NBC News broke the news yesterday of a 33-year-old American who grew up in Minnesota and died over the weekend fighting with ISIS in Syria. Citing White House officials and the Free Syrian Army, journalists identified the man as Douglas McAuthur McCain -- one of only a "small handful" of "foreign ji ... More >>
Last month, Rick Nolan went toe to toe with John Kerry over Syria policy. Now, Minnesota's Democratic 8th congressional district representative is putting the president on blast.SEE ALSO: Obama mocks Michele Bachmann's worry that Obamacare "literally kills women" This week, Nolan, speaking about the ... More >>
Excellent photo of the Vikings offense pic.twitter.com/E7ikiwbW7I-- Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) October 22, 2013 My God, that was bad.Last night, the Vikings offense was a dumpster fire of epic proportions, with new quarterback Josh Freeman putting forth a time capsule-worthy display of inaccurate passi ... More >>
Station to Station with Patti Smith, Eleanor Friedberger, No Age, and White Mystery Union Depot Thursday, September 12, 2013 Although it doesn't do it complete justice, the tagline for Doug Aitken's experimental traveling circus Station to Station works as a terse summation of the evening: "A publi ... More >>
Tom Burford sees military intervention in Syria as an extension of the religious warfare that the United States has been fighting in the Middle East for the last 10 years.SEE ALSO: Bradlee Dean's big ass Annandale headquarters is for rentHe edits the the weekly Bagley Farmers Independent and, earlie ... More >>
Michele Bachmann's remarks about the Muslim Brotherhood during her weekend visit to Egypt were so preposterous, one expert on the country compared them to a Saturday Night Live skit.SEE ALSO: Bachmann won't run again: Top 10 tweets In other words, unfortunately, it's business as usual.
Yesterday, Keith Ellison went on WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy to explain his (preliminary) support for a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.SEE ALSO: Keith Ellison: "Let's say that the war on drugs is over" [INTERVIEW]Ellison made clear during the intervie ... More >>
Democratic northern Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan has emerged as one of the most staunch opponents of President Obama's desire to launch some sort of military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.SEE ALSO: Rick Nolan says he's expected to spend twice as much time fundraising as on ... More >>
Michele Bachmann wants the U.S. to stay out of Syria and thinks President Obama should at least seek congressional approval before initiating any sort of military strike.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014 Al Franken, on the other hand, says "there has to be ... More >>
You may not like Al Franken's hawkish view regarding Syria, but you have to appreciate the dude's ability to draw the U.S. map from memory.SEE ALSO: Al Franken gave roses to same-sex newlyweds [PHOTO]Sure, most of the time it's about as useless a skill as you'll find, but it's good for at least one ... More >>
As the drumbeat crescendos for some sort of military intervention in the Syrian civil war, Michele Bachmann is... the voice of reason?SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann is Obama's biggest backer when it comes to NSA spying on Americans So it seems. The lame-duck congresswoman is calling on the Obama adminis ... More >>
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For two hellish years, the Iranian government held Shane Bauer prisoner on suspicion of being a spy. The worst part, he now says, was the four months he spent in a solitary cell. But since his release, Bauer has been surprised to discover even more troubling prison practices happening on American so ... More >>
As the first Muslim elected to Congress, Keith Ellison often serves as an Islam spokesman of sorts.Last week was especially difficult in that respect, as violent protests erupted across the Middle East in response to an anti-Islam film trailer published on YouTube.SEE ALSO:-- Keith Ellison: "Let's s ... More >>
Ah, the cradle of civilization: birthplace of modern agriculture, organized religion, and falafel. The Midwest isn't exactly a Mecca of, well, Mecca-inspired cuisine, but we do have a handful of Middle Eastern restaurants here in the Twin Cities worth seeking out when those kabob cravings strike. He ... More >>
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Chris Fields, Congressman Keith Ellison's Republican opponent for re-election, said in an interview yesterday that Ellison isn't doing enough for black constituents. Fields also claimed Ellison is unpopular with some "prominent Democrats" who have expressed their displeasure to Fields in private b ... More >>
Peter Waldron used to brag about what he did, but now won't give out his name.Michele Bachmann might not even be the most interesting crazy person on the Bachmann for President campaign.Peter Waldron, a Bachmann staffer who helped her win the Ames Straw Poll, is an "evangelical organizer" who spe ... More >>
Shane Bauer is from Onamia. His mother lives in Pine City.It's been a long journey for Shane Bauer from Onamia to Tehran, but that's where he stands trial Wednesday on spy charges. One of three Americans arrested two years ago while hiking in the mountains of Kurdistan on the Iranian border, ... More >>
From dusk to dawn with a notorious terrorist
First hitting the stages in his native Syria in the '90s, Omar Soleyman made his first appearance in the Twin Cities promoting his Sublime Frequencies Stateside debut, Dabke, that just dropped on the Cedar Cultural Center's stage last night.
Minnesotan Shane BauerAmericans Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were arrested in July 2009 after a border guard motioned the three off a hiking trail and onto Iranian soil. They were not in Iraq when they were arrested, Shourd told the New York Times. A military report released las ... More >>
The Chambers Hotel, where D'Amico Kitchen is run by chef Justin Frederick.Justin Frederick, who took over D'Amico Kitchen at Chambers Hotel this summer, became a chef in a simpler, or at least cheaper, time. Comparing himself to recent culinary school graduates who emerge with tens of thousan ... More >>
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