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  • Desperately Hating Clarence Thomas

    02/21/2018 1:51:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | February 21, 2018 | Brent Bozell
    Of all the desperate and futile attempts at revisionist history, few are as careless as the attempt to destroy the reputation of one of the finest Supreme Court justices this country has ever produced. Now comes another volley. New York magazine has assembled "The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas." The author is longtime anti-Thomas journalist Jill Abramson. For more than 4,000 words, Abramson labors to relitigate Thomas accuser Anita Hill's dramatic loss in the court of public opinion. According to one poll at the time, 58 percent believed Thomas; only 24 percent believed Hill. Again the argument falls on its...
  • How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken

    02/19/2018 12:56:40 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 57 replies
    Newsweak aka (DNC Blog) ^ | 2-19-2018 | Nina Burliegh
    White nationalist provocateurs, a pair of fake news sites, an army of Twitter bots and other cyber tricks helped derail Democratic Senator Al Franken last year, new research shows. While everyone has been focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to support Donald Trump, the Franken takedown originated in—and was propelled by—a strategic online campaign with digital tentacles reaching to, of all places, Japan. Analysts have now mapped out how Hooters pinup girl and lad-mag model Leeann Tweeden's initial accusation against Franken became effective propaganda after right-wing black ops master Roger Stone first hinted at the allegation.
  • Minneapolis TV Station's Reporters Puzzled by More Guns, Less Crime in the Gopher State

    02/18/2018 1:25:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | February 18, 2018 | Tom Blumer
    On Thursday, Minneapolis station WCCO reported on guns and crime in Minnesota. Anchor Frank Vascarello's introduction: "More people are carrying guns than ever before, but the crime rate remains low." Imagine that. Reporter Pat Kessler also treated more guns and less crime as paradoxical. Reporting on crime and guns has been infested with the "Fox Butterfield effect." It is named after a New York Times reporter, who in November 2004 was surprised that: The number of inmates in state and federal prisons rose 2.1 percent last year, even as violent crime and property crime fell. Later, a puzzled Butterfield referred to "the paradox...
  • Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

    02/18/2018 12:24:38 AM PST · by blueplum · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 17 Feb 2018 | Amy Forliti
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from flying to Afghanistan last September, she allegedly told FBI agents that she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she might even wear a suicide belt. She also said she was angry at U.S. military actions overseas and admitted that she tried to encourage others to “join the jihad in fighting,” but she said she had no intention of carrying out an attack on U.S. soil, according to prosecutors. Despite her alleged admissions, she was allowed to go free. Four months later, the 19-year-old was arrested for...
  • Reality Check: More Minnesotans Own Guns, Violent Crime Remains Low

    02/16/2018 5:26:45 PM PST · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    wcco ^ | February 16, 2018
    — Minnesota set a record last year for the number of gun background checks the FBI conducted in the state. More people are carrying guns than ever before, but the crime rate remains relatively low. WCCO’s Pat Kessler is looking at the numbers, and giving them a Reality Check. We took a hard look at the numbers, and found: Minnesota has a high rate of gun ownership, and a relatively low rate of violent crime. Minnesota’s violent crime rate hit a 50-year low in 2016, according to the FBI.
  • ICE immigration sweep in California puts employers and families on edge

    02/16/2018 6:32:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | February 16, 2018
    Federal immigration agents are escalating efforts to crack down on businesses hiring undocumented workers. New data released Friday morning shows Immigration and Customs Enforcement visited 122 businesses over the past five days, mostly in Southern California. Mike Poindexter is CEO of his family business the Poindexter Nut Company near Fresno, California. He says most Americans don't want these labor-intensive jobs. "We hire people all the time. They show up, they work two days and they leave," Poindexter said. His company is now being audited by ICE. "We've had somewhere between 5 to 10 percent of our workforce quit voluntarily just...
  • Fundraising, voter turnout highlight enthusiasm (FL, GA, OK elections TODAY 2/13).

    02/13/2018 5:22:29 AM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 28 replies
    YourObserver ^ | 2/13/18 | Ryan Butler
    Recently released fundraising totals and voter turnout figures have reaffirmed the higher-than-average attention being paid to a Florida House of Representatives race. As the House District 72 special election heads into its final day, Democrat Margaret Good and Republican James Buchanan have both out-fundraised their respective party’s candidates in the 2016 House District 72 election. Another candidate in this year's race, Libertarian Alison Foxall, said she has raised the most money in her party’s history for a campaign for the Florida Legislature.
  • Minnesota Special Election Results

    02/12/2018 6:31:59 PM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 76 replies
    Unofficial Results Monday, February 12, 2018 Results Home « Previous Page Precincts Reporting in Contest: 29.82% 17 of 57 Last Updated: 02/12/18 8:19 PM Voters Registered at 7AM : 22695 Results for State Representative District 23B State Representative District 23B Results By Precinct Party Candidate Totals Pct Graph Republican Jeremy Munson 1067 68.01% Democratic-Farmer-Labor Melissa Wagner 481 30.66% WRITE-IN** WRITE-IN** 21 1.34% Unofficial Results Monday, February 12, 2018 Results Home « Previous Page Precincts Reporting in Contest: 26.47% 9 of 34 Last Updated: 02/12/18 8:30 PM Voters Registered at 7AM : 27379 Results for State Senator District 54 State Senator...
  • Cash pours in for two MN special elections (GET OUT AND VOTE TODAY-2/12/2018)

    02/12/2018 5:22:39 AM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 18 replies
    Red Star Tribune ^ | 2/12/2018 | Red Star Tribune
    Two former state representatives are competing for an open Minnesota Senate seat in the suburban southeast metro district. Residents there said it’s the most attention and spending they have ever seen in a local legislative race. It is one of two contentious and high-stakes special elections on Monday, both to replace lawmakers who resigned after sexual harassment scandals, and which stand to test whether the Minnesota DFL can capture the same political momentum that Democrats have been riding to win recent special elections in other states.
  • Family says they were targeted by ICE after speaking up for immigrants' rights

    02/11/2018 2:22:13 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 91 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | Feb 11, 2018
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota -- A family in Minneapolis says their father was targeted by ICE after speaking up for immigrants' rights. Luis Candela, who is an undocumented immigrant, was arrested last month. Luis' family says he was on the right track in life, an active father and talented chef. He got in trouble a decade ago for a robbery, serving seven months - a case that's been closed. He came to the U.S. from Mexico. "My parents came here for job opportunities, for security and being here we can bring our families and have a better future for our children," said...
  • Gillibrand: Congress should take action if Trump doesn’t resign (Idiot)

    02/11/2018 4:39:39 PM PST · by jazusamo · 119 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 11, 2018 | Brett Samuels
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said Sunday she believes Congress should hold President Trump accountable for the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him. “I think he should resign, and if he’s unwilling to do that, which is what I assume, then Congress should hold him accountable. We’re obligated to have hearings,” Gillibrand said in an interview with CBS's “60 Minutes.” Gillibrand, who was among the first to call for former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign due to sexual misconduct allegations, was also one of several Democratic senators who late last year said Trump should resign due to sexual...
  • Are Monday’s special elections a peek at what’s to come this fall? (MN)

    02/10/2018 5:59:08 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 44 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | Feb 9, 2018 | By CHRISTOPHER MAGAN
    Political junkies have their eyes on the first battles of what’s shaping up to be the electoral war of 2018. Voters will decide two special elections Monday for seats in the Minnesota Legislature after the unexpected resignations of lawmakers late last year amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Voters in Senate District 54 — which covers Hastings, Cottage Grove and South St. Paul — will pick someone to replace DFLer Dan Schoen. In southern Minnesota they’ll pick a successor for Republican Rep. Tony Cornish, who represented parts of Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Waseca and Watonwan counties. A lot is at stake,...
  • Minnesota Democrat's retirement provides GOP with pickup opportunity

    02/09/2018 3:16:02 PM PST · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | February 9, 2018
    Minnesota Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan announced Friday he won't seek re-election, handing Republicans a rare opportunity to pick up a seat this fall. "There is a time and a purpose for everything and now is the time for me to pass the baton to the next generation," Nolan said in a statement. Nolan won re-election by about 2,000 votes in 2016, but northeastern Minnesota's 8th District is Donald Trump country: The President won the district by 16 percentage points over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. That was an incredible 22-point swing for the GOP over the 2012 election...
  • Bear Attacks Three Men, Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use

    02/08/2018 12:03:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 19 December, 2017, a bear attacked a dog and her master in Northern Minnesota.  The attacks occurred at McDougal Lake a little after 10 a.m. The unusual bear attack, in midwinter Minnesota, would have been a perfect reason to use a defensive firearm.Instead, the unarmed dog owner went hand to hand with the bear, and was bitten on the abdomen. From ISABELLA, Minn. — Seeing his dog pinned to the ground in a black bear’s jaw, William Vagts ran to the bear, threw his arms around its neck and tried to pull the bear backward. “I didn’t...
  • Michele Bachmann says she won't run for Senate after all

    02/08/2018 4:15:21 AM PST · by SMGFan · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 5, 2018
    Conservative firebrand Michele Bachmann said Monday she has no plans to run for U.S. Senate, despite previous suggestions she might run for former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s seat. "It became very clear to me that I wasn't hearing any call from God to do this," Bachmann told Minnesota radio host Jan Markell. The former Minnesota congresswoman said in December that she was considering running for Franken’s seat, which was filled by Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.
  • Minnesota woman, 19, who allegedly told students to 'join the jihad,' is indicted

    02/07/2018 7:10:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 7, 2018 | Nicole Darrah
    A Minnesota woman whom prosecutors said set fires at a Minnesota university out of anger because of U.S. military actions overseas was charged with terrorism Wednesday after she allegedly tried to assist a terrorist organization last year. Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, was charged in federal court for attempting to provide material support to Al Qaeda, lying to the FBI and arson, Fox 9 reported. She was initially arrested Jan. 17 after she set eight fires in seven buildings on the St. Catherine University campus in St. Paul. The Minneapolis woman admitted to investigators that she started the fires...
  • St. Catherine's arson suspect charged with supporting al-Qaeda

    02/07/2018 4:59:04 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    KMSP ^ | 2/7/18 | Brett Bachman
    The former St. Catherine's University student who reportedly set several fires on the school's campus in St. Paul, Minn. a few weeks ago was indicted in federal court Wednesday for providing support to al-Qa'ida, as well as dual charges for arson and making a false statement to FBI agents, officials said.The terrorism-related charges stem from a Sept. 19 letter Tnuza Jamal Hassan allegedly wrote and sent to fellow students at St. Catherine's asking them to "join the jihad in fighting," and to "[j]oin al-Qaeda, Taliban, or Al Shabaab," according to a release. In an interview with several FBI agents a few days later, officials...
  • Upcoming Special Elections Next Week Feb 12 and Feb 13

    02/07/2018 8:24:48 AM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 12 replies
    Ballotpedia ^ | 2-7-18 | Ballotpedia
    February 12, 2018 Minnesota State Senate District 54 Minnesota House of Representatives District 23B February 13, 2018 Florida House of Representatives District 72 Georgia House of Representatives District 175 Oklahoma State Senate District 27
  • West Virginia Bill Would Finally Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

    02/06/2018 7:48:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb 5, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    A West Virginia bill that would end taxpayer funding for abortions in the state is slated for a public hearing Monday in the state House. West Virginia is one of 17 states that funds elective abortions for low-income women through Medicaid. State House Bill 4012 would end taxpayer funding for abortions except when medically necessary to save the mother’s life, the AP reports. Since 1977, state taxpayers have been forced to pay millions of dollars for tens of thousands unborn babies’ abortion deaths, according to West Virginians for Life. “The federal government limits tax funding of abortions to cases of...
  • Not just boy and girl; [several orders of magnitude] more teens identify as transgender

    02/05/2018 11:39:02 PM PST · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 5, 2018 | Lindsey Tanner
    Far more U.S. teens than previously thought are transgender or identify themselves using other nontraditional gender terms, with many rejecting the idea that girl and boy are the only options, new research suggests. The study looked at students in ninth and 11th grade and estimated that nearly 3 percent are transgender or gender nonconforming, meaning they don't always self-identify as the sex they were assigned at birth. [Snip] The study is an analysis of a 2016 statewide survey of almost 81,000 Minnesota teens. Nearly 2,200 identified as transgender or gender nonconforming. The study found that these kids reported worse mental...