Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

When Al Franken first ran for the Senate — and until his overwhelming reelection victory in November 2014 — the famed comic, actor, and writer tried to avoid what came most naturally, at least in public. Being funny seemed incompatible with being the smart, sober, diligent Senator that his home state deserved. So Franken suppressed his urge to make people laugh, at least in public (and except on a few occasions when the antics of his Senate colleagues or a committee witness provoked that innate snark).

Today Franken releases a new book, Giant of the Senate, whose very title indicates that he no longer feels quite so comedically constrained. It’s funny as hell — and includes a full chapter on that most unpopular of senators, up for reelection next year, the appalling Ted Cruz. In this video from All In With Chris Hayes, Franken tells the story of a very special personalized joke he wrote just for the Texas Republican.

 

Screenshot from Daily Kos

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

The latest right-wing "antifa" hoax—namely, the claim that leftist arsonists have been secretly behind the wildfires that have swept the West Coast this month—is now being broadcast to millions of people. It bubbled up from the fever swamps of the far right, broadcast widely by key figures atop the media food chain: Donald Trump, Joe Rogan, Fox News, and leading Republican political candidates.

Trump retweeted an alt-right-flavored anti-Biden video suggesting he was ignoring antifa arsonists threatening the suburbs. Rogan, a wildly popular podcast host, told his audience that "left-wing people" were responsible for the fires (and apologized for it the next day). Fox News appeared especially eager to blame antifa for the wildfires as a way of denying the role of climate change. And in Washington state, where the fires have hit hard, the Republican nominee in the governor's race joined in spreading the claims through a campaign video.

Keep reading... Show less