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Senator Franken Cancels Appearance with Second Liberal Comedian

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Senator Al Franken is having a hard time finding a fellow liberal comedian to appear in public with. The Minnesota senator canceled a guest appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” after Mr. Maher uttered a racial slur on air, "jokingly" referring to himself as a “house n—r.” This is the second comedian friend the self-proclaimed “giant of the senate” has had to distance himself from. Time for some new friends?...

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MN Senator Franken Stands By Kathy Griffin Despite Gory Photo of Beheaded Trump

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We all know it to be true: Actions speak louder than words. And Minnesota Senator Al Franken’s decision to stand by Kathy Griffin amid uproar over her controversial actions speaks volumes. Franken condemned Griffin’s photo shoot with a bloodied and decapitated replica of Trump's head — calling it “inappropriate”— but recently told CNN he will still appear with Griffin in July to promote his new book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate because she apologized and “begged for forgiveness.”...

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Is Truth the First Casualty of Art?

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The Walker Art Center has been in the news lately. The Walker has completely redone its sculpture garden, long a favorite haunt of families with children. But the garden's re-opening has been derailed by controversy over a sculpture called "Scaffold," created by California artist Sam Durant. The Star Tribune writes that the sculpture looks like a "wooden jungle gym," but Durant explains that "Scaffold" is meant to evoke various hangings from America's past: [T]he design is actually a composite of the gallows used in seven U.S. government-sanctioned executions, from the 1859 hanging of abolitionist John Brown to the 2006 execution of...

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Transgender Toolkit for MN Schools Based on Controversial Obama Rule

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A controversial transgender and gender nonconforming “resource toolkit” drafted by the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) School Safety and Technical Assistance Council recently caught the attention of 67 Minnesota legislators. The 29 page document — “Toolkit to Ensure Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students” — purports to be a compilation of “best practices that schools can use" to address gender identity. The toolkit is based on a controversial Title IX transgender policy imposed by the Obama administration that is no longer in effect. ...

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Controversial Diversity Signs in Delano Schools Raise Concern

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Controversial "diversity" signs posted in Delano Public Schools faced community push back last week. The signs read: "Diverse, Inclusive, Accepting, Welcoming, Safe Space For Everyone." But the concern wasn't over the choice of words. The signs were decorated with a rainbow color scheme commonly linked to the LGBT movement. Some parents feared the rainbow symbology didn't represent or include the viewpoints of all students and risked defeating the original intent of the messaging....

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Target Doubles Down on LGBT Agenda—Lesson Not Learned?

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The Minneapolis-based Target Corporation had quite the tumultuous year in 2016. And 2017 isn’t panning out any better. Recent headlines show Target keeps hitting its own bull's-eye with self-destructive policies. The retail giant has been dealing with a huge financial blow-back since it announced its transgender bathroom and changing room policies last spring. Despite backlash against these policies, the company has doubled down in support of the LGBT agenda....

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MPS Board Backed Into a Corner by Protesters

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The Minneapolis Public Schools board had quite the gathering Tuesday evening. What was supposed to be a pretty cut-and-dried meeting turned into the board voting on an item that wasn’t on the original agenda. According to the Star Tribune, protesters packed themselves into the boardroom to demand the board rehire seven “educators of color” who were “pushed out” for “advocating for students.” The tirade from protesters forced the board to vote on a resolution reversing the resignation status of the seven employees. So, the protesters accomplished what they came for. But it’s the unsavory tactics used — the chanting, hissing,...

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Female Genital Mutilation Comes to Minnesota

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From today's Pioneer Press, an appalling story that should be a wake-up call: A Detroit-area emergency room doctor has been charged for allegedly performing genital mutilation on two 7-year-old girls from Minneapolis. [caption id="attachment_6238" align="alignright" width="214"] Dr. Jumana Nagarwala[/caption]Dr. Jumana Nagarwala is charged with performing the procedure out of a clinic in Livonia, Mich., in February, according to a charges filed in U.S. District Court Thursday. *** The criminal complaint states that Nagarwala is a member of a religious or cultural “community” known to practice FGM on young girls. The FBI said it pursued the case after the agency and the U.S. Immigration and Customs...

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Where have all the Liberals Gone? I found one!

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Here is Doug Berdie, a Minneapolis semi-retired marketing executive and researcher, in a common-sense plea to liberals in the Strib to liberals: “Think about the pre-election push for transgender bathroom rights. It’s as if someone had said: ‘I know, let’s find a demand that some will perceive as allowing invasions of privacy or even sexual advances against their young daughters and really push it right before an election.’”...

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Refugee data: That’s not Minnesota Nice

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We cannot tell you with any certainty what the refugee resettlement program costs but what we can tell you is that the benefit side of that cost-benefit analysis is in doubt. And we can say with certainty with regard to work, and how welfare dependency affects long-term prospects for integration and work, culture matters. Culture is everything. ...

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