Today began Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearings, with opening remarks from the Senators on the Judiciary Committee, introductions from NY Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and an opening statement
from Judge Sotomayor herself. Among the shouted protests from pro-life advocates in the gallery, highlights included Sen. Lindsay Graham's statement
about what he thinks the advise-and-consent function of the senate should entail, and Sen. Al Franken's first real moment
in the U.S. Congress.
posted by Navelgazer
on Jul 13, 2009 -
Minnesota is a state rich in study material for fans of political oddity. The state has faced famous (and infamous) political news in the last few years, from the legendary surprise independent gubernatorial victory of Jesse "The Body" Ventura
to the tragic death of Senator Paul Wellstone
and its ensuing fallout
, and lunacy
. It holds a unique variation in the usual two-party system with the DFL
replacing the Democratic Party. St. Paul will host the 2008 Republican National Convention
. And now, the ongoing oddity that is Minnesota politics will now enter a new chapter as Comedian Al Franken
, who moved his Air America radio show to his home state of Minnesota a year ago, will be leaving radio in February to run for his late friend Paul Wellstone's old Senate seat
against incumbent Republican incumbent Norm Coleman
. Another unique fact would be should Franken win the DFL nomination, it would be a rare instance of both candidates from the major parties in a statewide race being Jewish- Franken and Coleman are two of the less than 50,000
Jews living in the state.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Jan 31, 2007 -
of the liberal Air America Radio Network
is old news. What's new is a leaked ABC memo to affiliates (.pdf original
) listing 90 corporations and major advertisers that stipulated that their ads not be aired during the broadcast of Air America content.
Is there any hope that radio or television news in the United States can report stories that do not uniformly support the goals and viewpoints of the S&P 500?
There are of course, alternative models
. Is it time for a PBS Newschanel
posted by washburn
on Nov 4, 2006 -
Before Al Franken started calling Rush Limbaugh a big fat idiot, he did a big fat Mick Jagger impression. Enjoy
posted by punkfloyd
on Nov 3, 2006 -
In the latest round
in the Bill O'Reilly vs Al Franken grudge match, Mr. O' Reilly attempts to prove that Mr. Franken isn't a satirist.
posted by jpburns
on Aug 21, 2003 -