Sen. Al Franken
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has had an unusual career trajectory, from comedy to politics.
The Italian Colors ruling is not an isolated event. We are rapidly approaching a time when there is a private set of laws for big corporations, created and enforced by and for themselves and separate from the system that governs the rest of us.
In connection with the 10 year anniversary of the shameful "torture memos," peace and human rights activists in Minnesota managed to get their Congresspersons and Senators to declare torture is wrong and, in varying degrees, touch on the need for accountability.
Another day, another media mega-merger. The latest? Microsoft is buying Skype, the Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion.
Using mobile devices should not mean that consumers are forced to relinquish control of data about them to a weak and unclear legal environment.
On Tuesday, the President will deliver his State of the Union Address. In all likelihood, education will be a prominent consideration, sparking a national debate and setting the cogs of Congress into motion.
Al Franken warned a packed house in Minneapolis that the corporate takeover of our media, and the government's failure to stop it, is one of the most important issues of our time.