Al Franken
01/14/2017 at 22:58. Facebook
Today, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to wrongfully claim that Congressman John Lewis is "all talk" and "no action."

Well, Donald, I think you may have caught a bad case of projection. Because the John Lewis I know has been getting results for more than 50 years. Congressman Lewis stood by Martin Luther King Jr.'s side during the Civil Rights Movement and he's been working...
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This is not a partisan issue. We should all agree that a foreign power should never interfere in our democracy. Every American should read this: [ Thehill.com Link ]

Declassified report: Putin ordered election interference to help Trump

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Today marks the start of the 115th Congress. What did House Republicans do last night on the eve of the new session? They voted in secret to gut an independent ethics office that was established nearly a decade ago​ to curb abuses of power by lawmakers​. ​Opening the door to corruption is not the way to start the new congress, or the new year. And it's not the way to treat the American people,...
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With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office

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So far, my holiday time with family today—including Jacob and Avery, pictured here, my two youngest grandchildren—has been filled with smiles and some much-needed relaxation. I hope the same is true for you.
From my family to yours, have a happy and healthy holiday.
This is a direct departure from decades of bipartisan efforts to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security policy.‬ As Americans look to Donald J. Trump to move our country forward, I urge him to rethink his position on nukes for the safety of our nation and the global community.
This year, I spent some time with Mark Leibovich to show him what I'm fighting for—and what my life is like—as a senator working on behalf of Minnesotans. He visited my office in Washington, joined me at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, and even attended the Great Minnesota Get-Together with me. This week, he shared his experience in a piece that I hope you'll read:

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Al Franken Faces Donald Trump and the Next Four Years

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VOTE TODAY → Democracy for America is holding a vote on who to endorse for DNC chair. Join me in supporting my friend who works hard for Minnesotans—and who I know will work hard for all Americans—Keith for DNC.

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This is deeply troubling. We need to get to the bottom of this and figure out what happened. The future of our country should rest in the hands of American voters; interference by a foreign power should never play a role.

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Obama Orders Intelligence Report on Russian Election Hacking

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This is a photo of me with John Glenn on a USO tour. We flew to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, to Aviano Air Base in Italy, to the USS Truman (where this photo was taken) in the Mediterranean, and to additional stops in Bosnia, Macedonia, and Kosovo. I got to spend a lot of time with Senator Glenn and his wife, Annie, and I asked him about his time as a Marine pilot in World War II, the...
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More than 55 million Americans depend on Medicare’s guaranteed access to medical care. Nearly a million of those people are Minnesotans. All of them paid into the system during their careers, and all of them retired with the understanding that the next generation would care for them when they needed it most. Donald Trump did not run on a promise to end Medicare as we know it. In fact, he...
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Sound the Alarm

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This election and the future of our country is in your hands. It's in your vote.
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to all the families celebrating in Minnesota and across the country. I'm thankful for my loved ones, including my grandchildren Joe (pictured here), Jacob, and Avery, who all continue to bring joy to Franni and me every day.
The campaign is over, and our president-elect needs to recognize that and work to unify our country. But that is not possible if a white nationalist, who white supremacists view as their advocate, is allowed in the White House.

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Alt-Right Exults in Donald Trump’s Election With a Salute: ‘Heil Victory’

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Ilhan Omar made history last week as the first Somali-American ever elected to a state legislature.

She's a beacon of hope for Americans across our country, and a shining example of the kinds of people we have in Minnesota.

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The man who Donald Trump wants as his Chief Strategist is the same man who allowed the following article titles to be published while he was at the helm of Breitbart News.

Steve Bannon is a disgrace and should never have a place in the White House.
Last week, Americans picked Donald Trump to be our next President. And since Election Day, we've seen an alarming uptick of hateful acts and rhetoric against racial and religious minorities, and against women. Many of you may feel scared, alone, and worried about the future. But I want you to know that I will always fight for you, and so will the people of Minnesota. We need less hate and more...
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Minnesotans Gather At Loring Park To Support Somali Community

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My friend Keith Ellison was just elected—receiving nearly 70% of the vote in Minnesota's fifth Congressional district—to his sixth term in office. I was lucky enough to be with Keith at the University of Minnesota campus last week in Minneapolis, and I was inspired, as I always am, by Keith's energy and clear vision. He proves time and time again that he's a progressive champion with real...
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Tomorrow, Ilhan Omar for State Representative - 60B is set to become the first Somali-American to ever be elected to a state legislature in our country. And she's a Minnesotan.
This election and the future of our country is in your hands. It's in your vote.