Al Franken

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Big Trouble for Franken: 2nd Accuser Emerges

Lindsay Menz says senator groped her behind while posing for a photo in 2010

(Newser) - When the Al Franken sexual harassment story broke, one big question regarding his political survival was whether more women would come forward. Meet accuser No. 2: Lindsay Menz, 33, tells CNN that Franken grabbed her behind while she and the senator posed for a photo in 2010 at the Minnesota... More »

PBS Editing Franken Out of a Tribute to Letterman

Staffer says he is not resigning

(Newser) - Not too long ago, reporters were pestering Al Franken about whether he would run for president in 2020. Now the question is, will he resign from the Senate? "No," a staffer tells the Minneapolis Star-Tribune . "He is spending time with his family in Washington, D.C., and... More »

SNL Rips an Alum

Al Franken taken to task over sexual harassment

(Newser) - The sexual harassment allegations wracking virtually every segment of society predictably surfaced on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, but the New York Times notes that the man currently in the crosshairs made the show's approach "especially delicate." The show pulled no punches in the case... More »

Franken Sends Accuser a Handwritten Apology

Meanwhile, calls mount for him to resign

(Newser) - If Al Franken wanted advice on what his next steps should be in his sexual harassment scandal , there's no shortage of it. Some in his own party say he should immediately step down or risk harming the anti-harassment movement, though one self-identified feminist floats a different option: Remain in... More »

Trump Slams 'Al Frankenstein'

Groping picture is 'really bad,' he says

(Newser) - President Trump has been circumspect in his comments on Roy Moore . It's a different story with the man he has dubbed "Al Frankenstien (sic)." "The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words," Trump tweeted Thursday, referring to a photo of Sen. Al... More »

Franken Calls for Ethics Investigation Into Himself

'I don’t know what was in my head ... and it doesn’t matter. There's no excuse'

(Newser) - Sen. Al Franken initially deflected, saying he was attempting to be funny, after being accused Thursday of groping Leeann Tweeden , a radio host who says the then-comedian grabbed her breasts during a flight home from a 2006 USO tour after forcing a kiss on her during a skit. USA Today... More »

Woman Alleges Al Franken Groped Her, Shares Photo

Leeann Tweeden describes alleged 2006 assault

(Newser) - A radio host and former Playboy playmate says Sen. Al Franken assaulted her—and unlike some women coming forward with similar tales about other high-profile figures, Leeann Tweeden offered proof. In a first-person account at KABC , Tweeden says she was groped in December 2006 when she and the Democratic senator... More »

Some Fear Trump Is Meddling in Merger to Target CNN

Sen. Brian Schatz wants an investigation amid allegations that DOJ wants network sold

(Newser) - Lawmakers are calling for an investigation into possible "political interference" amid accusations that the Justice Department is pushing for the sale of CNN before it will approve AT&T's merger with Time Warner. Sources tell Politico the DOJ gave the companies an "ultimatum" Monday demanding they drop... More »

After Slur, Franken Cancels Appearance on Maher Show

Spokesman says he was glad to see apology

(Newser) - Sen. Al Franken has a new book to promote, but he won't be doing so on Bill Maher's Real Time: The Democrat has confirmed that he has canceled his Friday appearance because of Maher's use of the n-word in an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse last week,... More »

Kathy Griffin to 'Respond to Bullying' From Trumps Today

She'll hold a presser with her attorney Friday morning

(Newser) - "I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far," Kathy Griffin said on Tuesday regarding the "too disturbing" photo of her holding President Trump's severed head, and she's scheduled to end the week by addressing the photo flap a second time. Variety reports the comedian... More »

Dems Pounce on Gorsuch's 'Frozen Trucker' Ruling

Al Franken says his opinion was 'absurd'

(Newser) - It is being called the "Frozen Trucker" case, and it has sparked debate amid Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. As a federal appeals court judge last year, Gorsuch dissented from a ruling in favor of a trucker fired for abandoning a broken-down trailer in freezing temperatures in... More »

Al Franken: Jeff Sessions Perjured Himself

He wants AG to explain himself before committee

(Newser) - Senate Judiciary Committee member Al Franken thinks Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed perjury during his confirmation hearings—and he wants him to explain himself in another appearance before the committee. With his failure to disclose talks with Russia's ambassador under questioning, "it's hard to come to any... More »

Democrats, This Is Your 2020 Savior

'National Journal' columnist makes the case

(Newser) - One school of thought among Democrats is that they should borrow from the book of Trump and go with more of a celebrity than a traditional politician in 2020. Well, how about a little bit of both? At the National Journal , Josh Kraushaar makes the case for Al Franken as... More »

Trump Health Pick 'Offended' by Questions About Stocks

Tom Price grilled by Franken, Warren

(Newser) - Donald Trump's choice for health secretary declared himself to be "offended" by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's questions about his investments during Wednesday's Senate Health Committee hearing. Warren was one of numerous Democrats who pressed Rep. Tom Price about his stock transactions in health care companies, the Washington ... More »

DeVos: Schools Might Need Guns to Defend Against Bears

She defends school choice in testy Senate hearing

(Newser) - Education Secretary hopeful Betsy DeVos was peppered with questions from time-limited Democrats during a testy Senate hearing Tuesday, and the exchange getting the most attention involves bears. When Sen. Chris Murphy asked if she believes that there's no place for guns in school, she referred to a school in... More »

Sarah Silverman: The DNC Said 'No' to One Joke

She acknowledges she can be a bit 'obnoxious'

(Newser) - Sarah Silverman drew one of the biggest cheers of Monday night at the Democratic National Convention when she told Bernie Sanders diehards they were "being ridiculous." But there was one line the Democratic National Committee informed the comedian she couldn't deliver during her speech, she tells the... More »

Silverman to Bernie Diehards: 'You're Being Ridiculous'

Listen up, Bernie or Bust crowd

(Newser) - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and comedian Sarah Silverman introduced Paul Simon before his performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," with Silverman giving an impassioned speech about how she was a Bernie Sanders supporter, yet how Hillary Clinton had "heard the passion of the people" and incorporated it... More »

Al Franken Isn't Joking About Retaking Senate

He's good enough. He's smart enough. And doggone it, he raises a lot of money

(Newser) - In 1995, Stuart saved his family . Twenty years later, he's hoping he can do the same for Senate Democrats. Politico reports Saturday Night Live alumnus and current senator Al Franken is using his celebrity status to a greater extent than ever before to help Democrats retake the Senate in... More »

Al Franken Pushing to Make College Textbooks Free

Minnesota senator co-sponsoring bill that would give access to online resources

(Newser) - Al Franken knows how ridiculous the cost of college textbooks can be, and he want to do something about it. That's why the Minnesota senator and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin on Thursday introduced the Affordable College Textbook Act, a bill that would give grants to higher-ed institutions so they... More »

VA Boss Writes Op-Ed Amidst Howls for His Head

Democrats join in bashing Shinseki

(Newser) - The calls for Eric Shinseki to resign are getting deafening, but the Veterans Affairs secretary doesn't sound like a man on the edge in an op-ed posted this morning at USA Today . Shinseki writes that yesterday's revelations "are reprehensible to me and to this department, and we... More »

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