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September 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
Al Franken is taking his radio show on the campaign trail. "The Al Franken Show" will broadcast live across the country starting Thursday and ending Oct. 9, making stops in eight cities, including swing-state battlegrounds Miami, Minneapolis and Columbus, Ohio. "It serves a lot of purposes," Franken said Tuesday. "The main one is to drive me into the ground before the elections."
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October 31, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Four new U.S. senators have taken the oath of office since the start of the 113th Congress but only one, Cory Booker, New Jersey's new junior senator, has attracted much attention. Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to the former Newark mayor on Thursday, drawing robust applause from the unusually packed galleries of the Senate chamber. More than two dozen fellow Democrats were on hand to welcome Booker to their ranks, along with only three Republicans, including South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the only other African American in the Senate.
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NATIONAL
April 14, 2009 | Associated Press
A Minnesota court confirmed Monday that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman, who immediately announced plans to appeal the decision. Coleman has 10 days to appeal to the state Supreme Court. Once the petition is filed, it could further delay the seating of Minnesota's second senator for weeks.
OPINION
May 28, 2013
Re "Medical device tax needs to stay," Column, May 22 Michael Hiltzik mischaracterized the medical technology industry's concerns about the medical device tax. His support of the tax flies in the face of the day-to-day reality facing the tens of thousands of Californians who work for the industry. Simply put, the Affordable Care Act's $30-billion tax on medical device and diagnostics companies is taking away critical funding for research and development, capital investments and hiring.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2004 | From Associated Press
Al Franken's radio show, "The O'Franken Factor," is changing its name to "The Al Franken Show." The new, more typical, show name was chosen over candidates such as "The O'Limbaugh Factor" and "The O'President Bush Factor," Franken said in a statement. Franken's daily three-hour show on the liberal talk radio network Air America Radio was dubbed "The O'Franken Factor" in a jab at the conservative Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
Satirist-commentator Al Franken will return to his TV roots next month when his radio show begins appearing on cable's Sundance Channel. Beginning Sept. 7, "The Al Franken Show," heard live each weekday from 9 a.m. to noon on Air America Radio, will go on display in a one-hour edition on Sundance each night at 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., executives at both networks said Monday.
NATIONAL
July 1, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter and James Oliphant
After a fierce eight-month voter recount battle in Minnesota, Al Franken's U.S. Senate victory Tuesday hands Democrats a powerful, filibuster-proof majority as they embark on the administration's ambitious initiatives for energy and healthcare reform. The victory followed the Minnesota Supreme Court's unanimous ruling Tuesday declaring Franken the victor over Republican incumbent Norm Coleman by a razor-thin 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast in November's election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2012 | Times staff and wire reports
Tom Davis, a comedy writer who teamed with Al Franken to write memorable bits on"Saturday Night Live" beginning with the late-night show's debut in 1975, has died. He was 59. Davis died Thursday at his home in Hudson, N.Y., his wife, Mimi Raleigh, told the Associated Press. He had throat and neck cancer. Classmates while growing up in Minneapolis, Davis and Franken developed stand-up routines in Minnesota and Los Angeles before landing the gig on "Saturday Night Live. " They wrote and performed on the show, creating the Coneheads characters and skits featuring Bill Murray's Nick the Lounge Singer.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2004 | Elizabeth Jensen
Progress Media, a start-up liberal radio network, has begun adding to its programming lineup, although it only just announced its first distribution deal, on an AM station in Chicago. No Los Angeles or New York stations have yet been signed. The network said Tuesday that it has finalized its long-discussed deal with comedian Al Franken, who will host a weekday show when the service gets underway later this year. In addition, lawyer and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
MAGAZINE
February 7, 1999 | AL FRANKEN, Al Franken is the author of "Why Not Me?" and a creator and star of the NBC sitcom "Lateline."
Someone once said that it's hard to make predictions, particularly when they involve the future. I don't remember who said it. But I think I read it when I was in college. If I had known then that I would use it in this article 25 years later, I would have made a note to remember who said it. But in a way, that makes my point, doesn't it? To be honest, I didn't work that hard in college. But then again, I didn't have to. I went to college during less competitive times.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2012 | By Claire Noland
Tom Davis, a comedy writer who teamed with Al Franken to write memorable bits on"Saturday Night Live" from the time the late-night show first aired in the mid-1970s, has died. He was 59. Davis died Thursday at his home in New York's Hudson Valley, his wife, Mimi Raleigh, told the Associated Press. He had throat and neck cancer. The duo, who met as classmates growing up in Minneapolis, created for "SNL" the Coneheads, a raft of characters and skits featuring Bill Murray's Nick the Lounge Singer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2012 | Times staff and wire reports
Tom Davis, a comedy writer who teamed with Al Franken to write memorable bits on"Saturday Night Live" beginning with the late-night show's debut in 1975, has died. He was 59. Davis died Thursday at his home in Hudson, N.Y., his wife, Mimi Raleigh, told the Associated Press. He had throat and neck cancer. Classmates while growing up in Minneapolis, Davis and Franken developed stand-up routines in Minnesota and Los Angeles before landing the gig on "Saturday Night Live. " They wrote and performed on the show, creating the Coneheads characters and skits featuring Bill Murray's Nick the Lounge Singer.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2012 | By Ian Duncan, Los Angeles Times
Sen. Al Franken grilled aFacebook Inc. executive on the company's facial-recognition technology, urging the giant social network to be more upfront about how it is creating "face prints" of its users. Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, said it takes six clicks to reach a page on Facebook that explicitly says that the company is using facial-recognition technology. He held up placards with text from the site at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, which he chairs.
NEWS
December 12, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
There is no war on Christmas in the U.S. Senate. Sixty senators were exchanging gifts and good cheer - we hope - at a Secret Santa party just off the Senate floor tonight. The bipartisan fete was hosted by Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), and was the first ever organized gift exchange in the sometimes uptight upper chamber. Franken came up with the Secret Santa idea, hoping it might bring a bit of warming to frosty partisan relations. Senators drew names from a Santa hat - names from the opposite party, of course - and there was a strict $10 limit on gifts.
NEWS
October 23, 2010 | By Michael Muskal
Imagine Homer Simpson getting punched in the stomach while eating a doughnut. The sound he makes would be oof-d'oh. Or in Minnesota, it would be "uffdah," a common exclamation that Gov. Tim Pawlenty tried to explain to President Obama in a video posted Saturday. Ostensibly, Republican Pawlenty was playing Noah Webster by defining the local lingo to Obama, who went to Minnesota for a political rally designed to build enthusiasm among Democrats in the midterm election. If this sounds like simple Americana, good-neighbor stuff, think again.
OPINION
January 28, 2010 | By Stephen R. Weissman
Media coverage and commentary have vastly overstated the likely impact on federal election campaigns of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which ruled that corporations have the same right to free speech as individuals. It has also obscured the extent to which members of Congress from both parties had previously opened the door for corporate and union financing in federal campaigns. As associate director for policy of the Campaign Finance Institute from 2002-09, I wrote a number of studies showing the rise of corporate and union spending, via tax-exempt organizations, in federal elections.
NATIONAL
January 6, 2009 | Kim Murphy
Former comedian Al Franken was declared the top vote-getter Monday in Minnesota's long-disputed U.S. Senate race, but incumbent Republican Norm Coleman pledged an immediate legal challenge that could delay the final outcome for months. The Senate is scheduled to convene today with one other seat in doubt: Roland Burris' appointment to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the chamber is under challenge.
NEWS
February 10, 1999
Comedian Al Franken, star of the NBC comedy "Lateline" and author of "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot" (Delacorte Press, 1996), has just released another book. This time, Franken jumps into the political fray as the nation's fallen 44th president in "Why Not Me? The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency" (Delacorte Press).
NATIONAL
July 8, 2009 | Faye Fiore
Al Franken, the funnyman who wrote the best-seller "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot," was sworn in as the junior senator from Minnesota on Tuesday, without doing one single funny thing. Once he was known on the "Saturday Night Live" stage as the lisping, sweater-wearing bundle of insecurities Stuart Smalley ("I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me").
NATIONAL
July 7, 2009 | James Oliphant
Al Franken -- the former comedian who won a bruising, eight-month vote recount and court battle in Minnesota -- arrived on Capitol Hill on Monday, a day before he was to be sworn in as a new Democratic member of the Senate. But Franken immediately downplayed the importance of his vote in the Senate. "A lot has been made of this number 60," Franken said. "The number I'm focused on is the number two. I see myself as the second senator from the state of Minnesota."
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