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why does president trump bother al franken? senator says he hates 'lying'


sen. al franken says he hates liars, per his new book 'al franken, giant of the senate.'        






impeach trump and you’d get ‘zealot’ pence, franken says


if donald trump were impeached, as some democrats would like, mike pence “would be worse” for domestic policy than the current president, u.s. sen. al franken told international business times. but the vice president would be less dangerous on foreign policy, said franken. franken made the comments in an interview with ibt during a stop on…






radio host alleges sen. al franken forcibly kissed her during uso tour in 2006


a los angeles radio host says democratic sen. al franken forcibly kissed her during a 2006 uso tour. the host says franken posed for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept.leeann tweeden accuses minnesota's franken in an essay on the website of california radio station kabc, where she anchors a morning talk show. tweeden says franken wrote a skit for the pair during a 2006 uso tour to the middle east and insisted they practice a kiss during rehearsal.tweeden says she tried to resist but says franken forced himself on her and stuck his tongue in her mouth. a copy of the photo is posted with the article.franken's staff has not yet responded to a request for comment.






‘ted is a toxic co-worker’ al franken jokes ted cruz ‘microwaves fish for lunch’


there was yet another battle in the ongoing war of words between senator al franken (d-minnesota) and senator ted cruz (r-texas).franken, the only saturday night live alumn serving in congress, has once again delivered a devastating joke aimed at the junior senator from texas.“ted is a toxic co-worker,” franken said at a town hall covered by the hill. “he’s the guy who microwaves fish for lunch.”senator franken reportedly added that his colleagues, “greatest accomplishment is getting the government to shutdown.”senator cruz has been frustrated to be on the receiving end of quips from a former professional comedian. cruz tried to make a “covfefe” joke, but it fell flat. cruz however did get attention for saying franken is “obnoxious and insulting.”in his new book, al franken, giant of the s






al franken unloads on mitch mcconnell — who he blames for health care ‘disaster’


msnbc’s joe scarborough tried to tell sen. al franken (d-mn) that majority leader mitch mcconnell (r-ky) isn’t to blame for the dysfunction in washington, d.c. franken wasn’t having it.“the fact that mcconnell is going to a group of 13 republicans behind closed doors, that to me is the very wrong way to do it,” franken said about the gop plans for health care. “this is a disaster, what came from the house anyway. i think this needs to be opened in a bipartisan way. i don’t think they are going to get the 50. he has said that; he doesn’t know if they will get the 50. i hope they start sooner rather than later. this is incredibly important.”franken, who sits on the senate health, education and labor committee, told scarborough he wants it to be bipartisan after the “morning joe” host wondere






al franken unloads on mitch mcconnell — who he blames for health care ‘disaster’


facebook, politics, trump news, u.s. newsal franken unloads on mitch mcconnell — who he blames for health care ‘disaster’sarah k. burris31 may 2017 at 08:01 etmsnbc’s joe scarborough tried to tell sen. al franken (d-mn) that majority leader mitch mcconnell (r-ky) isn’t to blame for the dysfunction in washington, d.c. franken wasn’t having it.“the fact that mcconnell is going to a group of 13 republicans behind closed doors, that to me is the very wrong way to do it,” franken said about the gop plans for health care. “this is a disaster, what came from the house anyway. i think this needs to be opened in a bipartisan way. i don’t think they are going to get the 50. he has said that; he doesn’t know if they will get the 50. i hope they start sooner rather than later. this is incredibly impor






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best of california cartoons for february


here is a collection of california-related cartoons by illustrator tom meyer looking back to the month of february. the subjects of these cartoons include the immense rainfall, the oroville dam situation, the oscars, gov. jerry brown, attorney general xavier becerra and, yes, president donald trump, among others.






why the 1980s and 90s were the golden age of saturday morning cartoons


if you are a child of the 1980s or the 1990s, then you know the glory of saturday morning cartoons. this video explores what made them so great.full story at youtube.more about cartoons. posted by josh urich






best of california cartoons for june


here is a collection of california-related cartoons for the month of june by cartoonist tom meyer, anything from donald trump to china or kamala harris, jerry brown, nancy pelosi and more.click here if you’re having trouble viewing this photo gallery on your mobile device.see more editorial cartoons on flipboard.






sen. al franken mocks ‘gullible’ trump after president’s china tweet interrupts


a discussion on the state of trumpcare in the senate was thrown off course after the latest tweet from president donald trump.senator al franken (d-mn) was discussing the dynamics of the pending senate vote on trumpcare when msnbc’s katy tur mentioned president trump had tweeted his thoughts.“breaking news, he tweeted?” senator franken quipped.the host then read the tweet to franken and asked for his reaction.while i greatly appreciate the efforts of president xi & china to help with north korea, it has not worked out. at least i know china tried!— donald j. trump (@realdonaldtrump) june 20, 2017“i don’t know why he put the exclamation point on there,” franken critiqued. “i don’t think he knows that.”“may i say that the president might be gullible when it comes to china,” franken wondered,






st. paul woman, 94, fulfills wish of a lifetime – meeting al franken


when helen nemer found out she'd been nominated to have a longtime wish granted, the 94-year-old lifelong minnesota resident thought about it and decided she wanted a party with her family.think bigger, she was urged."so she said, 'you know, i'd love to meet al franken,' " recalled nemer's daughter, candy malinoff of mendota heights.franken's office quickly obliged, and before long, boom — saturday morning arrived with u.s. sen. al franken, d-minn., stopping by nemer's home at the shaller family sholom east campus in st. paul.franken spent about two hours with nemer and her family, first chatting privately, then mugging for the cameras.at one point, someone put a dog named dottie that belonged to a franken staffer in nemer's lap to pose with the senator. then franken joined nemer and famil






tweeden says franken sent her a personal apology about photo


the woman who reported that sen. al franken kissed and groped at her without permission in 2006 said friday that he has sent her a personal letter of apology.leeann tweeden, a los angeles radio personality, appeared on the syndicated talk show “the view” on friday morning where she read from what she said was a personal letter from franken, a minnesota democrat.“ ‘there’s no excuse and i understand why you would feel violated by that photo,’ ” tweeden said franken wrote to her, in reference to a photograph from a uso tour they both went on that showed franken reaching at tweeden’s chest. she said he also forced a kiss on her while they were rehearsing a comedy skit.tweeden’s account, and franken’s ensuing public apology and request to be investigated by the senate ethics committee, riveted






sen. franken faces ethics probe after radio anchor says he forcibly kissed, grop


franken, who has been married for more than 40 years, drew criticism during his first senate campaign for joking about rape while discussing a sketch idea during his days at nbc-tv. franken said then that he regretted some of the things he had written, and said he respected women "in both my personal and professional life."associated press writers kyle potter and amy forliti in minneapolis contributed to this story.






al franken spells out why he ‘hates ted cruz’


senator al franken is said to return to his roots as a saturday night live alum with a new book, set to be released next tuesday.al franken, giant of the senate is the latest literary endeavor for the second term senator. previous franken books have reached to top of bestseller lists.“i like ted cruz more than most of my other colleagues like ted cruz,” franken quipped about his colleagues. “and i hate ted cruz.”according to susan page of usa today, the entire chapter titled “sophistry,” is devoted to senator cruz and describes him as “singularly dishonest” and “exceptionally smarmy.” franken, though, has his reasons for disparaging his senate colleague.“i have to say, he’s an exception to my rule, which is you basically have a rule that if you have a conversation with somebody and it make






sen. al franken and the absurdity of d.c.


the minnesota senator and comedian al franken stops in at a sold-out town hall june 16 to talk about his book, “al franken: giant of the senate,” which is being lauded as required reading.on the morning i was to speak to sen. al franken of minnesota, i did a quick scan of the most-read stories on the new york times’ website.there was one about jared kushner’s connection to the russians. a column about president donald trump titled “the gateway degenerate.” a story about the trump coat of arms. oh, and tiger woods’ dui arrest.and there, at the center of the page under the “books” section was an illustration of franken, his face turned to the story list, seeming to smile at the absurdity of it all.author appearanceal franken: giant of the senate7:30 p.m., friday, june 16, town hall seattle,






al franken likes elizabeth warren. ted cruz? not so much


franken dishes on friends and foes in senate        






sen. al franken mocks ‘gullible’ trump after president’s china tweet interrupts


facebook, trump newssen. al franken mocks ‘gullible’ trump after president’s china tweet interrupts msnbc interviewbob brigham20 jun 2017 at 16:06 eta discussion on the state of trumpcare in the senate was thrown off course after the latest tweet from president donald trump.senator al franken (d-mn) was discussing the dynamics of the pending senate vote on trumpcare when msnbc’s katy tur mentioned president trump had tweeted his thoughts.“breaking news, he tweeted?” senator franken quipped.the host then read the tweet to franken and asked for his reaction.“i don’t know why he put the exclamation point on there,” franken critiqued. “i don’t think he knows that.”“may i say that the president might be gullible when it comes to china,” franken wondered, with a shrug of his shoulders. “might be






st. paul woman, 94, fulfills wish of a lifetime – meeting sen. franken


when helen nemer found out she’d been nominated to have a longtime wish granted, the 94-year-old lifelong minnesota resident thought about it, and decided she wanted a party with her family.think bigger, she was urged.“so she said, ‘you know, i’d love to meet al franken,’” recalled nemer’s daughter, candy malinoff of mendota heights.franken’s office quickly obliged, and before long, boom — saturday morning arrived with u.s. sen. al franken, d-minn., stopping by nemer’s home at the shaller family shalom east campus in st. paul.franken spent about two hours with nemer and her family, first chatting privately, then mugging for the cameras — someone put a dog named dottie that belonged to a franken staffer in nemer’s lap at one point to pose with the senator — before retiring again for a quiet






al franken unloads on ted cruz for ‘trying to impugn’ his integrity in heated se


sen. al franken (d – mn) was not happy with sen. ted cruz (r – tx) for allegedly impugning his integrity — and on wednesday, he let the world hear about it during a heated exchange with his fellow senators.at issue was the fact that cruz had accused franken of misrepresenting the civil rights record of sen. jeff sessions (r – al), who is now in the process of being confirmed as president trump’s nominee for attorney general.during a speech in the senate on wednesday, franken took time to correct the record to show that it was cruz who had misrepresented the facts. among other things, he noted that cruz had falsely claimed that 1986 testimony about sessions making racially insensitive remarks had been recanted, when in fact it hadn’t.franken’s colleague sen. john cornyn (r – tx) objected to






al franken jabs trump over investigations


in an abc news’ “powerhouse politics” podcast, sen. al franken (d-mn) took some shots at president donald trump while admitting that he is not interested in running for president himself.speaking with host rick klein, franken touched on a range of subjects, and pointedly said that trump and white house officials appear to be acting like the charges against them are true.“all the trump people are acting in a way that — they aren’t acting like people who have nothing to hide,” franken said, before quipping, “there are some very suspicious things there and we may get to the point where we’re asking ‘what did the president know, and when did his son-in-law tell him?’”franken also smacked down senate republicans for hiding their trumpcare plans from the rest of the senate, calling it a “sham.”“






al franken mixes humor, politics at printers row lit fest


the audience in a sold-out gymnasium clutched their copies of "al franken, giant of the senate" as the tribune's commentary editor marcia lythcott quoted franken's affirmation from his days as stuart smalley on "saturday night live." "i'm good enough," she said. "i'm smart enough." then the audience joined in. "and doggone it, people like me."the mantra proved true as ever for sen. al franken, who preached to his choir saturday afternoon about his new book, in between bookended standing ovations. franken was joined by the tribune's publisher and editor-in-chief bruce dold to talk about his d.c.-by-way-of-30-rock journey. dold jumped right in with questions about president donald trump in the wake of the comey testimony. franken said that it all may come down to, "what did the president kno






the latest: franken: doesn't remember forcing kiss on tour


st. paul, minn. — the latest on an allegation of sexual harassment against minnesota sen. al franken (all times local):10:25 a.m.minnesota sen. al franken says he doesn't remember a uso tour skit "in the same way" as a fellow performer who alleges he kissed her against her will. he also says he shouldn't have posed for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept.los angeles radio anchor leeann tweeden accused franken on thursday of improper conduct during a tour entertaining troops in 2006. tweeden wrote in an online essay that franken insisted on rehearsing a skit that included a kiss between the characters, and that he forced his tongue into her mouth.franken said in a statement that he sends his "sincerest apologies" to tweeden.tweeden also wrote that she later discovered that fr






snl’s jeff sessions faces off with al franken to explain why he met with the rus


snl regular kate mckinnon reprised her attorney general jeff sessions impersonation on weekend update, in a face to face meeting with fellow cast member alex moffat playing sen. al franken — and then proceeded to dodge questions once again about meeting with the russians.“always a pleasure to see you, al,” sessions told franken, who replied, “the pleasure is mine. this ordeal has been fun for everyone.”“al and i are actually great friends,” the attorney general explains, adding he took franken whitewater rafting on the chattahoochee river, and that franken taught him about “jew stuff.”turning to sessions’ testimony in his confirmation hearings, sessions explained, “it is true that you caught old ‘brer’ sessions in a liar patch again.”franken then asked sessions to place his hand on a bible






watch bill o’reilly lose it when al franken exposes him as a liar during vintage


before he was a u.s. senator, al franken wrote a book called lies and the lying liars who tell them: a fair and balanced look at the right, a satirical book that excoriated conservatives in the media.in 2003, he faced off with one of the subjects of the book, the infamous bill o’reilly, during a panel discussion at the author event bookexpo. o’reilly and franken both spoke on the panel, beginning with the fox news host, who promised he doesn’t “call anybody a liar” and doesn’t lie himself—as evidenced by the fact that his show doesn’t retract things.“if i’m going to be accused of being a liar, you better have something there,” o’reilly said to franken before the future senator spoke.and speak he did. franked delivered a smackdown of o’reilly, describing a time the fox news host claimed he






dismay, confusion follow franken's apology for behavior


supporters, political allies and former employees of u.s. sen. al franken responded with dismay, confusion and support friday following his public apology for unwanted kissing and groping of a woman in 2006.some distanced themselves from the democratic senator, including a minnesota rape survivor who said she no longer wants franken to sponsor legislation she has championed to aid sexual assault survivors. at the same time, a group of eight women who worked for franken in recent years released a letter of support stating that he always “treated us with the utmost respect.”the franken revelations also created a divide in the state’s democratic-farmer-labor party toward a man who has been one of its most high-profile elected officials since he joined the u.s. senate in 2009. two dfl candidat






watch live: sen. al franken in conversation with tribune editor-in-chief bruce d


see kareem abdul-jabbar, al franken and more at the 2017 printers row lit fest. tickets available now!breaking newslive: sen. al franken in conversation with tribune editor bruce doldlife & style books share events on the cubecopyright © 2017, chicago tribune89°






the latest: 2 gubernatorial candidates ask franken to resign


st. paul, minn. — the latest on sexual harassment allegations against minnesota sen. al franken (all times local):7:40 a.m.two democratic gubernatorial candidates in minnesota are calling on u.s. sen. al franken to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment.state auditor rebecca otto and state rep. erin murphy issued statements saying their fellow democrat should lead by example and step down. otto calls franken a friend, but says "we can't have a double standard."gov. mark dayton, u.s. sen. amy klobuchar and other top minnesota democrats have called for an ethics investigation but stopped short of asking franken to resign.los angeles radio news anchor leeann tweeden alleged thursday that franken forcibly kissed her during a skit rehearsal when they were on a 2006 uso tour. tweeden also






watch bill o’reilly lose it when al franken exposes him as a liar during vintage


before he was a u.s. senator, al franken was the author of lies and the lying liars who tell them: a fair and balanced look at the right, a satirical book that excoriated conservative media.in 2003, he faced off with one of the subjects of his book, the infamous bill o’reilly, during a panel discussion at the author event bookexpo. o’reilly and franken both spoke on the panel, beginning with the fox news host, who promised he doesn’t “call anybody a liar” and doesn’t lie himself—as evidenced by the fact that his show doesn’t retract things.“if i’m going to be accused of being a liar, you better have something there,” o’reilly said to franken before the future senator spoke.and speak he did. franken delivered a brutal smackdown of o’reilly, describing a time the fox news host claimed he won






sen. al franken shares candid thoughts about president donald trump


sen. al franken, d-minn., said friday night that his republican senate colleagues privately express “great concern” about president donald trump’s temperament, and he joked about the gop eventually impeaching trump.on “real time with bill maher,” maher asked franken what republicans really say behind closed doors.franken joked: “well, there’s a range in what they’ll say, and some will say that he’s not right mentally. and some are harsher.”“no, no. that’s not fair. that was cheap,” he continued. “there are some who i guess don’t talk to me.”franken then got a bit more serious. “i haven’t heard a lot of good things, and i’ve heard great concern about the president’s temperament,” he said.maher responded: “that’s very diplomatic of you.”to which franken said with a smile: “not very, was it?






i’ve cut sessions ‘some slack’ but ‘he perjured himself’ during his conformation


appearing on cnn’s the lead, democratic senator al franken (mn) said he has given jeff sessions “some slack” in the past for his evasive answers about meeting with russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, but that he now feels the attorney general committed perjury.hours after franken battled with sen. chuck grassley (r-ia) over whether franken’s asking about russian involvement during sessions’ confirmation hearings was a “gotcha question,” the minnesota senator said he’s now at his limit.speaking with host jake tapper, franken said he is past the point of pretending that sessions misunderstood his question during the hearings and is growing uninterested in waiting for sessions’ written explanation. .“listen, i’ve been cutting him a lot of slack. i’ve been refusing to say that he l






i’ve cut sessions ‘some slack’ but ‘he perjured himself’ during his confirmation


appearing on cnn’s the lead, democratic senator al franken (mn) said he has given jeff sessions “some slack” in the past for his evasive answers about meeting with russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, but that he now feels the attorney general committed perjury.hours after franken battled with sen. chuck grassley (r-ia) over whether franken’s asking about russian involvement during sessions’ confirmation hearings was a “gotcha question,” the minnesota senator said he’s now at his limit.speaking with host jake tapper, franken said he is past the point of pretending that sessions misunderstood his question during the hearings and is growing uninterested in waiting for sessions’ written explanation. .“listen, i’ve been cutting him a lot of slack. i’ve been refusing to say that he l






franken apologizes after accused of groping


sen. al franken issued an extended apology and called for a senate ethics investigation into his behavior during a 2006 uso tour, when a los angeles radio personality said he kissed and groped her without her consent.leeann tweeden published her account of what happened morning on the website of kabc radio in los angeles, setting off a firestorm of criticism and calls for franken to face a senate ethics investigation. condemnation poured in from minnesota gov. mark dayton, franken’s colleagues and his supporters. franken joined the criticism himself on thursday afternoon.“i am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and i will gladly cooperate,” franken said his second statement of the day, apologizing but reiterating that he does not remember the incident — a kiss tweeden said






al franken reveals trump tax cut for 400 people would fund medicaid for 750,000


sen. al franken (d-mn) on monday asserted that the republican health care plan was “cruel” because it would take health care away from 750,000 people and give the savings to just 400 of the wealthiest taxpayers. “the top 400 hundred people in terms of tax cuts here, the amount of money they’ll get in tax cuts would pay for medicaid for 750,000 people,” franken explained to a panel of guests on msnbc’s morning joe. citing a survey in the new england journal of medicine, franken pointed out that “one to two thousand people will die if you cut 750,000 people from medicaid.”“so that means you are killing one to two thousand — killing them!” he added. “people on medicaid have better health care outcomes, they have access to a doctor. they don’t have to have catastrophic costs, they don’t go ban






a sarcastic al franken ‘can’t imagine’ what mueller would do to get fired from s


shortly after news broke that president donald trump is reportedly considering firing special prosecutor robert mueller, msnbc host chris matthews welcomed sen. al franken (d-mn) onto his show to discuss the liberal senator’s reaction to the possibility.“he’s fired one, comey, who was leading the investigation,” franken said, referencing former fbi director james comey, who trump fired in the midst of the russia collusion investigation.“robert mueller is widely-respected. i can’t imagine what he would do to legitimately open himself to being fired, frankly,” franken said with a laugh.“doing his job, maybe,” matthews retorted.“trump and the people around him are not acting like people who have nothing to hide,” franken concluded.watch the entire exchange below, via msnbc.






franken apologizes to accuser; president trump weighs in


u.s. sen. al franken is facing an investigation by the senate ethics committee after a los angeles radio host revealed on thursday that franken kissed and groped her against her will in 2006.the minnesota democrat did not deny the account by leeann tweeden that he kissed her without consent while they were rehearsing a comedy skit during a 2006 uso tour of the middle east and afghanistan, about two years before franken was elected to the u.s. senate. she also posted a photograph — which she learned about after the fact — of a grinning franken, his hands reaching at her breasts as she slept.“i’m still angry at what al franken did to me,” tweeden wrote on the website for kabc radio in los angeles, where she hosts a morning show. “every time i hear his voice or see his face, i am angry.”frank






panasonic lumix dc-gh5 sample footage: digital photography review


with access to a pair of production-ready lumix gh5s running near-final firmware, we headed to a local whiskey distillery to put them to the test. we shot the footage above at 23.9p, 150mbps, 10-bit 4:2:2. one camera was set to cinelike d, while the other was shooting 'like 709.' you'll also see examples of 60p footage slowed down by 2.5x as well as the camera's 'focus transition' mode.download original prores 422 file (link updated)we are retrieving offers for your location, please refresh the page to see the prices.