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Congressional DFLers condemn Trump's remarks; Paulsen calls performance 'embarrassing'

President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin
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President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shaking hands as they meet in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.

The Star Tribune's Maya Rao reports, “Several Minnesota Democrats in Congress condemned President Donald Trump's rebuke on Monday of U.S. intelligence investigations into Russian electoral interference as he stood beside Russian President Vladimir Putin, while the state's three U.S. House Republicans stayed silent. … Republican congressmen Jason Lewis and Tom Emmer did not immediately respond to a request from the Star Tribune for interviews or comments on Trump's remarks. But U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, a Republican, tweeted Monday evening that Trump's performance in Helsinski was embarrassing. ‘An American president taking the side of a Russian dictator over American intelligence agencies is dangerous,’ he wrote.” 

But MNLARS is still a mess. Maddie Debilzan at the Pioneer Press reports, “Minnesota officials unveiled a new design for its driver’s licenses Monday, featuring a canoeist floating in front of a horizon filled with pine trees instead of the state seal. The state will begin using the newly designed IDs starting Aug. 6. The redesign was prompted by a need to make them easier to read and harder to duplicate. They will be available in time for the rollout of Real ID upgrades on Oct. 1. … As for those under the age of 21, the IDS will be vertical instead of horizontal — a move that several other states have made.”

Brian Bakst at MPR says, “Minnesota’s congressional candidates were sitting on a combined $11 million at the start of July, a flavor of the competitive nature of the state’s U.S. House seats and a foretaste of the ad barrage to come. Minnesota has eight seats in the U.S. House. All but two or three will get national attention this year for different reasons. While several candidates posted impressive fundraising hauls over the three months covered by reports due over the weekend, the amount they have leftover is a vital statistic as the races move into the final months.”

MPR’s Jon Collins says, “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey gathered allies around him on Monday afternoon to oppose a proposed amendment to the city charter that would give the city council more control of the Minneapolis police department. Council Member Cam Gordon first publicly discussed changing the city's charter during a hearing last month where family members of Thurman Blevins and protesters expressed frustration about the police department. Blevins was fatally shot by Minneapolis police on June 23. Gordon has argued that the change in the city's charter would increase transparency and accountability of police officers. But the mayor questioned whether the council could move quickly enough when problems arise."

Says Stribber Paul Walsh, “A judge pointed to a ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances Monday when he spared prison for a Minneapolis home day-care operator who hanged a toddler from a noose in the basement before fleeing in her minivan and leaving a trail of mayhem, seriously injuring two people. Nataliia Karia, 43, abandoned a possible insanity defense and pleaded guilty in February to attempted murder in connection with the hanging of the boy in November 2016 inside the home in the 2700 block of Humboldt Avenue S. … Karia, who fought back tears and low sobs throughout the hearing, read a statement in Russian spelling out in great detail the abuses she alleges her husband inflicted upon her and her children since they arrived to the United States from Ukraine in 2006.”

Get well. Jon Bream of the Strib says, “Peter Ostroushko, a world-class musician who has been part of the Twin Cities scene since the 1970s, is having all kinds of health issues. First, there was the heart attack in December and ensuing bypass surgery, and then a stroke in January while he was in a doctor’s office. Many of Ostroushko’s musical friends will join together to perform a benefit Sunday for the widely respected fiddler/mandolinist who played for many years on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ and has released a series of outstanding recordings, many on the Red House label.”

Top 10. A KSTP-TV story says, “Minnesotans will head to the polls next month across the state to find a record number of women as candidates from the top to the bottom of the ticket. Minnesota ranks in the top-10 nationally with the number of women running for state and national office in 2018 according to data from the Center for American Women and Politics. ‘This has been an extraordinary year. We are seeing women running at record levels at every level,’ said Debbie Walsh, Executive Director of Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics. … Walsh said they have not seen such an increase in women running for office across the country since the early 1990s after the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings.”

Debt-free pastors. Says Josh Verges in the PiPress, “Luther Seminary says a $21.4 million donation for a new Master of Divinity program will enable 90 students to complete their degrees more quickly and without taking on debt. Waste Management founder Dean Buntrock’s gift will pay for a five-year experiment at the St. Paul college, whose alums account for over a third of all Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastors. Luther will welcome the first of three groups of 30 students in the fall of 2019. They will study year-round while working part-time in congregations across the country on paid internships. They’ll get free tuition and materials and stipends for living expenses.”

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Emmer and Lewis had to wait to respond

Those not running again for office came out right a way and condemned a weeks worth of the presidents abysmal performance on the world stage. They were not constrained by party dogma. Those staying in congress had to wait for the party line before they could respond. No thinking of their own allowed. If the GOP can't see the disaster the president is for the country we need some new congressmen along with a new president. It is time to stop enabling Trump's behavior as he sinks deeper and deeper into total incompetence. GOP, it is time for country over party.

Paulsen is an empty suit

He can talk all he likes, but he will never oppose Trump by actually opposing him.

Indeed.

I thought Norm Coleman was the absolute definition of an empty suit until Paulson came along and said "hold my beer."

Let me see

Benedict Donald raised his hand and swore and oath to defend and protect the constitution of the United State, yesterday he chose the leader of a hostile nation over that oath. Embarrassing isn't the word I'd use for that. If Republicans were the patriots the play on TV they'd ask for his resignation immediately, they won't of course. One of their largest booster organizations was in on it from the beginning, yesterday a Russian spy who had infiltrated the NRA was arrested. Its known now that 10s of Millions of Russian dollars were filtered through the NRA's campaign ads. They sent a delegation to Moscow on the 4th of July for Christ's sake. No Republican who is still supporting this party should ever be allowed to claim that they are patriotic again. EVER.

Nothing New Under the Sun

In 2002, Karl Rove and his conservative allies were so bent on removing Senator Max Cleland for the US Senate, they tagged the triple amputee Vietnam vet as unpatriotic for daring to oppose anything Bush wanted.

Just think about that, a bunch of draft dodging arm chair warriors calling a triple amputee vet unpatriotic.

Despite their campaign uniform of red tie, white shirt, blue tie & flag lapel pin, they have never been the patriots they pretend to be.

Paulsen on Trump in Helsinski

Erik Paulsen votes with Trump 97.6% of the time that is what is embarrassing. Congressman Paulsen has been a "lapdog" for Trump never taking the hard vote when it important against the President. Be it foreign affairs or domestic policy when its crunch time for an important vote...Erik Paulsen is with Trump. A true leader represents his district but not Erik Paulsen. Time for a change as Paulsen has demonstrated that it is more important for him to be one of the "insiders" in Washington and he has forgotten whom he represents.