Former SNL star and current Senator Al Franken made a pitch on YouTube to make two Minnesota cities the test sites for Google’s broadband internet service.
Franken mined his “Answer Man” sketch, in which he tells a Duluth tourist facts about the city, to persuade viewers to sign a petition for Duluth and Superior as the first stop for Google Fiber.
“In those days, Google didn’t exist, cities had to rely on people to remember all its key facts,” Franken says before showing a clip of himself playing the suit-clad nerd known as the “Duluth Answer Man.”
It’s only the latest gimmick with the intent of catching Google’s intention. The search-engine giant recently announced its intent to “test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country” and asked people to nominate their cities.
The contest ends March 26 and towns across the country have gone to absurd lengths to gain Google’s favor. Topeka, Kan., and Sarasota, Fla., renamed their towns “Google” and “Google Island” to bolster their chances.
Franken isn’t the only Congressman pushing for Google’s attentions. Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher has said several of his staff members are devoted to bringing Google Fiber to his district.
The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report
President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.
A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.
“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."
Pete Buttigieg says ‘statistically’ we’ve already had a gay president — meet President James Buchanan
In an interview with Axios, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that "statistically" it makes sense that out of the 45 presidents in American history, one of them was LGBT. Statistics aside, the reality is that former President James Buchanan has prompted historians to question.
The moment came when the Axios HBO show questioned what the young mayor would do when he's attacked for being "too gay."
"Republicans claimed that John Kerry was a traitor in Vietnam. That Barack Obama was a Muslim. If you were to win the nomination, they'll say you're too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander-in-chief. You are young. You are a liberal. You are gay. How will you respond?" asked Mike Allen.
New biographer claims she knows how Kim Jong Un will die
A new biography about Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield is uncovering many of the unique moments in the childhood of the North Korean dictator. But one piece that isn't included in the book is her prediction for how the leader will die.
In a CNN interview with Brian Todd, Fifield explained that Kim's chain-smoking, drinking and consumption of rich and fatty foods would likely be his undoing. She doesn't anticipate he'll ever have a coup d'etat, but he could probably have a heart attack.
Other shocking observations she made include that Kim's parents had to bring in children so that he would have someone to play with him, effectively meaning his "friends" were paid for.