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Did the Army Corps Just Blink On Its Eviction Notice for Standing Rock?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
Georgianne Nienaber

Late Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) modified its original statement, and after consultation with tribal leaders, issued a new statem...

FCC Investigates Stingray Spies While DAPL Works in Secret at Standing Rock

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Georgianne Nienaber

The organizations submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and North Dakota Open Records Act requests to multiple state and federal agencies in response to the surveillance and arrests of those attempting to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

WATCH: Exposing a Questionable Practice Cloaked in Religion

David Tereshchuk | Posted 05.06.2016 | Media
David Tereshchuk

The Devil is reputed by some to have had all the best tunes. But those claiming to be on the side of the angels can often have the better technique. ...

You're Getting Ripped Off By Forced Mandatory Arbitration -- Here's How to Stop It

Al Franken | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
Al Franken

If you've ever opened a credit card, rented a car or engaged in any number of other routine interactions with big corporations, you've probably had to sign away your right to go to court or band together in a class action with other customers.

The FCC, Net Neutrality, and Corporate Power

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Joseph A. Palermo

For years now the corporate Internet Service Providers have been pushing for a tiered system of Internet delivery. They want the FCC to allow them to construct "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the Internet.

Tomorrow Could Be the Beginning of the End for Net Neutrality. You Should Be Worried.

Al Franken | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Al Franken

There's not one Internet for deep-pocketed corporations and a separate Internet for everyone else -- there's the Internet, and it belongs to all of us. That's the way it's always been. And that's the way it should continue to be.

GOP Senators Block Franken's Mental Health Bill

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

GOP Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Mike Lee (Utah) are blocking legislation sponsored by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) geared at strengthening mental health...

Gerry Smith

Al Franken Disturbed By New iPhone Feature | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.20.2013 | Technology

Sen. Al Franken has sent a letter to Apple's chief executive raising what he says are "substantial privacy questions" about the new iPhone 5S fingerpr...

Isn't There Anybody on Our Side Anymore?

Bill Hillsman | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Bill Hillsman

It's no secret that Americans are losing faith in many of our institutions. It's no wonder, either. Reading the news makes you think that there isn't anybody on our side anymore.

Saving the Democratic Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.09.2012 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Congress should not pass a resolution that lets a few wealthy corporations get away with hijacking our online rights. The open Internet is far too important to the rest of us.

The NBA Lockout, Congress and Senator Herb Kohl

Brian Frederick | Posted 12.11.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

Only Congress can force owners to explain why their own profits should trump the massive public investment we've made in the game. But when Congress is made up of an NBA owner and at least 244 other millionaires, don't hold your breath.

Senator: AT&T-Mobile Deal Would Kill Off Jobs

government Blog | Posted 09.26.2011 | Technology

Opponents and proponents of AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile have not been shy about making their opinions heard. Senator Al Franken, the Sa...

Documentaries Storm the Nation's Capitol at Silverdocs Festival

Michael Rose | Posted 08.28.2011 | Arts
Michael Rose

What do Elmo, the New York Times, McDonald's coffee, transsexual tennis star Renee Richards, a chimp using sign language, electric cars, the real horse whisperer and Al Franken have in common?

Senator Urges Privacy Policies For Apps

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 07.25.2011 | Technology

Following a heated row over smartphone location tracking that culminated in Apple and Google representatives appearing before a Senate Judiciary panel...

Lucia Graves

Watchdog Groups Rally Outside Chamber Of Commerce, As Calls For A Justice Department Investigation Mount | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Watchdog groups rallied outside the Chamber of Commerce Thursday in the wake of a report by a liberal blog that the business lobby could be funding po...

Elena Kagan's Antidote to the Corporate Court: 'A Fair Shake for Every American'

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

The Supreme Court has been transformed into the Corporate Court, and we're all at risk of losing fundamental freedoms and of surrendering the legal system to ever-greater corporate power.

Nothing Should Be Random About Rating Agency Assignments

Sue Allon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sue Allon

Franken's measure was creative, but the diverse range of qualifications among the approved rating agencies is frightening to contemplate if a random assignment was the norm.

Asking Minnesotan Senators to Say NO to War

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

On Tuesday April 13th, over 100 Minnesotans demonstrated outside Senator Amy Klobuchar's office with half of our group eventually going inside to see...

Schools Must Stop Spying on Students : MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer February 24, 2010

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

As the Comcast-NBCU merger nears approval, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota is calling for Comcast to continue to make NBC programs available for free ...

Franken's Amendment; the Power and the Promise

Trish Kinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trish Kinney

Senator Al Franken got my attention and the attention of a lot of other people who care about sexual abuse and violence, with the passing of his Senate Amendment 2566.

Glenn Beck Pays Al Franken A Compliment (AUDIO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Glenn Beck gave an unexpected -- albeit long-winded and backhanded -- compliment to Senator Al Franken on his radio program Wednesday morning. Beck ad...

30 Senators Embarrassed About Their Votes Against Franken Amendment? They Ought To Be

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

These men are so blinded by the power of the conditioning that they've received that they can't, or won't see the women for the corporations.

Al Franken and the Sotomayor Hearings: A Senate Star Is Born

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

While colleagues on both sides of the aisle were debating old stories about the Supreme Court of the 1960s and 1970s, Franken focused like a laser-beam on the activism of the Roberts Court.

Franken's First Time Around: Comedian-Turned-Senator Questioned "Clarence Thomas" In 1991 SNL Sketch (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

This isn't Al Franken's first Supreme Court confirmation hearing. In 1991 he appeared in an opening sketch on "Saturday Night Live" that mocked Claren...

Al Franken Wins Minnesota Senate Race...Again

Paul Begala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Begala

If character were oil, Norm Coleman would be a quart low. He has lost the Minnesota Senate race. He also lost the recount. And the lawsuit. You see a trend here?