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Coverage and discussion: Sen. Franken announces his resignation

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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., center, walks to his car as he leaves the Capitol after speaking on the Senate floor, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Democratic Sen. Al Franken said Thursday he will resign from the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks in the face of mounting accusations of sexual misconduct before and during his time in office. MPR News with Tom Weber had coverage of Franken's statement on the Senate floor — and conversation about its political consequences.

GUESTS ON THE AIR, 11:00AM — 1:00PM (in order of appearance)

Tim Nelson:  Reporter, MPR News

Todd Rapp: President and CEO, Rapp Strategies

Maureen Shaver: Public affairs consultant, Shaver Public Affairs

Michelle Goldberg:  New York Times Op-Ed columnist, covering politics, gender, religion and ideology

Brian Bakst: Reporter, MPR News

Amanda Litman:   Executive Director of Run for Something and author of a book by the same name

Charlie Sykes: Conservative radio commentator and the author of "How the Right Lost Its Mind."

Patina Park: Executive director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center

Sam Brodey: Washington correspondent, MinnPost