Al Franken

  • leader Sep 25, 2019

    Al Franken to Make Return on Weekly SiriusXM Radio Show

    Al Franken, who resigned his U.S. Senate seat in 2017 amid sexual misconduct charges, will re-emerge into the public sphere on Saturday when he starts a new weekly radio show on the SiriusXM satellite service. The Minnesota Democrat is perhaps the most prominent public figure felled by the #MeToo movement to step back into public life. He said he has...

  • Senate Aug 25, 2019

    Former US Sen. Al Franken Tests Welcome on Speaking Circuit

    Former U.S. Sen. Al Franken is testing his welcome on the speaking circuit as he takes more steps into public life after sexual misconduct allegations derailed his political career. The Star Tribune reports that tickets went on sale Friday for “An Evening with Al Franken” Oct. 2 at Revolution Hall in Portland, Oregon. The hall says Franken will share behind-the-scenes...

  • Donald Trump Jul 23, 2019

    Gillibrand: Female Senators Unfairly Blamed for Franken Exit

    Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand said Monday that she doesn’t regret calling for Al Franken’s resignation from the Senate and that female senators are being blamed for it in a way their male colleagues are not.

  • George W. Bush Jul 12, 2019

    Incoming Acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella Under Scrutiny for Work With Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff

    Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will take the helm of the department following the resignation Friday of Alex Acosta, who faced scrutiny over his role in prosecuting alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago. But Pizzella, currently deputy Labor secretary, has his own controversial past that will likely come to the fore. Democratic senators and civil...

  • Minnesota Jul 12, 2019

    Incoming Acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella Under Scrutiny for Work With Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff

    Incoming acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will take the helm of the department following the resignation Friday of Alex Acosta, who faced scrutiny over his role in prosecuting alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago. But Pizzella, currently deputy Labor secretary, has his own controversial past that will likely come to the fore. Democratic senators and civil...

  • Donald Trump Apr 14, 2019

    Sen. Gillibrand Raises $3M in First Quarter for 2020 Race

    Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand said Sunday that her campaign has raised more than $3 million in the first quarter.

  • New York Mar 11, 2019

    Gillibrand Mishandled Sexual Harassment Complaint, Former Aide Says

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has positioned herself as an advocate for women. She led the charge calling for former Sen. Al Franken’s, D-Minn., resignation after he was accused of sexual misconduct in 2017, a decision that still haunts her political prospects among some donors today. And she has been an outspoken figure in the #MeToo movement, pushing for legislation on...

  • Donald Trump Feb 3, 2019

    Racist Yearbook Photo Becomes a Test for 2020 Democrats

    A racist photo tied to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam spurred the first major test for how Democratic presidential hopefuls will address racial tensions that have polarized American life. Nearly every major declared and potential Democratic candidate called for Northam’s resignation after disclosure of the photo, which shows one person in blackface and another hooded in white Klan regalia. Their reactions...

  • Feb 19, 2019

    Trump Administration Launches Global Effort to End Criminalization of Homosexuality

    The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it’s still illegal to be gay, NBC News reported. The effort is aimed in part at denouncing Iran over its human rights record. Led by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the administration and an...

  • Donald Trump Jan 16, 2019

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Jumps Into 2020 Presidential Race

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand entered the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders Tuesday, telling television host Stephen Colbert that she’s launching an exploratory committee.

  • NBC Dec 6, 2018

    Senior Adviser to Sen. Kamala Harris Resigns After Report of $400,000 Sexual Harassment Settlement

    Larry Wallace resigned as a senior adviser to Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Wednesday after a report of a $400,000 sexual harassment settlement over an incident alleged to have taken place while he worked for Harris in California in 2016. A spokeswoman for Harris told NBC News it was unaware of the settlement, reported by The Sacramento Bee, and said...

  • Donald Trump Nov 3, 2018

    Many Women Ran For Office, Will They Win in Record Numbers?

    Gender politics have been a defining issue of this election cycle, beginning back with the mobilization by women against the victory and inauguration of President Donald Trump. But it’s not clear whether the #MeToo movement — and the controversy that sometimes surrounds it — will translate into political success for either party on Tuesday. More women than ever before won...

  • Commissioner Nov 1, 2018

    ‘Trump Democrats' Give GOP Hope for a Midterm Win in Minnesota

    For much of her life, Jacqueline Koski considered herself a Democrat. The Minnesotan almost always backed the party down the ballot. She voted for President Barack Obama twice. During the 2016 primary she threw her support behind U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders, an independent vying for the Democratic nomination. But after Hillary Clinton won the nomination, the 52-year-old store owner started...

  • Donald Trump Oct 10, 2018

    Early Voting Begins as Midterms Season Enters Final Phase

    Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump’s social media posts. Yet in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast. Voting machines are set up inside city buildings. A series of get-out-the-vote rallies is scheduled. And each party is...

  • Grammy Sep 26, 2018

    Cosby Defense Vows Appeal; Publicist Decries Justice System

    A publicist for once-beloved actor Bill Cosby complained that his conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault Tuesday stem from a racist and sexist justice system, as the defense vowed to appeal the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Cosby, 81, was spending his first night alone in a Pennsylvania prison after being accustomed to a...

  • Attorney Sep 25, 2018

    Minnesota Democratic Chairman Says Ellison Probe Wrapping Up

    Minnesota’s Democratic Party chairman said Monday that he expects an investigation of allegations of physical abuse against Rep. Keith Ellison to be completed and released soon, well ahead of the November election. A former long-term girlfriend accused Ellison of physical abuse last month, just days ahead of his victory in the crowded Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general. Karen Monahan...

  • Donald Trump Sep 11, 2018

    Will a ‘Saturday Night Live' Makeover Rescue the Emmys?

    Excited about Monday’s 70th Emmy Awards? Probably not. That’s an educated guess based on shrinking interest in entertainment’s back-slapping ceremonies generally and television’s biggest night in particular.

  • Donald Trump Aug 15, 2018

    Primary Night: Dems Pick ‘Firsts,' GOP Votes With Trump

    Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump. In Vermont, Democrats rallied behind the nation’s first transgender nominee for governor. Minnesota Democrats backed a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress....

  • Donald Trump Aug 15, 2018

    Ellison Wins Minnesota Attorney General Democratic Primary

    Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and first Muslim elected to Congress, won his party’s nomination Tuesday for Minnesota attorney general in a race clouded in the final days by an ex-girlfriend’s allegation of domestic abuse. The allegation surfaced the weekend before Tuesday’s primary when the son of Ellison’s former girlfriend, Karen Monahan, posted on...

  • Attorney Apr 27, 2018

    Bill Cosby Could Spend Rest of His Life in Prison for Sex Assault in Montgomery County

    After decades of whispers, lawsuits, investigations and close calls, Bill Cosby could be headed to prison at age 80 for the rest of his life, in a verdict seen as vindication by a multitude of women who doubted anyone would ever believe their word against that of America’s Dad.

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