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Al Franken
Born May 21, 1951 (1951-05-21) (age 56)
New York, New York, USA
Education Harvard University
Occupation comedian, actor, author, screenwriter, political commentator, politician and radio host
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Spouse Franni Bryson Franken
Children Thomasin, Joe

Alan Stuart "Al" Franken (born May 21, 1951) is an Emmy Award–winning American comedian, actor, author, screenwriter, political commentator, radio host and, recently, politician. He is noted for his work on Saturday Night Live and his liberal political views. Franken grew up in St. Louis Park, MN, where he attended SLP schools through 10th grade. He transferred to Blake School and graduated in 1969. His older brother, Owen, is a St. Louis Park graduate. On February 14, 2007, Franken announced his candidacy for the 2008 United States Senate election in Minnesota as a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which will select its candidate in the 2008 Minnesota Primary on September 9, 2008. The seat is currently held by Republican Norm Coleman and was previously held by Franken's close friend Paul Wellstone.[1] Image File history File links Ballot_box_current. ... 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Contents

Biography

Personal life

Franken was born in New York, the son of Phoebe G. Kunst, a homemaker and real estate agent, and Joseph P. Franken, a printing salesman.[2][3] Franken had a Jewish upbringing and grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb near Minneapolis. Franken is a distant cousin of CNN's Bob Franken.[4] His older brother, Owen Franken, is a photojournalist. Franken attended St. Louis Park High School until the tenth grade. He graduated in 1969 from The Blake School, where he was on the wrestling team. He attended Harvard College and graduated cum laude in 1973 with a bachelor of arts in general studies.[5] This article is about the state. ... Real estate is a legal term that encompasses land along with anything permanently affixed to the land, such as buildings. ... Sales are the activities involved in providing products or services in return for money or other compensation. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Location in Hennepin County Coordinates: Country United States State Minnesota County Hennepin County Founded 1852 Incorporated November 19, 1886 Government  - Mayor Jeff Jacobs (DFL) Area  - City  10. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Largest metro area Minneapolis-St. ... This article is about the city in Minnesota. ... CNN or Cable News Network is a cable television network that was founded in 1980 by Ted Turner & Reese Schonfeld [1]. It is a division of the Turner Broadcasting System, owned by Time Warner. ... Bob Franken is a correspondent for CNN. Franken was CNNs primary correspondant in President Clintons impeachment. ... Sports photojournalists at Indianapolis Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (i. ... St. ... The Blake School (of Excellence) is a private, college preparatory, non-religiously affiliated, coeducational school serving students in grades PreKindergarten-12. ... Andrell Durden (top) and Edward Harris grapple for position during the All-Marine Wrestle Offs. ... Harvard Yard Harvard College is the undergraduate section and oldest school of Harvard University, founded in 1636 by the Massachusetts Legislature. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ...


Franken met his wife, the former Franni Bryson, in his first year of college at a Harvard-Simmons mixer, and they have been together ever since. They have a daughter, Thomasin, and a son, Joe (both attended New York City's Dalton School). Joe graduated from Princeton University in June 2007. Thomasin was a public school teacher in New York City, with a degree in sociology from Harvard College, but is now volunteering full time with her father's campaign. The Frankens reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Simmons College is a liberal arts womens college in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Dalton School, originally called the Childrens University School,[1] is a private university-preparatory school in New York Citys Upper East Side and a member of both the New York Interschool and the Ivy Preparatory School League. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ... Harvard Yard Harvard College is the undergraduate section and oldest school of Harvard University, founded in 1636 by the Massachusetts Legislature. ... Minneapolis redirects here. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Largest metro area Minneapolis-St. ...


Franken is a Grateful Dead fan and used their songs as bumper music on his radio show. He acknowledged using cocaine while working for Saturday Night Live but no longer uses any illicit drugs.[6] This article is about the band. ... Bumper music is a term used in the radio broadcasting industry to refer to short clips of music used to buffer transitions between programming elements. ...


Writer and performer

Al Franken entertaining at Ramstein Air Base, December 2000.
Al Franken entertaining at Ramstein Air Base, December 2000.

Franken's performing career began in high school, where he and longtime writing partner Tom Davis were known for their humor. Franken honed his writing and performing skills at Minneapolis's Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop theater, specializing in political satire. He and Davis soon found themselves in "a life of near-total failure on the fringes of show business in Los Angeles."[7] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2000x1312, 354 KB) Other versions of this file File links The following pages link to this file: United Service Organizations Al Franken ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2000x1312, 354 KB) Other versions of this file File links The following pages link to this file: United Service Organizations Al Franken ... Boeing C-17A Lot XII Globemaster III Serial 00-0172 Spirit of the Cascades at the Ramstein cargo terminal. ... Tom Davis is a prolific comedy writer and performer. ... Dudley Riggs (born 1932) is a noted improvisational comedian who created the Instant Theater Company, which later moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to become the Brave New Workshop (BNW) comedy troupe. ... The Brave New Workshop (BNW), begun as the Instant Theater Company in New York City, is a satirical theater company that was created in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1958 by Dudley Riggs, with improvised help from Dick Guindon, Irv Letofsky, and Dan Sullivan. ...


Franken and Davis were recruited as two of the original writers (and occasional performers) on Saturday Night Live from 1975 to 1980 and again from 1985 to 1995, although in the latter case only Franken returned as a performer while Davis usually stayed behind the camera. This article is about the American television series. ...


In the first season, as apprentice writers, the two shared a salary of US$350 per week. Franken was awarded seven Emmy nominations and three Emmy Awards for his television writing and production. He created characters such as self-help guru Stuart Smalley and routines such as proclaiming the 1980s to be the "Al Franken Decade." Franken was associated with SNL for over 15 years and in 2002 interviewed former Vice President Al Gore while in character as Smalley. 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 had cameos together in The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash as promoter Ron Decline's (John Belushi) henchmen and in the Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd film Trading Places as the baggage handlers with the gorilla on the train. An Emmy Award. ... Al Franken as Stuart Smalley (right) with Muggsy B. and Charles B. Stuart Smalley is a fictional character that was invented and performed by actor, comedian, author, and political activist Al Franken. ... The Vice President of the United States[1] (sometimes referred to as VPOTUS[2] or Veep) is the first in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death, resignation, or removal of the president. ... This article is about the former Vice President of the United States. ... One More Saturday Night is a 1986 comedy film, written by Al Franken and Tom Davis, and directed by Dennis Klein. ... John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, actor and musician, notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoons Animal House and The Blues Brothers. ... For other uses, see Eddie Murphy (disambiguation). ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... This article is about the 1983 movie. ...


Franken's most notorious SNL performance may have been "A Limo for the Lame-O", a commentary delivered by Franken near the end of the 1979-80 season. Franken mocked controversial NBC president Fred Silverman as "a total unequivocal failure" and displayed a chart showing the poor ratings of NBC programs. Franken proclaimed that Silverman did not deserve a limo, unlike Franken, a comedian on a popular NBC program. As a result of this sketch, Silverman nixed Lorne Michaels's request that Franken succeed him as SNL's head producer, prompting Franken to leave the show when Michaels did, at the end of the 1979-80 season. Franken later returned to the series in 1985, mostly as a writer but also as an occasional performer best known for the Stuart Smalley character. Franken left the show in 1995 in protest over losing the role of "Weekend Update" anchor to Norm MacDonald. Silverman, Time, 1977 Fred Silverman (born September 13, 1937 in New York City) is an American television executive and producer. ... Norman Gene Macdonald (born October 17, 1963) is a Canadian actor and comedian. ...


Besides having written five New York Times bestselling books, three of which reached #1, including Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, Franken wrote the original screenplay and starred in the film Stuart Saves His Family.[8] He also co-wrote the film When A Man Loves A Woman. He co-created and starred in the NBC sitcom LateLine until it was cancelled in its second season. He appeared in the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate as Reporter #1, a role he joked was made specifically for him, saying: "Reporter #1 didn't appear in the original version."[citation needed] The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... A bestseller is a book that is identified as extremely popular by its inclusion on a list of top-sellers. ... Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot And Other Observations (audio CD) (1996) Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations (ISBN 0385314744) is a 1996 book by liberal author and comedian Al Franken. ... Stuart Saves His Family is a 1995 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, and based on a series of popular Saturday Night Live sketches from the early-to-mid 1990s. ... When a Man Loves a Woman is a 1994 drama film, starring Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan, Tina Majorino, Mae Whitman, Ellen Burstyn and Lauren Tom. ... Lateline (news) is a current affairs television program in Australia. ... The Manchurian Candidate is a 1959 thriller novel written by Richard Condon, later adapted into films in 1962 and 2004. ...


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. Several years later, he became the first nationally syndicated radio talk show host to visit Iraq,[citation needed] where he headlined two USO shows while traveling with Russell Burnham, the U.S. Army Soldier of the Year. Franken has done seven USO tours to date, his most recent being in mid-December 2006. Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... John F. Kennedy School of Government The John F. Kennedy School of Government is a public policy school and one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. ... The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy[1] at Harvard University explores the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice, striving to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars, and between them and the press. ... USO is a TLA that may stand for: Unidentified submarine object Udaipur Solar Observatory Ultra stable oscillator Unidentified submarine object or Unidentified swimming object or Unidentified submersible object Union der Schülerorganisationen (uso. ... Spc. ...


Since May 2005, Franken has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post. Franken's most recent book, The Truth (with jokes), was released on October 25, 2005. Logo of Huffington Post The Huffington Post (often referred to on the Internet as HuffPo or HuffPost) is a politically liberal online news website and aggregated weblog founded by Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer, featuring hyperlinks to various news sources and columnists. ... The Truth (with jokes) is the title of an Al Franken book released in October 2005. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In June 2003, Franken wrote a satirical letter to then Attorney General John Ashcroft in which he asked Ashcroft to be a role model for the youth of America by sharing "a moment when you were tempted to have sex, but were able to overcome your urges through willpower and strength of character."[9] Franken proposed including the contribution in a book he claimed to be writing called Savin' It! The following month, Franken explained that the subject matter of his book and the purpose of his abstinence letter to the Attorney General were in fact satirical and apologized for "any discomfort" caused to conservative leaders, stating that they would receive a letter of apology. Seal of the United States Department of Justice The United States Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice (see 28 U.S.C. Â§ 503) concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government. ... John David Ashcroft (born May 9, 1942) is an American politician who was the 79th United States Attorney General. ...


Radio show

Main article: The Al Franken Show
Al Franken at the 2006 Time 100, as covered on the blog Rocketboom.
Al Franken at the 2006 Time 100, as covered on the blog Rocketboom.

Franken signed a one-year contract in early 2004 to become a talk show host for Air America Radio's flagship program with co-host Katherine Lanpher, who remained with the show until October 2005. The network's launch began with the inaugural broadcast on March 31, 2004, at noon EST. The show was originally named The O'Franken Factor but was renamed The Al Franken Show on July 12, 2004. Franken's last radio show on Air America Radio was aired on February 14, 2007. In the last segment of the show, Franken announced his candidacy for the United States Senate. The Al Franken Show is the flagship talk show of Air America Radio. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1258x706, 263 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Al Franken Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1258x706, 263 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Al Franken Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... The 2005 cover of Time magazine that featured the Time 100 The Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, as assembled by Time. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Rocketboom is a three-minute daily vlog presented in the format of a newscast with a comedic slant. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... Former Air America logo, 2004-2007 Air America Radio is a talk radio network and program syndication service in the United States. ... Katherine Lanpher Katherine Lanpher, born May 27, 1959, was until recently a talk radio personality, and previously an award-winning journalist and newspaper columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer-Press. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... The Al Franken Show is the flagship talk show of Air America Radio. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States...


Fox News Conflict

Main article: Fox v. Franken

In August 2003, when Penguin Books published Franken's book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, Fox News sued, claiming infringement of its registered trademark phrase "Fair and Balanced." Fox was unsuccessful, with the federal judge finding the lawsuit to be "wholly without merit." The debacle with Fox focused a great deal of media attention upon Franken's book and is credited with enhancing its sales. Reflecting on the lawsuit during an interview on the National Public Radio program Fresh Air on September 3, 2003, Franken said that Fox's case against him was "literally laughed out of court" and added that the judge's comment that the case was "wholly without merit" was a good characterization of Fox News itself.[10] The book that caused the lawsuit Fox News Network, LLC, v. ... It has been suggested that Penguin Modern Poets, Penguin Great Ideas be merged into this article or section. ... Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right is a book of political commentary and satire by comedian and political commentator Al Franken, published in 2003 by Dutton, a subsidiary in the Penguin Group. ... Fox News Channels slogan is We Report, You Decide The Fox News Channel is a U.S. cable and satellite news channel. ... The book that caused the lawsuit Fox News Network, LLC, v. ... “(TM)” redirects here. ... Civil action redirects here. ... NPR redirects here. ... For the Scottish student radio station, see Fresh Air (Edinburgh). ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Political action

Franken speaking in New York City
Franken speaking in New York City

On SNL's Weekend Update segment in the late 1970s, Al Franken spoofed his ideas with a familiar line: "Vote for me, Al Franken. You'll be glad you did!"[5] In 1999, Franken released a parody book, Why Not Me?, detailing his election to the Presidency in 2000. He had been a strong supporter of Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone. Wellstone's death in a plane crash shortly before the 2002 Senate election had an effect on Franken. After the funeral, Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk radio hosts criticized the remembrance ceremony and its participants for alleged overt displays of left-wing political sentiment; columnists Peggy Noonan and Chris Caldwell asserted 20,000 people booed Trent Lott. Franken, who was in attendance, strongly denied there was widespread jeering and stated: "Along with everyone else, I cried, I laughed, I cheered. It was, to my mind, a beautiful four-hour memorial. I didn't boo. Neither did 22,800 of the some 23,000 people there."[11] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1157x1282, 1634 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Al Franken Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1157x1282, 1634 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Al Franken Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... SNL could mean: Saturday Night Live Scots National League This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For the 1999 French film, see Why Not Me? (film) . Franken on book tour Why Not Me? The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency is a satirical novel by comedian Al Franken detailing his unlikely candidacy to become the President of the United States in... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was an American politician and two-term U.S. Senator from Minnesota. ...  Republican hold  Republican pickup  Democratic holdhttp://en. ... For other uses, see Limbaugh. ... Conservative may refer to: Conservatism, political philosophy A member of a Conservative Party Conservative extension, premise of deductive logic Conservativity theorem, mathematical proof of conservative extension Conservative Judaism britney spears Category: ... In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition... Peggy Noonan (born Margaret Ellen Noonan on September 7, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York) is an author of seven books on politics, religion and culture, a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and was a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. ... Chester Trent Lott Sr. ...


Franken said he learned that 21% of Americans received most of their news from talk radio, an overwhelmingly conservative medium at the time. Said Franken, "I didn't want to sit on the sidelines, and I believed Air America could make a difference."[5] In November 2003, Franken publicly considered moving back to his home state of Minnesota to run for the Senate. The seat once held by Wellstone, now occupied by Republican Norm Coleman, was to be contested in the 2008 election. In 2005, Franken took the first step, announcing 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."[12] He said that he would run as a Democrat, stating that "Democrats care so much more for the poor than Republicans do."[citation needed] See Norman Jay Coleman for the former secretary of Agriculture. ...


Franken's books express strong support for pro-choice views, gun control laws, same-sex marriage, environmental protections and a revamped, more progressive income tax system. In the postscript of The Truth (with jokes), Franken joked that if elected to the Senate, in the two-week window between the Senate's swearing in and Bush's leaving office, he would push for a "quickie impeachment." Issues of discussion Pro-choice describes the political and ethical view that a woman should have complete control over her fertility and pregnancy. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Gun politics. ... One of four newly wedded same-sex couples in a public wedding at Taiwan Pride 2006. ... A progressive tax, or graduated tax, is a tax that is larger as a percentage of income for those with larger incomes. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Depiction of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, then President of the United States, in 1868. ...


In late 2005, Franken started his own political action committee called Midwest Values PAC. By early 2007, the PAC had raised more than US$1 million.[13][14] In the United States, a political action committee, or PAC, is the name commonly given to a private group organized to elect or defeat government officials in order to promote legislation, often supporting the groups special interests. ... Midwest Values PAC (MVP) is a political action committee or PAC that was founded by political satirist, best selling author, and radio host Al Franken in the fall of 2005. ...


Franken was the subject of the 2006 documentary film Al Franken: God Spoke, which premiered in April 2006 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. It was released nationally on September 13 of the same year.[15] Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal 2005 The TriBeCa Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro in a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the TriBeCa neighborhood in Manhattan. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


2008 U.S. Senate campaign

Al Franken campaigning for U.S. Senate
Al Franken campaigning for U.S. Senate
Main article: United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2008

On January 29, 2007, Al Franken announced his departure from Air America Radio.[16] On the day of his final show, February 14, Franken formally announced that he would run for the United States Senate from Minnesota in 2008.[17] He was challenged for the nomination by several other Democrats, including Mike Ciresi, a wealthy trial lawyer; Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, a professor, author, and activist; and Jim Cohen, an attorney and human rights activist.[18] Top challenger Mike Ciresi and Jim Cohen have since dropped out; as a result, Franken appears to have cemented his candidacy for the 2008 election.[19] The 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate election will take place on November 4, 2008. ... is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Former Air America logo, 2004-2007 Air America Radio is a talk radio network and program syndication service in the United States. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Largest metro area Minneapolis-St. ... Mike Ciresi Michael Ciresi is an American attorney and candidate for the United States Senate in Minnesota in 2006. ... Jim Cohen (born August 2, 1942) is an American Human Rights Activist, Attorney, Natinal Environmental Leader and Political Candidate for the United States Senate seat from Minnesota currently held by Republican Norm Coleman. ...



On April 13, 2007, Al Franken's campaign finance report was filed. He was able to raise US$1.35 million dollars in the first quarter of 2007. The incumbent senator, Norm Coleman, was able to raise US$1.53 million dollars.[20] On July 8, 2007, the Franken campaign stated that it expected to announce that Franken had outfundraised Coleman during the second quarter of the year, taking in US$1.9 million to Coleman's US$1.6 million,[21][22] although as of early July 2007, Coleman's US$3.8 million cash on hand exceeded Franken's US$2 million.[22] is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... See Norman Jay Coleman for the former secretary of Agriculture. ... is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Views

Franken has been a vocal critic of the Iraq War for several years and opposed the 2007 troop surge. However, he didn't criticize the invasion at the time, a fact he often admitted, with regret, on his radio program. In an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough,[23] Franken said that he "believed Colin Powell," whose presentation at the United Nations convinced him that the war was necessary. Franken now believes that Congress should refuse to pass appropriations bills to fund the war if they don't include timetables for leaving Iraq. In an interview with Josh Marshall, Franken said of the Democrats, "I think we've gotta make [Bush] say, 'OK, I'm cutting off funding because I won't agree to a timetable.'"[24] For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... “The New Way Forward” redirects here. ... For the news website, see msnbc. ... For the artist of the same, see Joe Scarborough (artist) Charles Joseph Joe Scarborough (born April 9, 1963) is the host of the program Morning Joe and former host of Scarborough Country on MSNBC and served in the United States House of Representatives, from 1995 to 2001, as a Republican... UN and U.N. redirect here. ... A screenshot of TPMs old format Joshua Micah Marshall (born February 15, 1969 in St. ...


Franken favors transitioning to a universal health care system, with the proviso that every child in America should receive health care coverage immediately. He believes that private pensions and Social Security should be protected.[25][26] He wants to cut tax breaks for oil companies, increase money available for college students and cut interest rates on student loans.[27] Universal health care refers to government mandated programs intended to ensure that all citizens, and sometimes permanent residents, of a governmental region have access to most types of health care. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Social Security, in the United States, currently refers to the Federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program. ... Student loans are loans offered to students to assist in payment of the costs of professional education. ...


Other notable events

Palace Theatre Rally

During the 2004 presidential election, Franken was at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire, attending a rally for governor Howard Dean in his bid for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. A heckler attempted to shout down the governor, who was taking questions from the audience. When theater manager Peter Ramsey tried to calm the situation, the man began pushing and elbowing Ramsey. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, at that point Franken assisted Ramsey by temporarily restraining the heckler. When a second heckler appeared, "Franken and three other men escort[ed] the second heckler out the stage door."[28] The first heckler then left quietly after Ramsey threatened to call the police. Franken said he wasn't backing Dean, but that he was upholding the right to free speech, and that he "would have done it if [the heckler] was a Dean supporter at a Kerry rally." Nickname: Location in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Coordinates: Country United States State New Hampshire County Hillsborough County Incorporated 1751 Government  - Mayor Frank Guinta (R) Area  - City  34. ... For other uses, see New Hampshire (disambiguation). ... Howard Brush Dean III (born November 17, 1948) is an American politician and physician from the U.S. state of Vermont, and currently the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the central organ of the Democratic Party at the national level. ... A heckler is a person who shouts an uninvited comment, usually disparaging, at a performance or event, or interrupting set-piece speeches, for example at a political meeting. ... The New Hampshire Union Leader is the daily newspaper of Manchester, the largest city in the state of New Hampshire. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ...


Bibliography

Books by Al Franken

The Truth (with jokes) is the title of an Al Franken book released in October 2005. ... Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right is a book of political commentary and satire by comedian and political commentator Al Franken, published in 2003 by Dutton, a subsidiary in the Penguin Group. ... Oh, the Things I Know! is a 2003 book written by Al Franken that offers humorous life advice on everything from dating to getting a good job. ... For the 1999 French film, see Why Not Me? (film) . Franken on book tour Why Not Me? The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency is a satirical novel by comedian Al Franken detailing his unlikely candidacy to become the President of the United States in... Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot And Other Observations (audio CD) (1996) Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations (ISBN 0385314744) is a 1996 book by liberal author and comedian Al Franken. ...

CDs and compilations

  • The Al Franken Show Party Album
  • The O'Franken Factor Factor - The Best of the O'Franken Factor
  • Best democracy money can buy: the truth about corporate cons, globalization, and high-finance fraudsters, with Greg Palast (2004)

Greg Palast is a New York Times-bestselling author[1] and a journalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation[2] as well as the British newspaper The Observer. ...

Filmography

Tanner on Tanner was a 2004 comedy and the sequel series to the 1988 Robert Altman written and Garry Trudeau directed mini-series about a failed presidential candidate. ... The Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 U.S. American film based on the 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon, and a reimagining of the previous 1962 film. ... Harvard Man is a 2001 feature film written and directed by James Toback. ... The projectile, as pictured in an engraving from the 1872 Illustrated Edition. ... Stuart Saves His Family is a 1995 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, and based on a series of popular Saturday Night Live sketches from the early-to-mid 1990s. ... This article is about the 1983 movie. ... The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ...

References

  1. ^ Chris Rovzar; Jessica Pressler. "Al Franken Decides He's Good Enough, Smart Enough to Run for Senate", New York Magazine, 1 February 2007. Retrieved on 2008-02-16. 
  2. ^ Ancestry of Al Franken
  3. ^ Al Franken Biography (1951?-)
  4. ^ "CNN Newsnight Aaron Brown, April 29, 2002 transcript", CNN, April 29, 2002. Retrieved on 2007-02-16. 
  5. ^ a b c Vote for Me, Al Franken, Richard Corliss, Time magazine, February 14, 2007.
  6. ^ Cox, Ana Marie (2007-04-05). Don't Laugh at Al Franken. CNN/Time. Retrieved on 2007-08-19.
  7. ^ Hill, Doug and Weingrad, Jeff, Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live (Vintage Books, 1987) ISBN 0-394-75053-5
  8. ^ The Al Franken Show from Woolsey Hall (2005-11-08).
  9. ^ Franken's Letters to John Ashcroft from The Smoking Gun
  10. ^ Saulny, Susan (August 23, 2003). In Courtroom, Laughter at Fox and a Victory for Al Franken. The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved on 2005-10-05.
  11. ^ Reflections on the Wellstone Memorial and the King Funeral, Al Franken, Huffington Post, February 11, 2006.
  12. ^ Kuhn, David Paul. "Senator Franken?", Salon.com, April 28, 2005. Retrieved on 2007-02-15. 
  13. ^ Chris Cilizza (2007-02-05). Minnesota Senate: Is Franken the Dems' Dream Candidate?. washingtonpost.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-08.
  14. ^ Doggone It, People Like Him. Mother Jones (2007-09-01). Retrieved on 2007-09-01.
  15. ^ Al Franken: God Spoke at the Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ Franken off the air, Aaron Blake, The Hill, January 30, 2007.
  17. ^ Cooper, Peter. "Franken enters Minn. Senate race", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 14, 2007. 
  18. ^ Condon, Peter. Franken to seek nomination in U.S. senate race, Globe and Mail, February 14, 2007
  19. ^ http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/senate/16463506.html, Pat Doyle and Kevin Duchschere. Retrieved 11 March 2008
  20. ^ Al Franken's Senate campaign gets off to big start, CNN.com, April 14, 2007.
  21. ^ Franken Raises Over $1.9 Million In Second Quarter. Al Franken for Senate (8 July 2007). Retrieved on 2008-02-16.
  22. ^ a b Mulcahy, Mike (2007-07-09). Franken leads the pack in second quarter fundraising. Polinaut. MPR. Retrieved on 2007-07-17.
  23. ^ Transcript, "Scarborough Country," MSNBC, December 7, 2005,
  24. ^ http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/014615.php, Joshua Marshall, June 14, 2007
  25. ^ Al on the Issues. Al Franken for Senate (2008). Retrieved on 2008-02-16.
  26. ^ They love him, but it's a tough crowd, Rachel Stassen-Berger, St. Paul Pioneer Press, February 18, 2007.
  27. ^ Al Franken Talks Politics, Sarah Kirchner, Alberta Lea Tribune, February 21, 2007.
  28. ^ Al Franken Rousts Heckler From Dean Rally, a January 2004 New Hampshire Union Leader article

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