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Al Franken

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Fire Alarms And Dirty Disses In My Horrible Club Night

    On Friday night, I took some friends to Marie's Crisis piano bar (59-Grove Street) to show off how popular I am there. The coat check/door guy always plucks me off the line and gives me a big welcome right out of Hello, Dolly! But there was some new schmo in his place. I waited my turn and as I fina ... More >>

  • News

    May 30, 2012
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    January 25, 2012

    Tea Party Princess

    Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Live: Megafaun Keep The Lower East Side Weird

    ​Megafaun Mercury Lounge Saturday, September 24 Better than: More than a few '90s Dead shows I could mention. Set openers don't get much more inviting than "Real Slow," a slyly seductive scene setter wherein "people come from miles just to take a seat and watch the show." Better yet, North C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Matt Drudge, David Axelrod, and Tina Brown All Still Use AOL Email Addresses

    ~*xoMattDrudgexo*~@aol.com​You know who still uses an antique AOL email account, apart from your mom? A lot of really famous and important people. Politico's Ben Smith argues today that the outdated email service has actually gone from uncool and dated all the way back around to being a "status sy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Your iPhone Records Where You've Been; What Are You Going To Do About It, Chump?

    ​The tech world is having itself a little freak-out over the news that iPhones using iOS4 (the latest operating system) have been saving users' location data whenever they make a cell call. Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden discovered a hidden file in the phone's operating system that keeps track ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Barack Obama Kicks Don't Ask, Don't Tell to the Curb

    ​We've been following Don't Ask, Don't Tell since Senator Barack Obama was campaigning on its repeal. After all these years, watching the ceremony in which he kicked it to the curb, in person, was a special kind of early Christmas gift. The event was not held at the White House, but in an aud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Mike Bloomberg's Girlfriend Diana Taylor Said (By Bored Press) to Consider Senate Run

    ​We thought the age of celebrity candidates ended with Jesse Ventura. Then, with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Then, with Al Franken. Then, with Caroline Kennedy, Mort Zuckerman, Larry Kudlow... Oh, who are we kidding, it never ends. Now we hear "multiple sources confirm" that Mike Bloomberg's girlf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    John Mellencamp Proposed to Replace Evan Bayh in Senate Race

    ​Now that Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is out of the picture, some people are pushing for John Mellencamp, aka John Cougar, aka John Camp Cougarmellen, to run on the Democratic line for his seat. Mellencamp is from Indiana, where he was born in a small town, and lives in Bloomington, which he a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    5 Things Conan O'Brien Can Do Besides Fight/Accept the Jay Leno Putsch

    ​The Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien thing is all over the place, with Leno being invited to move his underwatched show from 10 to 11 p.m. and Tonight Show host O'Brien, facing a later start and feeling the squeeze, reportedly in talks with Fox. Should O'Brien jump ship? Or sit tight, and pick up whate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Which Celebrity Do You Most Resemble?

    ​For me it's Ashton Kutcher, I mean Danny DeVito. And through the years I've also gotten mistaken for icons like Richard Benjamin, Al Franken, and Linda Hunt.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Sotomayor Approved by Judiciary Committee

    Sonia Sotomayor's appointment to the Supreme Court has just been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee en banc. All the Democrats (Herb Kohl, Dianne Feinstein, Russell Feingold, Chuck Schumer, Benjamin Cardin, Dick Durbin, Al Franken, Sheldon Whitehouse, Amy Klobuchar, Ed Kaufman, Arlen Specter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Sotomayor Hearings, Expected Confirmation a Conservative Triumph, Say Rightbloggers

    Seen from a normal perspective, the Sotomayor hearings had to be a disappointment to rightbloggers. She appears on course to be confirmed (Conservative Crusader saw the writing on the wall even by Monday: "RACIST ANTI-CONSTITUTION SOTOMAYOR TO BE CONFIRMED TO SCOTUS"). And despite some hard quest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Update on the Damn Sotomayor Hearings

    Yesterday Al Franken reminisced with Sonia Sotomayor about Perry Mason. Today Arlen Specter asks if she'd like TV cameras in the Supreme Court. Sotomayor tells John Cornyn she won't use foreign law to interpret the constitution. Tom Coburn asks her if she's worried that gun control would take t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Dance troupe, Governor's Island. Boy, what a week. Gay Pride was effulgent as ever with three D.A. candidates voguing for the cameras, but marred by a gay-bashing on the Upper East Side. The authorities got involved and the cops went to work, and now it looks like there have been more such incide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Down With Al Franken!

    I'm beyond horrified that Al Franken will be sworn in as a Minnesota senator. Not because of his liberal politics, mind you--I adore them-- but because people sometimes mistake me for the comic-turned-politico, and I was secretly hoping he'd go away so this wouldn't happen anymore. I am not making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Al Franken Ruled Winner in 2008 Senate Race by MN Supremes; Next Stop SCOTUS? (Update: Coleman Concedes)

    Look, at least we're not the only state where democracy is a thing of the past: the Norm Coleman-Al Franken Senate election has been in the courts since freaking November 2008. Today the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled 5-0 that Franken had in fact won the thing, using the old and generally disregarde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Coleman Concedes, Franken is Minnesota Senator

    After telling us that his wife had been praying the rosary in Rome (?), Norm Coleman congratulated Al Franken on becoming the next Senator from Minnesota. Then he said a bunch of other stuff about voters' rights and the people of Minnesota, but who cares? This fucking thing is done. Hooray for the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Arlen Specter Turns Into a Democrat

    They're having a hard time getting Al Franken to take a seat in the Senate, so in the meantime Democrats will have to make do with a new seat in Pennsylvania: Senator Arlen Specter is switching parties. "I have been a Republican since 1966," says the rightwing's bete noir in a statement. "Last year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Interview: Janeane Garofalo on 24, Henry Rollins, and Her Inevitable Run for Junior Senator of Minnesota

    "When Rush Limbaugh visited the set, and when Lynne Cheney visited the set, I refused to have my picture taken with them or meet them or anything." Janeane Garofalo is known for biting standup, stints on SNL, The Larry Sanders Show and The West Wing, and her pioneering contributions to Air Americ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    After NY-20 Election, Spin War Begins

    We'll have to wait a few weeks for the absentee ballots and inevitable court challenges to tell us who won last night's Tedisco-Murphy special election in New York's 20th Congressional District. But with national attention focused on the race, operatives are struggling to paint the tie in a good lig ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 1, 2009

    LET'S BE FRANKEN

    No separation between comic and state

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    DOJ Sues to Make Sure Overseas Votes Count in NY-20

    The USDOJ is suing the State of New York in regard to the upcoming special election in the 20th Congressional District between Scott Murphy and Jim Tedisco. Already the jackboot heel of Obama presses on Liberty's neck! Get out the shootin' ahrns! Just kidding. Justice is suing on behalf of the Defe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Out There In The Dark: Rightbloggers Go Hollywood!

    As we get closer to the actual transition, rightbloggers are shifting gears. They're losing interest in the remaining pre-inaugural Obama business. We probably won't see anything like the Hillary Clinton Constitutional crisis again. Leon Panetta's CIA appointment drew some criticism on the grounds t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Burris Turned Away, Franken Stays Away

    Blagojevich Senate appointee Roland Burris went to the Capitol this morning for the opening of the 111th Congress and was sent away, as promised, by Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson. Burris left after a 20-minute conversation, details of which are regrettably unavailable. Burris says he is loo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Al Franken Certified; Fraud at Polls!

    After a long series of recounts, challenges, etc., the Minnesota Board of Canvassers has certified the election of comedian Al Franken to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota. Stuart Smalley is in! Anticipating this result, the Wall Street Journal tells its readers that it's all a fix: "Strange things kee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    GOP, Feeling Left Out, May Refuse to Seat a Senator

    It's not just Democrats who get to contest a U.S. Senator. On the heels of Democratic machinations to keep Rod Blagojevich appointee Roland Burris from taking a Senate seat, Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas says that he will rebuff any attempt to seat Al Franken if Democrats attempt to seat h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Two Local Elections Still Being Recounted

    You may be looking at the late vote recounts involving Ted Stevens in Alaska and Al Franken in Minnesota and thinking, well, thank God we're beyond all that. Don't sniff too soon. The Observer reports today that they're still sifting the Frank Padavan-James Gennaro State Senate race results (Padavan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Mopping Up: Local Election Results Mostly Expected

    There are still some undecided races out there. Al Franken is getting a recount in Minnesota. And Missouri, Indiana and North Carolina's electoral votes are not yet settled. But in New York most things were wrapped up early, and one thing that was quickly apparent was that the State Assembly and th ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 5, 2008
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    October 30, 2008

    Midday Politics: Coleman Sues, Queens Candidates "Battle Down to the Wire"

    And you thought the lawsuits would come after the election: CityPages breaks the story that Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman is suing challenger Al Franken for "running false attacks against a political candidate" for saying in an ad Coleman was "living almost rent-free." Coleman had previously filed, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008
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    March 6, 2007

    Air America's Green Revolution

    New York City's most famous gadfly tries to rescue the liberal radio network

  • Columns

    September 12, 2006
  • Film

    September 5, 2006
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    May 9, 2006
  • Film

    April 11, 2006

    Best in Show

    The Top 40 Picks of the Tribeca Film Festival

  • Screens

    November 8, 2005
  • Music

    May 3, 2005

    Like No Other Night

    A traditional gathering for the city's hip Jewish arts family

  • News

    July 20, 2004

    Conspiracy Leery

    How to remake a classic paranoid thriller without stepping on any toes

  • News

    July 20, 2004

    Democratic Convention, Celebrity Heaven

    Big stars and immigrant delivery people in Kerry's paradise

  • Columns

    April 20, 2004
  • NYC Life

    March 30, 2004

    Over It!

    Politicking With Michael Stipe; Hanging With The Hansons; Slash In Soho

  • NYC Life

    January 13, 2004
  • Books

    August 19, 2003
  • News

    July 15, 2003

    Reading From Left to Right

    Conservative Books! At a Store Near You!

  • Music

    July 15, 2003

    New Kinds of Monsters

    Metal's Diverse Underground Leaves Metallica in the Dust

  • News

    July 25, 2000

    Hell-Raising in Philly

    An Activist’s Guide to Protests Outside the Republican Convention

  • Columns

    March 30, 1999

    NY Mirror

    On the Academy Awards, I loved the quick cut to Warren and Annette after Whoopi's crack about older men and younger women.

  • News

    March 16, 1999

    Shtick & Soul

    Al Franken Mainstreams the L-Word

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