Franken Exit Could be Game-Changer for Control of Senate

Leeann Tweeden

If Franken leaves, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, would appoint someone to take his place, meaning the party would not risk losing the seat for now.

Sen. Al Franken's seat wasn't supposed to be up again until 2020.

Sen. Franken (D-MN) was resigning after multiple women reported that he had groped or otherwise sexually harassed them. "I'm going to be just fine".

Or he might choose to send a loud signal against sexual harassment by picking Rep. Erin Maye Quade, a Democratic state lawmaker who, along with other women, accused two fellow state lawmakers of sexual harassment, resulting in their resignation last month.

"I know there's been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks but I know who I really am", Franken said.

"[Gillibrand] is an opportunist and a phony", Carlson said of the junior senator, who took the seat of Hillary Clinton after being appointed by then-Gov. But this moment of reckoning about our friends and colleagues who have been accused of sexual misconduct is necessary, and it is painful. Amy Klobuchar tweeted a response to the news on Wednesday afternoon: "Sexual harassment is unacceptable". That decision, he said, may have given "some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that, in fact, I haven't done".

Quentin Tarantino And JJ Abrams Are Making A STAR TREK Movie Together
The obvious one would be " City on the Edge of Forever ", but there's a reason everyone would go to that. But perhaps the director's 2015 Nerdist interview provides the most tea leaves for present day reading.

Instagram's Story Highlights feature lets you save Stories forever
Now, you might have noticed that we said you can select the stories you want to highlight by accessing your Stories Archive . Instagram Stories Highlights and Stories Archives will be rolling out to iOS and Android users on Tuesday.

Facebook debuts new Messenger app for kids 6 and up
Also, unlike the regular version of Facebook, children under 13 on the app won't have Facebook accounts associated with their app. But the technology giant today announced a new version of the service that could bump its active user base up considerably.

Mr. Franken, a Democrat of Minnesota, has apologized for his behavior, but the senators said his admissions are not enough. CNN has not yet verified the claims in the Politico story, but Franken flatly denied the allegations int he report.

Democratic Representative Ruben Kihuen faces pressure to resign as well over allegations reported by BuzzFeed that he repeatedly propositioned a former campaign worker. "I was excited for that conversation and hopeful that it would result in real change that made life better for women all across the country and in every part of our society".

"This has been a tough few weeks for me", Franken said, thanking his family for their support. He gave ammunition to those who believe their accounts are part of a right-wing plot, and to the many who still think women who report harassment are vindictive harpies seeking to harm men.

"I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator - nothing - has brought dishonour on this institution", Mr Franken said on Thursday. He could do so in a way that helped a cause he claims to care about - protecting women from men's abuses of power - or he could preserve some of his own reputation at the cost of harming that cause.

Trump has since gone on to support Alabama judge Roy Moore who is running for the Senate amid a torrent of sexual assault allegations, some of which come from women who charge him with assaulting them when they were minors.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dramatic moment fierce Storm Caroline winds blow packed Jet2 passenger plane sideways
Dec 08, 2017 - 01:57

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Inside the 30000-Square-Foot Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai
Dec 07, 2017 - 02:56
It is also the only tea bar created from recycled materials using a 3-D printer, measuring 7.5 metres (25 feet) in length. Starbucks says the shop includes hundreds of baristas, freshly baked goods and pays homage to the culture of China .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nintendo games remastered for Nvidia Shield in China
Dec 07, 2017 - 02:53
This has ensured that gamers eager to play a new version of Mario Kart can only do so if they buy a Nintendo machine. As with the global edition of the Shield , it can run some of the more popular PC games and Nintendo Wii games .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top GM Drivers Can Now Order a Starbucks From Their Car's Touchscreen
Dec 07, 2017 - 02:52
However, customers will not have to pay for the service or data used for these services. Starbucks isn't the only big-name company that will be featured in GM's Marketplace.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Slain ex-Yemeni President Saleh buried without solemnities
Dec 07, 2017 - 02:41
Iran, which supports the Houthis but denies arming them, welcomed Saleh's killing, saying it had put an end to a Saudi conspiracy. On Monday, Houthis killed Saleh , a former ally, and moved to consolidate their grip on Sanaa after day of clashes.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Winter Weather Advisory issued for parts of northwestern Colorado
Dec 06, 2017 - 01:19
Total snow accumulations of 12 to 24 inches are possible in the most persistent snow bands in Batavia and Genesee County. If you travel, make sure to let someone know your travel plans and have a charged phone with you.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lamborghini Urus 2018 Finally Available for Purchase After Ten Years
Dec 06, 2017 - 01:14
As for cargo, the rear bench seat can be lowered to substantially extend the trunk space from 616 to 1,596 litres. The Urus will be first available in the US market in Spring 2018 at a base price of $200,000 (Php 1,01,30000).

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ravens CB Jimmy Smith suspended 4 games for PED violation
Dec 06, 2017 - 01:12
In 12 games this season, Smith has recorded 28 tackles, three interceptions and nine passes defended. The 29-year-old will forfeit game checks for the Ravens' final four games of the regular season.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Willie Taggart hired as Florida State's next head coach
Dec 06, 2017 - 01:09
When Taggart was hired by OR , he said he had three basic tenets: "Make no excuses, blame no one, do something". From there, the Ducks lost four of their next five after an injury to starting quarterback Justin Herbert .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NJ director Bryan Singer fired from Queen biopic
Dec 06, 2017 - 01:08
At the time, the studio credited the halt in production to Singer's " unexpected unavailability ". According to a report by IndieWire , Singer's absence had pushed Malek to complain to the studio.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Shohei Ohtani won't sign with the Mets
Dec 05, 2017 - 02:41
It's never quite been clear what it is that Ohtani wants, but we know that it's not money since his age, 23, limits his contract. Ohtani was put up for bid Friday by the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top O'Reilly Accuser Sues Because Bill Keeps Talking About Her
Dec 05, 2017 - 02:40
Rachel Bernstein , who was a junior producer at FOX News, claims she settled a lawsuit in 2002 for an undisclosed amount. O'Reilly's representatives had no immediate comment on the lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Max hospital row: Two doctors who declared premature baby dead terminated
Dec 05, 2017 - 02:39
They immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors informed one of them to be alive. Sandeep Gupta, from the Delhi New Born Centre where the baby is now receiving treatment.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Barack Obama Has More Twitter Followers Than Trump And He Knows It
Dec 05, 2017 - 02:39
While in France over the weekend, former President Barack Obama just couldn't help but take a verbal shot at his successor. As the panel continued, Obama made sure to get in another thinly-veiled critique of a man in power-Donald Trump.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top "House of Cards" Will Continue-Just Without Kevin Spacey
Dec 05, 2017 - 02:38
It is not known when the final season will air nor what the current status of any spin-off might be. Robin Wright , who plays the president's wife Claire Underwood, will assume the lead role.