Mail.com: Al Franken https://www.mail.com/people/2998-al-franken.html Mail.com - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Mail.com: Al Franken https://s.uicdn.com/mailint/8.812.0/assets/mailcom_logo_rss.png https://www.mail.com/people/2998-al-franken.html Q&A: How does Sessions' promise square with Comey's firing? https://www.mail.com/news/world/5186888-qa-sessions-promise-square-with-comeys-firing.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations related to the presidential campaign, yet he played a central role in the sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey, leaving many wondering if he violated that pledge. Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota called Sessions' involvement a "complete betrayal" of his commitment, and Sen. Ron W... Fri, 12 May 2017 07:20:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/world/5186888-qa-sessions-promise-square-with-comeys-firing.html 2017-05-12T07:20:00Z Q&A: Did Sessions break recusal vow in helping fire Comey? https://www.mail.com/news/world/5185820-qa-sessions-break-recusal-vow-helping-fire-comey.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations related to the presidential campaign, yet he played a central role in the sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey, leaving many wondering if he violated that pledge. Democratic Sen. Al Franken, of Minnesota, called Sessions' involvement a "complete betrayal" of his commitment, and Sen. Ron... Thu, 11 May 2017 20:32:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/world/5185820-qa-sessions-break-recusal-vow-helping-fire-comey.html 2017-05-11T20:32:00Z Official says Justice will aggressively pursue hate crimes https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5160800-official-justice-will-aggressively-pursue-hate-cri.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is committed to prosecuting those who commit religious hate crimes, a Justice Department official said Tuesday as Democratic senators questioned whether the Trump administration's rhetoric and policies have contributed to a spike in such offenses. Eric Treene, the department's special counsel for religious ... Tue, 02 May 2017 20:49:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5160800-official-justice-will-aggressively-pursue-hate-cri.html 2017-05-02T20:49:00Z How Senate Dems have said they will vote on court pick https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5085982-senate-dems-they-will-vote-court-pick.html Senate Democrats have enough votes to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who plan to change Senate rules to confirm President Donald Trump's pick. The crucial 41st vote came from Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware who announced his decision Monday. Coons' opposition will prevent Republic... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:40:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5085982-senate-dems-they-will-vote-court-pick.html 2017-04-03T17:40:00Z Dems force 1-week delay on panel vote on Supreme Court pick https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5068004-dems-force-1-week-delay-panel-vote-supreme-court-p.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Monday forced a one-week delay in a committee vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, who remains on track for confirmation with solid Republican backing. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced that, as expected, Democrats have requested a postponement. The committe... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:54:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5068004-dems-force-1-week-delay-panel-vote-supreme-court-p.html 2017-03-27T22:54:00Z Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5064624-gorsuch-hearings-careful-folksy-testy-times.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Nominees appearing before the Senate all have one goal in mind: Win confirmation. And when one party controls the Senate and the White House, the strategy of saying as little as possible doesn't vary much. But because Supreme Court nominees spend several long days in televised hearings, they still manage to reveal a few things about themselves, professional... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:13:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5064624-gorsuch-hearings-careful-folksy-testy-times.html 2017-03-25T18:13:00Z The Latest: Gorsuch says Trump disappointed he lost Colorado https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5053282-latest-gorsuch-trump-disappointed-lost-colorado.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (all times EDT): 6:45 p.m. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says President Donald Trump told him he was disappointed he lost Colorado and believed that with more time he might have won. Gorsuch, a federal judge ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:58:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5053282-latest-gorsuch-trump-disappointed-lost-colorado.html 2017-03-21T22:58:00Z Sessions clarifies testimony on Russia, says he was honest https://www.mail.com/news/world/5014856-sessions-clarifies-testimony-russia-was-honest.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday clarified his confirmation hearing testimony to acknowledge having spoken twice last year with the Russian ambassador, but he said he stood by his earlier remarks as an honest and correct answer to a question. The filing amends testimony Sessions gave under oath in January when he said he did not ... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:16:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/world/5014856-sessions-clarifies-testimony-russia-was-honest.html 2017-03-07T02:16:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/5010552-guest-lineups-sunday-news.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" —Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House principal deputy press secretary; Josh Earnest, former Obama press secretary; Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; Michael Mukasey, former Bush attorney general. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y... Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:36:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/5010552-guest-lineups-sunday-news.html 2017-03-05T00:36:00Z Questions and answers as Sessions defends his remarks https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5008382-questions-answers-sessions-defends-remarks.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The move comes after revelations that Sessions twice spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, a fact that seemingly contradicts sworn statements he made to Congress during his confirmation hearings. ... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:20:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5008382-questions-answers-sessions-defends-remarks.html 2017-03-03T08:20:00Z Questions and answers about perjury, Sessions' statements https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5007460-questions-answers-perjury-sessions-statements.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed Thursday to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The move came after revelations that Sessions twice spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, a fact that seemingly contradicts sworn statements he made to Congress during his confirmation hearings... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:52:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5007460-questions-answers-perjury-sessions-statements.html 2017-03-03T00:52:00Z Sessions story takes different shape on different outlets https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/5007766-sessions-story-takes-shape-outlets.html NEW YORK (AP) — Reports about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' two meetings with Russia's U.S. ambassador became a textbook illustration of the vastly different shapes a story takes in today's media world. The story moved with lightning speed Thursday across the media ecosphere, from the Washington Post's initial revelation the night before, to hours of po... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:44:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/5007766-sessions-story-takes-shape-outlets.html 2017-03-03T00:44:00Z Justice Dept: Sessions spoke with Russian ambassador in 2016 https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5005478-justice-dept-sessions-spoke-with-russian-ambassado.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked twice with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign season, communications that spurred calls in Congress for him to recuse himself from a Justice Department investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election. Sessions, an early supporter of President Donald... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:44:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5005478-justice-dept-sessions-spoke-with-russian-ambassado.html 2017-03-02T12:44:00Z Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox, dead at 66 https://www.mail.com/entertainment/celebrity/4988926-alan-colmes-liberal-voice-fox-dead-66.html NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, has died. Fox spokeswoman Dana Klinghoffer confirmed his death Thursday. Fox also aired a tribute to Colmes, narrated by Hannity, and a statement from his family saying that he died Thursday morning after "a... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:40:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/celebrity/4988926-alan-colmes-liberal-voice-fox-dead-66.html 2017-02-23T20:40:00Z The Latest: Trump, Trudeau to confer on women in workforce https://www.mail.com/news/politics/4965156-latest-trump-trudeau-to-confer-women-workforce.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 5:55 p.m. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will participate in a round table discussion about women in the workforce on Monday. The event shows the rising policy influence of first daughter Ivanka Trump, who has st... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:53:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/4965156-latest-trump-trudeau-to-confer-women-workforce.html 2017-02-12T22:53:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/4963550-guest-lineups-sunday-news.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — White House adviser Stephen Miller; Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Miller; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. CBS' "Face the Nation" — M... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 17:28:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/4963550-guest-lineups-sunday-news.html 2017-02-11T17:28:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/4963102-guest-lineups-sunday-news.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — White House adviser Stephen Miller; Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. CBS' "Face the Nation" — Miller; S... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:50:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/4963102-guest-lineups-sunday-news.html 2017-02-10T23:50:00Z Sen. Warren book on middle class coming in April https://www.mail.com/entertainment/lifestyle/4954510-sen-warren-book-middle-class-coming-april.html NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a new book coming out this spring, one that continues her battle for progressive economics. Warren's "This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class" will be published April 18, Henry Holt and Co. told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "This Fight Is Our Fight" will be re... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:29:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/lifestyle/4954510-sen-warren-book-middle-class-coming-april.html 2017-02-07T19:29:00Z CNN's 'History of Comedy' is a laughing, learning matter https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/4953974-cnns-history-comedy-laughing-learning-matter.html NEW YORK (AP) — One of the great things about comedy is, it demands so little effort to enjoy. Grins and guffaws can seem to issue directly from a tickled funny bone. On the other hand, prolonged analysis of humor can kill the joke. But not always, as CNN demonstrates with "The History of Comedy," a docuseries that keeps the funny in th... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:22:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/4953974-cnns-history-comedy-laughing-learning-matter.html 2017-02-07T15:22:00Z GOP pushes 2 top Cabinet picks through to full Senate https://www.mail.com/scitech/news/4939570-gop-pushes-2-top-cabinet-picks-through-to-full-sen.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans jammed two of President Donald Trump's top Cabinet picks through the Senate Finance Committee with no Democrats in the room Wednesday after suspending a rule that would have otherwise barred them from taking the vote. The tactic seemed a warning shot that they might deploy brute political muscle in the upcoming fight over the Supreme Court vacancy. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 02:01:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/scitech/news/4939570-gop-pushes-2-top-cabinet-picks-through-to-full-sen.html 2017-02-02T02:01:00Z The Latest: Trump swears in Tillerson to lead State Dept. https://www.mail.com/news/politics/4940388-latest-trump-swears-tillerson-to-lead-dept.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees (all times local): 7:18 p.m. President Donald Trump is swearing in former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state. Trump says in the Oval Office that it is "time to bring a clear-eyed focus to foreign affairs." The president is p... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:25:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/4940388-latest-trump-swears-tillerson-to-lead-dept.html 2017-02-02T00:25:00Z Senators spar at hearing as Democrats fume over Trump picks https://www.mail.com/news/politics/4941002-senators-spar-hearing-democrats-fume-trump-picks.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Partisan tensions flared in the usually decorous Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, evidence of the simmering anger as Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to block President Donald Trump's Cabinet picks. The sparring pitted Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota against Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas just before the panel vo... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:53:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/4941002-senators-spar-hearing-democrats-fume-trump-picks.html 2017-02-01T19:53:00Z Notable reaction to the death of Mary Tyler Moore https://www.mail.com/entertainment/celebrity/4924770-notable-reaction-to-death-mary-tyler-moore.html Reaction to the death of Mary Tyler Moore at age 80: "There are no words. She was THE BEST! We always said that we changed each other's lives for the better." — Dick Van Dyke, TV husband on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," via Twitter "She'll last forever, as long as there's television. Year after year, we'll see her face in... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:06:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/celebrity/4924770-notable-reaction-to-death-mary-tyler-moore.html 2017-01-26T01:06:00Z Energy pick vows to boost agency he had pledged to eliminate https://www.mail.com/scitech/news/4907980-energy-pick-vows-to-boost-agency-pledged-to-elimin.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change. Perry told a Senate committee on Thursday that he regrets his infamous statement abo... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:56:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/scitech/news/4907980-energy-pick-vows-to-boost-agency-pledged-to-elimin.html 2017-01-19T22:56:00Z Price tries to reassure on health care; Dems not buying it https://www.mail.com/news/politics/4905000-price-tries-to-reassure-health-care-dems-buying.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Offering reassurances, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary said Wednesday the new administration won't "pull the rug out" from those covered by "Obamacare." Democrats were unimpressed, noting a lack of specifics. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., also told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that Trump is... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:13:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/4905000-price-tries-to-reassure-health-care-dems-buying.html 2017-01-19T00:13:00Z The Latest: Florida Rep. Rutherford still in hospital https://www.mail.com/scitech/health/4903510-latest-florida-rep-rutherford-hospital.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times EST): 6:05 p.m. A congressman from Florida remains hospitalized one week after being wheeled from the Capitol in a stretcher. Rep. John Rutherford's chief of staff says doctors are pleased with his recovery but they want to eliminate all of the inflammation that resulted from an allergic reaction. ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:41:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/scitech/health/4903510-latest-florida-rep-rutherford-hospital.html 2017-01-18T23:41:00Z Vet, author who advocated for vets, criticized war, dies https://www.mail.com/entertainment/lifestyle/4809430-vet-author-who-advocated-vets-criticized-war-dies.html LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Luis Carlos Montalvan, a decorated Iraq war veteran who became a strong critic of the war and wrote a best-selling book about it, has died in El Paso. He was 43. Montalvan was found in a hotel room in downtown El Paso late Friday, El Paso police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said Monday. The medical examiner's office has n... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:31:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/lifestyle/4809430-vet-author-who-advocated-vets-criticized-war-dies.html 2016-12-06T00:31:00Z Recounts are rare and seldom lead to a different winner https://www.mail.com/news/politics/4791702-recounts-rare-seldom-lead-to-winner.html Recounts in major statewide elections are extremely rare — and they seldom succeed in changing the result. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is seeking recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, states that went to President-elect Donald Trump. There have been only 27 recounts out of 4,687 statewide elections across t... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:14:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/4791702-recounts-rare-seldom-lead-to-winner.html 2016-11-29T06:14:00Z