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Ear to the Ground

Franken Limits Lieberman’s Talking Time on Senate Floor (Update: Video)

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Posted on Dec 17, 2009
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Sen. Al Franken, above, didn’t grant Sen. Joe Lieberman an additional moment on the Senate floor, according the AP, but Lieberman had an ally in Sen. John McCain.

Perhaps reflecting a frustration among Democrats over Joe Lieberman’s role in shaping the Senate’s health care proposal, Sen. Al Franken nipped in the bud the Connecticut senator’s discussion of amendments to the bill Thursday.  —KA

Update: TPM TV has posted video of the incident on YouTube:

Associated Press via Google News:

Franken was presiding over the Senate Thursday afternoon as Lieberman spoke about amendments he planned to offer to the bill. Lieberman asked for an additional moment to finish — a routine request — but Franken refused to grant the time.

“In my capacity as the senator from Minnesota, I object,” Franken said.

“Really?” said Lieberman. “OK.”

Lieberman then said he’d submit the rest of his statement in writing.

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By ardee, December 19, 2009 at 4:43 am Link to this comment

According to Rachel Maddow last evening, Senator McCain’s crocodile tears at the actions of Freshman Senator Franken deny the fact that he,McCain, did exactly the same thing to another Senator in the past.

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By demanon, December 18, 2009 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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Franken used his “power” as a senator to deny this hypocrite 30 additional seconds of self-serving blather. A lion of the Senate! Theater of distraction nonsense. The pathetic search for a Democratic victory, no matter how insignificant, goes on . . .

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By Jim Yell, December 18, 2009 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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Too bad Franken couldn’t shut him up completely.

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By ardee, December 18, 2009 at 5:42 am Link to this comment

Democrat displays backbone, film at eleven.

A noted anthropologist is cited as saying that this rare find may very well be an aberration rather than a new branching leading to a better class of politician.

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By Jean, December 18, 2009 at 4:27 am Link to this comment
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I watched Al Franken on his TV NEWS show several years ago. I came to the realization,that he is a force to be reckoned with. The government doesn’t just need “new blood”..but people with integrity and intelligence!

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By wildflower, December 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm Link to this comment

I object too, Senator Franken. Thank-you. Lieberman is such a deceitful sleaze.  Bet he doesn’t babble on and on this when it comes to the $114 Billion dollars that the U.S. hands over to Israel each year – a country, of course, that provides universal healthcare to its citizens.  And for all Lieberman knows, Israel could be
using the money that U.S. provides to pay for Israel’s healthcare system.  It’s not like Israel is asked to provide an accounting of the money or the way the $114 Billion dollars (U.S. taxpayers money) is being spent.

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By PatrickHenry, December 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

Franken is the man.  He had to goe through the wringer of the Republican election vote rigging machine, exposing it and winning the election.  Kudos to the Minnesotians.

He shut down Lieberman and made McCain whine, both of whom should have left the senate years ago.

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By bogglesthemind, December 17, 2009 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment

”“And I think it harms the comity of the Senate not to allow one of our
members at least a minute.”“

Perhaps it does hurt the comity of
the Senate but it sure as hell helps the comedy for the rest of us.

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