On the Franken matter — and an important turn in our society

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Eric Black I don’t claim to have much of value to offer in the sad, colossally icky Al Franken matter. I don’t even know for sure, as I write this, whether the announcement he will make Thursday morning will be his resignation, although the odds are good that that’s what he’ll announce.Certainly, his until-recently rising political star rises no more.Franken and I aren’t exactly friends, and we had an infinitesimal reporter/newsmaker dustup or two. But I’d be less than candid if I didn’t acknowledge that I’ve come to admire his senatorial self over the past nine years — the way he bores in deeply on issues and doesn’t stop asking uncomfortable questions as, recently, in his questioning of Jeff Sessions — but in other similar instances...

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