Obama aide McDonough calls for end to Israeli ‘occupation’

Denis McDonough
Denis McDonough

Stillwater native and Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough was the carrier of the latest, strongest message by the administration on Israel. Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere reported late Monday: “White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made clear in a speech to a left-leaning Israel advocacy group that President Barack Obama isn’t letting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the hook for his dismissal of a two-state solution. … ‘An occupation that has lasted more than 50 years must end,’ McDonough said, one of several times he brought the crowd to its feet.”

The week’s most hotly anticipated press conference: Minnesota GOP leaders unveiled their budget targets for the 2016–17 biennium. The Star Tribune’s Patrick Condon summarizes

Republican leaders in the Minnesota House proposed $40 billion in total state spending over the next two years, including $2 billion in unspecified tax relief.

The GOP spending plan, outlined Tuesday, is about $3 billion less than DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed $43 billion budget plan for 2016-17. Dayton wants considerably less in tax relief, proposing a total of about $200 million in tax credits for child care, working families and school supply purchases.

Democrats objected to excessive cuts in the plan. The Tea Party also objected, but for the opposite reason.

The mining industry versus wild rice — wonder who’s going win this one? According to MPR’s Tom Scheck, Gov. Mark Dayton is pulling for U.S. Steel: “In an interview with MPR News, Dayton said the existing sulfate standard aimed at protecting wild rice is out of date, and pushing it could be catastrophic for northeastern Minnesota. … ‘Some people will say, “you’re going to abandon the standard,” ’ Dayton said. ‘But if the standard is obsolete and it’s not validated by current science and information, then to stick with it and close down an industry isn’t really well advised.’ ”

If you define “dreariness” as a combination of lots of precipitation, and many wet and cloudy days, as meteorologist Brian Brettschneider does, Minnesota isn’t so bad — and we’ve got it much better than those suckers in Seattle and Portland. So there. [City Lab]

The 2015 James Beard Awards nominees have been announced. Among the Minnesota finalists:

  • Andrew Zimmern’s “Bizarre Foods” for Television Program, on location
  • Jason DeRusha’s “DeRusha Eats” on WCCO for Television Segment
  • The Perennial Plate: Africa and the Americas by Mirra Fine and Daniel Klein for Video Webcast, on Location
  • Shea, Inc. for Restaurant Design (Spoon and Stable)
  • Spoon and Stable for Best New Restaurant
  • The Bachelor Farmer’s Paul Berglund, Salty Tart’s Michelle Gayer and Heartland’s Lenny Russo for Best Chef: Midwest

In other news…

Things are really going downhill across the border: “Report: Wisconsin worst in nation on shrinking middle class” [The Cap Times]

“7 gang members charged in St. Paul skyway, rail platform assaults [Pioneer Press]

Kevin Garnett will throw out the Opening Day first pitch at Target Field [Star Tribune]

“Dark Knight Director Christopher Nolan To Speak At The Walker” [WCCO]

Someone from St. Paul got shot out of a cannon last night on ‘Letterman’ ” [vita.mn]

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 03/24/2015 - 03:58 pm.

    The Republicans Reveal Same Old, Same Old

    damage and punish the poor with HHS cuts,…

    cut taxes for those who have ZERO need of an economic break,…

    pay for transportation with borrowing,…

    while making sure that the businesses that use and wear out the roads more than anyone pay as little as possible (ZERO if you can pull it off invisibly),…

    all designed to make sure you drive the state into deficit so you can do even more of the same,…

    even decimating public education,…

    in the future.

    The vast majority of the citizens of Minnesota say to you, our Republican friends,…

    been there,…

    done that (Tim Pawlenty),…

    bought the T-Shirt,…

    BURNED the T-shirt,…

    poured lighter fluid on the ashes and BURNED them again,…

    NOT going back.

    We’ve kicked our addiction to that Republican Snake Oil. The hangover just wasn’t worth it.

  2. Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 03/24/2015 - 04:00 pm.

    This news about Wisconsin is terrible. How can results like that convince ANYONE that Scott Walker is good for anything but misery?

  3. Submitted by Joe Smithers on 03/25/2015 - 01:11 pm.


    I have limited knowledge on the history of this but from what I have seen recently is it really an occupation if it was yours to start with? I’m sure someone that supports the administration position could fill me in on this. Not really trying to start anything here but would love to know more.

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