Veterans Community Project

Veterans Day

Often at funerals for our fallen, a speaker will quote from Ronald Reagan’s 1985 Veterans Day speech – the part where he talks about those who died in foreign wars. …most of them were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives-the one they were living and the…

Al, Will and Paul

The Anniversary

Seventeen years ago, Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila, their daughter Marcia, three aides, and two pilots died in a plane crash. Every year on this day I write about Paul. About how the people of Minnesota knew what he stood for, what he was for and what he was against. …

Dem Debate

Um, Let’s Win

Before I weigh in on last night’s debate, especially on health care, I’d like to point out a couple things. First is that I wrote the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision into the Affordable Care Act back in 2009. The MLR is literally the strongest containment on health insurance company…

Al Franken and Conan O'Brien

Me on Conan Last Night

I had a great time last night with Conan O’Brien. Watch the full interview below. Check out The Al Franken Show on SiriusXM’s Progressive Channel starting this Saturday! Tickets are available now for An Evening with Al Franken in Portland, Seattle, Boston and Detroit! Subscribe to the Al Franken Podcast on:…

Tuesday

In January, 2009, I met retired Captain Luis Montalvan and his service dog Tuesday at an Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America event. Luis had served as an intelligence officer in Iraq, where he was seriously wounded and returned home with a severe case of PTSD. He told me he…

Avery and Joe

Bedtime- My Favorite Time of the Day

Bedtime. Favorite time of the day. That’s 2 1/2-year-old Avery and 6-year-old Joe. Each gets to choose a book from their library. Sometimes they’re classics. Sometimes they’re pure junk. (Joe is currently into Ninjago).  Mostly it’s something in between. I don’t really care. I get my cuddles and then our daughter,…

Trump Teleprompter

Thoughts on Trump

Learn the Damn Speech! One of the most frustrating parts of being an American during these past couple years has been trying to process the sheer tonnage of lies, the endless vitriol and stupidity, the unyielding crassness, cynicism, and self-aggrandizement, not to mention the sheer cruelty coming on a daily…

Robert Mueller

What I’d Ask Mueller

1. Director Mueller. About two hours before your Report was released, Attorney General Barr held a press conference where he claimed that the Report had arrived at several conclusions. For example, that the Trump Administration had fully cooperated with the investigation. Did the Report conclude that President Trump had fully…

Veteran with Service Dog

Veteran’s Best Friend

We lose twenty veterans to suicide every day. These are the soldiers, Marines, sailors, and Coast Guard and Air Force personnel who have put everything on the line for those of us with badly-timed bone spurs. This Sunday’s New York Times features a story about a three-year study on the…

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