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Climate change group not happy with Inslee

Not all groups fighting climate change are fans of Jay Inslee.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 4:53 p.m.

Senate takes rare path in confirming Trump judicial nominee

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Senate has confirmed a judicial nominee without a seal of approval from a home state senator.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 12:32 p.m.

Franken’s exit will set stage for Smith to join Senate

Sen. Al Franken has officially resigned from the Senate.


Minnesota governor set to name Franken’s Senate replacement

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was set to reveal his choice Wednesday to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, with the top contender seen as his longtime adviser Lt. Gov. …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

Combative Franken quits, points to GOP tolerance of Trump

Sen. Al Franken, a rising political star only weeks ago, reluctantly announced Thursday he’s resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and evaporating support from fellow …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Murray, Cantwell among senators calling on Al Franken to resign

WASHINGTON – His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators abandoned him Wednesday over the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

Allegations of sexual misconduct roiling Congress

As allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful lawmakers roil Congress, House Democrats on Thursday delivered their strongest rebuke yet with calls for Michigan Rep. John Conyers’ resignation, while those in …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 3:03 p.m.

Facing pressure, House OKs anti-harassment training

The House easily approved a bipartisan measure Wednesday requiring lawmakers and aides to take annual anti-harassment training as lawmakers faced heavy pressure to address burgeoning sexual misconduct allegations against members …


Democrats face hot-potato politics of sexual predation, too

Democrats have been quick to support the “me too” chorus of women – and some men – who have stepped up to allege sexual misconduct and name names. But now …


Rosenberg: Look for pattern in abuse allegations

A mistake or a one-off error of judgement isn’t so hard to distinguish from a clear pattern of behavior.


Kathleen Parker: Comeuppance for creeps is welcome

May every groper find a larger man’s hand down his britches and see how he likes it. Crude – my apologies. But this is what it’s come to.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers joins GOP calling for Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop Alabama bid

The congresswoman, who is making a push for large-scale tax reform by the end of this year, is calling on the judge at the center of sexual misconduct and assault …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

Franken apologizes to woman who says he kissed, groped her

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken personally apologized to the woman who has accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour, saying he remembers their encounter …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

As sex scandals topple the powerful: Why not Trump?

The candidate who openly bragged about grabbing women’s private parts – but denied he really did so – was elected president months before the cascading sexual harassment allegations that have …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 3:49 p.m.

Franken faces ethics probe after woman says he groped her

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faces a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him Thursday of forcibly kissing her and groping her …


Al Franken and David Letterman collaborate on climate change video series

David Letterman joins Sen. Al Franken for video series on the politics and science of climate change.


Bernie Sanders calls Trump a ‘pathological liar’

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Sunday called President Donald Trump a “pathological liar,” while Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., reiterated that “a few” Republican senators are concerned about the president’s mental …


Mortgage securities to face new scrutiny

Lawmakers are finally breaking up the cozy, destructive relationship between banks that packaged residential mortgages for resale and the credit-rating agencies that so ill-served investors and, ultimately, taxpayers. Fitch, Standard …


Franken wins Minnesota Senate seat marathon

WASHINGTON – The Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday declared former comedian Al Franken the winner of the state’s U.S. Senate race, ending an eight-month election saga and giving Democrats a 60-seat …