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Cuba Policy: Obama Gets It Right Again
by Dave Mindeman

I really don't understand the conservative meme on Obama's policy change in regards to Cuba.

It is just opening a door. As far as I can tell, the sanctions still hold. (Except for Cuba's chief export - professional baseball players).

But to look at the Castro regime as some kind of threat is getting more ludicrous by the day. The Cuban people are potential friends. Potential trading partners. A potential market.

Isn't that what conservatives really want anyway? Another means of exporting capitalism?

Cuba is a . . .
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In Women's Athletics - Even Success Is Not Enough
by Dave Mindeman

When you try to talk about women's equality issues, it is hard to correlate that with college athletics.

Take the case of Minnesota Duluth Women's Hockey.

Shannon Miller by any measure has been one of the most successful women's hockey coaches since women's hockey gained major college status.

She started the UMD program from scratch and has achieved 5 national championships in 15 years of coaching. Her current team is ranked 6th in the country and has won 12 of its last 13 games.

But apparently that is grounds for . . .
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Speaker Daudt Pulls Ominous Move in Removal Of Rep. Wagenius
by Dave Mindeman

In an ominous move by soon to be Speaker Daudt, Rep. Jean Wagenius was kept off of the Environmental House Committee - even though she was the recommended Democratic lead by Minority Leader Paul Thissen.

Wagenius has a wealth of experience on the environmental front. First elected in 1986, she was the chair of the Environmental Committee during the previous session, but has now been blocked from even being on the committee.

Her new committee assignments will consist of Ways and Means which she has been on before and Capital Investment, where . . .
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John Kline: Bad Representation Part 3 - Torture
by Dave Mindeman

Congressman John Kline decided that it was safe to talk to reporters after the mid-term elections. But did he really say anything?


He called last week's release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report that alleging torture against alleged terrorists "purely partisan."

"This is created by Senate Democrat staffers to criticize the CIA and previous administration," Kline said. "There may be things that are true concerning torture, and maybe not, but I don't like a one-party report. There's not one Republican drop of ink in that report."

Torture, he said, . . .
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Voting. Just Do It.
by Dave Mindeman

Michael Brodkorb used this as his "quote of the day" at his politics.mn webside:

"Speculation is a really low turnout - all are apathetic, we are hoping that it favors our races." Source: Republican Party of Minnesota State Executive Committee notes, October 30, 2014

Isn't there something inherently wrong with a political party "hoping" that voter turnout is low? It is kind of pathetic when the modern day Republican Party has apparently decided that they cannot win if people get out and exercise their democratic rights and vote.

And, having decided that . . .
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