Watch www.theuptake.org on Tuesday July 7th at 12:15pm ET/ 11:15pm CT as Al Franken is sworn in as the US Senator from Minnesota.By Noah Kunin, Senior Political Correspondent 7/6/09 Washington, DC Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator-elect Al Franken made statements to the press before entering a close door meeting. Vice President Joe Biden will swear Franken in as Senator on Tuesday on the Senate floor. Live coverage will begin at 1200pm ET / 1100am CT. Reid urged Republicans to join the Democratic majority in passing upcoming legislation with bipartisan support.
Senator-Elect Al Franken thanks The UpTake for its coverage of the recount and election trial. Franken talks about how his campaign staff insisted that he take a vacation the first week of the trial and how he spent his vacation watching The UpTake.Franken talks about health care, the late Senator Paul Wellstone and the logistics for his swearing in next week.Franken has two words of advice for any DFL candidate who may possibly end up running against Norm Coleman for Governor: "call me."
more at http://www.theuptake.orgPresident Obama announced that on Tuesday (June 30, 2009) US Troops turned over all of Iraq's towns and cities to the Iraqi government and security forces. Transcript: I want to say a few words about an important milestone that we've reached in Iraq. Today, American troops have transferred control of all Iraqi cities and towns to Iraq's government and security forces. (Applause.) This transition was agreed to last year as part of our Status of Forces Agreement with the sovereign Iraqi government. It's a part of our strategy to responsibly end the war by removing all American combat brigades from Iraq by next September, and all of our troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. So the Iraqi people are rightly treating this day as a cause for celebration. This is an important step forward, as a sovereign and united Iraq continues to take control of its own destiny. And with this progress comes responsibility. Iraq's future is in the hands of its own people. And Iraq's leaders must now make some hard choices necessary to resolve key political questions, to advance opportunity, and to provide security for their towns and their cities. In this effort, America will be a strong partner to the Iraqi people on behalf of their security and prosperity. Make no mistake: There will be difficult days ahead. We know that the violence in Iraq will continue -- we see that already in the senseless bombing in Kirkuk earlier today. And there are those who will test Iraq's security forces, and the resolve of the Iraqi people, through more sectarian bombings and the murder of innocent civilians. But I'm confident that those forces will fail. The future belongs to those who build, not those who destroy. And today's transition is further proof that those who have tried to pull Iraq into the abyss of disunion and civil war are on the wrong side of history. Finally, the very fact that Iraqis are celebrating this day is a testament to the courage, the capability, and commitment of every single American who has served in Iraq. (Applause.) That's worth applause. Through tour after tour of duty, our troops have overcome every obstacle to extend this precious opportunity to the Iraqi people. These women and men are not always in the headlines, but they're in our hearts and prayers, and we will forever honor their selfless service and sacrifice, as well as the service and sacrifice of their families. There is more work to be done, but we've made important progress in supporting a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq. And everyone who has served there, both in uniform as well as our civilians, deserves our thanks.
Opponents of Governor Pawlenty's veto of health care for the poorest Minnesotans are asking the Governor's neighbors to call him and ask him to change his mind. Literature from the DFL organized group says the Governor's "pledge to far right-wing Washington politicians is hurting Minnesota's economy - and Minnesota's families.
more at http://www.theuptake.org Representative Mark Buesgens (R- Mankato, MN) probably meant something different, but he states not once, but twice that keeping the speed limit at 45 mph along 35E south of downtown St. Paul will "turn lawbreakers into good people." The author of the proposal, Representative Pat Garafalo (R-Apple Valley) steps in to clarify that it's really the other way around. Either way, the speed limit on 35E stays the same as the proposal is defeated 62 to 72, sparing the State of Minnesota a potentially very expensive lawsuit so Representative Garafalo can shave a few seconds off his commute from Apple Valley to the Capitol.
more at http://www.theuptake.org Minnesota House Minority Leader Marty Seifert upset that Republican tax plans are not being voted on in the Minnesota House tries to scare Freshman DFL members with a well-rehearsed story from a Star Trek episode. We're not positive which episode the speaker was referring to, but it sounds like one of a dozen on the show. But please don't call Representative Seifert a "Trekkie". If he was he would have quoted the episode's name, original air date and the name of the actor who played bit part of the crew member. This is from debate on Thursday April 23, 2009 about 8:45pm CT
More at http://www.theuptake.org. Watch out Conan O'Brien, David Letterman and other late night comedians. The Minnesota House of Representatives is trying to provide you competition. At 11:30 last night when most Minnesotans have turned off the TV and gone to bed, the House put on its own version of stand-up comedy. It all began with a proposal to not pay lawmakers expenses (per diem) during any special session. The idea being that would be an incentive to finish all the work during the regular session which is scheduled to finish next month. Instead of voting down the proposal, Rep Rod Hamilton (R) Mountain Lake moved to amend it to require Twin Cities metro areas legislators to provide housing, food, laundry and entertainment for non-metro area legislators. The amendment touched off a round of comedy and eventually led to original proposal being withdrawn. In other words, the proposal to eliminate special session per diem pay made by Rep. Joyce Peppin (R) of Rogers was literally laughed off the House floor.
More at http://www.theuptake.org It's the longest election in Minnesota's history, and it's still not over. But a ruling from Minnesota's election contest court may have signaled the beginning of the end of Minnesota's US Senate race. Former Senator Norm Coleman's chances of winning the election were severely dimmed when the court ruled that only 400 additional ballots will be counted. Democrat Al Franken leads Coleman by 225 votes. The election contest has been a soap opera, drawing thousands of viewers from all over the country every day. In the above video, The UpTake's Mike McIntee takes us through the major plot lines and moments of the trial, which has been educational as well as entertaining.
more at http://www.theuptake.org Even immediate family members often describe the SCHIZOID as “disconnected”, "robots", or "machines". But the schizoid is not depressed, merely indifferent. As such, borderline schizoid personalities thrive in a culture that celebrates the self above the group, is charged with masochism, and thrive in what Eisenhower called the “military-industrial-academic complex.” Reference- “America is in Need of a Moral Bailout”- http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090323_america_is_in_need_of_a_moral_bailout/ BIO Dennis Trainor Jr is a regular video contributor to TheUptake.org. He was a writer & media consultant for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign & a 2007 "Best of YouTube" nominee for his work as writer/ performer on "The Hermit with Davis Fleetwood." He is currently at work on two books: "My Progressive Dilemma" (chronicling President Obama's 1st year in office) and a novel adapted from his play, "I Coulda Been a Kennedy."
more at http://www.theuptake.org Al Franken has trouble finding the exact words describe when he will be seated as a US Senator and his current status. He is speaking to the Minnesota Young Democratic Farmer Labor group on Saturday March 28, 2009. Franken has a 225 vote lead in the MN US Senate race over former Senator Norm Coleman. A court has yet to rule on an election contest suit filed by Coleman. Testimony on that suit wrapped up two weeks ago.