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Israel bans Rep. Ilhan Omar from visiting

Rep. Ilhan Omar
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Rep. Ilhan Omar
So much for politics stopping at the water’s edge. The AP reports (via the Star Tribune): “Israel said Thursday that it will bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country ahead of a planned visit over their support for a Palestinian-led boycott movement, a decision announced shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted that it would ‘show great weakness’ to allow them in. … The move to bar Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from visiting the close American ally appeared to be unprecedented, and marked a deep foray by Israel into America’s bitterly polarized politics. It is also a sharp escalation of Israel’s campaign against the international boycott movement.”

Uh oh. The Pioneer Press reports: “Minnesota lost 1,300 seasonally adjusted jobs in July, raising the state’s unemployment rate to 3.4 percent. … The state’s rate, an increase from 3.3 percent the month before, still remains below the national rate of 3.7 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The state’s labor participation rate remained at 70 percent.”

Gray is where the green is. MPR’s Peter Cox reports: “Sally and Tom Kopacek are walking through the lobby of Applewood Pointe, pointing out the many amenities that attracted them to the Eagan senior living cooperative. … There’s the library filled with books brought by residents of the newly built 96-unit building; there’s a large party room with a full kitchen, televisions and tables; there are two guest rooms; there’s a game room with a pool table and shuffleboard table; and there’s a gym and a patio and a putting green. … Developers are counting on many more buyers like the Kopaceks in coming years. Minnesota’s over 65 age group is expected to make up a fifth of the state’s population by 2030 — the largest that age demographic has been.”

What are we supposed to do with this? KSTP reports: “Thursday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will test a first-of-its-kind alert in the state. … The Blue Alert System, established in 2015, was designed to quickly get information out to the public when an officer has been seriously hurt or killed. … Officials want to make sure the public knows what the system is, and exactly how it works, in case they ever need to activate it in Minnesota.”

Bold stance. The St. Cloud Times’ Allison Donahue reports: “Supporters and opponents across the board showed up at U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer’s town hall meeting Wednesday night at St. Cloud City Hall. … While many issues were raised by audience members, gun policy, healthcare and border control seemed to be the main concerns of the constituents. … Nearly two weeks after two mass shootings, some of the attendees asked Emmer about his stance on tighter gun regulations or a ‘red flag’ law that would restrict access to firearms for people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. … ‘It won’t be a yes or no answer from me,’ Emmer said.

In other news…

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Maybe:Could Lucky Cricket Reopen This Month?” [Eater]

Cool:Viral Video: Bald Eagle Catches Huge Fish On St. Croix River” [WCCO]

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/15/2019 - 01:18 pm.

    The fact that the President of the United States urged the government of an allied nation not to admit two duly elected members of Congress is unconscionable beyond belief.

    And I don’t want to hear the “progressive” anti-Omar justifications for this. It’s just enabling Trump to say “I can see why he did this.”

    • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 08/15/2019 - 02:45 pm.

      Trump thinks the 3b in aid given to Israel each year is essentially his money.

      His narcissistic personality disorder prevents him from understanding that the money was provided by the people of the United States through their duly elected representatives including Ilian Omar.

      Another example of the Israeli attitude of entitlement towards the US.

      Omar could have faced a legitimate primary challenge in the MN 5 CD given her performance in office. Trump has insured her re-election through his “send her back” antics.

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/16/2019 - 09:06 am.

        “Trump thinks the 3b in aid given to Israel each year is essentially his money.”

        I honestly don’t think he’s capable of even that depth of thought. I think he sees women of color not acting the way he thinks they should, so he lashes out. It doesn’t matter what they did, or why: they are flouting the Will of Trump, and must be punished.

    • Submitted by Misty Martin on 08/16/2019 - 11:16 am.

      Mr. Holbrook:

      I totally agree with you. It is almost beyond belief – and it would be, IF we weren’t living in the age of “TRUMP”. Sadly, nothing really surprises anyone any longer, and that is beyond SCARY.

  2. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 08/15/2019 - 01:24 pm.

    What are we supposed to do with this?

    Don your tactical gear, grab you favorite firearm, lock and load then hightail it to the location. Law Enforcement will be grateful for the help. You may want to check in with someone when you get there, but its no big deal if you don’t, good guys with gun are easily distinguished from bad guys with guns. Oh and don’t forget your MAGA hat.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/15/2019 - 01:46 pm.

      KSTP is big on reports of law enforcement officers being injured or killed. Otherwise, I don’t know what the average citizen would do with this information.

      Hey, here’s a thought: how about an alert when a non-officer is killed or injured by the police?

      • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 08/16/2019 - 03:26 pm.

        That might be useful, currently I don’t think there is any tracking of this at all, not nationally for sure. Stats are gather from news reports.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 08/15/2019 - 01:52 pm.


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