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Videos Explode Teabaggers' Health Care Myths

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 1:02 PM

You may have heard that "Obamacare" will euthanize Grandma and force you to lose your medicare coverage. You may have heard that veterans will lose coverage and small businesses will suffer.


These videos from the White House cite chapter and verse of the the health care...

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Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings: Live 9 AM CT/10 AM ET

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 11:05 AM

Hi, UpTakers. We're partnering with Mother Jones to bring you live the Sotomayor Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Join us live today, July 13th, at 9 AM CT/10 AM ET. Comment in the blog, ask questions of our panelists and watch history in action. You can drop by our front page...

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Coleman v Franken: The Appeal, June 1, 9 AM

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2009 | 4:07 PM

A reminder for all you Minnesota Senate race junkies that Coleman's presenting his appeal tomorrow, Monday, June 1, at 9 AM. You'll all recognize that stuffy little room: it's the same place the Election Contest was, though you'll see different faces in the judges' chairs. The UpTake will have...

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Cap and Tirade: Bachmann Repeats Falsehood

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2009 | 4:57 PM

Representative Michele Bachmann (MN-6) is still spreading false information regarding an MIT study on cap and trade.

She held two townhalls today to discuss proposals for a cap and trade program to abet greenhouse gasses. She was joined by Chris Horner, a lawyer for the Competitive Enterprise Institute. They...

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Minnesota's US Senate Election - What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2009 | 1:37 PM

It's the longest election in Minnesota's history, and it's still not over. But a ruling from Minnesota's election contest court may have signaled the beginning of the end of Minnesota's US Senate race. Former Senator Norm Coleman's chances of winning the election...

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Live Video: Coleman v Franken US Senate Seat Trial

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2009 | 3:13 PM

Former US Senator Norm Coleman's campaign is in court today trying to convince a three judge panel to overturn Al Franken's 225 vote lead in Minnesota's US Senate race.

Today the Coleman Campaign is grilling the Minnesota Deputy Secretary of State trying to prove that about 5,000 to 12,000...

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On Eve of Trial, Franken Jokes with his Radio Base (Exclusive Video)

(5) Comments | Posted January 27, 2009 | 9:38 AM

US Senate Candidate Al Franken was loose and making jokes as his legal team prepared for Monday's election contest trial that could determine who is Minnesota's next US Senator.

After a state-wide hand recount, Franken holds a 225-vote lead over former US Senator...

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The Minnesota Senate Election Contest - Live!

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2009 | 8:52 AM

The Minnesota Senate Election Contest has begun! The three-judge panel will convene each weekeday from 9 AM - 4:30 PM (in Central time), and we'll be there live. Join us on our live blog on the front page, or below:

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Franken vs. Coleman: The Election Contest, 11 AM CST

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2009 | 10:59 PM

Tomorrow begins the prelimnary steps in the Minnesota Senate race's election contest. Lawyers for Franken and Coleman will go to head in the contest's first proceedings. Join us live from the courtroom - we'll have video, and our usual live blog.

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Franken's Motion to Dismiss: 2:30 PM CST Today

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 1:02 PM

Today in snowy Minnesota, a three-panel judge will hear the first motion in the Senate race's election contest: the Franken campaign's motion to dismiss the whole darn thing. Franken says state law prevents a re-do of the recount; Coleman says the opposite. This motion isn't expected to pass, so we're...

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Live from DC: The UpTake Live Blogs

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2009 | 4:41 PM

I don't have to tell you this, but for the sake of an intro, I'll say it anyway: six million thousand hundred people are descending upon DC as we speak. The UpTake has a few correspondents in the mix, sniffing out stories. We'll have our usual live blog rolling at...

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Video: Coleman Campaign Snubs The UpTake And Gets Unintended Results

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2009 | 4:42 PM

When you call a press conference, it is usually to disseminate information. Not so with the Norm Coleman campaign this election season. The Coleman campaign has repeatedly denied The UpTake and other independent media access to its press conferences when they are held at the campaign's headquarters.


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Norm Coleman Speaks at 3pm CT- Watch It Live Here

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2009 | 10:35 AM

Norm Coleman will speak to the press for first time since the Minnesota Canvassing Board certified that Al Franken is leading the Minnesota US Senate race by 225 votes. The UpTake which has been covering the recount in Minnesota live for nearly two months now, will of course cover...

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Video: Franken Victory Speech

(7) Comments | Posted January 6, 2009 | 9:15 AM

"I'm proud to stand before you as the next Senator from Minnesota"

Al Franken after the Minnesota Canvassing Board certified his 225 vote lead

In the above video Al Franken thanks his supporters outside his home and says he's ready...

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LIVE from Minnesota: Certifying The Vote

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2009 | 10:13 AM

Nearly two months after the election, Minnesota will have a final vote total for the US Senate race. What it won't have is a US Senator. Monday the State Canvassing Board meets at 2:30 PM (streamed live here on The to certify the vote totals. However, the Governor...

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Best Political Videos Of 2008 From The UpTake

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2009 | 2:47 PM

It's hard to pick the "best" videos of the year.  There are so many reasons that they can be good.  So I've picked several based on my own categories.
Best On Camera Ass-Whuppin'

If you are a fan of Bill Moyers, you...

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Final Minnesota Absentee Ballots Set To Be Opened And Counted Saturday Jan 3rd

(8) Comments | Posted January 2, 2009 | 2:39 PM

Point your browsers to The UpTake on Saturday starting at 9 AM CT to watch the opening and counting of those previously rejected absentee ballots in Minnesota's extremely close US Senate race. Unofficial State Canvassing Board totals put Democrat Al Franken ahead by 49 votes over Incumbent Republican Senator...

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Live Video: Challenged Ballots Being Decided in MN Senate Recount

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2008 | 10:03 AM

The UpTake will be streaming live video of the Canvassing Board meeting and the pre-meeting ballot withdrawls starting at noon CST.

Join our live blog too!

Other News on the Minnesota US Senate Recount from The UpTake:

MN Supreme Court To Hear US Senate Recount Case

Minnesota's closest election in decades is headed to the state's highest court before the recount is even finished. The Minnesota Supreme Court today scheduled a hearing for Wednesday at 1pm to hear the Norm Coleman campaign's suit to stop the counting of improperly rejected absentee ballots.

In scheduling the hearing, the court made no comment on the merit of Coleman's claim that there are no uniform standards for counting the absentee ballots. It did refuse to grant a temporary restraining order that would have stopped the counting. Instead, it asked counties to keep the envelope that the absentee ballot came in and have a way of identifying which ballots were originally rejected.

The Franken campaign says Hennepin County is going ahead with sorting and counting the improperly rejected absentee ballots. Hennepin County has the largest population of all Minnesota counties.

The court ordered:

Documents in the case must be filed by Noon Tomorrow (Tuesday December 16, 2008) and replies to those filings must be filed by 4:30 PM

That the Secretary of State "shall inform the court of the final date by which a original certificate of election must be delivered to the secretary of the United States Senate for the person elected on November 4 to take office."

Video of the Minnesota Supreme Court hearing will be carried live by The UpTake.

Challenges trimmed

The Franken campaign says it has cut its number of challenged ballot to 436. According to Franken Communications Director Andy Barr the two campaigns met at the Secretary of State's office today to discuss tomorrow's canvassing board meeting. The Franken campaign produced a list of 436 ballots that it will continue to challenge. Barr said the Coleman campaign had no such list.

Last week several judges on the Canvassing Board indicated that they did not want to consider challenges that were frivolous. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has said he thinks the most challenges the board could consider in the four days it has to review ballots would be 1,000.

Canvassing Board meeting delayed

The State Canvassing Board has moved the start time of its meeting on challenged ballots from 9am to Noon because the Coleman campaign had not submitted its whittled down list of challenged ballots by 2pm Monday. Secretary of State staff will start sorting out the challenged and now unchallenged ballots at 8am...

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Final Day of Minnesota's Recount? Live Video of Canvassing Board at 9:30 CST

(4) Comments | Posted December 12, 2008 | 8:03 AM

Hundreds, perhaps more than a thousand absentee ballots have been improperly rejected by local election officials across the state of Minnesota. The State Canvassing Board has asked Minnesota's counties and cities to sort out those ballots. Not all are doing so. On Friday the Board may take action on those...

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Franken Loses Ruling, But Some Rejected Ballots May Count Anyhow

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2008 | 4:53 PM

Minnesota's State Canvassing Board ruled it does not have jurisdiction over rejected absentee ballots cast in Minnesota's US Senate race. However, it left open the door for local election officials to sort through rejected absentee ballots and determine if any were improperly rejected. Ballots can be rejected for one of...

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