Gaza peace activists put Al Franken on blast, plan "die-in" at Star Tribune HQ [VIDEO]

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Sixteen protesters, including Jess Sundin, were arrested after they refused to leave Franken's office.
A local organization called the Anti-War Committee is taking Minnesota's U.S. Senators to task for siding with Israel during that country's ongoing conflict with the Palestinians.

Last week, the group stormed Sen. Al Franken's Minnesota office and ended up getting him on the phone for a tense conversation.

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Keith Ellison denied entry to Gaza


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Franken, Klobuchar strike similarly moderate positions in response to Medtronic news

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Is whether Metronic stays in Minnesota something our politicians can control? That's the question.
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Minnesota's eighth-largest company is relocating overseas. The New York Times views the move through the lens of federal tax policy and the taxes Medtronic can avoid paying by leaving America, while the company itself cites more benevolent reasons, like access to European markets.

In any event, the news doesn't sound auspicious for our state economy, right? But in response, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is donning rose-colored glasses.

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Medical biz prof Stephen Parente on Medtronic move: "It's kinda hard to see this occur"


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Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar not thrilled about prospect of Comcast-Time Warner merger

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Today, Comcast, the largest cable and high-speed internet service provider in Minnesota and the U.S., announced that it plans to buy Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable provider, for just over $45 billion.

RELATED: Al Franken rips into FCC approval of Comcast-NBC merger

But that news doesn't sit well with Minnesota's tag-team of senators, as both Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar expressed concern about how the deal might impact consumers.

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Amy Klobuchar once tried to write for Cosmo

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Klobuchar's sideline: comedian.
Amy Klobuchar offered a glimpse at an alternate world yesterday: one in which she was a writer for Cosmopolitan.

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- Amy Klobuchar: "For the first time, there was a traffic jam in the Senate women's bathroom"
- Klobuchar shocks the media world with belly laugh jokes


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Amy Klobuchar defends NSA monitoring, says it prevented dozens of "potential terrorist attacks" [VIDEO]

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Klobuchar: "I think what people are most concerned about... is if people are reading your content." She said the NSA doesn't do that.
Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar are both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and therefore are as plugged in as anybody when it comes to matters pertaining to the NSA, FISA, and Patriot Act.

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-- Al Franken defends Prism, says of leaks: "Nothing surprised me"
-- Keith Ellison on Prism: Congress knew "almost nothing" [VIDEO]


And in recent interviews, both have spoken out in defense of the NSA's controversial phone and internet communications monitoring programs, citing the role they say the programs have already played in preventing terrorist attacks.

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Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken vote in favor of semiautomatic rifle ban

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"I think that what we've seen in these mass murders of late is the use of these assault weapons, and I think that this will save lives," Franken said.
Though Al Franken seemed a bit conflicted about the issue in January, both he and Amy Klobuchar joined the rest of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to vote in favor of a gun control proposal that would ban some semiautomatic rifles and limit magazine sizes.

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-- More Minnesotans were killed in fist fights than by rifles in 2011
-- Pine County Sheriff's refusal to enforce new gun regulations has at least one legislative supporter


"Are we going to see these mass murders go to zero? No, we're not. But I think if we can save one life or a few lives by doing this, then I think it's worth it," Franken is quoted as saying in an MPR report, echoing language used by President Obama when he gave a speech in north Minneapolis last month.

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Amy Klobuchar is second most popular Senator in the entire country

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In these polarized times, Klobuchar enjoys a remarkable amount of bipartisan support.
In the holy trinity of things popular in Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar is right up there with hotdish and Prince, apparently.

SEE ALSO: Amy Klobuchar: "For the first time, there was a traffic jam in the Senate women's bathroom"

According to Public Policy Polling's breakdown of every U.S. Senator's popularity, Klobuchar is the second most popular Senator in the entire country, trailing only Republican John Barrasso, the junior Senator from Wyoming.

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Klobuchar reminds Senate that "the stakes are high for Minnesota" with farm bill [VIDEO]

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Fighting against jeopardizing "our entire country just to score political points in the House."
The farm bill expired at the end of September, but first the election and now the fiscal cliff have worked like a one-two punch to knock out chatter about it. Trust Amy Klobuchar, though, to try and get our attention back.

Yesterday she took to the Senate floor to remind people just how many billions of dollars and hundreds of programs are hanging in limbo. And how generally badass Minnesota farmers are.

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- Farming for Federal Dollars: Meet the Minnesotans who receive subsidies for not growing anything
- Amy Klobuchar: "For the first time, there was a traffic jam in the Senate women's bathroom"
- Everything Must Go: How to step away from a hundred years of family farming--in four hours or less



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Amy Klobuchar: "For the first time, there was a traffic jam in the Senate women's bathroom"

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Klobuchar on longer Senate bathroom lines: "It's wonderful." Apparently she didn't have to go that bad.
Amy Klobuchar was heeding nature's call yesterday when she had an unprecedented experience.

SEE ALSO: For Franken and Klobuchar, does money from big media mean support for PIPA?

"For the first time, there was a traffic jam in the Senate women's bathroom," she told attendees of the Washington Ideas Forum later in the day. "There were five of us in there, and there are only two stalls."

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Kurt Bills ad linking Klobuchar and Petters is "preposterous," says Republican bankruptcy trustee [VIDEO]

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Bills' first TV ad essentially throws allegations against the wall in hopes something will stick.
During last night's Vikings telecast, GOP Senate candidate Kurt Bills debuted his first TV ad.

SEE ALSO: Daily Caller report linking Amy Klobuchar and Petters "is old rehashed stuff," Ken Avidor says

The ad highlights accusations made in a Daily Caller report last week -- namely, "that U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar helped keep a multibillion-dollar Ponzi schemer [i.e., Tom Petters] out of prison in the late 1990s when she was the County Attorney in Hennepin County, Minnesota." But in a WCCO report, Doug Kelley, the former MNGOP gubernatorial candidate and bankruptcy trustee in the Petters case, calls the allegations made by the Daily Caller and parroted by the Bills campaign "preposterous."

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