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July 19, 2012 |
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.
July 19, 2012 |
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.
July 18, 2012 |
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.
December 12, 2011 |
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.
October 23, 2010 |
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.
January 28, 2010 |
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.