Minnesota governor set to name Franken’s Senate replacement

AP-US-Senate-Minnesota Dec 13, 2017 12:10AM (GMT 06:10) – 440 words By KYLE POTTER ,  Associated Press. Eds: Adds details, background. Will be updated from 10 a.m. news conference. With AP Photos. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was set to reveal his choice Wednesday to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, […]

Franken announces resignation from Senate amid allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star. “I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up […]

Announcement coming from Sen. Franken amid fresh accusations

BC-US–Sexual Misconduct-Franken,2nd Ld-Writethru Dec 07, 2017 7:18AM (GMT 13:18) – 849 words By ANDREW TAYLOR ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates summary, headlines. Timing of announcement uncertain. With AP Photos. AP Video. WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Democrat Al Franken, facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct and vanishing support from fellow Democrats, appears to be on the […]

A Question About Sexual Harassment, Al Franken, and James Metts

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, United States Senator Al Franken, democrat of Minnesota, will resign from the Senate as a result of the sexual harassment allegations against him. Almost all of the sexual harassment of women occurred before Franken began serving as a Senator. Question: When Franken announces his resignation do you expect that a large […]

Sen. Franken back to work amid sexual misconduct allegations

BC-US–Sexual Misconduct-Franken,3rd Ld-Writethru Nov 27, 2017 6:56AM (GMT 12:56) – 713 words By ANNE FLAHERTY ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates with CBS interview. With AP Photos. WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said he doesn’t remember whether he touched women inappropriately while having his picture taken with them at campaign events. The Democrat’s comments […]

Franken’s rising political star obscured by accusations

AP-US-Franken’s-Trajectory Nov 23, 2017 8:12PM (GMT 02:12) – 1097 words By ALAN FRAM and KYLE POTTER ,  Associated Press (Eds: Updates with Franken’s Thanksgiving statement of apology and regret. With AP Photos.) WASHINGTON (AP) — “Many of you have jobs, many of you have families,” Sen. Al Franken told Democratic leaders gathered on the eve […]

Democrats also juggling politics of sexual predation

BC-US–Sexual Misconduct-Democrats Nov 23, 2017 12:09AM (GMT 06:09) – 129 words By JULIET LINDERMAN and CALVIN WOODWARD ,  Associated Press Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos. AP Video. WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have been quick to support the women who have publicly accused powerful men of preying on them sexually. But the party is in something […]

Past SNL performers, staff sign statement supporting Franken

AP-US–Sexual Harassment-Franken-SNL Nov 21, 2017 6:48AM (GMT 12:48) – 138 words Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of women who worked alongside Al Franken on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” have signed a statement of support for the Minnesota senator. Last week, broadcaster Leeann Tweeden accused Franken, a Democrat, of forcibly kissing […]

Justice Department: Sessions recused from probe due to campaign

SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Ousted FBI Director James Comey provided a lot of answers during his public testimony before a Senate committee Thursday, but he left one substantial question unanswered: How did the FBI know Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to step aside from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia […]

Supreme Court nominee unscathed facing last day of hearings 

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch enters the third day of his nomination hearings largely unscathed by Democratic attacks, as Republicans confidently predict he will win confirmation despite liberal opposition. A growing number of Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and […]