Friday, September 22, 2017

The Senator From Scope!!

Would it not be totally Tom Cruise.  The self-confession of the blackmail against his own country the United States of America.  The Script in and of-itself to do the entire event horizon on the big screen as a proponent of "it's just a movie" aspect to language.  Oh wow, the cow said.

Just as the 1950s scored in Washington, District Columbia?  Gee said the cheese to the brie, what is cambozola?  Than the safe way said to the F.B.I. that 'Yea, lets put Comey in the Front' the script ran to no editing, 'Now that Tom Cruise Scientology' as the babble of the Cruise went to the obvious malignant narcissist that knot.

Sew in that advance of the covert 'Rogue' movie Tom Cruise made and the 'Mission Impossible' theater piece and it puzzles no-man to understand that the convening of Sessions.  A person, a place and note to all the World as the Middle East wonders?

Now add the Pyramid, oop's I mean pyramids as Giza examples it best for this short describe.  Wow, those buildings hold so well that should the doors be in an understanding of silo and that elevator that goes down into the prerequisite by designed than the underground would be dug?  Imagination take to that sand and bra sill with the World at what War, gee flow.

Self to Knowledge? No, the balance of sand;  On the cloak of invisible to the compression?  Why would the Cleric of Iran get to sit around in his fat suit of sheets to bed his Flee's as what is the cause mic. to get IT?  That would be that American not those Good Samaritans as this is so old that that Cleric of Iran is busted?  This is the most list as the gates and/or Ancient Sites will indite more on the plural than a verb could express, the sump pump of that Cleric of Iran and his visual is sewn thread and the picture proof's are as easily searched on the internet that every balance of every 'Hide' is as easily exposed as the Catholic to the Christian in the custody of Thor?  And yet Amenhotep!!

Awe men.

The problem is? No, the reality has been.  Now for that Al Franken that I do not believe was able to make it more obvious as he has made a bid for President and his pocket book lax.  The pep.toe bizz.mole?

Now the watch on the tale is Al Franken?

The rest of this is just the American deciding the good Samaritan? Or, should the dissolve make evident that this Country of hollywood stank be exposed or placed in . . . . ewe decide.

Al Franken

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Al Franken
Al Franken, official portrait, 114th Congress.jpg
United States Senator
from Minnesota
Assumed office
July 7, 2009[note 1]
Serving with Amy Klobuchar
Preceded byNorm Coleman
Personal details
BornAlan Stuart Franken
May 21, 1951 (age 66)
New York CityNew York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Franni Bryson (1975–present)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
WebsiteSenate website
Alan Stuart "Al" Franken (born May 21, 1951) is an American writer, comedian, and politician. Since 2009, he has been the junior United States Senator from Minnesota. He became well known in the 1970s and 1980s as a writer and performer on the television comedy show Saturday Night Live. After decades as a comedic actor and writer, he became a prominent liberal political activist. Franken was first elected to the United States Senate in 2008 in a razor-thin victory over incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman, and then won re-election in 2014 over Republican challenger Mike McFadden. Franken is a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the Democratic Party.
Born in New York City, Franken moved to Minnesota when he was four. With his writing partner Tom Davis, with whom he had developed an interest in improvisational theater at the prestigious college preparatory school The Blake School, he was hired as a writer for SNL at its inception in 1975. He worked on the show as a writer and performer until 1980, and returned from 1985 to 1995. After leaving SNL, he wrote and acted in movies and television shows. He also hosted a nationally syndicated political radio talk showThe Al Franken Show, and wrote seven books, four of which are political satires critical of conservative politics. His latest book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, about his time in the Senate, was a New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Franken was born on May 21, 1951, in New York City, the son of Joseph Franken, a printing salesman, and Phoebe Franken (born Kunst), a real estate agent. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Germany; his maternal grandfather came from GrodnoBelarus, and his maternal grandmother's parents were also from the Russian Empire.[2] Both of his parents were Jewish, and Al was raised in a Reform Jewish home.[3] The Franken family moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota, when Al was four years old.[4] His father opened a quilting factory – but after just two years, the factory failed. The family moved to St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis.[5] Franken graduated from The Blake School in 1969, where he was a member of the wrestling team.[6] He attended Harvard College where he majored in political science, graduating cum laude (top 25% of the class) with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973.[7] His older brother Owen is a photojournalist, and his cousin Bob is a journalist for MSNBC.[8]
Franken began performing in high school where he and his friend and long-time writing partner Tom Davis were known for their humor.[9] The two first performed on stage at Minneapolis' Brave New Workshop theater, specializing in political satire.[10] They soon found themselves in what was described as "a life of near-total failure on the fringes of show business in Los Angeles."[11]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Franken and Tom Davis were recruited as two of the original writers (and occasional performers) on Saturday Night Live (SNL) (1975–1980, 1985–1995). In Season 1 of SNL, as apprentice writers, the two shared a salary of $350 per week.[9] Franken received seven Emmy nominations and three awards for his television writing and producing while creating such characters as self-help guru Stuart Smalley. Another routine proclaimed the 1980s the Al Franken Decade.[12] Franken and Davis wrote the script to the 1986 comedy film One More Saturday Night, appearing in it as rock singers in a band called "Bad Mouth". They also appeared in minor roles in All You Need Is Cash and in the Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd film Trading Places.
On Weekend Update near the end of Season 5, Franken delivered a commentary called "A Limo For A Lame-O". He mocked controversial NBC president Fred Silverman as "a total unequivocal failure" and displayed a chart showing the poor ratings of NBC programs. As a result of this sketch, Silverman refused Lorne Michaels' request that Franken succeed him as producer, prompting Franken to leave the show when Michaels did, at the end of the 1979–80 season.[13] Franken later returned to the show in 1985 as a writer, and also as an occasional performer. Franken has acknowledged using cocaine and other illegal drugs while working in the television business, and stated that the overdose death of John Belushi was the catalyst that caused him to stop.[14][15] In 1995, Franken left the show in protest over losing the role of Weekend Update anchor to Norm Macdonald.[16]


Franken entertaining troops at Ramstein Air Base in December 2000
In 1995, Franken wrote the original screenplay and starred in the film Stuart Saves His Family, which was a critical and commercial failure.[17] Franken became depressed following the movie's failure.[18] With an aggregate rating of 27% on Rotten Tomatoes,[19] Stuart Saves His Family did receive a number of favorable reviews, including from The Washington Post[20] and Gene Siskel.[21]
Franken is the author of four books that made The New York Times best-seller list.[22] In 2003, Penguin Books published Franken's book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, a satirical book on American politics and conservatism. The book's title incorporated the Fox News slogan, "Fair and Balanced", and included a cover photo of Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly; in August that year Fox News sued, claiming infringement of its registered trademarkphrase.[23][24] A federal judge found the lawsuit "...wholly without merit." The incident with Fox focused media attention on Franken's book and, according to Franken, greatly increased its sales.[25][26] The publicity resulting from the lawsuit propelled Franken's yet-to-be-released book to #1 on[27]
Franken signed a one-year contract in early 2004 to host a talk show for Air America Radio's flagship program with co-host Katherine Lanpher, who remained with the show until October 2005. The network was launched March 31, 2004. Originally named The O'Franken Factor but renamed The Al Franken Show on July 12, 2004, the show aired three hours a day, five days a week for three years. The stated goal of the show was to provide the public airwaves with more progressive views to counter what Franken perceived was the dominance of conservative syndicated commentary on the radio: "I'm doing this because I want to use my energies to get Bushunelected," he told a New York Times reporter in 2004.[28] Franken's last radio show on Air America Radio was on February 14, 2007, at the end of which Franken announced his candidacy for the United States Senate.[29]
Franken also co-wrote the film When a Man Loves a Woman, co-created and starred in the NBC sitcom LateLine, and appeared in the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.
In 2003, Franken served as a Fellow with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.[12] Since 2005, Franken has been a contributor at The Huffington Post.[30]
Franken has toured Iraq several times with the United Service Organizations.[31] On March 25, 2009, Franken was presented with the USO's-Metro Merit Award for his 10 years' involvement with the organization.[32][33]

Political activism prior to election[edit]

Al Franken with Senator Paul Simon in 1991
According to an article by Richard Corliss published in Time, "In a way, Franken has been running for office since the late '70s." Corliss also hinted at Franken's "possibly ironic role as a relentless self-promoter" in proclaiming the 1980s "the Al Franken Decade" and saying, "Vote for me, Al Franken. You'll be glad you did!"[34] In 1999, Franken released a parody book, Why Not Me?, detailing his hypothetical campaign for President in 2000. He had been a strong supporter of Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone and was deeply affected by the Senator's death in a plane crash shortly before the 2002 election. Wellstone was a mentor[35][36] and political and personal role model for Franken, with Franken stating his hopes of following in the late Senator’s footsteps.[37][38]
Franken said he learned that 21% of Americans received most of their news from talk radio, an almost exclusively conservative medium.[34] Said Franken, "I didn't want to sit on the sidelines, and I believed Air America could make a difference."[34] In November 2003, Franken talked about moving back to his home state of Minnesota to run for the Senate. At the time the seat, once held by Wellstone, was occupied by Republican Norm Coleman. At a 2004 Democratic presidential campaign event, Franken tackled a man who was heckling Governor Howard Dean.[39] In 2005, Franken announced his move to Minnesota: "I can tell you honestly, I don't know if I'm going to run, but I'm doing the stuff I need to do in order to do it."[40] In late 2005, Franken started his own political action committee, called Midwest Values PAC. By early 2007, the PAC raised more than $1 million.[41][42]
Franken was the subject of the 2006 documentary film Al Franken: God Spoke, which was, according to The New York Times, "an investigation of the phenomenon of ideological celebrity."[43]
Franken initially supported the Iraq War but opposed the 2007 troop surge. In an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough,[44] Franken said that he "believed Colin Powell", whose presentation at the United Nations convinced him that the war was necessary. However, since then he had come to believe that "we were misled into the war" and urged the Democratically controlled Congress to refuse to pass appropriations bills to fund the war if they didn't include timetables for leaving Iraq. In an interview with Josh Marshall, Franken said of the Democrats, "I think we've gotta make President George W. Bush say, 'OK, I'm cutting off funding because I won't agree to a timetable.'"[45]
Franken favors transitioning to a universal health care system,[46] with the provision that every child in America should receive health care coverage immediately. Franken objects to efforts to privatize Social Security or cut benefits. He favors raising the cap on wages to which Social Security taxes apply.[47] On his 2008 campaign website, he voiced support for cutting subsidies for oil companies, increasing money available for college students, and cutting interest rates on student loans.[48][49]
During the 2008 election, New York state officials asserted that Al Franken Inc. had failed to carry required workers' compensation insurance for employees who assisted him with his comedy and public speaking from 2002 to 2005. Franken paid a $25,000 fine to the state of New York upon being advised his corporation was out of compliance with the state's workers' compensation laws.[50] At the same time, the California Franchise Tax Board reported that the same corporation owed more than $4,743.40 in taxes, fines, and associated penalties in the state of California for 2003 through 2007 because the corporation did not file tax returns in the state for those years.[51] A Franken representative said that it followed the advice of an accountant who believed when the corporation stopped doing business in California that no further filing was required.[52] Subsequently, Franken paid $70,000 in back income taxes in 17 states dating back to 2003, mostly from Franken's speeches and other paid appearances. Franken said he paid the income tax in his state of residence, and he would seek retroactive credit for paying the taxes in the wrong states.[53]

U.S. Senate[edit]

2008 elections[edit]

Franken campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 2008
On January 29, 2007, Franken announced his departure from Air America Radio,[29] and on the day of his final show, February 14, Franken formally announced his candidacy for the United States Senate from Minnesota in 2008.[54] Challenging him for the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party endorsement was Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, a professor, author, and activist. Other candidates were trial lawyer Mike Ciresi and attorney and human rights activist Jim Cohen, who had dropped out of the race earlier.[55] Franken won the nomination with 65% of the vote.
On July 8, 2007, Franken's campaign stated that it expected to announce that Franken had raised more money than Republican opponent Norm Coleman during the second quarter of the year, taking in $1.9 million to Coleman's $1.6 million,[56][57] although in early July 2007, Coleman's $3.8 million cash on hand exceeded Franken's $2 million.[57]
In late May 2008, the Minnesota Republican Party released a letter regarding an article Franken had written for Playboy in 2000 entitled "Porn-O-Rama!". The letter, signed by six prominent GOP women, including a state senator and state representative, called on Franken to apologize for what they referred to as a "demeaning and degrading" article.[58] Al Franken's campaign spokesman responded that, "Al had a long career as a satirist. But he understands the difference between what you say as a satirist and what you do as a senator. And as a Senator, Norm Coleman has disrespected the people of Minnesota by putting the Exxons and Halliburtonsahead of working families. And there's nothing funny about that."[58]
On June 7, 2008, Franken was endorsed at the DFL convention.[59] In a July 2008 interview with CNN, Franken was endorsed by Ben Stein, the noted entertainer, speechwriter, lawyer and author who is known for his conservative views and generally supports Republican candidates.[60] Stein said of Franken, "He is my pal, and he is a really, really capable smart guy. I don't agree with all of his positions, but he is a very impressive guy, and I think he should be in the Senate."
During his campaign for the Senate, Franken was criticized for advising SNL creator Lorne Michaels on a political sketch ridiculing Senator John McCain's ads attacking Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.[61] Coleman's campaign reacted, saying, "Once again, he proves he's more interested in entertainment than service, and ridiculing those with whom he disagrees."[62]
Preliminary reports on election night, November 4, had Coleman ahead by over 700 votes, but the official results certified on November 18, 2008, had Coleman leading by only 215 votes. As the two candidates were separated by less than 0.5 percent, the Secretary of State of MinnesotaMark Ritchie, authorized an automatic recount provided for in Minnesota election law. In the recount, ballots and certifying materials were examined by hand, and candidates could file challenges to the legality of ballots or materials for inclusion or exclusion with regard to the recount. On January 5, 2009, the Minnesota State Canvassing Board certified the recounted vote totals, with Franken ahead by 225 votes.[63]
On January 6, 2009, Coleman's campaign filed an election contest, which led to a trial before a three-judge panel.[64] The trial ended on April 7, when the panel ruled that 351 of 387 disputed absentee ballots were incorrectly rejected and ordered them counted. Counting those ballots raised Franken's lead to 312 votes. Coleman appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court on April 20.[65][66][67] On April 24, the Minnesota Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.[68][69] Oral arguments were conducted on June 1.[68][70]
On June 30, 2009, the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously rejected Coleman's appeal and said that Franken was entitled to be certified as the winner. Shortly after the court's decision, Coleman conceded.[71] Governor Tim Pawlenty signed Franken’s election certificate that same evening.[72]
In July 2010, Minnesota Majority, a conservative watchdog group, conducted a study in which they flagged 2,803 voters for examination, including some 1,359 they suspected were ineligible convicted felons in the largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul area who voted illegally in the Senate race.[73][74] Subsequent investigations of Minnesota Majority's claims by election officials found that many of their allegations were incorrect.[75][76][77]

2014 elections[edit]

Franken was re-elected to a second term in 2014. He faced primary challenger Sandra Henningsgard, winning the nomination on August 12, 2014 with 94.5% of the vote. [78] He won the election against Republican Mike McFadden with 53.2% of the vote.[79] [80]


Franken meeting with Vice President Joe Biden in May 2009
Franken was sworn into the senate on July 7, 2009, 246 days after election.[81][82] Franken was sworn in with the Bible of late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, whose old seat was set aside by senate leaders for Franken.[83][84]
On August 6, 2009, Franken presided over the confirmation vote of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.[85] A year later, on August 5, 2010, Franken presided over the confirmation vote of Elena Kagan. His first piece of legislation, the Service Dogs for Veterans Act, which he wrote jointly with Republican Johnny Isakson, passed the Senate with unanimous consent, and established a program with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to pair disabled veterans with service dogs.[86]
2009 official portrait
A video began circulating on the Internet of Franken at the Minnesota State Fair on September 2, 2009, engaging in a discussion with a group of Tea Party protesters on health care reform, and soon went viral.[87][88] The discussion was noted for its civility, in contrast to the explosive character of several other discussions between members of the 111th Congress and their constituents that had occurred over the summer.[87][89][90]
During the debate on health care reform, Franken was one of the strongest supporters of a single-payer system.[91] He authored an amendment, called the Medical Loss Ratio, to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that required insurance companies spend at least 80% of premiums on actual health care costs, rising to 85% for large group plans.[92] On September 30, 2013, Franken voted to remove a provision that would repeal the medical device tax in Obamacare from a government funding bill.[93][94] Although Franken says he is in favor of the provision, he disagreed with it being used as a condition in preventing the 2013 federal government shutdown.[95]
Citing the case of Jamie Leigh Jones, Franken offered an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts from companies that restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery, and discrimination cases to court. It passed the Senate in November 2010, 68 to 30 in a roll-call vote.[96]
Franken in 2017
In May 2010, Franken proposed a financial reform legislation amendment that would create a board to select which credit rating agency would evaluate a given security. Currently any company issuing a security may select the company that evaluates the security.[97] The amendment was passed; however, the financial industry lobbied to have Franken's amendment removed from the final bill.[98] Negotiations between the Senate and House, whose version of financial reform did not include such a provision, resulted in the amendment's being watered down to require only a series of studies being done upon the issue for two years.[99] After the studies, if the Securities and Exchange Commission has not implemented another solution to the conflict of interest problem, Franken's solution will go into effect.[100][101]
In August 2010, Franken made faces and hand gestures and rolled his eyes while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a speech in opposition to the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.[102][103][104] Franken's actions prompted McConnell to remark, "This isn't Saturday Night Live, Al."[104] Following Kagan's confirmation, Franken delivered a handwritten apology to McConnell and issued a public statement saying that McConnell had a right "to give his speech with the presiding officer just listening respectfully."[102]
The National Journal reported in 2013 that Franken supports the National Security Agency’s data mining programs, believing they have saved lives, and that "I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people."[105]
When Franken declared his intention to seek re-election in 2014,[106] his seat was thought to be a top target for the Republicans due to his very slim margin of victory in the previous election. However, Politico reported that his high approval rating, large war chest, and the Republicans' struggle to find a top-tier candidate meant that he was a "heavy favorite" to win re-election,[107] a view subsequently confirmed in the election, which Franken won comfortably.
The Associated Press has noted that contrary to expectations, Franken has not sought out the media spotlight: "He rarely talks to the Washington press corps, has shed his comedic persona and focused on policy, working to be taken seriously."[108] In interviews he has expressed his desire to be known for a focus on constituency work, keeping his head down, and working hard.[91][109]

Committee assignments[edit]

Books and CDs[edit]


CDs and compilations[edit]

  • The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Truth About Corporate Cons, Globalization, and High-Finance Fraudsters with Greg Palast (2004)
  • The O'Franken Factor Factor — The Best of the O'Franken Factor
  • The Al Franken Show Party Album


1977–1980Saturday Night LiveYesYesYes
1976Tunnel VisionYesRole: Al
1977The Paul Simon SpecialYes
1978All You Need is CashYesRole: Extra
1981Grateful Dead: Dead AheadYesConcert video
Role: Host
1981Steve Martin's Best Show EverYes
1981Bob and Ray, Jane, Laraine and GildaYes
1981The ConeheadsYes
1983Trading PlacesYesRole: Baggage handler
1984Franken and Davis at Stockton StateYes
1984The New ShowYes
1985–1986Saturday Night LiveYesYesYes
1986One More Saturday NightYesYesRole: Paul Flum
1987–1995Saturday Night LiveYesYesYes
1994When a Man Loves a WomanYes
1995Stuart Saves His FamilyYesYesRole: Stuart Smalley
19973rd Rock from the SunYesEpisode: "Dick the Vote"
1997The Larry Sanders ShowYesEpisode: "The Roast"
1998From the Earth to the MoonYesTV Mini-series
Role: Jerome Wiesner
2002Harvard ManYes
2004OutfoxedYesRole: Air America host
2004The Manchurian CandidateYes
2004–2007The Al Franken ShowYesYesHost of radio talk show
2004Tanner on TannerYes
2006Al Franken: God SpokeYesDocumentary
2011Hot CoffeeYesDocumentary

Electoral history[edit]

2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary election
DFLAl Franken164,13665.34%
DFLPriscilla Lord Faris74,65529.72%
DFL"Dick" Franson3,9231.56%
DFLBob Larson3,1521.25%
DFLRob Fitzgerald3,0951.23%
DFLOle' Savior1,2270.49%
DFLAlve Erickson1,0170.40%
2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate election[110][111]
DFLAl Franken1,212,62941.994%
RepublicanNorm Coleman1,212,31741.983%
IndependenceDean Barkley437,50515.151%
LibertarianCharles Aldrich13,9230.482%
ConstitutionJames Niemackl8,9070.308%
Margin of victory3120.011%
Total votes2,887,646100
2014 Minnesota U.S. Senate Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary election
DFLAl Franken (incumbent)182,72094.50%
DFLSandra Henningsgard10,6275.50%
2014 Minnesota U.S. Senate election[112]
DFLAl Franken (incumbent)1,053,20553.15
RepublicanMike McFadden850,22742.91
IndependenceSteve Carlson47,5302.4
LibertarianHeather Johnson29,6851.5
Margin of victory202,97810.24%
Total votes1,981,528100
DFL hold

Personal life[edit]

Franken met his wife, Franni Bryson, in his first year at Harvard. In 2005, they moved to MinneapolisMinnesota.[113] Together they have two children. Their daughter Thomasin[5] has degrees from Harvard and the French Culinary Institute, and she is director of extended learning at DC Prep, an organization in Washington that manages charter schools.[114] Their son Joseph works in the finance industry.[5] Franken is a second cousin of the actor Steve Franken known for his appearances in the television series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.[115] In 2013, Franken received the Stewart B. McKinney award for his work to fight homelessness.[116]

See also[edit]