Clinton to offer counterterrorism plan in Minneapolis on Tuesday

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Hillary Clinton shown addressing the 2015 National Immigrant Integration Conference in Brooklyn on Monday.

Hillary Clinton is in town. The Democratic presidential candidate is planning to reveal her counterterrorism strategy at 3 this afternoon, reports the AP’s Ken Thomas: “Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton plans to address Tuesday the need for a ‘360-degree strategy’ to keep the American homeland safe and prevent domestic terror attacks. … In a speech at the University of Minnesota, Clinton will address proactive steps for capping Islamic State recruitment in the U.S., especially online, and for stopping potential jihadists from training overseas, her campaign said Tuesday, previewing her remarks.” You can watch the speech live via PBS.

Somewhat related: “Series on jihadi recruitment for HBO will be set in Minnesota” [MPR]

Stiffer charges and higher bail for the alleged 4th Precinct shooter. The Star Tribune’s David Chanen writes, “A man accused of shooting five protesters near the Minneapolis Police Department’s North Side precinct will face a stiffer charge. … A new charge of first-degree assault was presented Tuesday morning at a bail hearing for Allen Scarsella, 23, of Lakeville. Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Judith Hawley said it was one of the reasons she was arguing for a higher bail of $500,000.” And this detail: “…Scarsella was kicked out of West Point because of misconduct involving a pellet gun.”

A safety check for light rail. WCCO’s Al Schoch reports, “Metro Transit is reviewing its light rail safety procedures and equipment, and looking at ways to fully inform the public about the dangers of crossing tracks while the trains are running. … This comes after four people were struck by light rail trains in less than a week. Two of them died of their injuries after being hit by trains on the Green Line in St. Paul and Blue Line in Minneapolis.”

A Minnesota man was charged in connection with the firebombing of a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks last week. MPR reports: “Authorities in northern Minnesota have arrested the 25-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks, N.D. … Matthew Gust was charged with arson in connection with a fire last week at the Juba Coffee House and Restaurant. Surveillance video showed someone breaking a window in the restaurant and tossing something inside. Authorities believe someone threw a molotov cocktail, made with a 40-oz. beer bottle, into the restaurant.”

In other news…

“4 suspects in St. Paul mom’s slaying charged in Minneapolis crime spree” [Pioneer Press]

Another sign that bird flu is behind us, for now: “Bird flu quarantines lifted on all Minnesota farms” [MPR]

The controversy surrounding the awarding of a writing prize to Cheng Hong, wife of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, seems really complicated, but the local angle is that she received the prize for her translation of Sigurd Olson’s “The Singing Wilderness.” [Wall Street Journal]

Some Minnesotans aren’t excited about this mild winter we’re having. [Inforum]

Marlon James’ next book will be an “African ‘Game of Thrones.’ ” He’ll probably finish it before George RR Martin finishes “A Song of Ice and Fire,” too. [Vulture]

Scott Walker may get a bailout from Ted Cruz. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

The Vikings are “Sunday Night Football”-worthy, apparently. [Minnesota Vikings]

Obituaries: Gretchen Quie, former Minnesota first lady, and Gloria Frias, matriarch of St. Paul’s Boca Chica restaurant. [Pioneer Press]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 12/15/2015 - 03:05 pm.

    What was That About Socialism?

    That eventually you run out of other people’s money?

    Sounds like Walker had a socialist campaign, since he’s looking for other people’s money to pay off his debts. In fact, he’s looking for other people to find other people’s money.

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