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’
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
THE LETTERS OF THOM GUNN Thom Gunn bought his first motorcycle, a secondhand Harley, in Texas during the spring of 1955. He was teaching in San Antonio before going to study writing at Stanford. Gunn had been raised in Kent, England, where his parents were journalists. He arrived in America fresh from Cambridge, and his first book of poems, “Fighting Terms,” had been published to lively notice. When he got a look at San Francisco, he knew he’d found his place. Not only was it beautiful, in league with the “best European cities,” he wrote to a friend, but it was “incidentally the queerest city I’ve ever been in.” Gunn remained there for the rest of his life, living in the Haight and teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, eventually six months on and six off. That letter is among the hundreds collected in “The Letters of Thom Gunn,” an appealing selection of his rowdy, funny, filthy, intensely literate letters. He basked in the city’s gay scene, and he grew … [Read more...] about In ‘The Letters of Thom Gunn,’ an Unusual Mix of Pleasures
close Video Brit Hume: GOP has to carry the burden of explaining, defending, or criticizing Trump Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume reacts to Donald Trump's recent statement on the U.S. Constitution on 'Special Report with Bret Baier.' FIRST ON FOX : The leading super PAC aligned with former President Donald Trump is sitting on $55 million in its coffers as the 2024 presidential election cycle gets underway. MAGA Inc.'s cash on hand, which was shared first with Fox News on Thursday, comes mostly from a massive transfer of funds in late October from Trump's Save America political committee, as the super PAC has yet to launch its fundraising operations. The super PAC reports bringing in $40 million during the Oct. 20-Nov. 28 reporting period, with most of the funding coming from the Save America contribution. Some of the former president's leading political advisers and aides launched MAGA Inc. in late September, initially to … [Read more...] about First on Fox: Trump-aligned super PAC has $55 million in the bank as 2024 presidential campaign gets underway