When it comes to money in politics, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., often complains that there is just too much of it.
But when Franken called the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that opened the door for corporations, unions and individuals to spend unlimited amounts on candidates a “disaster” earlier this month, his impassioned Senate floor speech disguised a central fact of his campaign, and that of his Republican opponent, businessman Mike McFadden. Continue reading
AT&T’s proposed takeover of satellite television giant DirecTV faced some scrutiny Monday morning, fewer than 24 hours after the deal’s announcement.
Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, said he’s “very skeptical” of the merger and would like to see some congressional hearings on the issue. Continue reading
In other news, stocks dipped to their lowest levels in more than two months on doubts about the strength of the economic recovery, and the president of Costa Rica agreed to mediate the political crisis in Honduras. Continue reading
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Democrat Al Franken narrowly defeated Republican Norm Coleman in last year’s U.S. Senate race. Analysts discuss the case and the significance of Franken’s win. Continue reading
More than seven months after Election Day, the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota drew to a final conclusion on June 30, when the state Supreme Court backed Al Franken’s victory and Norm Coleman conceded the race. Here is a recap of key developments: Continue reading
In other news, markets rose despite General Motors’ bankruptcy filing, and four U.S. soldiers were killed in 2 separate roadside bombings west of Kabul. Continue reading
Despite a Minnesota three-judge panel ruling this week that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in last year’s Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman, it could still be weeks or months before Minnesota’s vacant Senate seat is filled. Continue reading
More than 4 months after the election, the Minnesota Senate race between Republican Norm Colman and Democrat Al Franken is still undecided, despite a lengthy recount and trial. Two journalists discuss the race’s details and whether a decision may be forthcoming. Continue reading
On the opening day of the 111th Congress, a newly expanded Democratic majority was sworn in and President-elect Barack Obama sought support for a stimulus package. Former lawmakers discuss the challenges ahead. Continue reading