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  • U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden speaks at a news conference on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.   Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken's seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting McFadden as a corporate raider who put profit over people. But there may be a hitch. Franken himself has a small stake in the parent company of the same brokerage firm, through a mutual fund comprised of stock in businesses with a "socially responsive" reputation. At issue is Mike McFadden's investment banking career at Lazard Middle Market. An examination of Franken's personal investments shows one of his mutual fund includes investments in Lazard, too. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe)  MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT

    Minnesota Senate rivals tied to investment firm

    Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken's seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over people.

  • FILE - In this March 26, 2014, file photo, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Capping a three-month struggle, the Senate closed in Monday on passage of election-year legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired late last year. Approval would send the legislation to a hostile reception in the House, where majority Republicans generally oppose it.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Money talks: Every senator probing Time Warner Cable merger took Comcast PAC cash

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held its first congressional hearing on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger Thursday, and every single member of the committee has taken money from Comcast PAC — even Democratic senator Al Franken of Minnesota, who is generally considered to be anti-Comcast.

  • ** FILE ** Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., eats lunch with Meadow Lake Elementary School students, Monday, March 17, 2014, in New Hope, Minn. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores)

    Conservative group hits Sen. Franken on proposed IRS rule changes

    A conservative group is bankrolling a new television ad in Minnesota that accuses Sen. Al Franken of supporting IRS rule changes that would curtail free speech.

  • Minnesota delegation cooks up bipartisan contest

    Rep. Michele Bachmann stood at the front of a packed room, flashing a winning smile. With her Minnesota Vikings apron wrapped around her, she was campaigning one last time.

  • GOP picks early favorites for Senate, governor

    The Republican candidates for governor and senator who won bellwether straw polls among crowded fields sought Wednesday to capitalize on the early show of support from party activists.

  • Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CST

    More than 100 Republicans from Eden Prairie and Minnetonka are gathered for party caucuses and got wooed by some of the party's leading candidates for statewide office.

  • Franken calls for swift passage of farm bill

    U.S. Sen. Al Franken is calling for swift passage of a compromise five-year farm bill.

  • Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CST

    Ten Republican activists munched on burgers and sipped beer and soda at a St. Paul bar as Julianne Ortman spent more than an hour on a freezing night trying to convince them she's their best hope in the upcoming Senate race.

  • Franken posts another strong fundraising quarter

    Minnesota Sen. Al Franken reports raising $2.1 million in the final three months of last year, and now has $4.8 million in the bank for his upcoming re-election campaign.

  • ** FILE ** Robert Litt. (Associated Press)

    Spy chief rules out transparency reform of NSA snooping

    One of the nation's top intelligence officials defended the National Security Agency's snooping on online communications at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday, telling lawmakers that more transparency is not needed — and would prove self-defeating.

  • ** FILE ** President Obama delivers remarks about the ongoing situation in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Washington. Mr. Obama said that he has decided the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack but that he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    CURL: The president thinks you're stupid (and so do ) ...

    ... the vice president, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, everyone in Congress (even the dumbest guy there, Al Franken), the Supreme Court, the Washington media — enough, you get the picture, right? You're Stupid.

  • Senate legislation targets cyberstalking software

    For around $50, a jealous wife or husband can download software that can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse better than any private detective. It's frighteningly easy and effective in an age when nearly everyone carries a cellphone that can record every moment of a person's physical movements. But it soon might be illegal.

  • Senate takes step toward banning stalking software

    A loophole that permits software companies to sell cyberstalking apps that operate secretly on cellphones could soon be closed by Congress. The software is popular among jealous wives or husbands because it can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse.

  • Illustration: Voter ID by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    KNIGHT: Clueless in Minnesota and Michigan

    At the Minnesota Supreme Court on July 17, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued that Gopher State people aren't smart enough to be allowed to vote in November on whether to approve a voter photo ID constitutional amendment.

  • Tom Davis, Al Franken's 'SNL' partner, dies in NY

    Tom Davis, a writer who with Al Franken helped develop some of the most popular skits in the early years of "Saturday Night Live," was remembered by his former partner as "great friend, a good man, and so funny." He was 59.

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  • "If Mike McFadden survives the Republican primary battle, he's not going to be able to use one-tenth of one percent of Sen. Franken's assets to prevent voters from hearing about 100 percent of his own record as an investment banker," said Franken campaign spokeswoman Alexandra Fetissoff.

    Minnesota Senate rivals tied to investment firm →

  • "A woman's boss should never be able to make health care decisions for her," he says, demonstrating a comedian's understanding of the Constitution, "and that includes access to contraception."

    EDITORIAL: Undermining faith →

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