Al Franken

Sen. Franken Blasts GOP Anti-Union Measure Reversing NLRB Rule

Sen. Franken Blasts GOP Anti-Union Measure Reversing NLRB Rule
Republicans controlling the U.S. Senate are trying to reverse a new National Labor Relations Board rule that would shorten the time between a union’s request for representation and the vote on whether to certify a union. Senator Al Franken (DFL-Minnesota) expressed his disapproval of striking down NLRB reforms which he said modernize and streamline the election process in which workers choose whether or not to form a union.
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Watch Highlights of Sen Al Franken Bashing Right-Wing Opponent in MN Debate

Watch Highlights of Sen Al Franken Bashing Right-Wing Opponent in MN Debate
Senator (and ex-comedian) Al Franken pretty much crushed his right-wing opponent Mike McFadden in a Minnesota senatorial debate. Watch the highlights of Franken bringing his understated wit and vast knowledge against a pea-brained tea party shill.
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'Commonsense' Bill? Meet Nonsensical Congress. Student Loan Refinancing Goes Down in Flames

'Commonsense' Bill? Meet Nonsensical Congress. Student Loan Refinancing Goes Down in Flames
Minnesota Senator Al Franken had a few choice words to say to his colleagues about their refusal to expand refinancing to student loans. "This makes just no sense," he said. "This is a commonsense bill – it would help more than 550,000 Minnesotans who have student debt."
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Franken's Campaign Against Comcast Is No Joke

Franken's Campaign Against Comcast Is No Joke
In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — one of the leading opponents of Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable — stood up for the millions of people in Minnesota and across the country who are facing rising cable and Internet costs. He called the deal bad for consumers, saying it would stifle competition and likely lead to higher costs for Minnesotans who are already being squeezed financially.
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Al Franken Equates Climate Change to Cheetos

Sen. Al Franken says you wouldn't trust a doctor that's being paid by "big snack food" to give you advice if 98 out of 100 doctors were telling you something different. He says that's the same logic you should use with climate change where the vast majority of scientists say climate change is real and we need to do something.
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Senate to Consider Bill Allowing Warrantless Access to Emails

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wants to give law enforcement unlimited access to our email without a warrant. After losing the fight on FISA back in 2007 which allowed warrantless wiretapping and with the elimination of habeaus corpus, this is yet another advance towards making the United States a police state.
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Privacy Concerns Over New FBI Facial Recognition System

In July, Sen. Al Franken opened a Senate hearing on the privacy and civil liberties implications of facial recognition technology, civil liberties, and domestic security by affirming some incontrovertible facts. “You can change your password. You can get a new credit card. But you can’t change your fingerprint, and you can’t change your face,” Franken said. “Unless I guess you go to a great, you know, deal of trouble.”
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