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Al Franken has to go

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(This) is the final reason to ax Franken: to set an example. If we as a people demonstrate that this sort of behavior means an instant end to one's political career, future up-and-coming politicos — and the broader population in general — might just internalize the lesson, and stop abusing people.

Ryan Cooper, The Week

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November 16, 2017 | On Thursday morning, Los Angeles-area radio host Leeann Tweeden accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of sexually harassing her on a USO tour in 2006. She alleges that Franken wrote a skit in which she was supposed to kiss him, and then pressured her into "practicing" the routine, during which he forcibly kissed her. Then, while Tweeden was asleep on the flight back home, Franken posed for a horrifying picture where he appears to touch her flak jacket over her breasts.

Franken issued an apology, and when that was widely condemned, issued another one, admitting that the picture was "completely inappropriate," and agreeing to subject himself to an ethics investigation.

Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at The Week. His work has appeared in the Washington Monthly, The New Republic, and the Washington Post.

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