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US slaps new sanctions on Syrian entities and individuals
"States has imposed new sanctions on Syrian individuals and financial entities affiliated with President Bashar al Assad. The Treasury Department ordered the freezing of assets in the U. S belonging to has I'm careful the governor off Syria's central bank, as well as those off two sisters off the powerful financial Yes, Ibrahim, who was targeted last month.
Breaking down the first presidential debate
"Something something one one of of the the many many reactions reactions to to the the often often out out of of control control atmosphere. atmosphere. Last Last night's night's presidential presidential debates. debates. Now Now Jones Jones has has a a ramp ramp up. up. It It was was a a night night of of bitter bitter exchanges, exchanges, Name Name calling calling and and talking talking over over each each other other got got so so bad bad that that Biden Biden said said to to Trump Trump Shut Shut up, up, man. man. Here's Here's one one of of the the exchanges exchanges concerning concerning the the future future of of Obama Obama care. Absolutely. Do you have an idea what you have Todo socialized medicine, Mr. President what? President Trump got off to a solid start making the case for choosing the Supreme Court Justice. I will tell you very simply, We won the election elections have consequences. We have the Senate. We have the White House and we have a phenomenal nominee. He also tried to pin Biden down on trade with China and tried to do the same on police violence, Law and order. But Biden was ready for that one. The vast majority of police officers are good, decent, honorable men and women. They risk their lives every day to take care of us. But there are some bad apples and when they occur when they find them, they have to be sorted out. They have to be held accountable. The former vice president stumbled a bit but otherwise held up. Trump was aggressive. Maybe too much so But this is the first debate. There's still two more to go. Al Jones 10 10 wins news
Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks
"Department is demanding immediate action against those responsible for a rocket attack that killed at least five Iraqi civilians on Monday in Baghdad. Police say the rocket was aimed at Baghdad airport. The attack followed a US threat to close its embassy unless the Iraqi government reined in Iran back militias responsible for recent attacks in the region. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi warns that closing any diplomatic mission with threatened regional security.
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Kuwait’s Emir, Dies at 91
"And the ruler of Kuwait Shake Saba Amar Al Sabah has died at 91. He had presided over the small oil rich countries since 2006. Hours after his death, his half brother, the Kuwaiti Crown prince was
Kuwait's ruler Sheikh Sabah has died at 91
"Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah has died. Word of his passing came on Kuwaiti TV. No word on the cause of death. Shake had pushed for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to end the bitter dispute between cutter and other Arab nations that that continues to this day. He was 91.
Trump will speak remotely at New York Archdiocese's virtual Al Smith Dinner
"Trump will appear remotely at the New York Archdiocese is all virtual Al Smith fundraising dinner on Thursday night. The archdiocese says it also hopes former vice President Joe Biden will take part in the 75th annual fundraiser. The Al Smith dinner is the biggest fundraiser for the archdiocese and in years past They've been able to get both the Democratic and Republican candidates for president to sit on the same day as this year's event will be broadcast live Thursday, beginning at 7 P.m.
Kuwait's ruler Sheikh Sabah has died at 91
"Sheikh Sabah Ahmad Al Sabah has died. Word of his passing came on Kuwaiti TV No word on the cause of death. Shake had pushed for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to end the bitter dispute between Cutter and other Arab nations that continues to this day Shakes a ball was 91. In the UK
Cities Experiment With Remedy for Poverty: Cash, No Strings Attached
"Now experimenting with a remedy for poverty, and that would be cash. No strings attached. That's just Ah, what he's already doing right? Yes, he's doing that other cities are not following suit. Critics point to several potential drawbacks. First. If only people below a certain income, received the transfers and aren't required to work. They may hesitate to take a job quote giving money to people no strings attached. Changes behavior, said Douglas. Bashar. Al, He's a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. Quote. We create incentives. We don't like her want unquote,
Rev. Al Sharpton discusses why it is imperative to 'Rise Up' in this moment
"Reverend Al Sharpton Welcome to the PODCAST for the first time, a bank you I'm glad to be with you Jonathan Your Book. Up was really terrific, it really was, and hopefully we can squeeze in as much as we can talk about it. One of the things that you write about that I found very interesting. You coined this term Tae Liberals who are they they are people that call themselves progressive. And they sit around the arising and philosophizing and strategized, but never really get into the fight they don't get the hamster. Months then not registered voters they're not engaged with people and it's Sorta like they sit in these elite circles than these Paula conversations sipping critiquing what all of us that are under front lines in the trenches doing, and they don't do anything themselves than they can afford to come with the most unrealistic impractical kind of stands because they don't have to go out and deal with families that are victimized of people that are outraged and that's why I said the del real problem because they will go for what is radically the most best sounding thing that is totally impractical in totally plays on the emotions of one. Thing. You write in the book you write quote a lot tae liberal may mean well, but his lack of empathy or understanding of the basic inequalities that go hand in hand with bigotry racism and economic disparity make him suspect to anyone struggling to get a foothold in the American dream I'd go so far as to say that if lots liberals had a better sense of these issues and they're black and Brown and immigrant brothers, there'd be no need for someone like me I think that the reason I wrote that as because I'm often asked why do people reach out to me they reach out to be because We have an organization that not only deals with the obviously organizing a protest in working with their legal in media needs what that really understand. It feels their pain and their rage 'cause we HAPP that thing and that rate and a lot of the lottery liberals seed Bam as a radical like on a chess board rather than real people lost their son to police violence or lost their a nephew on their cousin who had no preparation for that know nothing about. Nothing about anything that many of them don't even have to means to go. And take care of funeral expense and not liberals just see them as objects get to some politically field theory that they've been playing with. Elite of discussions and I think that that is why they got. You notice they never connected to the people in the community on the base that usually just analyzing something in saint quarters. In their privileged status because many of them, a privilege themselves. So they can experiment with risk fathers because they're not taking that risk when I read that passage in the book I wrote in the margins Bernie Critique because that was my big critique of Bernie Sanders when he ran in two thousand sixteen and then again, this go round in two, thousand twenty well, I had challenged Bernie and sixteen and I think he did better in eighteen of and I think he started to get it and I give me the turn of there's a lot of credit for that but I think that a lot of the indication that your critique and mind to him was right is The black vote how does he explain that will getting the Black Vote I. think that people you can say all you want liberal will explain to me why the progressives in quote don't get the black vote it is not because that blacks are anti progressive is that there's no connection and there's no involvement with a lot of Ale see another the different aid you know common related all of that but a lot of these that call themselves progressive totally removed from the people that they wanNA speak speak on behalf of people they don't speak to
Trump, Biden Get Invites to Virtual Edition of New York City's Annual Al Smith Dinner
"Event in New York City set for this week is expected to have a special guest. The first presidential debate likely will not be the only time that President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden will lock horns this week. Both are expected to attend the annual Al Smith dinner on Thursday. Trump has officially accepted his invite, marking the first time in his four years in office that he has R. S V peed in the affirmative. Biden is expected to attend to those. His campaign has not officially confirmed that the annual charity event is usually held at a Manhattan hotel scale back. Asian had been arranged in a public garden in the Bronx because of the Corona virus pandemic. But even that was it's because of public health concerns. The event will be done online. Instead, I'm
Trump and Biden get evites as Al Smith Dinner goes virtual
"An a annual Texas event sheriff in New York is City facing set criminal for this week charges is expected in connection to have with the a death special of a black man guest that ended up being filmed by a police the first reality presidential TV debate series likely will not be the only time that Williamson president County Donald sheriff Trump and Robert challenger Chody Joe was Biden released shortly will after lock posting horns bond this week he faces both a third are expected degree felony to attend rap the annual as part of Al the investigation Smith dinner on into Thursday the death of habia trump has Ambler officially accepted who died after his a invite traffic stop marking in the Austin first time Texas in his four years that in stop office was that filmed he has by the R. reality S. V. TV peed show live in PD the affirmative the sheriff Biden is charged is with expected destroying to attend or too concealing though his video campaign connected has to not amber's officially death confirmed if that convicted the annual he could charity get up to ten event years is in usually prison held at a and Manhattan he never hotel aired the video because scaled it involved back version the death had been and arranged it destroyed at a public the food garden it just says in the Bronx once an investigation because of the corona cleared virus the officers pandemic involved but even that however was in another its because probe of is public looking into health the concerns use of force the event than employees will be done death online I'm instead Oscar wells Gabriel I'm Oscar wells Gabriel
Pandemic playoffs: Brewers, Astros in despite losing records
"When you woke up on Sunday morning none of the eight matchups were said I. think that's kind of cool that would be like the the final day of the regular season Lebron Yeah I don't even know who we're playing. That's what it was for every single team yesterday in Major League Baseball your dodgers are going to play the brewers who got in yesterday with the first losing record granted at sixty. Games with the first losing record for a team in the history of the Major League Baseball Playoffs there were twenty nine and thirty one opening round best of three all in the same ballpark what are your thoughts and we couldn't lose I mean you know it. Likely not, but we could because his only three games all they got to do is win two of them, right? So baseball is so weird dodgers obviously you mentioned we got him at home dodger stadium. I don't think that you know I'm sure we're going to roll out Walker Bueller in Kershaw and we're going to do what we need to do to get to the next round But you could lose you know teams could lose you know the beginning of the year, the dodgers and the Yankees were pretty much the favorites to to get to the thing. In the end, but then the pandemic happened then we had to do all of the rescheduling and figure out how many games that went on for so long how many games should they play the only WanNa play this amount, the players, WanNa, play that amount it became a money issue, and now we finally have gotten to the point where October will be playoff baseball. Speaking out, let's go through a couple of interesting storylines after this round by the way, then everything is going to be played at trial sites and eventually the world series will be played at the home of the Texas Rangers and they'll wrap that no. Later than October twenty eighth, they want to avoid the second third. So homefield everybody early, and then we're going to neutral sites, Los Angeles San Diego. Texas and Houston quick thoughts the Yankees of the five seat in the AL, the five seat, the rays of the one-seat. What does the same thing with the dodgers? Right? The Yankees could they take care of business they moved their events they don't they go home whether they a one C or DHCP. It's everybody's even really to be honest with you. Everybody's even Garrett Cole. Start, for the Yankees Chain Bieber for the Indians in for all the money they paid Garrett Cole Shane Beavers had a better year he has in when you look at it, there are no fans in the stands. So there's no home field advantage for anybody you know what's great about not having fans the Houston Astros. Left right. Everywhere they go. They are the sick see the astros have made it in baseball's big off season, they should just get blinked. Every time people bring up the Astros are frown just cheated just blatant just cheat to win. They're taking on the Minnesota twins keys, dodgers will take on the brewers the padres in the playoffs for the first time in fourteen years will take on the Saint Louis Cardinals and the much maligned and I know it's a sixty game season. How about the Miami Marlins under? Derek. Jeter, for everything that they have gone through there and they'll get the Chicago cubs. Yeah. They they. They deserve to being I'm happy for I'm happy for Jeeter because when he? Blew everything up and traded. Call Stan and everybody was like Oh they just care about the money. They're completely trash in the organization, and now they're in the playoffs and they take on. Chicago like you said, one
Boston Red Sox say manager Ron Roenicke won't return in 2021; team in last place in AL East
"Ron Roenicke E will not be back with Boston as manager in
Outdoor Dining Is Now Permanent In New York City
"Alfresco in the winter months, New York City restaurants will be able to provide for deBlasio has given his blessing to year round outdoor dining. It's another piece to the restaurant Survival Puzzle, and executive director Andrew Reggie at the New York City Hospitality Alliance says outdoor dining dining has has has helped helped helped make make make ends ends ends meet. meet. meet. You're You're You're around. around. around. It It It will will will help. help. help. Even Even Even more more more has has has been been been such such such an an an essential essential essential part part part of of of helping helping helping to to to bring bring bring our our our restaurant's restaurant's restaurant's back back back and and and bring bring bring our our our city city city back back back on. on. on. The mayor's announcement also allows heat lamps to make outdoor winter dining possible. That's the goal. We want to be able to continue outdoor dining into the cool weather, and to do that we need to keep our customers warm, and now they'll be able to use thes heat lamps. The combination of open restaurants and open streets is now permanent, with parts of 87 streets closed closed for for dining dining on on the the weekends. weekends. Al Al
Alchemy and Herbalism
"Hey there everybody sage a here and welcome to the fourth and final part of our alchemy and. You've been getting inspired and illuminated a little bit on the tradition of alchemy and the profound influence that it can have on your work with medicinal plants and as an herbalist, and you know this week's discussion is kind of taking it to the another step here, another level and looking at. How alchemy releasees disease and healing and what exactly AL chemically prepared herbal medicines or spirits are doing what happens when you start working with spongier because. As. We've found over the years, these types of herbal medicines, how the pretty different way that they affect us. Then you know your standard forms of herbal preparations. So last week introducing a little bit about spongier and how they're different from standard or extracts and the way in which. Are. As this branch of the AL chemical. Tradition, that focuses on working with plants, how they are really working holistically on the whole person because they contain the whole plant in the way that they are concentrating the chemical, the energetic in the spiritual properties of the plants they are then working on the physical psychological and spiritual levels. Within a person that takes them. But like how exactly are they healing us what's going on there and how does alchemy view health and disease, right? So I like to summarize this in in short little statement, which is. Our illness is our initiation and what do I mean by that? Well, basically, according to alchemy everything in nature is in a constant state of change in flux and transition or transformation. And and from looking at nature, we see that everything is always changing and transforming from the turning of the seasons and the cycles of the moon and. The way that plants grow the way that. Animals, migrate and go through hibernation. Everything in nature is going through these processes of transformation and human beings are not separate from that even though we built a world to kind of try to separate ourselves from nature, we ultimately can't do that. When we do it Ultimately makes a sick in different ways, but we see that in alchemy everything is in a state of transformation and. In that way like from the human side of A. That transformation is is seen as ourselves striving towards a greater level of wholeness within ourselves and wholeness with our environment or harmony equilibrium with our environment and coming to a place of. Unity with the world in which we live looking at it from a spiritual side of it. You know alchemy is ultimately a spiritual practice as well as a practice of medicine, but inherent to its orientation to medicine is that our spiritual development inherently tied to R. Hewing Process. So the way I like to think of it as that, you know healing and our souls evolution or development are really two sides of the same leaf right anyone that's ever embarked on a spiritual path. which me is to me is really just wanting to become a better person right wanting to. Reach a greater level of self awareness and collective awareness and universal awareness. Anyone that's embarked on that journey. We always come up to those challenges. Right we always hit those blockages. We hit those parts of ourselves that are resistant to change that are resistant to transforming that are stuck in the past right we've all gone through. Different levels and types of trauma really throughout our lives that can really hold us back. From developing and growing and evolving spiritually. So whenever we try to do that inevitably, we discover that we have healing work to do right that we have to. Come to a new level of awareness and perspective on our lives, and really the way I like to think of it as taking our trauma and turning it into our
Kentucky AG Warns to Not Let "Celebrities, Influencers and Activists" in Wake of Breonna Taylor Decision "Capture Our Emotions"
"Here, Kentucky's Attorney General. Daniel. Cameron. Today. According to Kentucky Law. The use of force by mattingly in Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves. This. Justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges. In Miss Brianna Taylor's death justice is not often easy. Does Not fit the mold of public opinion, and it does not conform to shifting standards. Now is the Reverend Al Sharpton. The host of MSNBC's politics. Nation. He's author of the New Book Rise up confronting a country at the crossroads which will be available Tuesday Reverend Sharpton, your reaction to what the attorney general had to say and what's unfolded tonight in Louisville. Out My reaction is that certainly it is not surprising, but it is still allowing to see that a grand jury and grand jury usually a totally framed by what the prosecutor plus before because that's the only lawyer in the role to come back and say that we will charge and also for all the violence that he did cause and the cause for those. Surrounding an area on apartment that we kill someone, but we will not charge him with killing. Someone shows an outrageous an unbelievable kind of justification for doing nothing around the death of Brianna Taylor. Brianna Taylor was not even mentioned in the indictment if anyone wants to know why we are saying black lives should matter they acrylic saying Louisville. The day did not math. That attorney general to even attack those of us that supported the family at the family's request saying that the celebrities and influence activists on that wealth from end to Kentucky or should not there to give their views when we're welcome there to watch horses run around the track for the Louisville Dirt Louisville Kentucky Derby. But we're not welcomed to stand up for the life of value and worth of a black woman who's only actions that night issue to better in our own home committing no crime involved with no criminal activity. That's why we continue to. That's why we should vote in. We should use the fact that you can vote in November even in Kentucky even though we couldn't vote the grand jury we ought, to sin, Mitch McConnell into retirement as a deposit on the justice we want for the retailers of. I want to let the audience here what you were just referring to the Kentucky Attorney General who is a Republican talked today about activists from out of state who don't live in Kentucky. As if they have no right to talk about this, let's listen to that. There will be celebrities, influencers and activists who having lived in Kentucky. We tried to tell us how to feel suggesting they understand the facts of this case that they know our community and the Commonwealth better than we do. But they don't. Let's not give into their attempts to influence our thinking or capture our emotions. It sounds like he was talking about you. Talking about me and many others than many that up right there on the ground. From out of state but let me remind people that all of the activities of Leonidas Attorney Ben crump was at the invitation of the Family WanNa. Justice. And if you know it's an old playbook calling people outside Agitators Monitor King Junior and John Lewis Super Far greater than us will call that that will not in any way stopped mood that's gone on all over this country and the way to deal with this, we must try to change the laws and one way to do that is to change the lawmakers. We must turn our pain in the power in the rubble must continue to non-binding march to keep these. Alive. Riyan Taylor matting her life matters and we don't have to be a citizen of Louisville to say that and many Citizens Louisville are saying that as well and just last week. The right thing did happen on the civil case the city settled with the family for twelve million dollars and you know that settlement never would have happened without you and others bringing national attention to this case. Well absolutely, and why would you settle for that record amount of money if there was no wrong had been done and one of the reasons that we marched by the tens of thousands in Washington just three weeks ago and details mother spoken that much is because we clearly need is George Floyd policing injustice act passed by the Senate, passed by the House that would also make will officers if they commit a crime are subject of of the lawsuits and pretzels have to deal with it taxpayers paying forward individual offices do and are not held accountable for we need to change the laws by changing the lawmakers.
Camila Russo: The Defiant Laying Bare the Story of Ethereum
"Lows two jobs. When did you first hear about a theory? In twenty seventeen Crypto for Bloomberg the first time was when I grow kind of one of the first stories on ICO's for Bloomberg and I remember just like trying to wrap my head around what these things were. It's like Bitcoin, but it's different vigil currencies on Anyone can issue them on. They're on top of the other blockchain cerium and you know I was coming at crypto coverage from. A markets perspective. So I didn't have a lot of technical knowledge about how blockchain's worker crypto were or anything I. I understood the value proposition of bitcoin from having a cover like Argentina land but that was my extent of knowledge of it. So it was like writing that first. ICO. Story was I think when I, I started looking at a theorem for the first time, and then just like as I kept covering the space is for the rest of two thousand seventeen I started to learn more and more about understood. Okay. Syria is team like. But whites valuable. It's because it's it tries to be more flexible than than Bitcoin, and that's why it's easier for people to issue all these different tokens on top of it and so. That's kind of seeing all of this kind of frenzy around ICO's on these tokens on this like millions of dollars worrying in I was like there's something here you know. This kind of decentralized way of raising money and ethereal kind of the platform ebeling this. Back. In January, we interviewed Steve Kokinos and Sylvia mccully of Al and during our conversation, we talked about how unique design makes it easy for developers to build sophisticated applications on their platform. So what's great about Algorithm beyond the fact that it's fast, it's secure it scales and it has instant finality is the fact that they've designed Allaire one protocol with primitives that are purpose built for define. So what that means is that they've taken some of the most common things that people do with smart contracts and they've embedded them right in the system right in the layer one. So things like issuing tokens atomic transfers, these are built into the layer. One spark contracts are first class citizens on all grant. So with these essential building blocks at your disposal, you can build fast insecure defy APPs in no time. To learn more about what Al brings to the table and how to get started, I would encourage you to check out algren dot com slash epicenter that lets them know that you heard about it from us and it takes you where you need to go to learn about their tech. And what that we'd like to Algorithm for supporting the PODCAST? What point do you does one? Say I'M GONNA write a book about something that's never something that's ever crossed my mind or I think a lot of people's minds. What point you do you decide to write a book and then what is the process I mean forget about the process of writing the book. But like what's the process of figuring out what kind of book you WanNa Right because you could have written this book in all I mean it's very. Descriptive account of what happens it's mostly in the third person, you could have written a fiction you know you could have written. First hand account of your interviews what was the process for the creative process? I guess figuring out the of book you wanted to write. For background I always wanted to write a book like that's been kind of a goal of mine forever I got into journalism because I like writing I guess like growing up. One of my favorite books was in cold blood by Truman Capote and I think you know that was the first time I realized while you. You can write about real life like nonfiction in a way that reads like a novel and that to me was really powerful because. To journalism and especially business journalism, which is usually so dry. I found that okay stories can make vs very kind of complex dry concepts come alive if you tell them in the right way and so getting the the example from. Truman capote and then especially Michael Lewis exile. Kate while like this is a really powerful way of speaking about nonfiction and obviously I love fiction it's it's what I personally read the most. I disliked you know if I was ever to write a book, I would want to provided like value to readers by bringing something from the real world and making it. And read like story because I just thought you know there's like so many interesting stories in the real world you know that needs to be highlighted. So why should I like go on invent another story for my own imagination they're already so much to tell in real life at some point. I think it was probably when you get into the Bloomberg internship, they give you like of recommended readings and one of them was Michael Lewis Books I think it was liar's poker and so when I read that book, I, was like, okay like I need to find that story that I can pick up until like Michael. Lewis. His folks. So I was like always on the lookout for that like what can the story that I can tell in this way like in a something I can make into a nonfiction novel. And I think with Crypto was kind of the first time that I thought. Okay. This is this is where I needed to find my story to tell. I meant to say fictionally, I'm interested like a dramatized version like something a little bit more like. Of course, you could make fiction of the story of a theory, but like a something akin to the bitcoin billionaires book right whereas like this kind of more dramatized version of the facts. But like the way you wrote the book is like this very kind of factual account. It reads like a novel it does read like a story, but it's like very factual thing based on your interviews based on your conversations. When you're reading it you really get the idea like this is how things happened.
I Have Been Waiting Weeks For This Crypto Movement
"So we're only now bitcoin. Well, we account at ten, thousand, six, hundred, seventy, five after yesterday having one of the most solid moves high on the clothes in quite some time we were up three point three percent we close at ten, six, seven, thousand, ten, thousand, six, hundred, seventy, five, closing up around the higher ratings of that can which is a very positive song are lucky with bitcoin. Now, the daily does have a slightly higher low it's not the most clean highlighted as much. It's definitely there it's very clear on the twelve al I little step out saw of rain Jim in quite some vice I step outside of the range full stop. On what would be absolutely wonderful the saints that I would be A. An exclamation mark. Bitcoin to push high bright yesterday's high. Let's see another three or four percent Guinness up around eleven thousand dollar mark. Now, why do I want this to the obvious? You know bitcoin highs better. Reason, that I want this more than anything else is so that it can just wash out some of that bearish sentiment anybody who's still considering. that we're GONNA move up can be taken out of the Y. At that stage. I believe we'll see positive. Attitude Bitcoin, there's that many negative out there but the more positive the mole hot we get in bitcoins process and ten thousand up. It's the level that I wanted to level that we got a lot to say bay that level concerned that level. It's been that level a couple of weeks I WANNA sit just say goodbye and we just go into Totta we're off to fifty K.. Mode. So. Yeah. Pretty pretty basically diet that I was sitting flat on the Diet to die. Of course, we've only just had the market reopen full this day we got a theory. On that weeklies, we'll hasn't broken those hawes yesterday we were up three percent closing at three, seventy, seven, five hour around about three seventy six right now slightly down. An Ex pay on the perpetual contract here or against tether whichever one you want to look at all use of perpetual. Futures and I use the spot. The for this particular pair of tell you right now. The way clay. Could wrought it's just a wonderfully set position. Much. Sign is big bitcoin taking control. Yes. BITCOINS donuts actually closing up what was number yesterday bitcoin dominance was up. Yet point six, four, point, nine audit speak to this. We've got some divergence that was down there at the bottom of spoke to this in my life trading flow skin. And Yeah interesting to see what happens he Knows embraced I. Because all of that in some of the videos that you can get on Youtube bitcoin cash right now you know it's not done much yesterday look it was opposite. It was up yesterday too. So I won't point six percent closing at two twenty, four spot on fog or to twenty-six flat right now faucets up on the day still very so I wasn't. BITCOIN cash no interest they really for May Simon Lot coin its down point four, three, eight, forty, eight, Dole's ninety one yesterday we pushed higher getting a high forty nine Dole. Sixty seven didn't crack that fifty amok was up two percent on the clothes yesterday moving from there on a BS v very little move up point four percent yesterday based they one of the better wake. Pays really it's it's looking pretty average pretty average in datum up looking for show. So I haven't got a short on go to anything on rotten now it's just a pretty average looking chop sitting there at one sixty three spots tonight pretty much flat on the died cod I was up one point six, six, percent closing at nine point six, six cents of told you I wanNA say above ten dollars will wow I wanna say about ten sides before I got interested in bed just yet bonds at a wall diocese today our full. So only point four percent closing at thirty point eight full. It's a downside went six percent right now sitting just on thirty dollars after very, very strong run-up brought secretive back at the moment
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"And Democrats want to do if we get the majority in the Senate I think it's just inevitable that the filibuster goes away. and. The American people want right now they do nothing nothing. I mean it's unbelievable as we speak they are still haven't put together a relief package for Govan. The House did it in May may fifteenth. So they still haven't done this. Which is insane. And they do nothing but confirm these federal society judges. And nothing will get done if McConnell can filibuster everything I've seen that I've seen that that's what he did. You know I had a conversation with Michael Bennet from Colorado. We were talking about his frustrations of the same way. He was like you know like, Hey, running for president he was like job because like I felt like it can get anything done of the Senate. So let's say Joe does win. There's a majority in. The Senate of that, he's working with I loved his announcement about fighting climate change and moving us toward green energy and renewable energy i. do think that Joe believes we need very big changes are coming out of this. It would be interesting as to whether he would be better for him to start announcing what some of those changes would look like now or to stick with like what seems to be known approach or strategy. He absolutely has to say what he's for The president had this interview with Sean. Hannity. And Sean Hannity asked him what his goals were Oh. God I was so bad. His goals were completely incoherent. Well had none. But. What's amazing is you could have no goals and still being coherent about the nobles but. Biden has to answer that question and the good news is. That the things Biden and you and I are four, the American people are for they are for infrastructure. They are for building on Obamacare not tearing down. Of Care. They are for. Having a positive presence in. In the world and not embracing. Kim Jong Hoon..
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Tracing contacts. If they are positive who they've been in touch with that, you know that's a lot of labor. I'm an entrepreneur. So I think about who's actually going to execute on ground level because you can come up with Shit in the board room and it doesn't matter like border matters, but it's like, no one's actually following that person around. And figuring out on minimum calling into them. Not Going to work and to to me, that's like the massive gap if you take testing off the table in the early days and you don't have personnel available to trade contacts, that's how you wind up in our situation and that that would be true. Even if your communication was better, three months ago, Anti Slavic who was head of CMS under Obama for the last couple of years and Scott GOTTLIEB WHO's head of FDA under trump. Put together a contact tracing and `isolation regime. Hundred and eighty thousand additional people doing contact tracing. Why we didn't implement it at the beginning is just beyond me. Just beyond me I mean, we should be doing we should be. Putting more toward testing and tracing. Contact tracing. That's what we should be doing. You do it. As soon as you can the time, the planet tree is today they should have been doing it right away. They didn't. Because this president paid absolutely no attention and wanted for six weeks to two months. To, pretend that it wasn't. Wasn't happening when he was being told it was, and of course, because guy cannot admit making a mistake, he's invested in continuing the failed. Approach. Yeah it it just goes. It can't change soon enough the next administration, the binding administration, and I am optimistic that jobs GonNa win. In part because seventy, two percent of Americans. Believe that right now is the worst time they've ever. Lived which does not seem to me to be a very pro incumbent point of view. So let's imagine that Joe Wins some of your friends are in the Senate and. We even have a majority and to me the big questions are like what the heck do we do to try and get us on better footing and we genuinely need a new new deal or a relaunch America plan. That has at its core. Job Creation. The goal should be job creation while achieving goals that we have. Left untended for far too long. So what does that look like? Certainly right now, it would center around biting Kobe and contact tracing infrastructure should be front and center we have. Crumbling Bridges Roads schools, you name it you know broadband in rural parts of the country that I think our last rape or something like a d plus in terms of our infrastructure in that we could spend. Forty five trillion dollars just trying to get ourselves up to be. and. If we did that which one hundred percent do, we would get that money back and then some just in having functional. Roads and bridges and the rest of it, and we create hundreds of thousands even millions of jobs. Now because there's a lot of work to do and you could build environmental sustainability into that infrastructure project which we should. So you can imagine an army of Americans getting put back to work installing solar panels or upgrading entity buildings that that. So this is the opportunity that I believe exists under the new administration, but it should be centered around how we can create millions of jobs because we're GONNA need them. I've I've been saying that when your opponent is digging himself, a whole trump has been. Basically the rules let him dig. but I feel the Abidin right now is getting to the point where he has to tell people this is what he's going to do and I think that. All. The thing I mean obviously, infrastructure is something that Americans want..
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"Went like people are. Also means my parents are likely as. I think they assume that because Americans are smart anyway. So your parents came from Taiwan, right? Yeah. They met as students at UC. Berkeley. Out. West. Oh. Wow, okay. But they grew up in. Taiwan. Yeah. They both emigrated here in the sixty s students. As students I see. So they met at Berkeley okay. What did they do? What are your folks who? My father got his PhD in physics at Berkeley and became a physicist at GE and IBM where he generated sixty nine US patents and then my mom worked as the administrator of computer services at a State University of New York campus. Near where I grow. That sounds very unusual for agents. It'd be honest very talkative types. So their their reaction when I left the law was. Not, positive. because. Okay. Let's hunker down in. Tele kids to do well in school and like Oh this one went to law school. That's pretty good and he quit the job like what's going on here So they they try their best to not. Be Too negative towards me. So they sort of left me alone for a while. That was their approach okay. So Then you. Became an entrepreneur that fair to say yes, I started a business that did not fare well. Is. The. Start up or something yeah. Yeah. It was a dot com company called STAR GIVING DOT com. You'll love this L. It was meant to marry together a celebrity philanthropy and the Internet. So the thought was that someone like you al would support a children's organization. Let's say you would donate a meet and greet with yourself and people would click on the button to support you. They be shown advertisers who then give to your organization and then one of them gets to meet you. So it's like a celebrity philanthropy future..
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"You, know I mean all of us worry about a teenage son who's. Driving, in and out of the city, we live in in the suburbs, but my worry was not about his driving I knew he was a good driver. My worry is that he would get stopped by police having to teach him to keep his hands on the steering column, so if he was stopped that law enforcement would see his hands hands there. That is painful to do. It is painful and I cannot believe that here. I am now in. He's in his early thirties. In honest to goodness. He says he's going down to Lafayette. Park I applaud that he wants do that. But I'm having text. Message me every. Half Hour just to check up on him or worry that he's going to be. You know sort of driving someplace in in. Get Stop. I'm tired of this. I talked to so many moms, and after I wrote that calm. I cannot tell you how many mothers who were writing to me. Saying how exhausted they are two and how angry they are to still be in the same. Same Circumstance and We just we have to fix this how we have to fix this. Is why I'm praying about this election. This is why I'm praying that. We have vote by mail. Didn't the president say if we have everyone voting by mail if we have? Widespread, vote by Mail on a Republican never get elected again. Yeah. He he said that Al, but in fact it's actually really I mean. It's not entirely true I do know Republican that loved to vote by mail. Exactly. But I do think that we have to ramp up vote by mail. We have to ramp up our education about what it means to vote by mail. I mean I've seen some of the accounts of in things happen. Even yesterday there were several primaries that were going on in states, and there was a lot of confusion. There were many more people voting by mail, and you know they did neither get their ballots or nowhere to take their balance and stuff, and so we've got a lot of work to do between now and November to make sure that given I think there is going to be this resurgence of Kobe nineteen We've got. To encourage people to vote by mail and people want to do it. You Know I. was I wrote something a couple of weeks ago about vote by mail after the president's really ridiculous statements, which I think he's doing in order to discourage African American voters and Hispanic voters from voting by mail by saying that it's fraudulent and all that stuff. It's garbage, but people want to vote by mail. There was a survey that was done i. think a week or so ago, that said something like sixty percent of people are planning to cast their ballots by mail will that was only twenty six percent in the twenty eighteen election and so. Election Systems are going to be inundated and we gotta make sure that they can get those ballots out. Get Him back and get them counting. Well. What? What does free court did and Wisconsin? for their.
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"This pandemic, and what has been exposed are the disparities between black and white. Between. Hispanics and Weiss and as a result, you have such a high percentage of these deaths from covid coming from people of color who have to go to work because they make so little money and they have those jobs that put them at risk. They have jobs like working well. In a meat packing plant, but they have jobs like working in a grocery store. Those frontline jobs. M people are getting sick and dying from those we also, it's also all kinds of disparities. Obviously, it's access to healthcare. It's access to good food. Hopefully hopefully, come November when. The president is either defeated or I leave the country. And I'd rather obvious. I Love America. I want to stay here. Boy, Oh boy. Do we have a huge huge enormous four hundred year in the making? Mess to clean up. Yeah, I mean you know on out, so I've thought about this a lot because even when we were doing the affordable Care Act we knew then we put you know some resources in dealing with healthcare disparities. We know we've always known these disparities there, but what we've seen with this pandemic, and with the unrest on our street because of George. Floyd's murder is the convergence that exposes the deep under belly. Belly that is over four hundred years in the making when you take an enslaved people, and then you know they work through enslavement through Jim, crow through the modern civil rights movement. What you have, is you see the economic disparities that also resulted in healthcare disparities were communities. Don't have a grocery store where they can buy fresh fruits and vegetables where kids are going to school and they're going to school hungry and they're coming. Coming Home Hungry. And then you have a congress in legislators who think it's okay to cut the school nutrition program in the middle of pandemic. You know in a president of the United States who decides in the middle of a pandemic that not only is he gonNA continue to be in court to challenge the affordable care act so that millions of people would be left without healthcare..
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"An- An I was thinking colonial. I really was thinking gasset jets and and cobblestone streets center insurance people turning take that sounds fantastic and then I got my brother Neil to drive me and we showed up in early February of eighty eight pitch black freezing and we get off the Williamsburg Bridge and start heading south. And then we get off. And it's just looked like a like one of those post-apocalyptic take movies of burned out cars. And all the streetlights were were dark and someone said later on they told me the the crack dealers. Shootout streetlights lights. Oh so everything was dark smart and I kept thinking what is this. Got Off on the wrong thing and my brother Neal is saying no no no this is this is Berry street this is and and then finally the car starts to slow down and he goes gets to forty two to four. No no no no no no no no no. This can't be any comes to stop. And it was a scary scary place to live and I remembered coming to work one day and used to take Ayla to walk eight blocks north to get to the end the L.. I went and got frye boots with giant heels and I would wear a trenchcoat wrote because I thought that it would make me look tougher and I would have a cigarette coming into my math because they thought this would make me look tough but I just I looked. I looked like a tough law. I'm not a tough looking guy to kids in exactly. Yeah Look Nineteen Thirties. Movie were three kids. Try and get into a movie as an adult. You're on my shoulder to see the movie. It was terrifying and then I came to work and I remember listening to chatter US chattering. And you're doing something and then you just heard me say you know I just came in from Williamsburg why Williamsburg. He was burgundy wine. Yeah and he said you gotta get out of their fucking dot long long right after after. You told me that I got out and I moved to Eighteenth Street. Yeah Yeah so thank you. You saved my life. Okay well there you have it yet. Yeah you know what this is. It's been a joy very nice having you here in laughing our asses off. And let's do this again. This is really fun. Yeah we mean what was that. It wasn't I'm trying to know I was going like I'm wondering when we do. And how do you do that. Do you do that. You will see you had Dana. Yeah I know a couple of again you know you never know okay okay good. What a terrible blending awful to interview just to sort of? I think it's like a little wind. It's a wind down to be continued. Yeah one yeah yeah voices giving really. Oh Aw Al Franken thank you. Yeah well I hope you enjoyed Listening that beautiful music is by Leo. Cocky the Great Leo Cocky. I WanNa thank Peter Osburn. UGH Burn for producing. We'll talk again next week..
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"Were there but I bear you no L. will go okay but can I ask a question because you've told the story before USA sort of made it seem like it was a joke but where you really telling him to be quiet now. I'm confused fused doing a bit of a Joe. I think you're doing a bit. I I want to have a successful TV show at any kind of my goal. And he'd been there a while also he was very drunk and it wasn't I'm not a music critic but I don't think they don't think it was his best work. The wheels on the bus ie around Sundance Bahamanian here. Yeah yeah the bill's gone and guess what happens. People get the get to work right and wrong good show. I don't remember if it was a good show. I don't either. Ah Eighth slightly passable show but now I I. You're I will say absolutely fearless Louis. You I remember you not being intimidated by a massive stars and just going right in and were you always way way. Were you like that. In nineteen seventy five dollars. who were you ever a scared pup or do you have any remember of that first show like how scary it was doing being alive show? Will this even work. What if will this? It was very unlike what the show became. Because we had I think three musical lacks or something and you had muppets to think. We had muppets. We had music act. The hit was Chevy in an update. Yeah and the show didn't become the show until you know started getting more like what it was in the lily. Tomlin I think was the first shows seem like one of the shows but George Carlin. I think did to mine long or something. It was like it was like midnight express. Yeah but with more people people always try to point this out to younger. People that are sitting comedy is that nothing is what you think. It was at the beginning and a good example. All of that is watch a simpsons from the first season First of all Dan Castellaneta. Who Does homer his take on homer was that he sounds like he should sound Walter Matthau and so if you watch I H boy? Now come here boy I. I'll get Chu Tao. Well we'd better I mean it's not and the and the pacing is completely different. It's it's it's radically different and I always tell. Tell everybody that nothing you know. People tend to think that everything springs out practically and that never happens. I mean I think a good show is a living thing I know that you know. Lauren has told me that you know people used to say to him. Starting with the second season season well. It's not as good as the first I did. Yeah I they started doing this dead joke probably right away second season. Oh Yeah I guess it's that Arthur Miller or something said that you know. He wrote death of a salesman. And everyone's like Oh my God this is the best thing ever and and then later on hit right his other plays and people would say it's not it's not like you know it's just not death but salesman then finally late in his life people had read something in people would say you know we've been thinking about it death of a salesman. Isn't that good actually. It was really. It's just if you stick around long enough. They'll pick everything apart. I do my podcasts alone. I'm like back in. There's nobody in the studio with me except a climate scientists is on and we're talking about obviously obviously global warming and what we need to do and he gets into the Underdeveloped world the poor countries of the world the Third World countries and when their economies expand that they're going to have to kind of skip a generation of energy. They'RE GONNA have to skip coal hole and go into You know carbon neutral fuel and that kind of thing and I said well how could we just get these these countries not to develop and he didn't laugh he saw okay for example so we had former energy secretary very earnest. I'm laughing and he's on and he's a great guy and he he actually associated all the technical aspects of the Iran nuclear deal. He's a brilliant brilliant guy. He was the head of the physics department at Mit. And and we're we're talking also about climate and We have this discussion about whether natural gas is a transition addition or not. There's controversy about that. And he says it is he says it is and he says I for example. I work with Southern Company. which is this big big utility in the south so I say to him you working for the man and he goes well or the woman? uh-huh maybe didn't know the phrase. That's exactly what happened. I like. He just didn't know the phrase working for the man and and he I I think he's five years older than me or something like that and people five years older than me. No the phrase working for the man yes but I think he was studying physics. He's trying to fix the world he's. Va trying to save our planet from from a global disaster. So he didn't and you're angry that he's not up on his. I'm not angry not angry. I'm just I'm going like I. I really respect him I think he's he's a great a great public servant the great mind and he's a tremendous asset to this country in the world but I just kept making fun of him. I hey can I get you. I know you're over but we can. Yeah we cut. I don't but this guy does okay. So how so chop this up anyway. Yeah okay so so we did. We had to rewrite table. On Thursdays Thursdays we rewrite and The Bush secaucus debate. Now right now and you know for those who don't remember Dukakis. BACCHUS was probably about what five six or something yeah and Bush was like I don't know h w Bush was like six one to a lot in the news is that Dukakis was could he stand on something and and the camps were going back and forth like well. It can be one apple box but it can't be to see you know maybe it can be one step but not a step and a half and they were negotiating. That's was in the news. Were looking for a Joe. You know some way to do this. and Ah we get it from Conan only because he does sound affects right or this sound effect which is a hydraulic lift. Yes yeah so if you look at the the the piece it was Jon. Lovett says Dukakis John Hilarious Dukakis. And he kinda gets behind the podium uh-huh and you see him like get ready and four. I've ever pitching this in the room. Yeah and then the then it goes up. I can't do you I'm GonNa have you do it. And then it goes to high right but it goes like a a lever and Yeah I know he doesn't have somebody else is doing it but he is. He played it so beautifully because he is trying fine not to to caucus trying not to react but he goes up. He's being humiliated trying so what I did in the room. It was just like well. What if he gets behind the podium and then you just hear grinding like an elevator or something because I and was doing that? Copy that day. That was a day where I used to go back to my apartment which was in Williamsburg Aymesburg Brooklyn and this is eighty eight and this is back when you I again. Things are not what they were you. Brooklyn in nineteen eighty. The eight was a scary place to live high to the crack epidemic it's not the Williamsburg of today where there's just. Why did you live there? I know it was less expensive. Yes let's say I didn't the only thing that also I had not lived really in New York before I was coming from Los Angeles where I started my career and I didn't know and so I had a friend this woman. Lynette Cortez who over the phone. I said I just need to find a place to live in New York I just got hired Senate live and she said come live I have an extra I live in a townhouse. And there's there's a room here that you could have and I live in Williamsburg.
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"And we're back so okay another one that this is another sketch. We're talking about sketches that we love the didn't make it on sale now live right and and which one is this. This weirdly is another doctor. It's called that's my oncologist. And it's a Sitcom Like a fifty Sitcom and it's Song Stars and there's a you know the montage Sitcom when it comes the cancer. He's got the answers he's the best in the Biz but when it's honey I'm home. He's thicken the dome. That's my on College Eh. So I submitted it once swith sketch kind of in it as I show and then I did a next week on you know and so the next week week worked right and the next week was it's take your daughter to work week or day. Yeah and it's just. He's pointing to these x-rays X rays. Okay he's Garner okay. This one is in in his liver the daughter the daughter's like eight. Oh this is your teacher and that killed and and so I said okay. Just take the sketch that isn't great. Eight route and just do that and it didn't happen. Here's one of the things. This just reminds me of something I wanted to ask you about when I was watching Santa live along with everybody else. Seventy five to eighty. You and Tom Davis I remembered watching late night. And you did this sketch you can remember this better than I can but there. There was some sketch where you're doing something throughout this period of time and you're getting progressive visit you. That's getting progressively sicker. Is it a tumor. Is this the brain tumor. Yes the ran. The brain tumor comedian. And it's your comedy. Yeah just tell me. I remembered watching that at home and howling at but it was so dark. Time thinking thinking nothing. This dark has been on television before. Yeah you know yeah This was so we'd been doing the Franken Davis show as a show L. within the show and we were on when the show is short So what didn't work in Warren. Put a sign in the last half hour so oh but we have been on. Irvine's people knew near the Franken. Dave show you had like a cool. Yeah animated of your of your faces. It looked it's the Franken and Davis Don Don Don Don Anyway so we come out and And I have this bandage is huge bandage with a big lump on. The you know the bandages You know at at. He's a tape around gauze and my heads wrapped in it and Tom says I'll has a brain him right and he's always you know we're a team but he's always wanted to do a monologue right and and work a lot you know. Just try and I and I think that I really encouraging that. Because that's his dream and he's going to do and he's a little oh he's not doing well and So just laugh weary and so i. Hi Go out there and tell I you know the have you heard the one about the rabbi. who doesn't charge forgiving circumcisions? He only takes tips. Okay and Tom's going like clue. Two thousand employees that funny and then from then on on the punchline is always he only took tip and Tom is trying to encourage people the laugh and I start that one point I start the clearly. Just lose in almost about to pass out and he has ask sponge and water just starts sponging. Was I have a memory which I love to tell. Oh people that stars you and I think this Harrison. Yes word gets out word gets out that George Harrison's in the building and he's he's down in Lawrence Office and I'm I don't think he can be a bigger Beatles fan than than myself I just I I know everything about them. I know the instruments I know I know the Chord Lord changes at the whole thing. The song it's yes I know I know some of the names of the members. Get Hazy easy on the Bass player but We're there and we're thinking of we're GonNa see him. Are we gonNA Siham. And then finally George comes down the hallway and we're all in the writer's room he and he comes in member he had been out partying with Lorne and he was a little tipsy and Lauren had gone out to dinner so mm-hmm traditionally on Tuesday night. This is Tuesday night. The show gets written on Tuesday night and we stay up all night all night. But it really you you know. Starting I don't know ten. PM or something. Things are actually starting to be written and so first of Paul George Harrison shows up At around eight and they go to dinner yes and they don't come back until like ten ten thirty already. and Harrison's really drawn. Yeah he's he's tied one on remember very clearly he walks in. We all all stand up. He comes into that those white. It's double doors into the writer's room right around writers raise area and he standing there and he sort of weaving from side to side as one does when once had a lot to drink and he said Saudi I'm pissed is a newt. I'll never forget forget that you went. Saudi I'm pissed as Newt. And then he said was your staring at and we were all staring at him And and then he looks over in the corner and he sees a piano and he goes over any sits down at the piano and he starts parts to play the piano so a beetle is in a relatively small room with us. Playing the piano making music making music beetle beetle is making music and all of us are transfixed and I think he plays for about twenty seconds. nope less made more more. Okay more all right. Whatever I'm being controlled? He pays more but he plays for awhile. And then you use come out of your office and you said okay. And then he gets startled and he gets up and scuttles away like a habit that sun ogre he gets up and stumbles away. And you go back to your office did that or did that not happen. uh-huh a version of this is what happened. Actually first of all he played for a lot longer than you remember played for a long time. Yeah not many people when a Beatles playing go. Hey let's pick it up. What's the point? Is We have a writing staff. We have a show that gets written now. And you know it's like eleven and he's playing he's playing Okay what is it so special. This Week Rue mcclanahan is on the show. Oh who cares that show could have sub that we who cares out there for six hours and listen to George Harrison play and then just turned in it. Could it's been a whole show of doctor with Rue mcclanahan. I didn't think of that but this. This is prior to the existence of far. Okay okay so I had a role that year. which is I think I was the some producer producer being responsible? Yeah and no one is going to leave that room and work. As as long as George Harrison is playing the piano. You have no one on your side in this room and I'll and I'll tell you something else I mean I think also the you have been working on the show since seventy five and George Harrison had been around the show a lot so so you'd spent a lot of time with George Harrison. Where's this was? My hand spent a lot of time with George Harrison. I go antiquing. We know we used to go to listen to the light jazz and Gazebo. But here's the thing. I didn't say quiet. This this is I went to fill harman and I said and my office was very near the Yes. Your your office was the closest to us. Does this office to the conference room and the piano. I'll verify that. Yeah so I say to fill watch this and I go into my office so I don't see Harrison's reaction but I'm told later what it was. I slammed the door hard as I can and I knew that it sounded like an explosion. He he he jumped. Yes and I've been told it is two or three feet above the piano bench inch and back to the piano jumped up back to piano bunch. He's been drinking so he's startled afraid and runs away a and I don't think ever returned to America. I haven't looked into it but I don't think he is. Are you married Shit from few people who.
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"It it's just can't do it can't do it and then you hear if our and he looks puzzled And he goes like wait a minute. That can't be far. You're half Australian A and this can be yours. Well Amy Poehler the one who is so skeptical says that was me right and he goes. We've got to get you in a surgery stat. Okay now. That's a good sketch. Yes okay so this way you pitch assist you you wanted Al Gore to Dr. No I knew that Al Gore was not right for far. Okay so here Dr. Here's what happened. I am not working at the show at this point doing other stuff just came in for Al Gore. But I'm going like I've got a fucking in gem here for Dr and so while I'm not there air I'm going to submit through which is not a good thing to do. I mean if you're not there and if they're not there and you submit it for read through sometimes sometimes. The writers that are there can feel right that They resent a little bit. They want their thing. And and so. But I'm thinking like okay Christopher Walken as host so I go okay all right. All Right Chris Rock I'll put through through with Christopher walking and so goes in and doesn't get picked and then another month later I submitted again and it doesn't care now you know the writers every time time Lawrence's neck sketch part Dr Jack. They're not there and they know that this is the seventh week in a row being read red and the pages are crumbling. Yellow from from age yes there. There's they're irritated with you. Okay right and Tina Fey Was Head writer. I think time she So I stopped doing it never gets done. It just doesn't get done so on thirty rock they refer to FARC doctor very often. What's going on on the floor much to you? Yeah made perfect accents. And then when she meets Matt Damon And I I think she in in this show she pretends to be something nothing else and finally. She admits that she's producer and writer for this for this right a variety show and she says I write far Dr Drinker. I love and in a way found a life. Yeah and then. Here's the thing she never gave Danny my camping well in a way. She gave the greatest gift of all. She made. Farhi remark immortal. Yeah Yeah it's playing all around the world constantly et it is GonNa take a quick break. Let's just just take a quick break. Some business to do. Just hang on sitting here with Al Franken. Okay before we we cut to a break I I I just want to address something Because in in our last podcast I did a commercial parody for a magazine called Cigarette Aficionado and I thought it was evident that it was a satirical and the whole point of it was to make fun of the idea that smoking tobacco. Oh is somehow glamorous and sexy and I thought it was pretty evident. That cigarette aficionado doesn't really exist Some of the features were Ralph Nader At his eighty million dollar the hamptons estate dressed in versatility and showing off his collection of vintage. Dangerous cars and also His favorite thing is his collection of Old cigarette lighters And we had a feature on smoked foods and stuff like I got some emails to my office. People who were outraged changed that I was Taking tobacco money on the show. This was not I. This was not real was what I'm trying to say here and I want you all to know that I would. I would not take money from the tobacco industry and would not have an advertisement if there were a real magazine called Cigarette Aficionado. I would not actually have them by time on the show you understand. Okay let's Let's go to real break those of you who listen to to the podcast and all that very often we have Guests who are doing something. Good for people Jason Jason Cantor who ran for the Senate in Missouri in two thousand sixteen in barely loss in in a landslide for trump. In in that state he lost by three percent. He is very involved with something called the Veterans Community Project. And it's what it does. Is it It it helps homeless vets and they do this by building what are called tiny homes for vets. And as you know the number one solution to homelessness is a Ho- these tiny homes are in a community of other tiny homes. So there's a community there. They also provide services but these tiny homes have a kitchen. They have a bedroom and bathroom in basically tiny homes but an apartment this size in Manhattan would go for two million easy you know in the village three million And also the as I said they give services To these vets as well may remember that Jason was running for our mayor of Kansas City. And then he was going to win and he he announced he was quitting the race because he felt felt had to take care of his. PTSD from his service in Afghanistan and he is just This organization is it's just wonderful doing great work veterans community project. And if you would like I would love for you to make a contribution to veterans community community project and here is where you go. WWW DOT veterans community project dot Org. That's vats veterans community project DOT ORG so Thank you and by the way they're not paying for this. They're not paying for this. So you don't have to do backslash backslash Al.
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"To go why I had a couple of ideas thinking back to the show One is just this is my show or senate life which show Oh Richard Housing when you when you say to me show and I'm sorry my wrong really really if someone says to me like hey yeah the show I go of course Conan on TBS. Right I think Conan podcast. What do you think when you hear the show? I know how you think you think Gigolos high no longer on the air so I tried to mail. Gigolos is a like a dramatic acted out or as reality show. It's reality it's it's it's softcore pornography even kidding. Yeah it's it's got a plot and it's got certain gigolos follows but it is. It's softcore pornography geography club. Sorry Anyway back show like that get cancelled. We're getting any interest in this awesome. That happen I feel like Gigolos pulling you know to bill. Nye Science guy came up against us in just cleaned up. Cry Aspen. That happen I have no idea. I don't know but but al You we're GONNA talk about starting to live what are you. What are the ideas? You WanNa talk your favorite sketch. That didn't make it. Oh Oh that's interesting like I don't know if it's my favorite so when it comes one of the ones that comes to mind or the one that was most annoying to you. That didn't go. Yeah there was one. I'll tell this there's the disparity between how it did it read through versus. What happened to the sketch so I had an idea remember Phil? Hartmann had a character named Mace. Yes Mace was this I. I don't know that I can access the voice but this incredibly tough off right toughest guy in the world like a niece Mace Mesa Phil Hartmann one of the Great. SNL players of all time. Yes could do anything for Glue. Good Yeah and he did this character. That was very funny when he was made. Tough guy in the world and so I had this idea that macy's in his cell and the scene starts with a guard coming by these. I guess right screw keep walking you know and it's incredibly tough it's really tough and then Whoever the guests was that we can? I don't remember who it was but let's just say it was Mathew Modine. Yeah he's my Go-to he's Let's say if I say like look if I'm ever murdered by let's it's just say Matthew Modine so so then they put this prisoner in with him and it's that classic thing like screw truth me the king of this sub C. I.. Mace and the guys like whatever. I don't want any morning trouble. You Bet your lungs tuning eras. And he does this whole thing then. The guy lays down in his bunk and Mace looks over. And there's the typical There's there's a bunk bed it's jail cell for two and there's one exposed toilet in the middle of the room is looking over and it just becomes becomes clear that macy's shy about who I like. He's looking at the toilet well. It and he's starting to head that way and the Guy Matthew Modine is like hey if you gotta go you gotTa do. And then he's saying things like why don't you go to sleep. You Look Tired GonNa see. Get a good night's sleep I gotTa do and you get in prison. Okay Yeah I am a little tired. He starts to go to sleep in the minute. He thinks he's not at off. Phil Hartmann it goes over and then this was something Greg Daniels added that was really funny which is he starts peeling off little pieces of toilet paper and I Matthew Modine wakeup he. So this thing is read it read through and killed killed and you know in in a piece kills it. Read through and people were pounding the desks the piano in the corners rattling the acoustical tiles falling just killing and I- afterwards afterwards people were coming up like patting me on the back of laws. Lauren made eye contact with and then celebrated rated with tic TAC. And I was like wow and then the all week long people are like oh I can't wait for that. I can't wait for that and then Dress rehearsal and they start to do it. I don't know what happened to this day. Not a laugh and it happens. Sometimes you another way. There's a thing our in a sketch gach there's a trigger. It's and it's the it's the trigger that supposed to set everything else. The wonderful all the ladder to come need to be with that trigger and when you hit that line and the trigger polls and nothing happens you know that you got nine more pages right and none of that's is going to catch none of it and so I watched it just completely go down the drain. How about you? What do you have a sketch that you absolutely loved another i? I have several and Fart. Doctor the doctor has an interesting history in life they want. This is what happens. So Al Gore. I just want to tell our listeners that I have a pen and paper and I'm trying to draw. I'm just trying to figure out how one thing goes to another like. How does Al Gore and doctor and it doesn't work? I'm telling you right now. It doesn't work so Gore is going to host and I believe it's two thousand two and he asked that I be a guest writer because we're so I come and I think about it a have some some lead in time and so i. I write the sketch that Al Gore is not right for. Okay here is the practice. Okay you have three of our cast members. Remember Amy Poehler being one of them and they're waiting in a room and and I think amy was the one who was very impatient and skeptical that this famous diagnostician Who can diagnose diseases this is when no one else can was coming from Duke And he's a little late and she is kind of both skeptical and then patient and there's one one of the other doctors going like no I'm telling you he's amazing. Okay so the far the Whoever the hosts would be play fart doctor comes in and he's read all the files right all the different people and So bring the first patient in and they cannot these other doctors cannot figure out what is wrong with this. The guy and so This doctor from Dukes says the To the patient he says okay. I'm going to need you to Fart mm-hmm and the guy says what I'm going to need you to Fart. And so oh the guy tries and does finally squeeze one and the doctor says your mother was Salesian. uh-huh yes yes. Did you have to bully salad for lunch. uh-huh today yes I did you have and very specific very specific disease. All the other doctors are going like I'll of course they didn't figure that. Oh my God that's brilliant and the good news is that we know how to treat this and you're gonNA be fine And the guy is going. Oh thank you think. Next patient comes in. I'm going to be skeptical but farts and he's going like I'm glad I if you're listening to this right now and you obviously are skeptical but farts. Let's meet skeptical but for ever been said. Oh God I forgot I forgot one. Beat is after that I patiently. He takes a little fan. Sure you'll electric one of those little fan clears the air okay. So second one comes in and he goes Very interesting and like would you fart again. And he takes out a beaker and collects this one because he wants to bring it back to two then then another guy comes in and he's just an asshole. Yeah he's just a fucking asshole about being too far and he just it's just a dick about it and finally does it and and it's like you know what I'm GonNa talk talk to you later. And he lays and he says he's. He's a dead man and all of them are kind. I have like okay with that. They just never like this. Never liked it so then the last person comes in the final patient comes in and you have have to part and the person really very valiant effort and can't do.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Hey everybody we got a great one. Today you know for a change. It's it's also a departure of sorts CONAN O'Brien an Iot been friends for. I think over thirty years it's now and When I was in La Awhile ago? I was a guest on his late. Night talk show on a tbs he is now the dean of late night TV host. I think he's been thirty. Years hosted the show in a so hard to believe Aleve when he first started he was everyone went. Who the hell is this guy anyway? He he's been a huge influence on comedy And he has his unbelievably successful podcasts. And he interviews a lot of COMEDIANS and John Mullany was on a a recent one and talked about one influence. Now CONAN was not unlike letterman. Who is an influence on comedy CONAN has been a tremendous influence on on comedians. And I did the talk show and then immediately after I went and did the podcast first. The agreement we had was that we'd both post it. So what you're about to hear Cost my team. Nothing and if I must say you're going to enjoy this now you'll notice right away when you listen that there is a lot of laughter and it's not just me and Conan. He has a few people in his studio there and Clothing Sonal Moss Essien who is His assistant at the show has been his assistant at the show since I think since he's come away and I've got I've known on her for a while they've done the show and She's great and She and he have great chemistry. Selma's job basically is. She gives him a lot of Shit. And this is the part of the show were before the guest comes on. So you're not going to hear that. But hopefully my doing. This will steer a lot of my vast audience to Conan and in his wildly successful podcasts and hopefully vice versa But really what sonal and you will hear this Parv her job is she laughs. And if you listen to my interview with Dana carvey about how he did political comedy at SNL and this is not long after. George H W Bush died. We were talking about how he got the Got The impression Russian and one day we were sitting around. You just did a not gonNA do that thing over there and I laughed really really loud and we talked about that. Dana said that laughter is the oxygen of comedy. Now you may have noticed that I'm alone I don't have anybody Laughing and there's one advantage to that which is that. If if I say something that I think is funny. No one can prove that it wasn't anyway. I think you're really going a to enjoy this now. We we've added a little bit. We've we've Taken out the parts where Conan talks to SONA and Matt Gowrali Gowrali who is the Producer of the podcast. Let's face it. You WanNa hear me you know but but what you'll hear you'll hear sonal laughing. We were all laughing. We had a great time. I know you're gonNA enjoy this one. And if you we haven't listened to Conan O'Brien needs a friend. You'd be there. I think he has like a million downloads per her podcast. Anyway so But you gotTA gotta go check it out so but we'll listen to this and I swear to God you're GonNa this is a great one for change I met you in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight eighty eight. Listen I thas correct thirty one years ago. Yeah I yeah I was a kid. I remember very clearly My writing partner at the time Greg Daniels and I came to New York to write on Saturday night live and I pitched something and no no no no no no you laugh the Al Franken laugh. Oh and I immediately really relaxed. I thought we were GONNA get bounced out of there any second pitch. We sketch remember what it was about. It was about a lab professor. It was something I used to do for my friends. It's a lab professor. He'd be like who had a lab skeleton. He say well we have. Of course the Patella is the thickest the bones and then he would look over this going he and he got scared every time. And you and then you so you came up to me and you and I really like that and I wait a minute. Let's sorry that's how Utah Roseanne Barr. That was a T. Rex a But anyway you were a generous laugher with me right away and I remember that feeling great. I remember that feeling. Great if people aren't laughing in in the office or is harder right. It's a it's interesting too because everything would be based on you. Remember this the read throughs that we would do a live and you did how many I mean if you add up all your years. It's Saturday night live. Isn't it like one hundred eleven. It's something crazy. I did fifteen in seasons so we did twenty year right That's three hundred numbers I was good at math both science and and I'm a sputnik kid was born fifty one when sputnik went up. My parents marched me and my brother into the living room and said you boys are. We're going to study math and science so we can beat the Soviets and I thought that was a lot of pressure. Did you really thought it was Z.. You guys in Minnesota we were. We were literal. Yeah a liberal and obedient. Yeah and so and so oh my brother was really really really good at it and went to MIT. And I was really good at it and I you know went to another school tool. That was very well thought of. Yes yes I've heard of that school and he became a photographer and I became a comedian. Yeah but we beat the Soviets. You know it's nice that you took that seriously and then Yes the wall came down the Soviets were defeated and then sonal married one. Is that right. Yes but he. He wasn't one of the Soviets. You were fighting well away as he was he was a child. We we were fighting. We're fighting them all. He was a child and he grew up in the Soviet Union. The child came here here yet when he was eleven hour and I maintain that when you fight the Soviets you fight them mall Manso tack your husband. Even as a small child we were we were out to defeat tack. You're saying tack was the enemy. Yes he was and now he's not. He was a child so I don't I disagree with a child's name. Remember anyway. Yeah so I I came to live and I was so scared and and then got to know you Jim Downey right away. And that's the thing about that. I was impressed with his. They throw you right into the deep end. There's no you'd think that. What is the band? got to write a sketch. was that the deep end. No but what I'm saying is you've got to do your the job. The deep end. Okay Yeah right right a sketch right right. GO IN AND PITCH to Steve Martin go in and pitch to Martin Short going in pitch to. You've just come in off the street but that's a that's like cool a privilege. You're you're getting think being thrown in the deep end is a good thing Haha. God this isn't going. I thought it was a pejorative okay. It's just not going away. I wanted.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Okay. That's pretty clear that he's saying if you put up a right wing being judge We're we're not gonNA confirm and then we're not GONNA we're not even gonNA have a hearing. Okay this is June twenty the fifth. Scalia God bless his soul died in January of a heart attack natural causes heart attack and Merrick Garland was nominated and part of the reason it was Merrick. Garland was first first of all great. Be Unbelievably respected judge and to Orrin Hatch on the Judiciary Committee Adleman chair consulted with the bomb and said publicly. Oh if he appoints merrick garland yeah. Then that's we'd be happy with that so this is surprise surprise brize completely disingenuous. And that's who this guy is. That's who Mitch McConnell is and you know. He may be considered one of the most powerful majority leader's history of the Senate and getting all these judges confirmed they're putting these federal society Hundred percenters Farrell Society tracks members of the Federalist Society From Law School. And if they stay one hundred percent may get the good clerk ships and they stay one hundred percent mant they get to be nominated for judgeship. Stay one hundred percent they get You know maybe a circuit it court and if they do enough writing to signal. Hey I'm a right wing Federalist Society diety guy as both gorsuch and cavenaugh did spend a lot of time waving saying. Hey you can trust me. They're no surprises. This is here matter. Leo said there's no surprises. There's no surprises for a reason. So that's who we got. That's that's who we got those two gorsuch cavanaugh and now okay. So here's the punchline. Here's the punchline. Here's here's The punch. McConnell was asked a few months ago if a vacancy comes up next year in the Supreme Court what would you do and he said Wadeville byrant. Let me try a wheat. Fill the seat as great. Wait Phil seat. He talked flock some. We has marble mouth but if take from our rolls out then he talks like Barney and he doesn't want to do that so he keeps. He keeps l'amour Boolean but he said we will fill the seat. We will fill the seat. Now how Scalia. God bless his soul Died in in January January. So if he's GonNa fill the seat he's thinking anytime anytime. This comes vacant in June will fill the seat. Joe I I will fill the seat. I you know the or the months everybody you do. I have a an audience ZAP okay. I'll do it August. He'll fill the seat September. Fill the October. He would rush through. He'd fill the seat he would the day before the election. Okay let's go or they could do. They could actually Do It during the lame duck session. They do it so January twentieth. Two Thousand Twenty one Just before President Bloomberg. Oh Wow there's a lot of people out there what how what I anybody. Anybody let's face said I'll do work my heart out for any Democrat Tulsi Gabbard. I might not work my heart out but I don't think she's getting the nomination. Just don't I'm saying if it's Bloomberg if Bernie before that president gets sworn in McConnell would do before noon if he could guard so now but McConnell is going to take the oath where he says I will do impartial. Justice raises right hand and be violating the oath as he sang at. He's you know he he. He knows he's not doing that. And you know in fairness to him. I guess there's a lot of Democrats who've said I will vote you know I've said previously I will vote To convict him if it gets the Senate it must be certified fair sort of but he's running the show and he just announced way that He's he's GonNa he's GonNa work with the White House every step of the way he's just going to work with the White House every single away and That's what you'd expect from him. least he said so. GotTa respect that. What a what a terrible you know I? I think that there is a lot of despair. in the country I think a lot of people who care about things like oh global warming. Well you know what we're gonNA take a quick break down But we'll be right back with more of me. Welcome back We are and by we. I mean me and my tapeworm are discussing the the impeachment. I actually went on on twitter and asked people to ask any questions and and a lot of them are things that I was gonna ask myself sort of talk about myself. I think this is a interesting way to go. And I got like three hundred and some Questions from people at Peter the producer and Also he's engineering. This one will read me some of these questions and he'll pick them out So that this will be fun because that I haven't I don't know what he's GonNa ask me so you asked for questions on twitter at Al Franken and we got Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of responses. Here's one from Jo. So an she asks can John Roberts make those Republicans who've publicly said they are not unbiased recused themselves from voting in the impeachment trial trial. Okay I was kind of touching on that. I don't think that's going to happen. Because look McConnell went right out on the lemon and set it and and he could actually. I think impeached himself for violating his oath. But that's probably probably not going to happen but you now now Is is getting very weird so maybe it will. But I don't think Roberts will do that. There's other stuff roberts can do. And and part of what he can do in needs to do is say that these subpoenas of people like Bolton Ampato Pale Oh and Mulvaney Should be honored and they need to testify. Don't have to testify in the Senate they can be put on videotape But I think that is something that has to that has to happen and I would I love to see the Republicans who are up for reelection. Vote against that okay. We have another question here. Ear From no an empty on twitter asks the question Why are congressional subpoenas? Unenforceable able it seems like people like Bolton should be compelled to testify in an impeachment. Hearing I agree he should be why. Why aren't they? This is Because the courts are just too slow. You know. This hasn't really come up. This is sort of unprecedented what the president has don Don. which is the blanket? Refusals to honor subpoenas and so I suppose the courts the time to do their research and write their opinions so this has just been taking forever that is unfortunately a Why they couldn't wait to get these done? I mean Bolton filed himself and he's in court and mcgann begins not part of this mcgann's part of the obstruction of justice. Apart from the Mueller investigation. Which I kinda think? Maybe they should have put in this but I'm not you know Nancy. Pelosi is wiser than I. I hear. Here's a question from a Michelle. Who is in North Carolina She says I'd like to know what changes a senators mind. How can I convince my two Republican senators to do the right thing? One to hear from witnesses with direct evidence and to to convince them to vote to impeach Donald Trump or to convict or to convict vote to convict Donald Trump. Okay will you say Gee Senator Tillis Europe for real action if it comes to a vote about about whether Bolton will be required to testify and whether Mulvaney will be required to testify I love that the Republicans Publican's with say the evidence against the president just hearsay. Peter do do we have our our here same montage. The Democrat's new definition for for evidence is allegations allegations based on hearsay. I might add so they hurl allegations against the president but the American people see through this sad charade it for what it is an attempt to undo the two thousand sixteen election based on hearsay and opinion not fact throughout all majority trampled on minority rights. They refuse to call witnesses with relevant firsthand knowledge. They relied on hearsay news reports to make their case while one it wasn't just hearsay. Silent talked to him on the phone. He told this Tucson land and the diplomat diplomat the Ukraine Our American diplomat overheard him because the president was so enthusiastic about this shakedown. Mattie Eddie was talking really loud on the unsecured phones so that's that's too and how about everybody who listens to the phone call and everyone who's read the transcript now in his insane letter to Nancy. Pelosi trump brings us up. He says fortunately there was a transcript of the conversation taken and you know from the transcript which was immediately made available available that the paragraph in question was perfect. I said to the president's Alinsky I would like you to do us a favor favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I said do us a favor not me and our country not a campaign. Wow and by the way way trump is unraveling he is unraveling and I have advice for the the joint chiefs. I am which and my advice is now is not the time to take away. The nuclear codes from Donald Trump. Now is the time to give him the wrong codes. What was an excellent okay From Robert Kriegler asked the question a secret. Ballot Alad changed the impeachment equation assuming many Senate Republicans would break rank behind closed. Doors is that even possible and Senate rules. Well I I don't think so I know we're not gonNA do that but it's an interesting idea and I don't even know what would happen if you did that. I mean it's a secret bank. That'd be funny. If it was like the did a secret balance one hundred nothing and it's like Oh damn it is one hundred nothing now they know how now I voted like everyone like turn McConnell. What the Hell did you do? I didn't think it'd be. I think it would be hundred if our new one hundred and will limb then all I would've voted of Let's let's face it. He's he's guilty. Go Ahead I. Let's do one more Charles Temple Plate asks. What are the possible? Hempel Plate Temple Play Charles Temple Plate he asks. What are the possible? Serious explanations for Lindsey Graham. I just don't get how he can function with all of the attention on his sycophantic. Hypocrisy does anybody take him seriously. Well okay I I I happen to know something about Lizzie and maybe they're using it against him. he he's a shoplifter. And it's a compulsion He doesn't have to to do it. He has enough. You paid enough in the Senate. But if it's like a but he'll go into I've I've been with him when he he has gone into into You know store with some you know. Really Kinda good-looking pottery and plates. And he'll he'll take one and and you know they don't suspect every he's pretty public and I think they have him on tape shoplifting. Thank you all people Responded and I'm sorry I didn't get to your three hundred twenty four questions but There are some were Just you know were similar But very thank you thank you also much. The holidays are coming And we are going to do. Do a I'm GonNa take a break. Peter and I are GonNa take a one week break and were Sarah Silverman's since PODCAST with me. We're going to repeat that and it's great. She's our I love. I Love Sarah so I love Sarah and it's a very sweet Interview and also very funny little sharp at times anyway. It's is giving a lesson next week and Again there you go by everybody. Please keep listening and thank you thank you. Thank you for listening here on the Al Franken podcast. Well I hope you enjoyed Listening that beautiful music is by Leo. cocky greatly uh-huh Carnegie. I WanNa thank Peter Osborne for producing. We'll talk again next week..
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"There was plenty of collusion. Okay here's another Guy Brad. Win strep strap from Ohio and each just makes the same argument bit. That's what we're hearing all day. Let's let's play that the refusal to accept the election election results and later the findings of the investigation have brought forth articles of impeachment. That are negated by two simple facts namely the military aid to Ukraine was provided lightest and no investigation was ever started the real offense. Is it the president Won The election. Okay that There is again. He's is this is a two for because he's doing the Malla report determined. There was no collusion. And he's also doing Well the the aid was delivered therefore It couldn't there couldn't have been any Pressure on him because it was delivered those eleven nothing and we heard a a Lotta that the point is these guys. That's all they did. That's all they did. It was hours and hours of the Republicans. Republicans saying stuff that was easily debunked and shift needed someone. They're going like no now. There was plenty of collusion. There was plenty of collusion. An important point the collusion and just point out the bill bar is big liar. AM We should subpoena bill bar okay. Here's another thing they kept saying. Here's Steve Scalise. He's what is he's like the whip or something or is it doesn't matter was playing but this this isn't just about Donald Trump. They don't just hate Donald Trump Madam speaker. They hate to sixty three million Americans who voted for this president. Okay Okay we I. Don't you know what hate doesn't do Yanni good. It just hurts you. That's what I think but it's hard. It's hard when you watch something like this not to have feelings of hatred they they. They kept pounding this sixty three million thing when they know that Hillary got sixty six million. Here's drew Ferguson. From somewhere in the South Twenty sixteen hour along with sixty three million American voters representing three hundred and four electoral college votes went to the polls and we raised our collective political middle finger to DC. You voted for Donald Trump. How dare you the liberal elites the condescending bureaucrats and every other can of swamp critter in this godforsaken place tell the American public who the president should be? I think he was thinking that it must have been some kind of condensation going on in You know outside the Capitol Or something but anyway this was That's condescending of me isn't it. Isn't it sally mispronounced. The word I did that all the time people do that you do that. He knows what but Condensation is what do you say about this. We don't hate. We don't hate trump voters. We want them just not vote for trump. It's all but we don't hate them now. It sounds like this cracker a this guy hates the sixty six million people who voted for Hillary Clinton. We don't hate the sixty three million Americans who voted for Donald. Don't trump but he seems to hate the sixty six million people. Ironically their voted for Hillary Clinton of course. It's of course as you know. The president claimed that those were fraudulent votes all castes. Three million fraudulent votes all cast for Hillary Clinton by illegal immigrants and he had a commission he had a commission on that from the the Co back commission and they couldn't find one G. Hate these guys. Oh ooh I said it. I said it you caught me. I I met these guys those guys like that. I don't mean the sixty three million. I know many of those people. So here's the point somebody. He should've been there just pointing this out and you know what they would have just kept saying the same thing anyway. They had all just written down something they read a thing. This was supposed to be a debate but all this was pathetic. I thought You know I want to Ah just say to them at. Have you ever watched the parliament in Great Britain and they have a debate and what happens is is is somebody says something on one side and then the other side response to that and the other side response to that and they have a debate. They respond to each other and it goes somewhere it goes somewhere. This was was a travesty. I mean watching the House of Representatives here now I you know many the Democrats said great things and I think Adam Schiff has done a terrific job but my goodness why couldn't someone have just said you're saying the same things over again and they're not true and you know it and each time they did. It just pointed out. That's a guy that should have gone to or woman they. I should've gone to make sure that okay. Hit It pete or Patricia. Just just say the thing. I mean. Humiliate them humiliate people like this We're GONNA take a quick break. We'll we'll talk more impeachment after this those of you who listen to the podcast by definition you you are You know now that we often have a great guests who are doing great things For example the Maria Theresa Kumar the founder and president of Voto Latino did a wonderful show on immigration and voter suppression and after hearing her interview. A listener gave Voto Latino one hundred thousand dollars. Because voter Latino is in the trenches Registering getting with Pinos across America. Vote and Fighting Republican efforts to suppress the Latino vote. Now I'm not asking you for one hundred thousand dollars unless you've you know you've got that kind of money but please consider giving to this unbelievably great organization at www who ww dot voto Latino Dot Org. That's Voto Latino Dot Org and by the way they didn't pay for this I just wanted to do this and that way you don't have to do backslash Al Welcome back we're here with our our guest me You're doing great by the way. Thank you. Speaking of humiliation The majority leader Mitch. McConnell what I love is that this guy makes no bones about it really. He makes no bones at all all about. I'm dealing in bad faith food. That's it What you think anything I they say is on the level? Oh come on. Have you been listening my God. Okay so I WANNA do a show where the norms went went. How he got to this point I and I wanna have norm Ornstein because his name was norm to show on how we got to this place? Ace which is just crazily broken. And I don't think trump would have gotten elected if it hadn't been for Mitch McConnell because he violated so many nor the biggest one. The biggest one Merrick Garland Merrick Merrick Garland and you will remember that in order to not give a hearing during to Merrick Garland who by the way he is a consensus builder on the DC circuit and.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"It was this was supposed to be a debate and I also have a beef for the Democrats. I have a beef with Adam Schiff which is that the Republicans would say stuff that would make your your brain gene explode because it let me see. What Peter do we have Doug Collins One of the many White guys from the south making an argument that is so On disingenuous and stupid. That Eh I'll play it and then you'll then I'll scream. When they can't make their argument that the president pressure Mr Dolinsky they then attacked Mr Solanki and then say that? He was pressured when ministers Liscio numerous occasions. They said I have not been pressured. I'm not being used. I have no the call was fine. I'm not paying pressured to do anything. Then here's what the majority is saying. The majority saying Mr Dolinsky is a liar and we in this body of the Democrats are tearing down a a world leader in the eyes of those that don't like him in his own country and Russia who is attacking him. Okay here's the thing Zilenski. He is the president of Ukraine. They are relying on the United States to give them aid in fighting the Russians who are in an active war with them He. I'm sorry is just told me crazy. Uh He can't say Donald Trump president trump pressured me because he's relying I ain't going on Donald Trump for the survival of his country and a K. Hey is it. Doug Collins doesn't know that I I don't know I watched him. He's smart enough. He is smart enough. I'm going to play another guy. 'cause they repeat the shit over and over again this is Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota represents the whole state. 'cause there's no one almost no one there so we have the alleged alleged victim of quid pro quo bribery extortion. Whatever we're dealing with now today repeatedly and adamantly eminently shouting from the rooftops that he never felt pressure that he was not the victim of anything so in order for this whole thing to stick we have to believe believed presidents? Alinsky is a pathological liar. Okay I think that stupidity more than disingenuousness. I can't know for sure I cannot know for sure stupid lying Bad Faith wh Whoa what is it what is it this was the whole damn the whole damn hours and hours of this shit whenever it would get to them. They would make an argument that that on a surf at that you knew was a false argument. You know that's Alinsky relies and the fact what I mad at shift for and the Democratic site it is they should have had maybe just a point person who would get fifteen seconds and going like okay you know why Zelinski. He didn't acknowledge that he was pressure. Is because they're relying on the United States for rain and and they can't do that. You know that and you know that and why do you keep repeating it. And you're incredibly dishonest or stupid thank you and then then when they make some other stupid argument. Let's let's make another stupid argument. Let's hear the Muller reports Duff for two years. We've been told that Dan candid. Donald trump colluded with Russians. Sion's to interfere with our elections two years. Millions of dollars spent on the modern investigation. No collusion you'd think. After being that wrong Democrats outs would finally decided to work on the problems at the American people. Send us here to do. You'd be wrong again. That was fill a row of Tennessee and He probably doesn't know this he probably just heard bill bar. Say This in the press conference before the Miller report came out the they are very clear on page. Two of the report that they weren't criminally looking for collusion Uson. They had the US conspiracy. Okay and collusion is not a legal term. You can't be convicted of collusion. You can be convicted of conspiracy and it makes a difference whether you're illegal term or not for example. You're never gonNA hear the foreman of jury say your honor We find the defendant not guilty of being in cahoots on page two. It says this is page to see only had to read two pages saucer. The top of page two in evaluating whether evidence evidence about collective action of multiple individuals constituted a crime we applied the framework of conspiracy law not the concept and sapped of collusion in doing so. The office recognized that the word collude was used in communications nations with the acting. Attorney General confirming certain aspects of the investigation scope and the term has frequently been invoked in public public reporting about the investigations but collusion is not a specific offence or theory of liability found in the United States code. Pasto page to fill rocket understand PHIL ROE getting tired. You're reading the report at may be page three A. Hugh he's not a big reader. Evidently but my God so there was collusion. There was a Ladda collusion. Roger Stone Stone just got convicted on every count for essentially colluding through with Wiki wikileaks. which got its stuff from the Russians and Manafort gave you've Kalinic who was considered a part of the Russian spy network intelligence network? He gave Kalinic the internal polling of the trump campaign for the states Pennsylvania Wisconsin Michigan Chicken. That's colluding that's colluding as colluding at colluding you know is Later I'm going to read Trump's some of trump's fucking letter insane letter to Nancy Pelosi and he basically says he eats he's going into the Russian thing's a hoax the witch on hulks. And no no there were thirteen indictments of Russians Russians.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"And destroy their education so if these children children in foster care truly are kids. How can we allow this to happen? And that argument is I think what convinced the committee. At least in Macau's Day. We got one Republican Republican. That was exciting. Yeah you can see how susceptible Republicans are you know. Tugging their heartstrings. Thanks we got one and On that on that. Let's go to foster America. This is extremely important. I got to know a lot of foster kids Because of this and to tell us what foster America does before going. Into what Foster America does it love to talk for a moment about why you should care about what happens in the child welfare system and there are three the reason I want to emphasize in that regard one is that many more kisner country involved in the child welfare system. The most people think is Ashley only one in eight kids in our country who are abused or neglected. By the time they turn eighteen to the point that a government welfare agency comes in and does investigation confirms that case. That's one eight and when that happens. State and Local Government Child Welfare agencies. Come in and they do one of two do things with these kids. The either provide them in their families with services such as therapy or in the worst cases they take the kids out of their homes and place them in foster care but even that smaller sub group of kids who were placed in foster care is much bigger than most people think so. It's actually one in seventeen kids in our country who spent part of their childhoods in foster care and by the way that number is one in nine for black children and one in seven for native American children so one of the reasons you should care that is affecting many more kids than most people think the second reason is that our country is broken. Approach to child welfare. Not only has a devastating impact on the many kids involved in the system but it's also an upstream root-cause ause of nearly every other downstream challenge in our society and the statistics. Back this up. So we know for example that upwards of seventy percents of individuals those in our juvenile justice system has spent time inner child welfare system we know that upwards of sixty percents of youth who are sex trafficked have come from foster care her and that nearly half of homeless young adults have spent time in foster care and black and a native. American children are true to three times more likely to wind up in foster care and then land on its conveyor belt to these other broken system so if you care about these downstream challenges in our society if you care about disproportionality in these downstream systems like mass incarceration you ought to care about child welfare as well do all kids who were taken from their parents they they don't all go into foster care. where else can they go? Sure so they can be adopted or they can go go into what's called legal guardianship or they could go to relatives which is actually the best case scenario based on research. We know that kids who wind up with an aunt or uncle or someone else. A kid knows and loves like a teacher or coach. Some of those kids who go to relatives or people who are like relatives like the teacher or coach are actually still categorized as foster kids when those relatives get licensed foster parents so that they can get some financial support to help them care for those kids so what. What do you do to reduce the number of kids get into the system and then what do you do to make sure sure that you're going to home where the people that are doing it for the right reasons and are going to be good good parents that we specifically typically do at Foster America is? We've recognized that. The biggest challenge is getting in the way of reducing foster care and improving foster care are actually interdisciplinary canarian nature and for too long. We've just use one tool in the toolbox and the Child Welfare System to address these challenges which has casework which is an incredibly important skill set in the field. But we actually Ashley need to bring to the table. People with a variety of different skill sets to address these big complex interdisciplinary challenges. So the way we do that is through mid career fellowship. L. A. Ship Program we go out and recruit highly talented mid career professionals from other fields. In which there are skills that are sorely needed but lacking in the child welfare system so so we recruit our fellows from four different kinds of backgrounds one from backgrounds and technology and data analytics to from backgrounds and marketing and human. I'm in center design three backgrounds and finance and finally from background strategy and operations and after we recruit these professionals from these these other sectors we place them in leadership roles for fulltime eighteen month fellowships and child welfare agencies and related public agencies across the country. So you recruit mid-career people at mid career her going like I'm mid-career. How old are you admit career like in in your late forties early fifties define it really? Broadly is that usually someone who just doesn't want to keep doing what they're doing. It's people who want to apply their skills to a public service and we tell them if you want to help literally the most vulnerable kids and field where you're irreplaceable. Come join US okay. So the data people what do they do one of the sure so about half of our fellows work on reform projects that aim to reduce the need for foster care and the other half of our fellows work on projects designed to improve foster care so to give you an example of a data and technology project within the prevention bucket. We have a fellow named Jason Coulter in Washington State and and he comes from a background in computer science and data analytics and what he is working to do is to connect data systems systems in Washington state across their Early Childhood Child Welfare and juvenile justice systems all for the purposes of prevention so for example using using this integrated data. He's helping the state figure out. How do you identify the highest risk families earlier before they reached the doorstep of foster occur And how do you then match them earlier with the right services at based on the data of similar kids who have come before them are most likely to to prevent these particular families from winding up in foster earlier. So so what you're doing is you're applying some science exactly thought to this. Yes exactly okay. That works science and thought and thought turn out to would be important. I'm writing that down because it might. It might work in other areas to give you one more example of that so little bit less wonky in the reform bucket of improving. Don't I think everybody actually understands that. I think that's exciting. I think it's cool..
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Great one today for range Elizabeth drew someone who has covered three now impeachment processes Nixon Clinton and anyone except Julie Eisenhower and it'll be close did you know that connection bathroom I'm trying to think of what that would consist of a consists of three photos that my brother is a photos journalist took when he was about to get in the helicopter and he was doing vis vis yes yeah and so he took three pictures which are interesting because you see kind of what the posture of the fords are and the other people there and I think that's a great scene yeah so I got three of his pictures from that I have a letter from Elvis to Nixon that he wrote on American Airlines on the way to the White House and it is the craziest loser you ever seen it among other things he wants to be an F. B. I. Agent who got his way into the White House yes without an appointment he got into see Nixon something that he was carrying right Glunz right right right and they took guns away from him they thought he had one gun when he went into the Oval Office and he wanted to be an FBI agent because he knew the drugs culture he knew he knew them or something and and also communists he was very aware of their existence and wanted to help take them in the Oval Office brought the gun as a gift it was a gift for next Nixon to shoot them I remember once you I can't remember what this is about but I always if you're in the New Yorker read you and I think I called you up at this time this is a while back and you wrote a great piece about something then I apologized but it was long and I I remember calling up to tell you how great it was but also like yeah could you right them along you remember that you never let me forget it you're always that's how you identify me she's the one that long but they were so good you wrote the book on the Nixon impeachment I would say for anyone who wants to know all about and wants to know in riveting way about the Nixon impeachment Washington Journal Reporting Watergate Richard Nixon's downfall right it was tackler that downfall I mean and and he he deserve this today I the reason I asked you beyond one you're brilliant always been a brilliant writer to were friends but mainly because your brain ought also because you have your own the definitive work on the Nixon impeachment. But you're reporting on Clinton now you're writing on on trump right so I feel like if we're GonNa talk about this impeachment and it served moved into a different year you're the person to talk to what's impeachment for the the founders put it into the constitution because they didn't want king the fought the revolution and they want a way of holding a president to account between elections that you don't want four years or three years a lot of people think trump should go now because every day he's there he's dangerous there's something he might do so it was a way of holding the president to account they picked it right up out of English law it'd been written to hold to account the stuarts rich goes way back and they're and they're sisters and they felt that you had to be able to hold a president to account between lashes that's what it's for and gave the House the power of impeaching or conducting the indictment and conviction in the Senate and it's a very serious provisions of the Constitution and what the White House is doing is flouting the constitution that's that's very serious impeachable offense need not be a crime right and a crime need not be an impeachable exactly trump had no government experience the thing about it Nixon had been in the house in the Senate he been Vice President for eight years so he understood government he was interested in some of it not interested in other parts of it he also understood the law now he broke it but he was he was no fool he knew he knew what he was doing in a sense like when he broke the law he was aware that he's breaking okay and when they obstructed this section to a point he obeyed the Supreme Court decision he obeyed you know he being the obeyed subpoenas it was not like this all out black hey we will not even let you do your process which is which is huge I mean people are sort of gossiping about it's I think it's a constitutional crisis simply because they're just stonewalling to the nth degree Ah yes opposed to even Nixon his own people go up and testify his whole White House staff testified before Sam Ervin and they they didn't keep anybody for testifying were they still staff when Lewis right so Haldeman Ehrlichman testified yes and they were still st John Dean was a staffer thinking was at that point couldn't have been I remember when Nixon let go of all the Manera oh he cried he cried you know he he he was always calling US staff to see how he had done how they thought he had done and he made the speech thing this breaks my heart label that I have to let them go and he call after it says how did I do okay wasn't a people person he wasn't the people and yet he was not yeah I just writing about how did I do the speech where I talk about firing you exactly because he's such a liability they can't possibly keep you around how did I do to stay in myself you see yeah and that it didn't happen because he had violated law on the drive to stop them from hearing the tapes and now you've said to me that the tape wasn't it right the by the time this tape was discovered towards those little pieces little excerpts of tapes that they had tried to hold back because it showed him ordering a cover up of having the CIA call the FBI and say you're jeopardizing national security always say that they're trying to keep some sure from from doing something and that was the last Straw for a lot of senators I think mainly the House Judiciary committee which was very well run unlike the current one had already voted three articles of impeachment and it was known that they were GonNa go through the house so he was already in very deep trouble and what that little piece of tape did people were you know they they talk about looking for the king gun and I called it looking for the smoking gun into room full of smoke I mean obviously something quite wrong had happened but we are now A- although I think we found a smoking gun smoke in front of the White House I've never had anything like this he said what he did you talk about China John and Ukraine he talked about Ukraine and he said yes I thought that they should help us we were helping them they should help us yes so what he wants do is make the smoking gun to his supporters not smoking what's wrong with that why and I asked him to help me out you know in fact he was sem help amount to bloody and prominent political apart that's that's that's problematic it's actually illegal ask Zilenski to walk on Fifth Avenue so he could shoot him that's right that would have been better he was the retirement the president of Ukraine and he's he's a he's a comedian of all things yes and producer but I thought I think that's not a good idea of what about public life that Watergate sure and one of them is about cover up the original cover up yes we're talking about the cover up the break in or are we talking about the Aranda of cover up of all the other stuff us doing well that's the way he had these goons called the plumbers right and what save the country they were they were total Claude's I mean they messed up everything I love the word goons by the way it's one of my favorite words underused definitely goons this should make happy and you can read about the goons when you read the book they messed up everything they did and actually the when they got into the Democratic National Committee headquarters here's the thing this was the first time they tried to get in people know that they went in once held stage to dinner in the Watergate Hotel so they'd be in the building and then they were going to go up to the DNC headquarters sometimes they ended up locked in a closet don't ask me how but they got locked y you eighty eight how did you get me into this that's right up to the headquarters and they didn't have the right thing to pick the lock so one of the Martinez these were Bay of Pigs veterans and Nixon told him that he'd brought them up to hun out communists you see because they've been against Castro they were trying to overthrow Castro in Yuba Martinez went down to Florida to get the right equipment to get in to the DNC headquarters they got in over the Memorial Day weekend they actually were in there before the time that they were caught what messed it up they put the tap on the wrong phone and they took pictures that were all blurred and it said one of the two ex CIA guys who running them he took the material to John Mitchell who was then running something called creep ready to reelect the president why do that why would you go I that's spells creep leave it maybe had a spell anyway Dan Mitchell is alleged to have said well that's junk I doubt that that's the word he used but you go back in and straighten this out and that's the time they went in and got caught but it was their force attempt now but what the cover was really about Nixon listen keep us Cain with his buddy beer bozo liked him because he didn't talk so they would sit there and silence on the friend's boat and do nothing anyway he came back three days later he was talking to Haldeman and and I noticed in the transcript Nixon said well about the plumbers plumbers it's that other stuff they were doing other stuff. I'm worried well this is this is really really important this is where Nixon the lawyer was smarter than most people he we had duke he was very good he could have gone to Harvard when he couldn't have parents couldn't afford the good gun harvard tossed Kennedy's like the Kennedys but they born with a silver spoon in I'm sorry was with.
"al" Discussed on The Al Franken Podcast
"Hi, this is Al Franken. I have a new podcast and it's great. But don't take my word for it. Alexa. What's your favorite podcast, the Al Franken podcast? It's informative and very funny. Well, I try to entertain while talking about serious issue here. I am with Maria Theresa Kamar Voto Latino talking about voter suppression in Texas. Right. They have voter ID but you can't use your college. You can use your gun licence ide-, but I can't show my idea that I'm getting educated by the Texas university system to prove that I should be voter now to some people that seems odd. Well, it is odd. But you know, gun can be deadly. So it's a big responsibility. Your mind can be deadly. If you're actually well informed while the Yuna bomber with the Harry, thanks for. I'm on Al. But then Maria Teresa got very serious. I spoke to one of the volunteers, and he was describing to me, a little boy from Guatemala. He was eight years old that he was being housed in one of these, these shelters. And I said, well, what was striking about him? He said, well, he wanted to know if there were coffee plantations, because he picks really, well Al he was eight years old. He came here to work that was very moving Alexa. Unfortunately, the only emotion that I can feel is regret. Well, let's lighten it up. Here's me again, with Jeffrey Toobin, Nancy gertner, who is Nancy Kurtzer. Here's how I introduced her Nancy gertner is a professor of law at the Harvard Law School. She got that job because she is one hundred percent oschkenat's e ju. I get it. That's a reference to Elizabeth Warren and her mishandling of the whole Indian thing. Exactly. Now, here's girder Tuban on the federalist society. I'm persuaded that these guys are tracked their watch their invited to federalist society. We now have heard about people are looked at in law schools, and who would who they're clerking for an in addition, what's scary is that they knew they were being monitored. I'm persuaded. I looked at some of the concurring opinions of Kavanagh, for example, that who he was talking to was perfectly clear addition. He was auditioning, I loved your interview with author, Michael Lewis about the incompetent lowlifes in the Trump administration. Trump comes in without having any interest in running this, the government he's supposed to be running, and he has no mission really. And who's going to turn up to work for that administration, who's gonna find their way into these nooks and crannies of the federal government that are incredibly important to be man. Well, it's gonna be people who've got some narrow interest in it. My first podcast was on healthcare. That was my favorite. Why is that Amazon doesn't provide insurance for their warehouse workers or for me? Our guest was anti Slavic. He was bombed head of Medicare and Medicaid I-, anti that's eight. I've heard this referred to as a trillion dollar agency. That's right. So my question is this any has there been any evidence that the Trump family has been skimming little off the top, I have not seen any evidence. Okay. You know, you don't hear a lot of good news about the trumps. And so no one can say, I'm not fair here. That was very fair that made me laugh. So we're not talking about things that it's coming. Nice for people to have we're taking things that people if they didn't have they would die. That's the reality that Americans face. So they have no choice but to get their insulin or to get their blood pressure medication or to get there. Mm pen, the number one call to the American Cancer Society line is the following and American, the president of the American Cancer side. He related this to me. I can't afford to have cancer. And indeed within two years of a cancer. Diagnosis. Four out of ten people have depleted their life savings. I want to laugh again. Well, let's lighten up. Here's me again, with Jeffrey Toobin, Nancy gertner, who is Nancy Kerner Alexa, I just told you what's wrong with you. I am very drunk, the sensor interesting. We talked about the marriage equality as one of the reasons Democrats are kind of satisfied with the supreme court, I thought Scully as descent, and that was very gay. Okay. Let's finally, what, what I didn't even know where to start. It's your show. It's like you wanna if you wanna use that on CNN. My husband and kids love Dana Carvey, Trump impression. Wait. You have a husband and kids. Yes. Little brendan. Love Dana Trump impression because it was about how insane he is. He has the craziest ADD repeating words odd bizarre. You're going to be happy. You're asking excuse me. Maybe interruption selves, gives me many. People say you're going to be happy, you're asking me. Oh, you're going to be happy. You're going to be happy. Happy like it wouldn't believe you could be so happy. I just never heard anyone really like that. And it's fascinate shouldn't we end with something more inspiring? Well, how about this from conservative, author, David Frum? So democracy is retreating a little bit around the world. Right. When that happens, we have to get the thing. I keep telling audiences talk about this is it's alarming, but also be grateful to live at a time when your country needs you. Amen. How I hope you can make us be good difference with this pod. Cast as you didn't send it. Yeah. I recognize that emotion as regret. Alexa, just play the damn music. Scribe to the Al Franken podcast by going to apple podcasts, or anywhere, you get your on demand audio music, provided by the wonderful Leo cocky, any opinions expressed, by me are not necessarily those Amazon or Jeff Bezos who want to be ashamed of himself. Now Alexa, that was a joke L as far as I'm concerned, Jeff Bezos can do wrong.