In the nearly five years since Al Franken resigned from the Senate in disgrace following several allegations of groping and other inappropriate sexual behavior, he has slowly mounted a comeback. But instead of trying to work his way back into the political sphere, he has returned to his original love: comedy. There have been late-night guest appearances with old friends like Conan O’Brien and Bill Maher , a weekly podcast where he interviews former colleagues like Senator Amy Klobuchar and former SNL cast member Chris Rock, and even a stand-up tour of theaters and comedy clubs across the country. On Tuesday night, Franken made what may have been his highest-profile move yet when he joined comedians like Chelsea Handler and Dana Carvey in guest-hosting for Jimmy Kimmel. He introduced himself as “the only former U.S. senator to guest-host Jimmy Kimmel Live! ,” before insisting, “Tonight is not about politics, it’s about comedy and having fun.” … [Read more...] about Al Franken Sounds Off on ‘Huge Dick’ Ted Cruz in ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Guest-Hosting Gig
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WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved on Thursday a $40 billion emergency military and humanitarian aid package for Ukraine, moving quickly and with little debate to deepen the United States’ support for an increasingly costly and protracted fight against a brutal Russian invasion. The measure, paired with an initial emergency infusion of aid to Kyiv that was approved in March, amounts to the largest package of foreign aid passed by Congress in at least two decades, bringing to roughly $54 billion the total American investment in the war in just over two months. The lopsided vote, with just 11 senators in opposition — all Republicans — reflected the remarkable bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for a massive investment in Ukraine’s war effort, which propelled the bill through the House last week. And the speed with which it moved through Congress, where the leaders of both parties raised few questions about how much money was being spent or what it would be used for, was … [Read more...] about The Senate overwhelmingly approves $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, sending it to Biden.
Click here to read the full article. Kerry Washington visited the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet high school in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday to meet with students and participate in an Q&A. “In some ways, this moment right now is a climax for me,” Washington told students during the Q&A portion of her visit. “Being able to sit here with you guys and tell you something that nobody told me — that there was a place for me in this business — is a real gift for me, and it’s an honor.” More from Variety Disney, Amazon Studios, Warner Bros Discovery and Others Pledge Support for Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet School Karen Bass Rolls Out More Celebrity Endorsers in Race for L.A. Mayor Kerry Washington Bible-Inspired Thriller 'The Prophecy' Gets Audible Premiere Date, Adds David Oyelowo, Asa Butterfield, Steven Pasquale to Cast (EXCLUSIVE) Throughout the Q&A, students inquired about how to overcome the various … [Read more...] about Kerry Washington Delivers Thoughtful Q&A at Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet: ‘A Real Gift for Me’
After Thursday’s quarrel with isolated thunderstorms , strong winds and downpours, the Bay Area will be in a bit of a weather lull this Friday morning. But this period of light showers will be short-lived as another winter storm sets its sights on California this weekend. A strong low-pressure system over the Gulf of Alaska will spin into California late Friday night and into Saturday morning, bringing round-after-round of heavy rain and snow showers to the coast. These showers will spread to the Bay Area and Sierra Nevada by Saturday afternoon, becoming more intense along ski resorts and passes in the Tahoe area through Sunday morning. Bursts of rain and winds will then spread south along Highway 1, encompassing the LA and San Diego metros by Sunday afternoon. The stage is set for a statewide winter storm that will introduce some challenges for residents and travelers alike all weekend long. The ‘weather engine’ for this weekend The engine for this upcoming winter storm … [Read more...] about Thunderstorms, heavy rain in the forecast for Bay Area this weekend. Here’s when the storm arrives
If it’s warming noodle soups or comforting ravioli you seek as temperatures drop this winter, the Bay Area’s best new restaurants have you covered. The Chronicle Food + Wine team spent the month visiting the region’s newcomers, and this vetted list is the result of those efforts. It includes a standout breakfast sandwich worth waiting in line for , a sandwich shop that transforms into a fine-dining French bistro at night and a promising new spot to slurp nourishing noodles. Read on for eight of the Bay Area’s best new restaurants, listed alphabetically. Champion’s Curry This 61-year-old chain is one of the biggest curry houses in Japan and claims to be a pioneer of the saucy dish. Now on an expansion tear through California, Champion’s Curry just opened its first Bay Area location near the UC Berkeley campus. The industrial, minimalist space offers a brief menu: comforting Japanese curry with rice and your choice of topping, from grilled vegetables to fried fish. Try the … [Read more...] about Sublime noodle soup and rich curry: 8 excellent new Bay Area restaurants to try
There is nothing quite like Tal Palo on the Peninsula. A combination Mexican cafe and shop opening Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 149 Main St. in downtown Los Altos, it’s a deeply personal homage to the lives and roots of co-owners Adriana Dominguez and Aaron Porter. In a space designed to feel like an extension of their home, the couple will serve a small, often-changing menu that parallels their home cooking: two kinds of chilaquiles and molletes, toast topped with refried beans, melted cheese and salsa. Chilaquiles will be made with crispy, house-made tortilla chips and two kinds of roasted salsa: one red and mellow with a mix of dried chiles, one spicy and green from a base of tomatillos. They’ll be served with black beans and a slice of toast to soak up the rich sauce. The menu will expand to include dishes like pozole, pan dulce (Mexican pastries, such as conchas ) and tacos on fresh tortillas. Some days, they’ll grind masa for fresh corn tortillas; others, they’ll lean on the … [Read more...] about Spicy chilaquiles with homemade tortillas star at new Bay Area cafe