John Belushi and Buck Henry

Buck Henry

Fittingly, today you will be reading testaments to the brilliant career of Buck Henry, one of the truly great comedic minds of his generation. You will hear about so many of the iconic movies and TV shows that Buck created, wrote, and directed – groundbreaking movies and TV shows like…

John Roberts

It’s in Roberts’ Court

John Roberts will preside over the impeachment trial of President Trump in the United States Senate. That’s because Roberts is the Chief Justice of the United States. That’s what it says in the Constitution. Not “Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.” He is the Chief Justice of the United States….

Foster America

Foster America

This week’s podcast is about a subject that means a lot to me. Children in foster care. My guest is Sherry Lachman, chief executive of Foster America. She was also my education legislative assistant in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee. As a child, Sherry herself had been…

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…

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