Al Franken Grills Uber Over Privacy Policy

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Uber Press Kit
Uber stores data about where you've been and Senator Franken wants to know why

Sen. Al Franken wants some answers from Uber after a BuzzFeed story quoted one of Uber's top executives suggesting the company should dig up dirt on journalists critical of the company.

Franken, the chair of a Senate subcommittee on privacy and technology, sent a letter to Uber's CEO yesterday asking 10 pointed questions about Uber's privacy policy.

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Local Progressives Rejoice After Obama Finally Backs Net Neutrality

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Blais Alleyne
Upcoming political and legal battles will determine the internet's future

In a statement that drew nonsensical metaphors from the right and belated optimism from the left, President Obama finally publicly supported equal internet access for all yesterday.

Obama's statement set the stage for a legal and political battle newly re-elected Sen. Al Franken has repeatedly called "the First Amendment Issue of our time."

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Did Al Franken Really Win in 2008 Because of Non-Citizen Voting?

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A few days ago, a new headline spread like the plague across the worst of the worst conservative publications: VOTER FRAUD IS REAL, it said. And the politician taking the greatest advantage, they say? Minnesota's own, U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

Naturally, the story went viral in Tea Party circles: the Drudge Report, the National Review, all your favorites. But is it actually true? Considering the questionable sources of this stuff, we'd automatically lean toward a full-on no. But we decided to look anyway.


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Franken Campaign Goes After McFadden for Selling Merch Made in China

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Franken's team views the origin of McFadden's hats as a microcosm of his politics.
-- Update at bottom --

In June, Al Franken's campaign went after Mike McFadden for having a batch of his official T-shirts made in Nicaragua. McFadden's camp said it was a one-time thing and pointed out that Mike's shirts are typically made by a Minnesota company.

But Franken's campaign workers are again making McFadden's merch an issue, as today they distributed a release pointing out that hats sold on McFadden's campaign website are apparently made in China.

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MNGOP Slams Al Franken on Ebola, But a Bigger Question Remains...

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via Chris Steller
Just when we thought political mailers had hit rock bottom, we find the above image floating around the internet.

It comes from the Republican Party of Minnesota, which is trying hard to make the Ebola virus a top issue for this year's Senate race against incumbent Dem Al Franken. GOP candidate Mike McFadden has argued that a ban on travel between West African countries, where the virus has already killed thousands, and the United States is the best way to contain it.

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Ebola Travel Ban Becomes Divisive Issue in Franken/McFadden Race

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A year ago, who would've thought Ebola, of all things, would emerge as a central issue in Al Franken's reelection bid?

It has. During a WCCO TV debate yesterday, Franken and his Republican challenger, Mike McFadden, spent over seven minutes going back and forth about what the appropriate response to the virus is.

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Franken/McFadden and Dayton/Johnson Debate Today: Watch Them Here

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On the top row (from left to right), IP candidate Hannah Nicollet, Dayton, and Johnson will participate in the gubernatorial debate. On the bottom... well, you know who those guys are.
It's October, which means we're hitting the homestretch of the election season.

Today, in fact, may be one of the biggest days between now and November 4, as debates will be held in the races for the two highest-profile offices up for grabs in Minnesota -- the gubernatorial seat currently held by Mark Dayton, and the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Al Franken.

Thanks to the Uptake, you can watch both of them, streaming and on demand, below the jump.

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MNGOP Rips Franken... for Voting, with McCain, to Cut Obama's Military Spending

Categories: Al Franken, MNGOP
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Sometimes, you just can't win.
On Wednesday, the MNGOP tweeted this: Sounds scary, right? But what if you were told one of the Franken votes the MNGOP highlights was in favor of an amendment introduced by hawkish Republican Sen. John McCain and was intended to cut wasteful military spending proposed by Obama? Doesn't sound so bad, right?

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Franken, McFadden slug it out over Minnesota's connections to radical Islam

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On the same day news broke about the second Minnesotan who died fighting for ISIS in Syria having a security clearance at MSP, Sen. Al Franken wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder dinging Obama for not doing enough to prevent Minnesotans from traveling to the Middle East and putting their lives on the line for the cause of radical Islam.

"I was troubled by the President's recent suggestion that the Administration has not yet developed a comprehensive strategy to address the growing threat of ISIL's activities in Syria," Franken wrote earlier this week (ISIL and ISIS are both acronyms for the same group). "The Justice Department should focus its resources and efforts in places where terrorism recruitment efforts may be happening at higher rates, such as Minnesota. In addition, the Justice Department should coordinate with the State Department and the Homeland Security Department to prevent Americans from traveling abroad to join forces with ISIL."

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Sen. Al Franken finds favor and distrust at north Minneapolis block party

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Jesse Marx
U.S. Sen. Al Franken at the Broadway Day Block Party
Saturday's Broadway Day Block Party was an opportunity for north Minneapolis to celebrate the end of summer and bask in its cultural goodness. Community organizers enlisted new recruits, musicians wailed, and the hungry salivated over roasted cayenne-peppered corn.

It was, in some ways, a miniature version of the Minnesota State Fair with one notable constant: the presence of U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

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