Sahan Journal wants to be a “one-stop shop” for immigrant news in Minnesota


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The state of Minnesota is home to nearly 500,000 immigrants, and the state has a much larger proportion of Asian and African immigrants than the rest of the United States: It is the home of the largest Somali population in the U.S., and the second-largest Hmong population. Last year, Minneapolis’s Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. While a variety of ethnic publications seek to serve Minnesota’s individual immigrant population, there has not been one news source targeting them all. That will change with the launch this spring of Sahan Journal, an online news organization that will cover immigrant communities in the state. Sahan Journal was founded by Mukhtar Ibrahim, who was born in Somalia and lived most of his adult life in Minnesota. Prior to going out on his own, he was a staff writer for the Minneapolis Star Continue reading "Sahan Journal wants to be a “one-stop shop” for immigrant news in Minnesota"

Rep. Ilhan Omar Was ‘Sincerely Befuddled’ On Israeli Foreign Policy in Rare Admission of Being Underinfomed


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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) apologized online for saying “Israel has hypnotized the world” to commit “evil,” adding she did not realize her sentiments would be offensive to Jews. “In all sincerity, it was after my CNN interview that I heard from Jewish orgs. that my use of the word ‘Hypnotize’ and the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive,” the Democratic Congresswoman tweeted early Tuesday morning, agreeing with New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss, who had speculated earlier that “perhaps Ms. Omar is sincerely befuddled and not simply deflecting” with her comments about Israel.

WATCH LIVE: Trump Holds Rally in Minnesota


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On Thursday, President Donald Trump is set to hold yet another campaign rally, this time in Rochester, Minnesota. It is the third rally in a week and comes amid continuing controversy surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the upcoming Senate vote. Trump is in Minnesota in support of GOP candidate Jim Hagedorn‘s campaign for House of Representatives in what will likely once again be a freewheeling speech. Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab]

Prominent Trump Critic Richard Painter Poised to Run For Al Franken’s Senate Seat


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Beloved patriot and former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter is considering running for the Senate in Minnesota to fill Al Franken‘s seat. Painter announced on Twitter that he had formed his exploratory committee and already has a website set up for donations. Painter has been a frequent guest on cable news to deliver scathing one-liners on lawmakers’ unsavory conduct, particularly that of President Donald Trump. In fact, just today, in reference to the Stormy Daniels scandal, Painter said that Trump takes his oath of office about as seriously as he takes his marriage vows. Zing. Currently residing in Mendota Heights, Painter is a professed a Republican and served in the White House under George W. Bush. Minnesota is historically a blue state but, you know, it’s Richard Painter. Continue reading "Prominent Trump Critic Richard Painter Poised to Run For Al Franken’s Senate Seat"

Half of Minnesota Voters Feel Al Franken Should Not Resign From Senate


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Even though Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has already announced that he will resign from the Senate amid numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, set the date for his departure, and the Governor of Minnesota has selected his replacement, a lot of folks in Minnesota would like for Franken to reconsider his decision. According to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, 50 percent of Minnesota voters think Franken should not tender his resignation. This is compared to 42 percent who believe he should go through with his plan to leave the Senate on January 2. One thing that may be driving this opinion in the state is that Franken is fairly popular with voters. PPP found his job approval rating at 53 percent. And despite the allegations that he’s groped multiple women, female voters are the ones pushing his popularity as 57 percent approve of the job he’s doing compared to Continue reading "Half of Minnesota Voters Feel Al Franken Should Not Resign From Senate"

Al Franken’s Office Announces His Resignation Date: January 2


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When Sen. Al Franken announced he was going to resign from his position, after numerous reports of sexual misconduct, he didn’t give an exact timetable. He simply said he would be leaving his post “in the coming weeks.” When it was revealed that Franken would be replaced, on an interim basis, by Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, people began to wonder when the transition would officially occur. Now we know. Multiple news outlets have reported that Franken will step down on January 2, leaving Smith to be sworn in the very next day. Franken spoke on the Senate floor this morning, noting that he would continue to be an “educated citizen and an advocate and an activist.” On Dec. 7, when the former SNL star announced he would be stepping down, Franken Continue reading "Al Franken’s Office Announces His Resignation Date: January 2"

So, What Happens to Al Franken’s Seat If He Resigns?


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The walls are closing in on Sen. Al Franken, with a seventh accuser stepping forward today and multiple Democrats calling for his resignation in the aftermath, including DNC chair Tom Perez and more than 20 Senators (and counting). Franken is expected to give remarks tomorrow and, well, it’d be pretty crazy if he didn’t resign. The former SNL star’s time in public service should be drawing to a close, and provided it did, what happens next in Minnesota politics? What happens to that Senate seat once Franken walks into the sunset, relegating his propensity for butt grabbing to the private sector? Minnesota state law is pretty clear on what the next steps will be, stipulating that in the event of a vacancy in the Senate, a special election “shall be held at the next November election if the vacancy occurs at least 11 weeks before the regular state Continue reading "So, What Happens to Al Franken’s Seat If He Resigns?"

New Accuser Claims Franken Groped Her During a Photo-Op: ‘He Totally Grabbed My Butt’


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Just days after radio host LeeAnn Tweeden came forward with her claims that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) forced himself on her for a kiss and groped her, a new accuser has emerged — and she too says the Minnesota Senator groped her. According to CNN, Lindsay Menz reached out to the network after Tweeden went public last Thursday. Menz claims that — in 2010 at the Minnesota State Fair — Franken got too close while posing for a photo with her. She told CNN that Franken, “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear. It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek.” Menz said she promptly told her husband, “He totally grabbed my butt.” Franken, in a statement, told CNN that he didn’t recall the incident. “I take thousands of photos at Continue reading "New Accuser Claims Franken Groped Her During a Photo-Op: ‘He Totally Grabbed My Butt’"

Another Fake ‘Hate Crime’: ‘Fabricated’ Note Sparked Protests At Minnesota College


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2015-10-05-YouTube-St_Olaf_College St. Olaf College’s president, David R. Anderson, revealed in an e-mail to his student body on Wednesday that a purported racist note threatening an undergraduate on the Minnesota campus was “fabricated.” The note, which was allegedly found by an African American student on a car on April 29, 2017, led to a “campus rally that night and the canceling of classes two days later as Anderson received demands from students wanting administrators to address…institutional racism,” according to a Thursday report from the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. “I am so glad you are leaving soon. One less [N-word] this school has to deal with. You have spoken up too much. You will change nothing. Shut up or I will shut you up,” the “fabricated” note, as Anderson labeled it, said. The college president disclosed that “this was not a genuine threat,” and that the student was motivated by a Continue reading "Another Fake ‘Hate Crime’: ‘Fabricated’ Note Sparked Protests At Minnesota College"

Tim Kaine’s Son Arrested With Protesters for Disrupting Pro-Trump Rally


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Linwood “Woody” Kaine, the younger son of Hillary Clinton‘s running mate, Tim Kaine, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of participating in a counter-protest that disrupted a pro-Donald Trump rally inside the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul. The anti-Trump protesters tossed a smoke bomb that hit a woman, set off fireworks, and sprayed the Trump backers with a chemical that caused coughing.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press was among the first to report on Linwood Kaine’s arrest. The newspaper’s Tuesday evening article disclosed that the son of the Virginia Democratic senator was “seen with four people who lit fireworks inside the Capitol… Police are investigating whether Kaine was one of the people who was lighting the devices.”

Kaine was picked up by police less than a block away from the building, and reportedly “turned around and squared up to fight with the officer.” He was Continue reading "Tim Kaine’s Son Arrested With Protesters for Disrupting Pro-Trump Rally"

Police Dept. Threatens Drunk Driving Super Bowl Viewers With a Fate Worse Than Death


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Cops. Sometimes they manage to come up with fun and interesting ways to encourage people to stay safe and follow the law. A police department in Minnesota took a whack at it on Twitter tonight, by threatening a horrific punishment to anyone who drives drunk after the Super Bowl. Like many viewers, the Wyoming, MN police department have apparently been less than impressed by the commercials this year the first half of the game — specifically, they didn’t seem to care for a T-Mobile commercial that featured pop sensation Justin Bieber. Still, they found a way to put the commercial to good use, even though it may or may not be a violation of our most basic human rights.

Who’s Winning in Minnesota?


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flag_of_minnesotaMinnesota has 10 electoral votes, and has not voted for a Republican since 1972 As of Monday, the RealClearPolitics average of the most recent Minnesota polls showed Clinton ahead with a 6.4-point lead in a two-way race, and Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight gave Clinton an 83.9% percent chance of winning the state. The polls close at 8 p.m. local time (9 p.m. eastern). We will update with the reported results as soon as they come in. Here’s how Minnesota voted in the last four presidential elections: 2012: Democrat (56.3%) 2008: Democrat (57.7%) 2004: Democrat (53.6%) 2000: Democrat (49.1%) Find out who’s winning in other battleground states: Florida, Ohio, New HampshireNorth Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Maine, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nevada, Georgia, and Colorado.

Hillary Clinton Touts Experience Killing Terrorists at Press Conference on Recent Attacks


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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took to the podium once more Monday morning for a press conference on the nonlethal but serious terrorist attacks that took place over the weekend, and while Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has relied on tough talk, Secretary Clinton took the opportunity to remind reporters of the actual experience she has in carrying out operations against terrorists. After once again making the point that others have reported terrorists rooting for a Trump victory, Secretary Clinton delivered a reminder that could be summed up into a campaign bumper sticker with the phrase “I know how to do this”:
I’m the only candidate in this race who has been part of the hard decisions to take terrorists off the battlefield. What does that mean? I was part of the national security team that worked with President Obama, developed strategies to fight the terrorists. Sometimes that Continue reading "Hillary Clinton Touts Experience Killing Terrorists at Press Conference on Recent Attacks"

What We Know About Minnesota Mall Stabber Dahir Adan


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mallThe man who stabbed 9 people in a Minnesota shopping center on Saturday night has been identified as a 22 year-old student named Dahir Adan. Ahmed Adan identified his son as the man who walked into the Crossroads Center Mall, dressed as a private security guard, and proceeded to attack 9 people with a kitchen knife. Dahir Adan was said to have shouted out references to Allah during the attack, and asked at least one of his victims if he was a Muslim before stabbing them. Adan was eventually shot dead by an off-duty police officer, and none of his victims suffered life-threatening wounds. Adan comes from a Somali family, and his father told the Minneapolis Star Tribune Continue reading "What We Know About Minnesota Mall Stabber Dahir Adan"

Gary Johnson Wants to Be President Because Fighting Terrorism is ‘Interesting and Challenging’


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Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson lived up to his “What is Aleppo?” national security cred when he appeared on CNN’s New Day Monday morning to talk about this weekend’s rash of nonlethal terrorist attacks, and floundered like a discredited Arthur Treacher’s line cook. Even with 24 hours to think about it since his last appearance on CNN, during which he expressed gratitude that “nobody got hurt” in the attacks that actually saw 38 people injured, Johnson was no more prepared to explain what he would do about terrorism if elected president. Co-host Alisyn Camerota began by asking Johnson that very fundamental question, and Johnson began by expressing just how “amazed” he has always been at “just how qualified” law enforcement personnel are. It didn’t get any better from there, as Gov. Johnson posited the Orlando shooter as an example of a system that’s Continue reading "Gary Johnson Wants to Be President Because Fighting Terrorism is ‘Interesting and Challenging’"

Gary Johnson is Glad ‘Nobody Got Hurt’ in NJ, NY, MN Attacks


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Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson appeared on CNN on Sunday, where he had a conversation about the three violent events that took place over the weekend. Unfortunately, the former New Mexico governor slipped up when he seriously undercounted the amount of people who were harmed. Johnson is still coming off of his “what is Aleppo” gaffe from a few weeks ago, and Stelter asked for his thoughts about the attacks. “[I’m] just grateful that nobody got hurt,” said Johnson. “Secondly, law enforcement is on the scene, responders are on the scene. If there’s anything I learned having been governor of New Mexico for eight years is that these people really do care, they are really qualified.” Twenty-nine people were harmed Continue reading "Gary Johnson is Glad ‘Nobody Got Hurt’ in NJ, NY, MN Attacks"

Clinton Outlines Anti-ISIS Strategy in Response to ‘Apparent Terror Attacks’ in NJ, NY and Minnesota


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PicMonkey Collage - HillaryFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement on Sunday night detailing her full reaction to violent acts that took place over the weekend. Americans continue to absorb the fallout from three events on Saturday: an explosion in Manhattan, the botched pipe-bombing of a New Jersey charity run, and a stabbing spree inside a Minnesota mall. In response to these occurrences, Secretary Clinton praised the response of America’s emergency services, and laid out her plan to deal with terrorists like ISIS, the apparent perpetrator of at least one of these attacks:
“I strongly condemn the apparent terrorist attacks in Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. I pray for all of those who were wounded, and for their families. Once again, we saw the bravery of our first responders who run toward danger to help others. Their quick actions saved lives. Law enforcement officials are working to identify who was Continue reading "Clinton Outlines Anti-ISIS Strategy in Response to ‘Apparent Terror Attacks’ in NJ, NY and Minnesota"

8 People Stabbed in Minnesota Mall, Attacker Shot Dead by Police


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minnesota-mallEight people were stabbed in a mall in Minnesota last night before police officers took down the attacker. According to CNN, the man was wearing a uniform from a private security company when he carried out the attack at the Crossroads mall but, according to St. Cloud police, none of the injuries are life-threatening. Police chief William Anderson said that multiple witnesses recounted how the attacker asked at least one of the victims before attacking and made a reference to Allah. During the police briefing last night, Anderson explained that authorities were able to take the attacker down:
The suspect was killed inside the mall, said Sgt. Jason Burke. He confirmed several people were taken to a hospital for treatment. At the briefing later, Anderson said eight people had been taken to the hospital, and all but one had been released.
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