds to the online supporters of a certain other candidate, who objected to his endorsement of Hillary.

February 25, 2016

Oops: Israeli Newspaper Misidentifies Al Franken As ‘Gay Jewish U.S. Senator’

The Israeli newspaper “Haaretz” had an embarrassing gaffe Thursday, in its effort to track the latest congressional vote count on the Iran nuclear deal.

August 13, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘The We Can Say It Act Of 1968’

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.”

June 23, 2015
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Is Jimmy John’s Bullying Workers With Non-Compete Agreements?

Jimmy John’s is making its employees sign non-compete agreements, contracts typically required of high-ranking executives, not fast-food workers.

June 10, 2015

Late Night Roundup: David Letterman For Senate?

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) made a suggestion to his old friend David Letterman, to deal with the controversies back in Indiana.

April 2, 2015

Sen. Al Franken Wins Re-Election In Minnesota

Find out how Senator Franken survived the GOP wave.

November 4, 2014

A Senate Race Where Democrats Neutralized Obamacare Attacks

The Republican playbook against Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has been a dud.

October 17, 2014

Despite His Safe Seat, Ellison Plunges Into Race

Find out how the Minnesota liberal hopes to boost his party’s chances in November.

October 16, 2014

Al Franken Takes Senate Job Seriously (He’s Still Funny In Private)

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 […]

September 4, 2014

WATCH: When Ed Klein, Author Of Clinton And Obama Smear Books, Met Joe Conason And Al Franken

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 […]

June 23, 2014

Poll Roundup: Is The Tea Party In Trouble?

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 […]

April 4, 2014

Clay Aiken Just The Newest In Long Line Of Celebs Jumping To Politics

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 […]

February 6, 2014

Franken Calls For Oversight Of Ratings Agencies

With world markets suddenly sagging under the weight of the Standard & Poors downgrade of Treasury bonds last Friday, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is disturbed by the monopolistic power of the ratings agencies – and still determined to curb their abuses, as he tried to do last year with an amendment to the Dodd-Frank banking […]

August 8, 2011

Al Franken Tears Into Conservative Anti-Gay Marriage Demagogue

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 […]

July 22, 2011