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Franken: It Will Take More than a Synonym to Save Trump

“It wasn’t that long ago that nearly every Trump tweet included a NO COLLUSION! But those have become few and far between since Giuliani came up with ‘collusion isn’t a crime.’ The thing is, collusion IS a crime, if you collude with somebody to break a law. That’s called ‘conspiracy’… You can’t get out of a crime by finding a synonym. … If that were the case, all any criminal defense lawyer would need is a thesaurus… This is the kind of insult to everyone’s intelligence that Trump specializes in.”

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In Minnesota They Don’t Want Franken to Resign

50% to 42%

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Minnesota finds that a majority of voters don’t think Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) should resign, 50% to 42%. Franken’s continued popularity is being driven especially by women. 57% of them like the job he’s doing to 37% who don’t.

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Franken Laments Loss of the War for Truth

“As I leave the Senate, I have to admit that it feels like we’re losing the war for truth. Maybe it’s already lost. If that’s what happens, then we have lost the ability to have the kinds of arguments that help build consensus.”

— Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), quoted by the Washington Post, in his final speech on the Senate floor.

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Only 22 Percent Say Franken Should Not Resign

22%

A new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll in Minnesota finds that just 22% of Minnesotans surveyed said Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) should remain in office. Another 33% say he should resign, while 36% say he should wait for results of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

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Senators Asked Comey to Investigate Sessions

“We are concerned about Attorney General Sessions’ lack of candor to the committee and his failure thus far to accept responsibility for testimony that could be construed as perjury.”

— From a letter signed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) asking then-FBI Director James Comey to investigate Attorney General Jeff Sessions, “amid concerns that he may have had an additional meeting with the Russian ambassador the United States, Sergey Kislyak,” CNN reports.

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Franken Hates Cruz

“I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz, and I hate Ted Cruz.”

— Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), in an interview with USA Today.

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During DOMA Hearing, Sen. Franken Catches Anti-Gay ‘Expert’ Citing False Data

TPM Muckraker:

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) took on a representative of the conservative group Focus on the Family for mischaracterizing a study on “nuclear families” at a hearing on a bill which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Franken noted that the group’s testimony listed the benefits of children “living with their biological and/or adopted mothers and fathers” as surpassing those of children “living in any other family form.” He observed they listed a Department of Health and Human Services study as backing that up.

“I actually checked it out,” Franken said in reference to the study FOF’s Thomas Minnery has cited. He then observed it uses the term “nuclear families” without specifically mentioning “opposite sex married families.”

“Isn’t it true, Mr. Minnery, that a married same-sex couple that has had or adopted kids would fall under the definition of a nuclear family in the study that you cite?” Franken asked.

“I think that the study, when it cites nuclear families would mean a family headed by a husband and wife,” Minnery said.
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“It doesn’t,” Franken said, getting laughs from the audience.