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Newsweek Fraud Investigation Has Minnesota Roots

Due diligence by a Minnetonka bank affiliated with TCF Financial has apparently played a pivotal role in the meltdown underway at what used to be one of America's best known media brands--Newsweek. But you'd likely never know about it, except for an obscure story in the Wall Street Journal. Two years ago, a loan application from the parent company of Newsweek raised the suspicions of an employee at a small Minnesota bank. The bank staffer’s misgivings helped trigger what has become a wide-ranging fraud probe by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, people familiar with the matter say. The investigation has touched off an...

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One-Sided Star Tribune Coverage of Anti-Janus Rally Reveals Deep Bias

Everyone agrees the Janus case going before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday is a big deal. Observers on both sides believe the high court will likely end mandatory “agency” or “fair-share” fees as a condition of employment, opening the door for big labor to lose thousands of members and fair-share participants in addition to tens of millions of dollars. That's why AFSCME, Education Minnesota and MAPE  held a Working People's Day of Action rally at the State Capitol on Saturday to highlight their concerns over the consequential case. It's also why American Experiment gave the Twin Cities media a heads-up...

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Another Mass Shooting: the Left Uses Tragedy and Students to Ignore a Culture of Death

National Public Radio (NPR) is reporting that “students” in Florida are organizing big, national events to demand more gun control. Wouldn’t it be more honest to report who is actually planning these events? Say, for example, Democratic party operatives and their vast network of social organizers and disrupters who are using these students and this tragedy for political gain? ...

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Media Fails to Disclose U of M Professor’s Role with Anti-Trump Group in Dozens of Interviews

Cable news junkies will recognize the name of Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota faculty member who’s blossomed into a go-to source for leftwing cable channels and the networks on ethical issues in politics. In that role, the esteemed S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law has appeared dozens of times on CNN, MSNBC and Headline News in the last three months alone. One of the Trump administration’s most toxic critics, Painter gets beaucoup airtime due to his credentials as George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer for a couple years. But now a conservative watchdog is asking whether Painter’s prolific media...

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Federal government shut down over Illegal Aliens (DACA)

The irony is that the Republican Party, at least according to Democratic strategists, are helping the Democrats come up with their majority for the future. Their assumption is that all "Dreamers" will become Democrats. Yet Republicans are going ahead and doing it anyway. That's because they believe (or hope) that "Dreamers" will make up their own mind about politics and who to vote for. ...

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Life Time Fitness Bans Cable News

It's been years since I have watched CNN anywhere except (involuntarily) at an airport gate, with one exception: I work out at a Life Time Fitness gym near my house, and I see CNN on a television screen, along with other networks. Thankfully, the sound is turned off. Nevertheless, the content is so obvious that, as I have written elsewhere, CNN might as well stop broadcasting altogether and simply put up a sign that says "We hate President Trump." So I was happy to read in the Star Tribune that Life Time Fitness is giving up on cable news: Life Time has...

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Thinking Minnesota is Attracting a Mountain (Literally!) of New Subscribers

Every day when I receive the mail, our wonderful postal carrier drops a thick stack of cards on my desk. Most days, she makes a sigh of relief. Our new subscribers are giving her an extra load to carry. After the summer issue of Thinking Minnesota was released, we received well over 600 subscription requests. If you don't remember, our cover story was "Traffic Congestion is No Accident." Of course correlation does not imply causation, but if readers are like me and are tired of sitting through hours of traffic a day, our congestion story provided a perfect entrée to Thinking Minnesota. And the...

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It is pledge time at MPR: Why I am not a member of NPR/MPR (again this year)

Why are taxpayers forced to pay for government radio? Here is one example, of many, why taxpayer funding should be declared unconstitutional. This exchange about Obamacare was not reporting; it was commentary parading as reporting. And the pampered intelligentsia at NPR are so convinced of their righteousness, so lost in the beltway, that they could not hide their hysteria or breathless opposition to any rollback of Obamacare. ...

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The NFL would find it easier to tell politicians to mind their own business if they weren’t taking cash from them

When President Trump says NFL teams should fire kneeling players, the teams respond by saying that they are private enterprises. But if they want to be treated like private enterprises they should act like them. A first step would be to stop asking taxpayers for handouts. ...

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Thomas Friedman agrees with the Trump agenda

Steven Hayward calls it a “stopped clock moment” but in his latest New York Times column Thomas Friedman basically comes out as agreeing with key parts of the Trump agenda.  Imagine that from one of Minnesota’s own and perhaps the most celebrated liberal columnist in America.  It remains to be seen how the horde of Friedman worshipers will take this new revelation from their oracle.  Here’s Friedman’s surprising list of issues: We can’t take in every immigrant who wants to come here; we need, metaphorically speaking, a high wall that assures Americans we can control our border with a big gate...

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