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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Oct 10, 2019. 13 comments

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

Noah Levine, the influential punk rock Buddhist teacher whose meditation society, Against the Stream, collapsed after he was accused of sexual misconduct , never spoke to me for two stories I wrote about the allegations against him , despite my best efforts to contact him. But he did sit down this summer with Los Angeles magazine, for an interview published in July. In it, he indicated that...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese Sep 30, 2019. 6 comments

Another Woman Has Accused Al Franken of Groping

Another Woman Has Accused Al Franken of Groping

Another woman has come forward accusing former Al Franken of groping her, bringing the number of women who have alleged misconduct against the comedian and former senator up to nine. The news of the allegation comes just days after a doting interview with Conan O’Brien and the announcement that Franken will be hosting a SiriusXM radio program.

The woman told New York magazine that Franken...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese Sep 27, 2019. 17 comments

Al Franken Still Thinks He's the Victim

Al Franken Still Thinks He's the Victim

In case anyone needed another reminder that “cancel culture” is a
paranoid fantasy that only exists only in the minds of powerful men and people who are too online, let’s go ahead and check in with Al Franken and his redemption arc . Nearly two years after the comedian turned politician resigned from the Senate in response to sexual harassment allegations, Franken has returned with a podcast,...

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Emily Alford Emily Alford Aug 21, 2019. 13 comments

Kirsten Gillibrand Is Wondering About the Other Seven Women Who Accused Al Franken

Kirsten Gillibrand Is Wondering About the Other Seven Women Who Accused Al Franken

Earlier this summer, a New Yorker piece cast doubt on conservative talk show host Leeann Tweeden’s allegations of misconduct against former senator Al Franken. In its wake, some of the colleagues who originally called for Franken’s resignation have expressed remorse, Franken has publicly wished he hadn’t been so quick to resign, and somehow this has all become Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s

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Lisa Fischer Lisa Fischer Jul 27, 2019. 7 comments

This Week in Meghan McCain Brings Us a Total Lack of Self-Awareness About How Others Perceive Her

This Week in Meghan McCain Brings Us a Total Lack of Self-Awareness About How Others Perceive Her

Meghan McCain doesn’t understand why everyone is so mad at her all the time! She started her week on The View by denying that Al Franken’s alleged overly familiar behavior toward women was at all comparable to the allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden, which is where she lost me.

McCain later sparred with presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, seemingly trying to bait him into...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Jul 26, 2019. 22 comments

The New Yorker Seriously Mischaracterized the Story of One of Al Franken's Accusers

The New Yorker Seriously Mischaracterized the Story of One of Al Franken's Accusers

This week, the New Yorker ran a long piece by Jane Mayer re-examining the sexual harassment allegations against Al Franken, a piece which minimized the accusations themselves while giving Franken ample space to defend himself . While the piece contained some unflattering new revelations about Leeann Tweeden’s story, the conservative radio host who made the first public accusation, it was...

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Esther Wang Esther Wang Jul 23, 2019. 21 comments

Kirsten Gillibrand Doesn't Regret Calling for Al Franken to Step Down

Kirsten Gillibrand Doesn't Regret Calling for Al Franken to Step Down

While seven current and former senators who called for Al Franken to resign at the end of 2017 now feel bad about their decision, Kirsten Gillibrand is not one of them. Speaking at a Bustle Digital Group event on Monday night, Gillibrand shared that she does “not have any regrets” about her leading role in pushing for Franken to step down.

“There was 34 other senators that called on him to...

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Esther Wang Esther Wang Jul 23, 2019. 24 comments

'He’s No Weinstein': The New Yorker’s Distorted Defense of Al Franken

'He’s No Weinstein': The New Yorker’s Distorted Defense of Al Franken

Al Franken, according to a new piece in the New Yorker by Jane Mayer, regrets resigning from his Senate seat at the end of 2017, after many of his fellow Democratic senators called for him to step down in the wake of numerous allegations of unwanted and inappropriate kissing and touching. The stories had come like a wave, after Leeann Tweeden, a conservative radio host and television anchor...

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Apr 10, 2019. 4 comments

Kirsten Gillibrand Wants to Conduct a Nationwide Survey on Sexual Assault

Kirsten Gillibrand Wants to Conduct a Nationwide Survey on Sexual Assault

Kirsten Gillibrand, a senator and now-Democratic presidential primary candidate who risked losing the support of big donors and some centrist Democrats by calling for Al Franken’s resignation, will continue to call out Congress for their failure to adequately address sexual assault in the workplace, on college campuses, in the military—and in Congress. She reiterated her support for victims...

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Clio Chang Clio Chang Nov 26, 2018. 10 comments

Big Donors Are Punishing Kirsten Gillibrand for Speaking Out Against Al Franken  

Big Donors Are Punishing Kirsten Gillibrand for Speaking Out Against Al Franken  

Almost one year ago, after eight women came forward to accuse Al Franken of sexual misconduct (including non-consensual groping and kissing ), Kirsten Gillibrand became the first Democratic senator to publicly call for Franken’s resignation . Now, Politico reports that top Democratic donors are continuing to punish her for it.

More than a dozen donors interviewed by Politico said that they...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills May 25, 2018. 24 comments

Sarah Silverman Doesn't See Why Alleged Predators 'Can’t Continue Being Artists'

Sarah Silverman Doesn't See Why Alleged Predators 'Can’t Continue Being Artists'

In a new profile for GQ’s Comedy Issue, Sarah Silverman talks about what to do with her pal Louis C.K., who you might remember was accused, for years , of being a serial exhibitionist who masturbated in front of women comedians, some without their consent, a rumor confirmed with a New York Times investigation last year.

And when Silverman is asked about her feelings towards the “scandal,” she...

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Prachi Gupta Prachi Gupta Jan 10, 2018. 21 comments

Dem Donor Considers Pulling Support From Lawmakers Who Urged Al Franken's Resignation

Dem Donor Considers Pulling Support From Lawmakers Who Urged Al Franken's Resignation

Susie Tompkins Buell, an entrepreneur, major liberal donor, and Hillary Clinton’s bestie, is considering pulling financial support for lawmakers who called on former Sen. Al Franken to resign over allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

In a text message, she told the New York Times that Democrats “moved too fast” and that Franken “was never given his chance to tell his side of the...

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Ellie Shechet Ellie Shechet Dec 20, 2017. 17 comments

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith Will Replace Al Franken, and Run in 2018 

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith Will Replace Al Franken, and Run in 2018 

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Al Franken’s soon-to-be-vacant seat. Smith, a former political operative who was also VP for public affairs at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, announced that she plans to run for her seat in the 2018 special election, a shift from earlier reports that she would just be a placeholder. Her appointment means that she and Sen....

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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Dec 19, 2017. 11 comments

Some Democrats Are Now Urging Al Franken to Remain in the Senate 

Some Democrats Are Now Urging Al Franken to Remain in the Senate 

Just when you thought that the Al Franken sexual harassment-resignation news cycle was mercifully dead, four Democratic Senators have decided to kick its corpse. Politico reported on Monday that Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), as well as two unnamed Democratic Senators, are “urging Franken to reconsider resigning” and “now feel remorse over what they feel was a rush to...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Dec 12, 2017. 22 comments

New England Elected Official Says Al Franken Tried to Give Her A 'Wet, Open-Mouthed Kiss' Onstage 

New England Elected Official Says Al Franken Tried to Give Her A 'Wet, Open-Mouthed Kiss' Onstage 

A former elected official in New England who has requested anonymity tells Jezebel that Al Franken attempted to give her a “wet, open-mouthed kiss” onstage at an event in 2006, shortly before he ran for Senate. The woman says the encounter left her “stunned and incredulous.”

In recent weeks, five women have said Franken touched them inappropriately, most notably broadcaster and model Leeann...

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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Dec 08, 2017. 22 comments

After Numerous Sexual Harassment Allegations, Sen. Al Franken Announces Resignation 

After Numerous Sexual Harassment Allegations, Sen. Al Franken Announces Resignation 

After mounting sexual harassment allegations and pressure from his colleagues to resign, Al Franken announced that he will resign his Senate seat in the next few weeks.

Franken directly addressed the #MeToo movement in his resignation speech. “We were finally beginning to listen to women in the ways in which men’s actions affect them. The moment was long overdue,” Franken said in his brief and...

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Ellie Shechet Ellie Shechet Dec 07, 2017. 17 comments

Al Franken Denies Report Saying He Plans to Resign

Al Franken Denies Report Saying He Plans to Resign

Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

Hm, this has been so fun but I would love it if the news could just stop for a sec?

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:After Minnesota Public Radio reported that Sen. Al Franken plans to resign tomorrow, Franken’s office disputed the report. “Not accurate, @mpr @Stowydad,” his...

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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Dec 07, 2017. 12 comments

After Latest Sexual Harassment Allegation, Women Senators Call on Al Franken to Resign

After Latest Sexual Harassment Allegation, Women Senators Call on Al Franken to Resign

After a former Democratic Congressional aide accused Senator Al Franken of sexual harassment on Wednesday morning—bringing the number of women who have alleged sexual harassment to eight—a number of Franken’s women colleagues have called on the Minnesota Senator to resign.

“I have been shocked and disappointed to learn over the last few weeks that a colleague I am fond of personally has...

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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Dec 02, 2017. 24 comments

Al Franken's Apology Tour Has Begun

Al Franken's Apology Tour Has Begun

“Embarrassed and ashamed,” is how Minnesota Senator Al Franken described his feelings since four women accused him of unwanted groping this month. In one of Franken’s first interviews since news the allegations broke, he told the Star Tribune that he’s “let a lot of people down and I’m hoping I can make it up to them and gradually regain their trust.” He added that he would return to work on...

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Lauren Evans Lauren Evans Nov 25, 2017. 23 comments

Trump Mocks Al Franken On Twitter, Blows It

Trump Mocks Al Franken On Twitter, Blows It

As you know, Senator Al Franken is the latest high-profile man to be accused of sexual assault. Guess which bundle of flaxen-haired impetigo has roused himself to make a tweet?

Trump’s pretty proud of himself, despite fucking up his attempt at a pun by misspelling “Frankenstein,” the flaccid meat muppet. He seems to think that the alleged revelation that Franken forcibly kissed and groped TV...

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