Image Via YouTubeAl Franken does the honors during Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation vote.Solicitor General Elena Kagan was confirmed for the Supreme Court this afternoon and Minnesota freshman Sen. Al Franken gaveled the vote to a close by declaring "the nomination is confirmed." The vote wa ... More >>
Photo: David SalafiaMinnesota pols hope that what they say in Vegas will travel far and wideWhat happens in Vegas with Michele Bachmann, Tarryl Clark and Al Franken will almost certainly not stay in Vegas, and that's the way they want it. Bachmann's slated as an attention grabber for the Rig ... More >>
We don't know if how many convicted felons actually, really and truly voted illegally and flipped the 2008 U.S. Senate race for Democrat Al Franken. And frankly, we're a little skeptical about taking a Republican pressure group's "research" at face value over the matter. Not so Tim Pawlenty. ... More >>
Image via FacebookA serious constitutionalist, or "the knee-jerk liberal everyone thought he would be?"Al Franken's doodling and dozing at Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearings last week created some web buzz and the usual criticisms of Senator Smalley. But when it came time for F ... More >>
Screen grab via YouTubeFranken took some interesting notes as Elena Kagan testifiedHe's a cut up, a brawler and a napper. And it turns out Sen. Al Franken is also a pretty good doodler. Waiting his turn to question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan before the Senate Judiciary Committee yeste ... More >>
Franken is going to bat for KaganThe U.S. Supreme Court has become a safe haven for the rich and powerful as part of a careful conservative campaign, and a dead end for regular folks with grievances, Sen. Al Franken said on the Senate floor yesterday (video after the jump). He invoked the ca ... More >>
Photo: Aaron Landry/FlickrJess McIntosh and Al FrankenSen. Al Franken has now lost a key staffer at his Capitol Hill offices. Jess McIntosh, his spokeswoman for three years, says she's moving on to deputy communications director with EMILY'S List, a national Democratic abortion rights group. ... More >>
Franken says GLBT students deserve the same protections as anyone elseIt ought to be illegal to bully a school student based on sexuality. That's the the gist of legislation introduced today by Sen. Al Franken. "Our nation's civil rights laws protect our children from bullying due to race, ... More >>
Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voiced strong support this morning for President Barack Obama's nomination this morning of Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next justice for the U.S. Supreme Court. Both senators sit on the judiciary committee, wh ... More >>
Coco's bringing serious funny for a funny senatorIt's another sign that once oh-so-serious Sen. Al Franken is lightening up: Conan O'Brien has been booked for an invitation-only Franken fundraiser on May 17 at the Mount Curve Avenue home of Gloria Finley and Robert Levine. The following nigh ... More >>
Conservative activist Jason Mattera tries to sandbag Sen. Al Franken, insisting that there's "$7 billion to fund jungle gyms" in the health car bill. Franken tells him he has to "shut up right now." And that line about $7 billion for monkey bars? Mattera's spouting fiction.
Fits of pique reinforced Franken's image as a champion of the liberal left, but now he plays squash with Republicans.
Al Franken grants Roll Call his first major interview with a national publication.
Ironically, Comcast donated $5,000 to Franken's recount fund, helping to propel him into the Senate.
This is not news: Both sides of the abortion debate are dug in tighter than a stubborn mule. Here's a perfect example.
The giant defense contractor is already the object of scorn for profiteering off the war in Iraq with amoral abandon.
The right wing echo chamber is already assuming that a close election will automatically be stolen by Democrats.
The freshman senator again wades into the culture wars.
The news opens one more chapter in the contentious dispute over the legitimacy of the 2008 election results.
Franken said he was moved to act after hearing the story of a KBR employee who alleges she was gang-raped by others in the company while posted in Baghdad.
Reminder: Nothing ever dies on the Internet. Addendum: If it doesn't die, it may come back to bite you.
The junior senator from Minnesota makes life rough for Sen. Joe Lieberman during the health care debate.
Franken didn't let his freshman status in the U.S. Senate get in the way of a pointed critique of South Dakota Sen. John Thune on Monday evening.
It's the second time in recent weeks that Minnesota's junior senator has taken up traditionally feminist causes.
Weekend Update it's not: Minnesota's junior senator prefers to let his handlers do the talking.
Apparently most senators are scared to death of trying to draw the state they represent or they are pretending they are more important.
Al Franken is giving GOP senators fits because he's making it look as though they don't care about victims of rape.
Sen. Al Franken has had enough with the airlines messing up in Minnesota.
The senator from Minnesota is not to be trifled with on healthcare.
Sen. Dan Inouye, a Hawaii Democrat, might remove or change the amendment that passed the Senate a couple weeks ago.
Republicans were called "pro-rape" for voting against Franken's amendment, but what about the Department of Defense and the White House? They were against it too.
The amendment stops defense contractors from receiving federal funding if they use mandatory arbitration clauses that prevent victims of assault from going to court.
Sen. Al Franken pulled out his familiar, but still impressive, trick at he Minnesota State Fair last week.
Al Franken canceled a fundraiser tonight that was supposed to be hosted by a guy convicted of theft-by-swindle. Oops.
Two weeks into the job, SurveyUSA asked Minnesotans if they approved or disapproved of his work so far as senator. Here's what the poll found.
Maybe Al Franken learned his lesson when he let this seemingly innocent baby too close.
In our new social media column, we look at Franken and Digg. Do those heartless Diggers care? Maybe not.
Sonia Sotomayor was finally stumped by our very own Sen. Al Franken.
We have to admit Franken's first day questioning Sotomayor was "pretty cool".
In Sen. Al Franken's first vote as an elected official for Minnesota, he rejected a White House proposal to dump some terrorism funding.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee is pulling some online fear mongering with Al Franken's swearing-in today. The country is going to crumble in front of our eyes, they say.
If you're a political nut who has spent an unfortunate amount of time following Minnesota's U.S. Senate race unfold, it would only be fitting to see it officially end today with Al Franken's swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Did this more than eight-month battle just end with an oath and signature? It sure did.
We know you were too busy watching Michael Jackson's casket travel all over L.A. today from one service to the next.
Franken is too serious for his own good and wants to be sure everyone knows it. We sent another boring white guy to the Senate.
Vice President Biden will administer the oath of office and Franken will be accompanied by former Vice President Walter Mondale and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Al Franken, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar and other local politicians, rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday to celebrate his long-awaited win of the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Al Franken, who will likely be sworn in as Minnesota senator next week, has all eyes on him, even those pesky lobbyists who see him as potentially naive and impressionable.
The office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Senator-elect Al Franken is tentatively scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday at noon.
There were only a couple hours between the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling and Al Franken's victory speech, but the crowds made it to his downtown Minneapolis for his announcement.