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ENG - Alan Stuart "Al" Franken (born May 21, 1951) is the junior United States Senator from Minnesota. He is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which affiliates with the national Democratic Party. Franken achieved prominence as a writer and performer for the television show Saturday Night Live from its inception in 1975 before moving to writing and acting in films and television shows. He then became a political commentator, author of five books and host of a nationally syndicated radio show on the Air America Radio network. In 2008, Franken narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman, by 312 votes, after a mandatory statewide manual recount. Coleman contested the outcome in court, but the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously upheld Franken's victory ...
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Sen. Franken offers effort to pass anti-bullying legislation

Washington, D.C. -- During a press conference today (Thursday, Nov. 18), U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) launched an effort to include his legislation to combat the national crisis of anti-gay bullying and suicides as part of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that Congress will consider next year. Joined by Minnesotan Tammy Aaberg, whose son committed suicide after he faced in-school bullying, Sen. Franken said the recent spate of suicides of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) students underscores the importance of quickly passing the ...

Klobuchar, Franken press for ANWR protection

Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar pressed the Obama administration last week to grant the “strongest possible protections” to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a letter signed by 25 senators. The letter suggests that oil drilling should not occur in the wilderness area. “As we approach the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Dec. 6, 2010, we ask that you grant the Arctic Refuge the strongest possible protections,” the senators said in their letter. “Many Inupiat people across the North Slope have voiced ...

Al Franken Calls the Anti-Trust Cops on Comcast

Comcast executives may think that they made all the right contributions, lobbied all the right players and greased all the right wheels to get control of NBC. But the controversial merger has yet to be approved. So when Comcast announced a new management team for NBC Universal, it sure looked to Minnesota Senator Al Franken as if the cable company was making an illegal attempt to exert control over its takeover target before regulators had completed a required antitrust review. Franken, who (with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders) has emerged as the Senate's steadziest watchdog with ...

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Citing the case of Jamie Leigh Jones, Franken offered an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriation and more...
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