Franken officially resigns from Senate after groping allegations

Sen. Al Franken looks at his wife Franni Bryson, before walking to the Senate chamber to announce his resignation on December 7, 2017 on Capitol Hill. Minnesota Democrat Al Franken officially resigned from the Senate on Tuesday after announcing he would step down last month amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Do You Still Think Al Franken Is Leaving the Senate? Well

How many people were predicting that Minnesota Senator Al Franken was bluffing, when he gave his angry speech, announcing his departure from the Senate? Following his announcement, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed his Lt. Governor Tina Smith to take Franken's place, but many saw Franken's announcement as a ploy.


Senator Al Franken confessed to sexual misconduct, apologized, and was drummed out of the Senate. It seems that President Trump and Judge Roy Moore have a smarter strategy.

Analysis: When Trump sees a rival, he knows just what to tweet

And President Donald Trump's scorching tweet on Tuesday aimed at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is being viewed in Washington as a sign Gillibrand is a top contender for President in 2020. President Trump called Gillibrand a "lightweight" and "flunky" who would 'come to my office "begging" for campaign contributions not so long ago ."

Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in U.S. Senate

The chief executive of New Hampshire Motor Speedway says he's confident that a country music festival scheduled for the venue this summer will go on as planned, despite a lawsuit by... Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith shares a laugh at a reporter's question after Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced Smith to replace U.S. Senator Al ... (more)

Franken sacrifice a tactical move

The Minnesota Democrat's remarks on Thursday marked the culmination of exactly three weeks during which eight women -- half of them anonymous -- alleged sexual misconduct by the former "Saturday Night Live" star.

Senators call for Trump’s resignation over sexual assault allegations

Two Democratic senators called for President Donald Trump's resignation over the weekend, citing the multiple accusations from women of sexual harassment and assault against him. In an interview with Vice after a campaign rally for Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones, Booker said, "I just watched Sen. Al Franken do the honorable thing and resign from his office.

In Franken’s wake, three senators call on President Trump to resign

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and two of his Democratic colleagues have suggested that President Donald Trump should consider resigning, after a run of sexual harassment scandals that has driven out some members of Congress. Sen. Al Franken "felt it proper for him to resign," Sanders said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning, referring to the Democrat from Minnesota.

Cory Booker calls on Donald Trump to resign

Cory Booker has called on President Donald Trump to resign, saying that Al Franken did 'the honorable thing' by stepping down from the senate. Booker, the Democrat senator from New Jersey, made the remarks on Saturday at an event in Montgomery, Alabama, where he is campaigning against Republican senate candidate Roy Moore.

Former OKC Mayor blames homosexuality for moral decline

Rather than celebrating the diversity and expansion of Oklahoma City, former Mayor Kirk Humphreys appears to hang on to old stereotypes.? In the December 10th episode of Flashpoint, Humphreys and Oklahoma State Representative Emily Virgin joined moderator Kevin Ogle. In discussing the #MeToo movement, increased allegations of sexual harassment nation-wide and the resignation of US Senator Al Franken, the subject of homosexuality arose.

The Great Dood Drain of ’17

"How can we expect the federal government to continue to function at its usual peak efficiency without the awesome 52 years of experience and institutional knowledge supplied by Michigan Congressman John Conyers? American government faces a congressional brain drain, Conyers's resignation in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment not being anything like unique. Yesterday, Senator Al Franken announced his impending resignation, as did Rep. Trent Franks - before allegations against him had even hit the news.

Aftershocks likely from September test detected from North Korea…

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Bozell & Graham Column: Don’t Cry for Al Franken

Senator Al Franken, Comedian of Minnesota, was pressed by a majority of Senate Democrats to resign in the wake of a growing pile of accusations of grabbing women in sexual ways. When the number of accusers reached a critical mass,"They turned on one of their party's most popular figures with stunning swiftness," reported The Washington Post.

Trump Urges Alabama to Vote Moore, Discrediting Accuser’s Lawyer

U.S. President Donald Trump gave his most full-throated endorsement yet of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, casting aside calls for to shun the former judge who's been accused of sexual misconduct while seizing on reports that questioned the credibility of his accuser.  Trump, speaking to a crowd of supporters in Northern Florida about 30 miles from Alabama, highlighted reports Friday that Beverly Young Nelson acknowledged she had written some of the words in her high-school yearbook that she had attributed to Moore. Referring to the woman's attorney, Gloria Allred, Trump said "anytime you see her you know something's wrong."

The Note: In #MeToo moment, will Congress ponder pace and process?

In this image from video from Senate Television, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks on the Senate floor of the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 7, 2017. Franken said he will resign from the Senate in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.

Senator Al Franken Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

Democratic Senator Al Franken has said he plans to quit "in the coming weeks" after a series of sexual harassment allegations. Franken is the most prominent lawmaker to resign amid a wave of sexual misconduct claims against high-profile figures, and comes a day after nearly 30 Democrats called on him to resign.

In Franken’s fall, sudden Senate pickup chance for GOP

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., second from right, holds hands with his wife Franni Bryson, left, as he leaves the Capitol after speaking on the Senate floor, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken said he will resign from the Senate in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.

Democrats pressure Franken to resign

His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators, including Washington's Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, abandoned him Wednesday over the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct that are roiling Capitol Hill. A majority of the Senate's Democrats called on the two-term lawmaker to get out after another woman emerged Wednesday saying he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006.

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Report: Democratic outcry on sex abuse threatens Franken’s future

Democratic Senator Al Franken is fighting for political survival amid mounting allegations that he committed sexual abuse and a solidifying resolve within his party to take a hard line on any such transgressions. The senator from Minnesota's problems were compounded Thursday on two fronts: A fifth accuser , this one an Army veteran, stepped forward with an account similar to three others who have claimed they were groped while posing for pictures with the former Saturday Night Live star.

Senator Franken, on groping allegations, vows ‘this will not happen again’

"I know that I am going to have to be much more conscious when in these circumstances, much more careful, much more sensitive and that this will not happen again going forward," Democratic Senator Al Franken told reporters outside his office on Capitol Hill. WASHINGTON: US Democratic Senator Al Franken returned to Congress on Monday to begin what he called a process of rebuilding trust shattered by allegations he had groped or inappropriately touched women, vowing "this will not happen again."

Sen. Al Franken back at work, a ashameda amid groping claims

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said he feels "embarrassed and ashamed" amid allegations that he groped several women, but said he looks forward to returning to work on Monday and gradually regaining voters' trust. The Democrat spoke to a handful of Minnesota media outlets on Sunday in the first interviews he's granted since being swept into a nationwide tide of sexual misconduct allegations.

Sen. Al Franken back at work, ‘ashamed’ amid groping claims

In a Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks during the Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken has agreed to talk with a handful of Minnesota media outlets on Sunday, Nov. 26, marking his first interviews since the Democrat was swept into a nationwide tide of sexual harassment allegations.

U.S. Senator Al Franken ’embarrassed and ashamed’ amid groping allegations

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Franken faces a Senate ethics investigation though it's unclear when that review may begin. He hasn't faced widespread calls to resign and will return to work Monday In this June 21, 2017 file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., listens at a committee hearing at the Capitol in Washington.

Sen. Al Franken will return to work amid sexual harassment allegations Read Story Associated Press

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken broke his silence Sunday after being swept into a nationwide tide of sexual harassment allegations, saying he feels "embarrassed and ashamed" but looks forward to returning to work on Monday and gradually regaining voters' trust. The Democrat spoke to a handful of media outlets in Minnesota in the first interviews he's granted after four women publicly accused him of misconduct.

Franken ashamed amid groping claims, will return to work

In a Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks during the Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken has agreed to talk with a handful of Minnesota media outlets on Sunday, Nov. 26, marking his first interviews since the Democrat was swept into a nationwide tide of sexual harassment allegations.

Judges Bill O’Neill and Roy Moore affront Lady Justice: Darcy cartoon

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill's tone deaf, sexist Facebook post, and interview defending Roy Moore, were an insult to all women, including the proverbial Lady Justice. O'Neill had posted on Facebook that with "the dogs of war...calling for the head of Senator Al Franken" he believed it was "time to speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males."

Billy Baldwin: Trump made sexual advances on my wife

William "Billy" Baldwin says President Donald Trump made sexual advances on Baldwin's wife at a hotel party in New York. The actor made the accusations on Twitter after the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted about sexual harassment allegations against Senator Al Franken .

ANALYSIS: Donald Trump only believes the truths that suit him

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he arrives during the ASEAN-U.S. 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit on the sideline of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Manila earlier this month. In the eyes of U.S. President Donald Trump, an American basketball player caught shoplifting in China is a "very big deal," but accusations of sexual assault against teenage girls by an Alabama Senate candidate don't mean much.

Past SNL performers, staff sign statement supporting Franken

The Associated Press) In this June 21, 2017 file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., listens at a committee hearing at the Capitol in Washington. A second woman has accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touching, saying Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 that he put his hand on her bottom as they posed for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, after he had begun his career in the Senate.

36 Female – SNL’ Staffers Support Al Franken Amid Sexual…

Senator Al Franken may not be getting support from a lot of the female population right now, but at least 36 women have got his back. Over three dozen women who worked with Franken on "Saturday Night Live" on Tuesday signed a letter of support for the former cast member, who has recently been accused of sexual misconduct by at least two women.

Huffington responds to photo of Franken cupping her breast

'The notion that there was anything inappropriate is truly absurd': Arianna Huffington defends Al Franken after pictures circulate of 2000 photoshoot in which Senator is groping her breasts But Huffington said in a statement that the photos were taken as a joke in 2000 to promote a segment called 'Strange Bedfellows' on Bill Maher's show On Monday the New York Post published photos taken in 2000 to promote a segment called 'Strange Bedfellows,' from Bill Maher's show on ABC Politically Correct. The photo shows the former Saturday Night Live star and current Minnesota Senator posing a bed, with Franken cupping Huffington's breast with one of his hands.

Democratic candidate apologizes for boast of bedding 50 hotties

William O'Neill said he was sorry to his family, friends and "thousands of strangers" who were hurt by his Facebook post on Friday in which he decided to "speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males" in light of critics calling for the resignation of Democratic US Sen. Al Franken after a woman accused him of groping her. "There comes a time in everyone's life when you have to admit you were wrong," O'Neill wrote .

Senator Al Franken cut from PBS David Letterman tribute

PBS and WETA say Minnesota U.S. Senator Al Franken will not appear substantially in David Letterman's Mark Twain Prize special airing Monday night. Representatives said Sunday that PBS will air an updated version of the previously filmed event in which Franken will only be visible at the end of the show when the cast joins Letterman on stage.

If he offended anyone, O’Neill apologizes in Facebook post

As it turns out, the Ohio Supreme Court justice and would-be candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination offended plenty. In a Facebook post on Friday, O'Neill boasted of having sex with 50 "very attractive women" and decried media "hysteria" over reports of sexual misbehavior against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, and Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

‘SNL’ takes on Senator — and former ‘SNL’ performer — Al Franken

"Saturday Night Live" took on Senator -- and former SNLer -- Al Franken on Saturday night after a woman said he groped and kissed her without her consent. "Senator Al Franken is being accused of sexual misconduct on a 2006 U.S.O. Tour by Leann Tweeden, who posted this photo of Franken apparently groping her breasts while she was asleep," said Colin Jost, co-host of "Weekend Update" pointing to the photo of Franken and Tweeden.

GOP official in NH urges Bill Clinton’s name be dropped from state Democratic dinner

The head of the New Hampshire GOP on Friday urged the state's Democratic Party chair to drop former President Bill Clinton's name from a major fundraising event. The push came as sexual misconduct allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama and Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota have dominated media coverage -- in turn reviving debate over the longstanding allegations against the former president.

Ryan Seacrest Denies Behaving ‘Inappropriately’ To E! Stylist,…

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‘Purity test’ will chase good people from politics, Ohio Supreme Court justice says

The Los Angeles radio anchor who accuses Democratic Senator Al Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour says she accepts his apology but he could have apologized earlier. COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio Supreme Court justice who's also running for governor believes that a "purity test" is being imposed on all political candidates - and that's the wrong road to go down.

Ohio judge brags about sex with ’50 very attractive females’ on Facebook

An Ohio Supreme Court justice who is running for governor has volunteered candid details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying he was "speaking for all heterosexual males" in taking a swipe at the "media frenzy" over sexual misconduct. In it, he wrote that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females," including "a gorgeous blonde" with whom he "made passionate love" in a hay loft and a "drop dead gorgeous red head" from Cleveland.

Franken apologizes to woman who says he kissed, groped her

In this still image taken from video provided by KABC-TV, Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden discusses her allegations of sexual harassment by Al Franken during a 2006 overseas USO tour, before he became a U.S. senator from Minnesota, at ABC7 studios in Glendale, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Franken faces a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation.

Politics & Policy Daily: ‘He Will Not Step Down’

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Female Ex-Staffers Speak Out In Support Of Franken

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The Latest: Franken accuser says voters will decide his fate

Minnesota Senator Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. The Los Angeles radio anchor who accuses Democratic Senator Al Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour says she accepts his apology but he could have apologized earlier.

Woman accuses Sen. Franken of harassment

By MATTHEW DALY and JULIET LINDERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faces a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him Thursday of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour.

Department of Defense retweets call for Trump, Franken and Moore to quit over allegationsNewsweek

The Department of Defense's Twitter account on Thursday retweeted a call for President Donald Trump, as well as Senator Al Franken and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, to leave politics over sexual assault allegations-something the agency insisted was a mistake. The original tweet from the account @ProudResister said: "The solution is simplea Roy Moore: Step down from the race.

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Heat on Facebook, Twitter and Google for Russian ads

Exasperated U.S. senators harshly criticized representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google at a hearing Tuesday for not doing more to prevent Russian agents interfering with the American political process as early as 2015. At one point, Senator Al Franken shook his head after he couldn't get all the companies to commit to not accepting political ads bought with North Korean currency.

Humorist Jimmy Tingle running for lieutenant governor in Mass.

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Police activity near Notre Dame in Paris, public asked to avoid area

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Us Ag omits Russian details in security clearance form: Media

Washington, May 25 - US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who lied during his confirmation about his alleged Russian ties, also omitted the meetings with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak from the Justice Department documents upon taking office, media reports said. Both CNN and ABC on Wednesday disclosed that Sessions did not mention his meetings with Kislyak in the security clearance form that he had to fill out upon taking office in the Justice Department.

Dwayne a The Rocka Johnson has a 5-point lead over Trump in 2020 presidential poll

Dwayne Johnson, a cast member in the upcoming film "Baywatch," addresses the audience during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. Dwayne Johnson, a cast member in the upcoming film "Baywatch," addresses the audience during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Sick of the attacks on Russia? Me too

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The Latest: Trump spokeswoman defends Sessions on Russia

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AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. promised lawmakers who criticized their planned merger that the combined company wouldn't withhold programming from rivals to gain a market advantage. "Restricting distribution of Time Warner content would not only sacrifice revenues, but also damage Time Warner's reputation and relationships in the entertainment industry," the companies told the lawmakers, according to a summary released by AT&T and Time Warner.

Bernie Sanders calls Donald Trump ‘pathological liar’ amid…

US Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday called President Donald Trump a "pathological liar", while his colleague Senator Al Franken claimed that "a few" Republican senators are concerned about Trump's mental health. The strong words from two high-profile senators came as Democrats attacked Trump's travel ban and said that members of his administration should be investigated or have security clearances suspended for recent comments or conversations with Russian officials.

‘Jesus Christ. Grizzly bears?’: Internet loses it as DeVos pushes …

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VIDEO: Sarah Silverman Calls Out ‘Bernie or Bust People’ at DNC

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Uber, Lyft Driver Settlements Signal Gig Economy Victories Ahead

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