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The Real Al Franken Revealed: Will it Break the Log-Jam on Judges?

Our Constitution gives the president of United States, whether you like him or not, the power to nominate federal judges. The Senate has the power to advise and consent, which is not the same as block and tackle. Traditionally, if a nominee was qualified, the president got his nominee confirmed. Each party understood that when it was their party’s turn at bat, they would benefit from that same deference. But the game has changed, and so must the rules....

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Vanity Plates Latest Problem With Troubled Vehicle Registration System

The state's new online vehicle registration system was tens of millions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. But the Department of Public Safety rolled out the first phase of the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) with fanfare anyway in July. MNLARS will replace the core functionality for DVS operations. When finished, it will be an efficient, secure Web-based system for driver's license, identification card and vehicle registration and ownership transactions. But weeks later, technical issues still plague the system. The latest victims? Vehicle owners with vanity license plates, according to the Pioneer Press. Minnesota’s troubled new vehicle registration system won’t let motorists...

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Former Minnesota Congressman Vin Weber Drawn Into Mueller’s Russia Probe

Yesterday's Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Robert Mueller's ever-widening investigation has ensnared Vin Weber, the former Minnesota Congressman and veteran Washington lobbyist: Special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury is investigating a prominent Democratic lobbyist and a former Minnesota GOP congressman for their involvement in an influence campaign on behalf of Ukrainian interests tied to Paul Manafort, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation. Mueller's operation is leaking on a more or less daily basis. Isn't that illegal? Aren't grand jury proceedings supposed to be secret? Maybe the Attorney General should appoint a special counsel to look into possible crimes...

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Don’t Miss Star Parker’s Cure for Racial Polarization

The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder has a sneak preview of American Experiment's next lunch forum coming up on Tuesday November 7. The forum features conservative author and political activist Star Parker, who didn't hold back in the Spokesman-Recorder interview. Parker is an unabashedly Black female conservative. She once ran for Congress in 2010 as a Republican in California but lost to her Democratic opponent. “I am not alone,” she proudly announced. “That’s probably why I am so bold.” “Blacks and Whites are polar opposites when it comes to the role of government,” she said. “Whites trust local [government] and not the Feds. Blacks do...

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“Stranger Things” Sci-Fi Series Isn’t All That Strange

Supernatural thriller lovers, get ready. Netflix’s original series Stranger Things Season 2 is airing one week from today. All nine episodes will premiere October 27 on Netflix worldwide, giving sci-fi junkies like myself the perfect opportunity to binge-watch the new Halloween-themed season before Halloween itself. Set in the early 1980s, Stranger Things follows the lives of a group of boys in Hawkins, Indiana who stumble upon a secretive government research project and a telekinetic girl after their friend Will Byers mysteriously disappears. And of course, there’s a sinister alternate universe called the Upside Down that houses a predatory humanoid monster who...

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