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Silicon Valley: Stop The Huge Comcast Merger

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.11.2014 | Technology

After months of silence, the tech industry is calling on regulators to block Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable, saying the deal would allow the ...

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.

Amy Poehler Teams Up With Fellow 'SNL' Alum For Senate Fundraiser

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

"Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler will give a reelection boost to fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) at a Los Angeles f...

Boehner's Dark Secret: 'It's All About the Carrots'

John Blumenthal | Posted 12.08.2013 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

You won't believe what happened to me last night. POTUS finally invites me -- the goddamn Speaker of the House -- to this state dinner at the White House (big deal) and what does he do?

Zach Carter

Another Senator Questions Justice's Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for more information about the Justice Department's prose...

The Best German Wines You've Never Heard Of

Mary Orlin | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home
Mary Orlin

While you've most likely heard of Riesling, you may not know about Franken wine. Not Frankenstein wine but Franken wine.

Gerry Smith

Facial Recognition Technology Threatens Privacy, Civil Liberties, Experts Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 07.18.2012 | Technology

Technology used to identify people in photos has become widespread, and may threaten Americans' privacy and civil liberties if protections are not put...

Senate Democrats Get Pranked Before Christmas

Roll Call | Jessica Estepa | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Senate Historian Donald Ritchie last week regaled the Senate Democrats' lunch with the heartwarming history of the chamber's Secret Santa exchanges....

Mobile Phone Tracking Highlights Need For Baseline Privacy Law

Leslie Harris | Posted 07.10.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Using mobile devices should not mean that consumers are forced to relinquish control of data about them to a weak and unclear legal environment.

Spy vs. Spy As Hackers Square Off Over DC Dirty Tricks

Andrew Kreig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrew Kreig

Famous political reporters typically voice bromides about public moods or trends without probing the arsenal of dirty tricks the pros can use to change public perceptions.

Verizon Throws Fuel on the Net Neutrality Fire

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John Tarnoff

What Big Bandwidth apologists misrepresent as FCC "regulation" of Net Neutrality is actually the preservation of the open market.

Friday Talking Points [136] -- Girding For Battle

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The battle looms. It is, in fact, right over a hill right in front of us. So, are Democrats girding their loins for the fight, and roaring their def...

Al Franken To Hold Fundraiser Featuring Fellow Saturday Night Live Veterans

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is set to reunite with some fellow Saturday Night Live veterans at a Democratic fundraiser this weekend in Los Angeles. The...

Al Franken Went On 'Profanity Laced' Health Care Rant At Obama Adviser During Meeting

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A frustrated Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) launched a profanity-laced diatribe directed at Obama's top adviser, David Axelrod, following meeting between O...

Ryan Grim

Franken Amendment Picks Up Bipartisan Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A critical amendment to the Wall Street reform bill being debated in the Senate this week picked up a key Republican backer Tuesday. The amendment, sp...

Friday Talking Points [110] -- Left Still Waiting For Rahm Apology

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats need to realize that they still have the biggest majority in both houses of Congress that they are likely to see in their lifetimes.

Al Franken: Spars With GOP Leadership On Senate Floor, Accuses Thune Of Not Reading Health Bill (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Al Franken (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) were off the charts on Monday, at least by the Senate's typical debate standards. In response to a speec...

My 2009 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome once again to our year-end wrap-up and awards ceremony. Honesty dictates that I immediately genuflect to The McLaughlin Group, from whom I have stolen all these award categories.

McCain Denied Senator Extra Time To Finish Speaking In 2002

Think Progress | Faiz Shakir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), acting on the orders of the Senate leadership, refused to grant Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) "an additional moment" to...

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...

Friday Talking Points [95] -- A Call To Action

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The progressives and Blue Dogs are going to have a showdown. It is going to culminate not in statements to the press (or the lack thereof), not in some whispered whip count, but rather in a very public vote.

Al Franken Draws Map Of U.S.--From Memory

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Senator Al Franken drew a surprisingly accurate map of all fifty U.S. states at the Minnesota State Fair recently. The senator from Minnesota demons...

Friday Talking Points [92] -- The End Of Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sadly, Obama's speech to school children has become mired in manufactured controversy from the right, with typical sky-is-falling rhetoric about the evil, evil man who occupies the Oval Office.

Obama's Second Hundred Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our look back at Obama's second 100 days will begin with a short overview, and then move on to the categories: "the best of times," "the worst of times," and "the age of (media) foolishness."

I'm Sick of Hearing About the Poor, Poor Millionaires

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats have to get over their knee-jerk reaction to being labeled "tax and spenders" by their opposition. If higher taxes for millionaires are the way to pay for healthcare reform, then let everyone know it, and know why.