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Alex Gibney (left) and Al Franken. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) didn't rule out running for public office again in an interview with Masslive.com Monday.

Flashback: The former "Saturday Night Live" star resigned from the Senate in 2017, after seven women accused him of sexual misconduct and more than 30 of his Democratic Senate colleagues called for his resignation.

What he's saying: "I’m keeping my options open, right now my focus is on doing this [tour] and doing other stuff that is more politically blatant," Franken said.

  • "Well, I wanted due process, but I had 36 colleagues and a majority leader who wouldn’t give it to me, so it was impossible. But you do have some regrets. It was a very weird, tough situation at that moment," he continued.
  • “I love the Senate. I love the work that I did."

Of note: Franken has returned to comedy and will begin a standup show starting on Sept. 18, per MassLive.

  • Prior to running for office, Franken worked for "SNL" for 10 years.

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Senate will try passing short-term highway funding bill after GOP protest

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) arrive for a news conference at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate will attempt to pass a 30-day, short-term extension of federal highway programs on Saturday after Republicans prevented the chamber from clearing the stopgap bill on Friday night.

Why it matters: Roughly 3,700 Transportation Department employees have been temporarily furloughed as a result of the roadblock, per Reuters. The deadline to reauthorize the programs expired at midnight on Thursday.

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MLB headed for first lockout since '95 as deal expires

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (L) and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark. Photo: Matt King/MLB via Getty Images

Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday without a new deal in place.

Why it matters: With no CBA, the MLB is headed for the first management lockout since a 1994-95 strike led to the cancelation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

Media giants back Bannon's bid to release Jan. 6 documents

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon at the FBI Washington Field Office in Washington, DC., in November. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A coalition of news outlets including the Washington Post is supporting Stephen Bannon's campaign for the release of documents related to his contempt of Congress charges, WashPost confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: WashPost, the New York Times, CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal's parent company and others filed a motion arguing that a proposed protective order seeking to prevent the documents from being released violates the First Amendment, per the Daily Mail, which first reported on the news.