Terror recruiting strikes a Minneapolis family twice. The Star Tribune’s Paul McEnroe spoke to Fadumo Hussein, whose son Guled Omar was among the arrested. Guled is Hussein’s second son to run afoul of federal terrorism investigators — his older brother, Ahmed Ali Omar, was indicted for leaving the U.S. to join Al-Shabab. Understandably, it’s hard on the boys’ mother: “‘We came here for peace and to leave war. I love America so much. I work, I pay my taxes — and now I watch as two of my boys are locked up,’ said the 48-year old matriarch. …‘I told him to never even mention those names, “Al-Shabab” or “ISIL,” because the Qur’an says nothing about the reasons to kill anyone in the ways ISIL talks about,’ said Hussein. ‘Every day, I told him, “Don’t be involved, pray five times a day, go to school, work and come home.”’”
Those Canadians just weren’t ready for the way Americans do business. The New York Times’ Ian Austen reports on Canadians expressing polite indignation over the way Target left the country. It wasn’t just the decision to shut down, but that “it obtained an order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granting the company creditor protection under a Canadian law normally used by businesses that need a break as they reorganize their debts to continue in business — much like Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. … ‘The creditors weren’t banging on the doors,’ said Heather Ferris, the chairwoman of the Canadian Bar Association’s national insolvency section… ‘Other companies have left the country: You just shut down, you pay all of your debts.’” Aww, that’s so cute.
They’re takin’ our jerbs! Forget about illegal immigration, Wisconsin governor and presumed presidential candidate Scott Walker thinks we should take a hard look at the legal variety, too, the Huffington Post reports: “ ‘In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying — the next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages. Because the more I’ve talked to folks, I’ve talked to [Alabama Sen. Jeff] Sessions and others out there — but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today — is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages. And we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward,’ Walker said in an interview with Glenn Beck, according to Breitbart News.”
Relatedly, Governing magazine reports that the Koch Brothers are endorsing Scott Walker for president. Are we still voting for that or is he all good now?
Have you ever advocated for a policy change… on weed? The Star Tribune’s Jennifer Brooks checks in with the effort to legalize marijuana in Minnesota: “Cheers and a cloud of marijuana smoke floated up from the steps of the Minnesota Capitol Monday as hundreds of activists rallied for legalization. … For the past four decades, activists have gathered on April 20th to light up in a show of civil disobedience they hope will draw attention and support. This year’s ‘Yes We Cannabis’ rally, sponsored by Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, drew everyone from patients who use the drug medically to recreational users who want to be able to partake without fear of a drug bust.”
In other news…
Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s sex-trafficking bill might finally be moving forward, after a pretty convoluted deal was worked out regarding its funding stream. Anti-abortion-rights language had stalled the bill. [Politico]
Hormel may have to go cold turkey… on profits! “Outbreak hurting Hormel turkey sales; Avian flu puts pressure on Jennie-O” [Austin Daily Herald]
If “extreme hugging” sounds like just the thing for you after a sweaty workout, Minneapolis has a fitness group you should join. [Star Tribune]
BuzzFeed polls its readers to compile a list of “20 Emojis All Minnesotans Wish Existed.” Grape salad emoji conspicuously absent.
David Brauer eulogizes his friend David Carr [Minnesota Monthly]
This afternoon’s day brightener comes courtesy of the fine city of St. Paul: “Thief stole St. Paul boy’s prized bike – then East Side saloon stepped in” [Pioneer Press]