In Rare Interview, George Soros Criticizes Gillibrand: Pushed Franken to Resign ‘To Improve Her Chances’

If you’re tuned into politics even a little bit, you know who George Soros is. And the liberal billionaire activist has now given a rare interview to The Washington Post. Soros sounded off on Trump “fighting a trade war,” expressing qualified support for impeachment (“if there’s bipartisan support for it”) and dishing on his past encounters with the President. But it turns out Soros has a few thoughts about the state of the Democratic party as well, particularly on the issue of unity. He liked Hillary Clinton but said she “was too much like a schoolmarm” during the campaign. And then there’s his take on the 2020 race:
I think there are many qualified candidates, and I think also that some will distinguish themselves in the 2018 elections that will give them more chances. I may add that there’s only one whom I would not like to see succeed, and Continue reading "In Rare Interview, George Soros Criticizes Gillibrand: Pushed Franken to Resign ‘To Improve Her Chances’"

Bill Clinton Questions Al Franken Accusations: ’Women on Saturday Night Live’ Defended Him

Former President Bill Clinton sat down with PBS NewsHour managing editor and anchor Judy Woodruff on Thursday to talk about the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Taking a softer tone, Clinton admitted the former intern “paid quite a price” for the affair. Yet when talk turned to former Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and his resignation after a sexual harassment scandal of his own, Clinton seemed to call into question at least one of the accuser’s accounts. “I assume you think that what happened with you was more serious than what happened with Senator — former Senator Al Franken,” Woodruff said. “He was driven from office, from the U.S. Senate. So, norms have changed. Do you think that’s a good thing?” she then asked. “Well, in general, I think it’s a good thing, yes,” Clinton remarked. He then said this, seemingly defending the former senator:
I think that — I will be Continue reading "Bill Clinton Questions Al Franken Accusations: ’Women on Saturday Night Live’ Defended Him"

Thoughts on a News Cycle: Russia, The CPAC Mess, And Whether Trump Will Sell Out the NRA

In this media era of Trump-created desensitization, it is often difficult to focus on just one topic on which to opine for the depth of a typical column. Since this week has provided a lot of comment-worthy topics, but nothing which, for my contrarian style, stand outs above the rest, I’m going to try something a little different and provide some random thoughts on a variety of subjects. There has been a lot of talk this week, especially in conservative circles, about the mainstream media’s (especially at CNN) narrative that President Donald Trump has been softer on Russia than even Barack Obama was. This is a topic that Trump himself, along with his state-run media, have pushed back against rather hard. I have seen even some prominent Trump-skeptical conservatives mock the notion that Obama was anything but extremely weak when facing the Russian/Putin threat, and there is absolutely Continue reading "Thoughts on a News Cycle: Russia, The CPAC Mess, And Whether Trump Will Sell Out the NRA"

WATCH: Joy Behar Confronts Kirsten Gillibrand About Al Franken on The View

Joy Behar “had a bone to pick” with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday’s The View over her campaign to oust fellow democratic senator Al Franken over sexual harassment allegations. “I just thought that was unfair to make him an example when the president of the United States has so many allegations of sexual harassment against him, and I don’t see him going anywhere,” Behar said, to applause from the audience. “We should be holding [President Trump] accountable and we should be having hearings,” Gillibrand responded. When Behar pushed her again to discuss Franken, Gillibrand said, “For me, Al Franken is a friend of mine. He did great work in the Judiciary Committee so it was really hard and really heartbreaking… he’s entitled to a hearing but he is not entitled to my silence.” “Obviously what was alleged against Al Franken is very different than what’s alleged about Steve Wynn, Continue reading "WATCH: Joy Behar Confronts Kirsten Gillibrand About Al Franken on The View"

Half of Minnesota Voters Feel Al Franken Should Not Resign From Senate

Even though Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has already announced that he will resign from the Senate amid numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, set the date for his departure, and the Governor of Minnesota has selected his replacement, a lot of folks in Minnesota would like for Franken to reconsider his decision. According to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, 50 percent of Minnesota voters think Franken should not tender his resignation. This is compared to 42 percent who believe he should go through with his plan to leave the Senate on January 2. One thing that may be driving this opinion in the state is that Franken is fairly popular with voters. PPP found his job approval rating at 53 percent. And despite the allegations that he’s groped multiple women, female voters are the ones pushing his popularity as 57 percent approve of the job he’s doing compared to Continue reading "Half of Minnesota Voters Feel Al Franken Should Not Resign From Senate"

Al Franken Rips Trump, GOP In Final Floor Speech: ‘We’re Losing The War For Truth’

In his final Senate floor speech, resigning Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) took one final swipe at the GOP and President Donald Trump. “As I leave the Senate, I have to admit that it feels like we’re losing the war for truth,” Franken said. “Maybe it’s already lost. If that’s what happens, then we have lost the ability to have the kinds of arguments that help build consensus.” The two term senator was forced to resign on earlier this month after photo evidence emerged of Franken engaging in sexual misconduct back in 2006. Since then, several other women have come forward with their own allegations regarding the Minnesota Senator. The outgoing Senator also slammed Republicans and Trump over the newly passed tax bill. Referencing the forgotten men and women Trump frequently invoked on the campaign trail, Franken called the legislation a “slap in the face” to that group. “I guess Continue reading "Al Franken Rips Trump, GOP In Final Floor Speech: ‘We’re Losing The War For Truth’"

Al Franken’s Office Announces His Resignation Date: January 2

When Sen. Al Franken announced he was going to resign from his position, after numerous reports of sexual misconduct, he didn’t give an exact timetable. He simply said he would be leaving his post “in the coming weeks.” When it was revealed that Franken would be replaced, on an interim basis, by Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, people began to wonder when the transition would officially occur. Now we know. Multiple news outlets have reported that Franken will step down on January 2, leaving Smith to be sworn in the very next day. Franken spoke on the Senate floor this morning, noting that he would continue to be an “educated citizen and an advocate and an activist.” On Dec. 7, when the former SNL star announced he would be stepping down, Franken Continue reading "Al Franken’s Office Announces His Resignation Date: January 2"