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Child Care Welfare Fraud: It’s Not Just Minnesota

Massive fraud in welfare programs intended to subsidize child care for low-income families has been a huge news story in Minnesota, where the scandal has centered on day care operations run by Somali immigrants. It appears that something similar is going on in Nebraska: The heads of four child care centers in Lincoln and Omaha have been indicted on a scheme involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in subsidies. Two men — Seth Mock, the owner of Mock's Loving Life Learning Center in Omaha, and Abdikadir Miji, the owner of Miji Child Care Center in Omaha — are charged with money laundering...

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St Paul Schools hire principal with an interesting resume: Misused State Funds, Drunk Driving Arrests

Superintendent Joe Gothard said in an interview that he was unaware of the audit when he picked Dutrieuille as principal of the grades K-8 Hazel Park Preparatory Academy on the East Side. Gothard said he’s since reviewed the audit and has no concerns. Besides the questionable spending, Dutrieuille faced drunk driving charges four times between 1993 and 1999. Gothard said he was unaware of Dutrieuille’s drunk driving arrests....

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Righteously Right on Crime

Minnesota Congressman Jason Lewis recently voted in favor of a bill which (in the words of the press release issued by his office) “aims to lower our prison systems’ recidivism rate by expanding rehabilitation programs for inmates to help them successfully re-enter our communities.”  Good, I say, and congratulations.  I just hope it delivers what it promises if it ever becomes law....

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Welfare Fraud Supporting Extravagant Lifestyles and Terror Abroad: MN Senate Calls for Investigation  

This investigation, focused primarily on welfare payments for child care, is just getting started. A former DHS investigator says the PCA Medicaid program fraud is much worse. The allegation is that as much as $100 million in welfare cash has left via MSP. Unlimited amounts of cash can be taken out of the U.S. as long as a form is submitted to customs. ...

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Is This The Worst Scandal In Minnesota History?

It is certainly a contender. Fox 9 television uncovers a far-reaching scandal: last year, more than $100 million in cash left the Twin Cities airport in carry-on luggage, bound for the Middle East and Africa: This story begins at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where mysterious suitcases filled with cash have become a common carry-on. On the morning of March 15, Fox 9 chased a tip about a man who was leaving the country. Sources said he took a carry-on bag through security that was packed with $1 million in cash. Travelers can do that, as long as they fill out the proper...

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Conceal and Carry: The World Would Be A Safer Place If Responsible Adults Could Carry Concealed Firearms

This column originally appeared in the Twin Cities Business Monthly on July 1, 1999. In Israel, according to John Lott of the University of Chicago, terrorist shootings decreased radically in the early 1970s after concealed- handgun laws were liberalized. "All of a sudden," he recounted in a Minneapolis speech last January, "elderly ladies would pull pistols out of their purses and fire at the terrorists, and the terrorists would complain that nobody had warned them." In Pearl, Mississippi not long ago, when a student started shooting, killing two other students, an assistant principal ran to his car a quarter of a mile away,...

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What is America’s biggest national security threat on the horizon?

Is it North Korea, Russia, China, or arguably the national debt?  Hudson Institute senior fellow Arthur Herman says it depends on who wins the race to build the first large-scale quantum computer. He makes his case in a review of David Ignatius’s new thriller, The Quantum Spy, in the February 5 issue of National Review. Hudson says that though quantum computing will put unimaginable scientific miracles within our reach, it will also make cyber-security systems, including vital national secrets, vulnerable to being cracked “in an instant.” Today quantum computers are the stuff not of fiction but of engineering reality, and right now...

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Bad News for Jihadists, Good News for Minnesota: Trump Administration Establishes National Vetting Center

President Donald J. Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum to establish a National Vetting Center (NVC) to coordinate the efforts of departments and agencies to better identify individuals seeking to enter the country who present a threat to national security, border security, homeland security, or public safety…. The Federal Government’s current vetting efforts are ad hoc, which impedes our ability to keep up with today’s threats....

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We’re No. 1! But Not In a Good Way

The Star Tribune reports on a new study that shows Minnesota is number one when it comes to per capita terror recruitment: An unprecedented "cluster" of Minnesotans aspiring to become jihadists overseas fueled the nation's highest rate of terrorism recruitment, according to a new study that also found that attempts to travel to Syria or Iraq are on a steady decline since 2015. *** In a report released Monday called "The Travelers: American Jihadists in Syria and Iraq," three terrorism scholars described a Twin Cities cluster more akin to terror conspiracy hubs in Belgian and French neighborhoods than the more common one- and...

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