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Al Franken

  1. politics
    Why Big Mo Matters to BidenPast presidents — including Barack Obama — who got off to a slow or clumsy start often paid dearly for it. Biden wants to avoid that fate.
  2. metoo
    Another Woman Says Al Franken Groped HerFranken said, “I feel terrible that anyone came away from an interaction with me feeling bad.”
  3. vision 2020
    Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out of 2020 Race After Failing to Make Debate CutShe just couldn’t buy a break in a crowded presidential contest.
  4. al franken
    Should Al Franken Have Resigned?Intelligencer staffers discuss a New Yorker piece that casts doubt on some of the allegations against the ex-senator.
  5. scandals
    What We Learned From The New Yorker’s Al Franken StoryThe USO skit wasn’t written for Leeann Tweeden, Sean Hannity knew about the groping photo a decade earlier, and Franken regrets resigning.
  6. politics
    Pete Buttigieg: “I Would Not Have” Pressured Al Franken to ResignThat puts Mayor Pete at odds with nearly everyone else running for the Democratic nomination.
  7. just asking questions
    A Long Talk With Kirsten GillibrandThe New York senator on the NRA, Al Franken, and the line between capitalism and greed.
  8. power
    Gillibrand’s Franken-Problem Won’t DieWhen a woman stands up to a powerful man, the fallout is all too predictable.
  9. sexism
    Democratic Women Fear America Not Ready for a Woman As PresidentIt may take a midterm win driven by women to convince Democrats that it’s not risky to run a woman against Trump in 2020.
  10. keith ellison
    Franken Resignation Casts Long Shadow on Keith EllisonDemocrats, especially in Minnesota, don’t want Ellison to suffer Franken’s fate, but also don’t want a double standard.
  11. Former W. Bush Ethics Lawyer Running for Franken’s Senate Seat as a DemocratRichard Painter, a lifelong Republican, is expected to challenge Senator Tina Smith, who was appointed to the seat when Franken resigned.
  12. The Most Boring Man in Minnesota Is Running for Governor AgainAfter repeatedly whiffing in national politics, Tim Pawlenty is running for governor again.
  13. Like a Lot of Republicans, Pawlenty Is Giving a 2018 Senate Race a PassAn open Senate seat in his home state wasn’t enough to lure the former governor and self-styled “Sam’s Club Republican” into another race.
  14. Michele Bachmann Has Asked God If She Should Run for Al Franken’s SeatThe former congresswoman and failed presidential candidate is weighing a return to politics, if God gives her the go-ahead.
  15. Democrat Tina Smith Will Replace Franken in the Senate — and Wants to Run in ’18She’ll become the 22nd woman currently serving in the Senate, and is planning on running in 2018.
  16. Arizona Congressman Resigns for —Wait, What Was That Again?Though the story is still unspooling, it looks like Trent Franks may have asked female staffers to serve as birth surrogates.
  17. Franken Resigns Without Confessing Any WrongdoingAfter announcing he would step down “in the coming weeks,” Franken blasts Trump and Roy Moore for not facing such repercussions.
  18. Female Lieutenant Governor Poised to Take Franken’s SeatIf the Minnesota senator resigns, Tina Smith is expected to take his place in the Senate — but only for one year.
  19. What Precedents Will Democrats Set in Forcing Franken’s Resignation?There are some key questions Democrats should prepare for in determining how they — and the country — deal with future incidents of sexual misconduct.
  20. Democratic Senators Call on Al Franken to ResignAfter a seventh woman accused Franken of sexual harassment Wednesday, several of the senator’s colleagues called on him to step down.
  21. Woman Says Democratic Congressman Harassed Her During CampaignNevada’s Ruben Kihuen is the latest lawmaker to face allegations.
  22. Franken ‘Embarrassed and Ashamed’ Over Allegations, But Won’t Quit SenateThe senator said he’s not sure if more women will come forward.
  23. Another Sexual-Misconduct Allegation Made Against Al FrankenThis time, the allegation involves an act committed after Franken became a senator.
  24. sexual harrassment
    Can Al Franken’s Senate Career Survive?The Minnesotan doesn’t appear to be on the brink of resigning over his admitted sexual misconduct. But his career, if it continues, won’t be the same.
  25. Trump Condemns Al Franken, Still Has Nothing to Say About Roy MooreWhile he won’t discuss the GOP candidate, he speculated that the Democrat’s behavior might have been even worse, and called him a childish nickname.
  26. Radio Host Leeann Tweeden Accuses Sen. Al Franken of Kissing and Groping HerThe senator allegedly assaulted her on a USO trip in 2006.
  27. Blue-Slip Tradition, Democrats’ Best Weapon Against Right-Wing Judges, in PerilThe century-long tradition of requiring approval of judicial nominees by home-state senators could soon be scrapped under pressure from conservatives.
  28. Al Franken Warns About Potential Perils of President PenceHe opined that the “zealot” Pence might be worse on domestic policy than Trump. It’s a sign the idea of impeachment is becoming real.
  29. Sessions Executes Strategic Retreat to Recusal, But Leaves Questions UnansweredAs expected, the attorney general took himself out of the investigation of Trump campaign contacts with Russia. He also made some weird excuses.
  30. Franken Stumps Sessions on Trump’s Crazy Voter-Fraud TweetThe former SNL writer wanted to know more about the “millions of illegal votes” supposedly cast for Clinton.
  31. Why Santa Claus Isn’t JewishAl Franken thinks he might be. 
  32. In Which Al Franken Implies That Patrick Leahy Is Stoned“I know the chairman is a Deadhead.”
  33. all the president’s moves
    Watch Sixteen Politicians and Dignitaries Get Their Groove OnWho’s got the moves?
  34. important ceilings
    Al Franken Is Getting Started on His ‘Welcome Terrorists’ SignIf the debt ceiling isn’t raised, they’ll be free to enter the country whenever they want. There will be no counter-terrorism agents or border security.
  35. equal rites
    Watch Al Franken Shred Focus on the Family’s Tom Minnery on Marriage-Equality Deceit“I frankly don’t really know how we can trust the rest of your testimony if you are reading studies these ways.”
  36. party chat
    Al Franken Whispers the Tea Party, Minnesota-StyleA Minnesotan food-on-a-stick competition in Brooklyn.
  37. the new adventures of old christine
    Something Nobody Thought to Themselves While Watching Politically Incorrect in 1997When Al Franken met Christine O’Donnell.
  38. early and often
    Joe Miller Hopes Lisa Murkowski Doesn’t ‘Pull an Al Franken,’ a.k.a. Get More Votes Than HimAl Franken, you sneaky, dirty man.
  39. bons mots
    Al Franken Gets to the Heart of the Mosque ControversyMuslim point guards.
  40. al franken
    Senate Chamber Is Not Studio 8HMitch McConnell reprimands Al Franken.
  41. bill o’reilly
    Bill O’Reilly Teaches On-Air Class in Art of the Interview“You’re going to get further if you just pull back a little.”
  42. early and often
    Al Franken Draws Map of the United StatesTell us if we’re wrong to think this is kind of cool.
  43. early and awkward
    Al Franken Kind of Calls Hillary a HorseBut in a good way!
  44. early and often
    Minnesota Supreme Court Rules Al Franken Winner of Senate Race [Updated]And yet he is still not quite a senator.
  45. early and often
    Al Franken Declared Winner in Minnesota Senate RaceDoggone it, people liked him! Maybe.
  46. election hangover
    Saxby Chambliss Wins in Georgia, Senate Dems Won’t Reach 60-Seat MajorityDemocrats are sad, but Matt Drudge may need to be sedated.
  47. instant politics
    Markos Moulitsas and Alex Pareene on McCain’s Mysterious Bump, Obama and the Electoral College, and Fetishizing the Undecided VoterToday, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas and Gawker’s Alex Pareene discuss campaign lies, the movement to declaw the Electoral College, and why you shouldn’t be worried about the polls — yet.
  48. in other news
    Al Franken’s ‘New York City Problem’Is having New York City in his past a political handicap for the would-be senator? Or is it something else?
  49. in other news
    Al Franken Decides He’s Good Enough, Smart Enough to Run for SenateIt’s semi-official: Al Franken is running for the U.S. Senate from Minnesota. This info, coming from a “senior Democratic official,” retroactively explains the former Upper West Sider’s hasty exit from Air America earlier this week. (He’d already moved himself and his show back to his home state two years ago.) But those that expect the race to be a nice comic diversion from the other 2008 carnage should look elsewhere. Franken is not a novelty candidate — not that that would be a problem in Minnesota, post–Jesse Ventura — and Republicans there, rather than dusting off old Stuart Smalley clips, are already saying unfunny things like “Minnesotans will reject Franken’s divisive, scorched-earth attacks.” He was also a close friend of Minnesota’s liberal, lamented Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash in 2002; a Franken candidacy is likely to invoke the specter of the popular senator. At any rate, this should be interesting. Franken to Run for Senate in Minnesota [USAT]