Politics & Policy

Gov. Dayton: Too early to decide on special session for flooding

Governor Mark Dayton says he is still waiting for more damage assessment of Minnesota's flooding to decide if he needs to call a special session of the legislature. This [past] week the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) [was] in Minnesota looking at the damage and many counties still haven't estimated how much it will cost to repair the damage since they are still fighting the floods.

Compulsory death

Because “freedom” is as American as God and apple pie, it’s surprising that the editors of the MIT Technology Review have not been charged with treason. In one of the MIT articles titled “Hacking the Soul,” Gabriel Kreiman, neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School, says that studies suggest, “all actions are the result of neural computations and nothing more.” So “there is nothing really free about free will.”

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Democrats need to watch their language

No, that title doesn’t mean Democrats need to stop swearing. Ever been to a DFL meeting? You could broadcast those without a seven second delay; not with much audience except the five Republicans hoping something stupid will be said, but certainly without fear of FCC fines. I’m referring to our actual verbiage. The way we communicate.

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Obama speaks at Lake Harriet

President Barack Obama continued to denounce Republicans in the last speech of his two-day trip to Minnesota.

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A "Fortnight for Freedom" and the tyranny of belief

At the exact same time as the disastrous sectarian (religious) war in Syria and Iraq, another religious inspired event, an essentially covert religious “war” of its own, is being marketed in the United States. It began on June 21, Summer Solstice, and runs through July 4: a fortnight involving an annual natural phenomena, a national holiday and a religious initiative. It is quite a marketing package.

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Video: Obama tours the Twin Cities

Obama goes to Matt's bar in Minneapolis to meet a woman who wrote him a letter about her economic troubles. He has a Juicy Lucy hamburger and later gets ice cream at the Grand Ole Creamery in St. Paul.

President Obama in Minneapolis Thursday and Friday

President Obama will be making a couple public appearances in Minneapolis this week. On Thursday at 2:10 there’s town hall forum at Minnehaha Park, right near me but I have to work, figures. It’s invitation only and I don’t know how invitees were picked. I’m not one is all I know. Security will be presidentially tight like is normal at presidential events, but living close by, I know how to sneak in along the river and through the woods. I’m kidding!! I’ve been through the security to attend presidential events, and they lose some glamor. If I can’t sit down at some point and get some water, I don’t think I want to do that again. And no, being the local DFL chair doesn’t get me anything in terms of notice or entry or anything.

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New Bell Museum: A tale of tenacity

Rep. Alice Hausman was understandably upbeat after the 2014 session of the Minnesota Legislature. After a 10-year struggle, funding for a new Bell Museum of Natural History—and planetarium—was finally secured.

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Orthodox Republicanism after Eric Cantor

David Brat’s defeat of Eric Cantor should comfort neither establishment Republicans nor Democrats. His victory portends threats to both parties. For Republicans, it suggests a continued ideological divide, for Democrats, a vital threat in 2014 to the electoral prospects.

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