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UPI Almanac for Monday, May 21, 2012.
By United Press International

Senators want more rules for super PACs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The Federal Election Commission needs to draw up stricter disclosure rules for donors to super PACs, a group of mostly Democratic U.S. senators said Tuesday.
Jewish GOP candidates grow in number

Jewish GOP candidates grow in number

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A higher number of Jewish Republican congressional candidates in 2012 raises the possibility of a greater presence for the bloc on Capitol Hill, insiders said.

Germans join probe of mobile phone tracker

MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The German state of Bavaria and other European authorities said this week they have launched data privacy probes of the Connect IQ mobile phone software.

OnStar backs up on tracking ex-clients

DETROIT, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. automobile navigation service OnStar said it would reverse direction concerning a policy of keeping track of former customers.
Pellet-size hole in Franken home window

Pellet-size hole in Franken home window

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Minneapolis and U.S. Capitol police investigated Thursday how a pellet-size hole got in the window of U.S. Sen. Al Franken's Minneapolis home.
Scheider slams Franken

Scheider slams Franken

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. comic actor Rob Schneider says he doesn't think much of fellow "Saturday Night Live" alumnus, Sen. Al Franken, but his complete comment was bleeped.
McConnell scolds Franken for floor antics

McConnell scolds Franken for floor antics

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., apologized to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for allegedly mocking McConnell while speaking on the Senate floor.
McCain: No ill will toward Franken

McCain: No ill will toward Franken

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- A widely publicized confrontation between two U.S. Senators during December's healthcare debate has left no ill will between them, one says.
Franken-Coleman race most expensive

Franken-Coleman race most expensive

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The drawn-out U.S. Senate race in Minnesota also was a costly one, the Federal Elections Commission reported.
Franken cuts Lieberman off on healthcare

Franken cuts Lieberman off on healthcare

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Al Franken, one of the U.S. Senate's newest members, forced veteran Sen. Joseph Lieberman to cut short his remarks on healthcare Thursday.
GOP put off by Franken's silence

GOP put off by Franken's silence

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Silence by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is being seen as part of a partisan effort to paint Republicans as being sympathetic to rapists, some GOP lawmakers say.
Franken returns to comedy at Harkin event

Franken returns to comedy at Harkin event

INDIANOLA, Iowa, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Comedian turned Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota returned to his comedic roots at an annual fundraiser for Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

Franken fundraiser has criminal past

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Al Franken canceled a Minnesota fundraiser scheduled for Thursday after learning the host had spent a year in prison for fraud.

Franken still unsettled in Washington

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says the fledgling congressman has yet to adjust to the trials associated with his new Washington post.
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Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, looks on as Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the start of her confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 13, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
Wiki

Alan Stuart "Al" Franken (born May 21, 1951) is the junior United States Senator from Minnesota. He is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which affiliates with the national Democratic Party.

Franken achieved note as a writer and performer for the television show Saturday Night Live from its inception in 1975 before moving to writing and acting in films and television shows. He then became a political commentator, author of five books and host of a nationally syndicated radio show on the Air America Radio network.

In 2008, Franken narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman, by 312 votes, after a mandatory statewide manual recount. Coleman contested the outcome in court, but the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously upheld Franken's victory on June 30, 2009. Franken was sworn in to the Senate on July 7, 2009.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Al Franken."
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