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Memo to Congress: Be the Wall, Stop the Invading “Caravan”

These are mostly young, strong and able men. They are not carrying the American Flag yearning to become productive members of our country. They are carrying the flags of Honduras and Guatemala, mocking our country and the pathetic state of the Rule of Law in American today. Are we going to defend ourselves? Yes, troops are going to the border. ...

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Fellow POW from Minnesota Salutes McCain

One Minnesotan got to know the late Senator John McCain the hard way, over more than five years of mutual confinement as fellow POWs during the Vietnam War.  Naval flight officer David Wheat of Duluth had already been at the Hanoi Hilton for two years by the time McCain checked in. But Wheat told the Duluth News Tribune the two men soon became acquainted through the prisoners' make-shift communications system. There were large cell blocks in the prison and McCain was in a cell perpendicular to Wheat's cell. The POWs maintained silent communication with each other, using one hand to signal letters and...

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What Does Botched Fireworks Cancellation Mean for St. Paul?

Apparently the staff at City Hall didn't get St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's memo on cancelling the annual July 4 fireworks show due to budget concerns.  Columnist Joe Soucheray, a longtime mayor himself of Garage Logic, had a field day in the Pioneer Press. Possibly because there are too many people in too many layers of city government, that word apparently did not reach the people who are responsible for the city’s official website. Right there on a featured page of the city of St. Paul — I saw this July 5 — is a photograph of exploding fireworks and the...

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Teachers’ Union is Meeting on the 4th of July Instead of Celebrating American Independence

The national teachers' union (NEA) convention is in Minneapolis this year. While the rest of America is celebrating  Independence Day, the teachers' union is conducting a day of business at the convention center. If teachers want to influence their union, they have to spend time away from their families and friends. Like it us just any other day of the week....

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On July 4th Celebrate American Exceptionalism

As July 4 approaches, can picnics, parades, and fireworks be far behind?  That includes fireworks of more than one variety.  After all, the Fourth of July can also be an occasion for hot debate well before the sun goes down.  Here’s one that fits with the Fourth: Is there such a thing as “American exceptionalism?”  If so, what does it mean?  Is it meant to suggest that the United States is better than—or simply different from—all other countries?  And are believers in American exceptionalism confined to the political right or can they be found on the left as well? Generally speaking,...

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MN Rep. Keith Ellison boycotting NFL over new national anthem policy

In an attempt to neutralize the polarizing controversy over NFL players kneeling or sitting during the national anthem, NFL owners approved a new policy requiring players to stand for the anthem if they are on the field and if they do not, they will subject their teams to a fine. The policy gives players the option to remain in the locker room during the anthem if they prefer. Rep. Keith Ellison said he will boycott the NFL this year because of the “unfair cowardly and idiotic kneeling ban.”...

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