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August 4, 2020

DFL Action Center
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Upcoming Virtual Events
August 12th
7:00 - 8:00 PM - DFL Rural Caucus Zoom Town Hall with Congressional Candidates
Dan Feehan (MN01), Quinn Nystrom (MN08) and Rep. Angie Craig - If you are not a current member you may request the zoom link by emailing dfl.ruralcaucus@gmail.com
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Gov. Tim Walz
Walz again requests federal help to rebuild after unrest, KSTP
Walz asks feds for loans to help businesses damaged in civil unrest, StarTrib
COVID-19 kudos: Walz gives districts control to plan new school year, St. Cloud Times
Metropolitan Council will seek new path for $1.5B Metro Blue Line light rail extension, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Locals in entertainment industry applaud bill as a possible lifeline for live events during pandemic shutdown, Inforum
Sen Tina Smith
Minnesota senator proposes relief for independent turkey farmers, Meat and Poultry
Virtual Farmfest forums kick off Tuesday, Inforum
Sen. Tina Smith introduces marijuana reform bill focused on health, civil rights, Fox 9

Rep. Angie Craig
Bomb threat empties Angie Craig's Burnsville office until all clear issued, StarTrib
Rep. Ilhan Omar
Ilhan Omar Didn’t Expect “A Red Carpet Welcome” To Congress, Buzz Feed News
Rep. Ilhan Omar Wants To Bar Trump From Spending Clean Energy Funds On Dirty Projects, Huff Post
Attorney General Keith Ellison
Ellison settles with two more landlords on evictions, Minnesota Lawyer
Minnesota sues rodeo for flouting coronavirus rules, City Pages
Secretary of State Steve Simon
Minnesota sees record in mail-in ballots amid pandemic, Associated Press
Primary election amid pandemic sets stage for November, MPR
Minnesota News
Minnesota judge extends vote-by-mail changes prompted by coronavirus to November election, Star Tribune
Fire heavily damages hotel under construction in downtown St. Paul, Star Tribune
Rochester council puts added park funding in voters' hands, Rochester Post Bulletin
Mankato police commit to additional reform, Mankato Free Press
Former Duluth city councilor, adman, author remembered for quiet leadership, Duluth News Tribune
Therapy services for deaf children and families now offered in Moorhead, INFORUM
U.S. News
The Problem With the ‘Judeo-Christian Tradition’, The Atlantic
The U.S. is now playing by China's internet rules, Axios
Census Bureau to End Counting Efforts a Month Early, NY Mag
Fauci says states seeing surge in COVID-19 cases should reconsider some lockdown measures, Reuters
N.J. sees spike in COVID-19 cases as residents slack off on masks and social distancing, NBC News
After a gunman killed 9, Gov. DeWine heard chants of 'Do something!' and rolled out a plan. A year later, Ohio laws haven't changed a bit., USA Today
Colorado police apologize over viral video of cops handcuffing Black girls in a mistaken stop, Washington Post
News of the World
'We drink from the toilet': migrants tell of hellish Saudi detention centres, The Guardian
Juan Carlos, Spain's former king, leaving country amid corruption allegations, NBC News
North Korea has 'probably' developed nuclear devices to fit ballistic missiles – UN, The Guardian
We're facing a 'generational catastrophe' in education, UN warns, CNN
American Journalists in Hong Kong Could Be Beijing’s Next Target, Bloomberg
Belarus ruler Lukashenko says Russia lying over 'mercenaries', BBC
Economy
Essential Food Workers Are at Unique Risk for COVID-19. Some Are Fighting Back. Eater
Judge Expands Virus Paid Leave Rule in Blow to Trump Agency, Bloomberg Law
About That Next Bailout: One Big Lesson from 2009, Politico
Top Federal Reserve official says US needs another lockdown to save economy, The Hill
Healthcare
New rural hot spots are ICU bed deserts, study finds, Politico
The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away, The Atlantic
Trump signs order aimed at boosting rural health care, telehealth, Politico
Environment
It's Time for American Leaders to Wake Up to the Threat of Climate Change for the Good of the Planet and Business, TIME Magazine
Rising temperatures will cause more deaths than all infectious diseases – study, The Guardian
Groups urge protection from 'environmental racism' in hazardous waste placement, The Detroit News
Agriculture
Farmers Business Network in Sioux Falls continues growth with $250M in new investments, Argus Leader
Minnesota nitrogen fertilizer restrictions to begin Sept. 1, INFORUM
Education
A crisis is looming for U.S. colleges — and not just because of the pandemic, NBC News
Congressional News
Pelosi, Mnuchin Signal First Glimmer of Progress on Stimulus, Bloomberg
Democrats to introduce legislation to tighten DHS intel oversight, Politico
Republicans struggle to break logjam on coronavirus relief, Politico
Warren asks SEC about insider trading in Trump’s Kodak pharmaceuticals announcement, Roll Call
Highway work at risk as Congress considers next recovery bill, Roll Call
2020
Mike Pence Gets Near-Instant Fact Check Over Mail-In Voting Hypocrisy, HuffPo
Trump’s bag of tricks comes up empty against Biden, Politico
Democrats think Ohio is within reach. But the GOP is confident Trump can win., CBS News
GOP
Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions, The Hill
Democracy Depends on the Postal Service More Than Ever. Republicans Won’t Help Fix It., Mother Jones
Tensions flare as GOP's Biden probe ramps up, The Hill
Donald Trump
Asked About John Lewis’ Legacy, Trump Gripes He Didn’t ‘Come To My Inauguration’, HuffPo
The Self-Destruction of Donald J. Trump, Mother Jones
Twitter Users Stunned At ‘Full-Blown Lunacy’ Of Trump’s Wild Axios Interview, HuffPo
Watch the full "Axios on HBO" interview with President Trump, Axios
How Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Census Power Grab Throws Rural States Under The Bus, TPM
Trump defends wishing Ghislaine Maxwell "good luck" in prison, Axios
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August 3, 2020

DFL Action Center
92 Days OUT - Let's get to work!
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Upcoming Virtual Events
August 12th
7:00 - 8:00 PM - DFL Rural Caucus Zoom Town Hall with Congressional Candidates
Dan Feehan (MN01), Quinn Nystrom (MN08) and Rep. Angie Craig - If you are not a current member you may request the zoom link by emailing dfl.ruralcaucus@gmail.com
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Gov. Tim Walz
Coronavirus impact on MN finances: Possible $7 billion hole projected over 3 years, Pioneer Press
Some of state's largest districts release details on upcoming school year plans, KSTP
Gov. Walz Endorses Ilhan Omar And Incumbent DFL U.S Representatives Ahead Of Minnesota Primary, WCCO
Protesters demand extension of eviction moratorium – even as Walz extends it, StarTrib
Gov. Tim Walz: Educating our children during a pandemic, Post Bulletin
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar: We need more women with ambition running for office, MSNBC
With the concert industry in a holding pattern, First Avenue has turned to Congress for help, Pioneer Press
Sen Tina Smith
Sen. Tina Smith attacks challenger Jason Lewis over 1998 stance on farm subsidies, StarTrib
Senator Files New Bill To Federally Legalize Marijuana And Regulate It Like Tobacco, Marijuana Moment

Rep. Dean Phillps
58 Minnesota firms with political connections received large PPP loans, StarTrib
Rep. Angie Craig
Representative Craig visits local businesses, New Prague Times
Stimulus checks aside, little agreement in Congress over new stimulus plan, StarTrib
Rep. Ilhan Omar
A Somali health advocate’s crusade against skin lightening, a vestige of colonialism, becomes a federal public health issue, Sahan Journal
Democrats Introduce Bill To Get Police Out Of Schools, Forbes
Attorney General Keith Ellison
Attorney General Ellison takes legal action against Itasca County rodeo that defied COVID precautions, KSTP
Secretary of State Steve Simon
Number of absentee ballots requested continues to climb in already record-setting election, KSTP
Minnesota News
Minnesota has lost a greater share of revenue than most states due to COVID-19, MPR
Census workers begin door knocking this week in Minneapolis, MPR
With the concert industry in a holding pattern, First Avenue has turned to Congress for help, Pioneer Press
How COVID-19 case rates will affect each Minnesota school district's reopening plan, Star Tribune
U.S. News
Minnesota census workers reassure the undocumented as Trump memo renews fears, Minnpost
What Will the First Day of School Look Like?, NY Mag
Democracy Depends on the Postal Service More Than Ever. Republicans Won’t Help Fix It., Mother Jones
News of the World
Anxious WHO implores world to 'do it all' in long war on COVID-19, Reuters
“The end of arms control as we know it”, Vox
36 crew on Norwegian cruise ship test positive for Covid-19, CNN
Economy
Betting on inflation is paying off big for investors, Axios
No relief, Minnpost
Analysis: Blue collar workers in service and other industries bearing the economic brunt of the pandemic, MN Refomer
Healthcare
Trump’s Broken Promises On Healthcare Called Out In Stinging New Ad, HuffPo
Nobody Accurately Tracks Health Care Workers Lost to COVID-19. So She Stays Up At Night Cataloging the Dead., ProPublica
2020’s Best & Worst States for Health Care, WalletHub (Minnesota Ranked #2)
Environment
Amazon region: Brazil records big increase in fires, BBC News
With big rallies cancelled, young climate activists are adapting election tactics, The Guardian
Agriculture
U.S. FARM INCOME MAY SUFFER DUE TO CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON LIVESTOCK, Successful Farming
Big-Money Investors Gear Up For A Trillion-Dollar Bet On Farmland, NPR
The pandemic highlights the gruesome animal abuses at US factory farms, The Guardian
Immigration
‘Immigration Nation’ Review: The Banality of Deportation, NY Times
U.S. to hike fees for naturalization, asylum and other immigration benefits, CBS News
Twin Rulings By Federal Judge Block 'Public Charge' Rules For Immigrants, NPR

Education
Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge, MPR
College Fails, NPR
What Back to School Might Look Like in the Age of Covid-19, NY Times
Congressional News
Trump administration examining options for unilateral action if no coronavirus deal is reached with Congress, Washington Post
More than 100 CEOs warn Congress of 'catastrophic' consequences for small biz without relief bill, NBC News
2020
Arizona’s primaries could provide a hint as to whether Democrats can take the Senate, Vox
How swing state Michigan is keeping both parties guessing, The Hill
Kansas, of all places, is shaping up to be an important 2020 battleground, Vox
GOP
Sean Hannity Under Fire After Trump Campaign Uses His Book For Fundraising, HuffPo
The Republican Party Is Racist and Soulless. Just Ask This Veteran GOP Strategist., Mother Jones
Trump and the GOP Establishment Are Falling Out of Love, NY Mag
Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy, The Hill
Republicans prep for leadership battle if Trump goes down, Politico
Donald Trump
Deutsche Bank Investigating Longtime Banker Of Donald Trump And Jared Kushner, HuffPo
No signs Trump has a plan as experts say the pandemic enters new phase, CNN
How Trump’s corruption may doom any attempt at an ‘October surprise’, Washington Post

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Voter Protection
If you or someone you know has trouble registering to vote or casting a ballot, we encourage you to reach out to the DFL's new Voter Protection Hotline at 833-DFL-VOTE (833-335-8683).

July 30, 2020

DFL Action Center
96 Days OUT - Let's get to work!
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Upcoming Virtual Events
Tomorrow
12:30-1:30 PM - Minnesota Build Back Better Roundtable with Attorney General Eric Holder - Sign up using this link
August 12th
7:00 - 8:00 PM - DFL Rural Caucus Zoom Town Hall with Congressional Candidates
Dan Feehan (MN01), Quinn Nystrom (MN08) and Rep. Angie Craig - If you are not a current member you may request the zoom link by emailing dfl.ruralcaucus@gmail.com

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Gov. Tim Walz
Gov. Walz to announce school plans at Thursday press conference, Bring Me The News
With Virus On Rise, Gov. Walz Promotes Mask Distribution, WCCO
Walz Orders Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. John Lewis, WCCO
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar Bill Strives To Throw Lifeline To Small Music, Theatre Venues, WCCO
Klobuchar urges colleagues to address challenges in rural America resulting from COVID-19 pandemic, KEYC
The Cybersecurity 202: Klobuchar is bullish Congress will deliver more election money for states, Washington Post
Sen Tina Smith
Senator Tina Smith on her bill to increase and improve Covid 19 testing, KYMN
Rep. Collin Peterson
USDA's packer analysis aims to prevent future market shifts, High Plains Journal
Rep. Ilhan Omar
LETTER: Send Ilhan Omar back to Congress, ECM Sun Sailor

Attorney General Keith Ellison
Ellison settles lawsuits against 2 landlords who failed to provide utilities to tenants, Pioneer Press
Minnesota Supreme Court sides with Department of Human Rights; Court recognizes all state workers protected in Minnesota Human Rights Act, KSTP
KARE 11 Investigates: 50 deaths in MN jails to be investigated by state, KARE 11
Secretary of State Steve Simon

Minnesota News
Three homeless shelters to open in Minneapolis; state pledges $19M on homelessness response, MN Reformer
Highly anticipated Minnesota schools decision coming Thursday, Star Tribune
Minneapolis police say 'Umbrella Man' was a white supremacist trying to incite George Floyd rioting, Star Tribune
U of M study details how coronavirus spreads in classrooms, Bring Me the News
U.S. News
Teachers Are Wary of Returning to Class, and Online Instruction Too, NY Times
Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for minimally invasive non-surgical procedure, CBS
US economy posts its worst drop on record, CNN
News of the World
'Worst phase of pandemic': Brazil hits record daily deaths, cases, Al Jazeera
Russian COVID-19 vaccine approval imminent, source says, Reuters
Belarus says it's arrested Russian mercenaries, as rift grows between strongmen Putin and Lukashenko, CNN
Coronavirus: Australia's Victoria records huge case jump, BBC News
Hong Kong students held in first arrests under new security law, Reuters
Economy
Jobless claims top 1M again in latest week as coronavirus keeps battering workers, Yahoo Finance
The Gulf Between Republicans and Democrats on Coronavirus Aid, in 9 Charts, New York Times
GOP unemployment plan hurts these groups the most, CNBC
An Extra $600 a Week Kept Many Jobless Workers Afloat. Now What Will They Do?, New York Times
Environment
Climate change could lead to mass migration as people head north to survive, CBS News
Wildfires, record warmth and rapidly melting ice: Arctic climate goes further off the rails this summer, Washington Post
Dozens of facilities skipping out on EPA pollution monitoring have prior offenses, The Hill
Record number of environmental activists killed in 2019, CNN
Agriculture
Report provides new framework for understanding climate risks, impacts to US agriculture, PHYS
Sen. Booker targets corporate consolidation in agriculture for ‘fundamentally broken’ US food system, Food Navigator
Will No-Till Farming Transform Agriculture's Impact on Climate Change?, Planetwatch
GOP Bill Provides $20 Billion for Agriculture, But No Language for Ethanol Aid, Progressive Farmer
Immigration
Judge orders Trump to halt immigration wealth test during national coronavirus emergency, CBS News
Northam, U.S. senators ask for CDC’s help with covid-19 outbreak at immigrant detention center, Washington Post
DACA dilemma: Program protecting undocumented immigrants to reject all new, pending applications, DHS says, ABC7 Chicago
Immigrant Rights, Social Justice and Post-Pandemic Planning, Governing
Congressional News
‘Now it is your turn’: John Lewis issues call to action in posthumous op-ed, Politico
Pelosi mandates wearing masks on the House floor after Gohmert case, Politico
Theft, censorship and the ‘emperors of the online economy’: Tech CEOs go on defense, Politico
Armed Services panel cancels hearing for controversial Pentagon nominee, Roll Call
House would overturn Trump’s transgender ban in military, Roll Call
2020
Trump floats delaying election despite lack of authority to do so, CNN
Joe Biden nears a choice for running mate, Financial Times
Trump Plays On Racist Fears About Low-Income Housing, New York Times
GOP
Republicans suddenly sweating falling deep into House minority, Politico
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain dies after battle with COVID-19, USA Today
DeSantis raises funds for Trump in advance of Florida events, Politico
Donald Trump
Trump floats delaying election despite lack of authority to do so, CNN
Federal officers to pull out of Portland in a major reversal for Trump administration, The Guardian
Why Trump's tough-on-crime message is not breaking through in suburban America,Reuters
Trump and his allies respond with pseudo-science as US death toll hits 150,000, CNN
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Voter Protection
If you or someone you know has trouble registering to vote or casting a ballot, we encourage you to reach out to the DFL's new Voter Protection Hotline at 833-DFL-VOTE (833-335-8683).

July 29, 2020

DFL Action Center
98 Days OUT - Let's get to work!
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Gov. Tim Walz
Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Hospitalizations, ICU cases highest in a month, MPR
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan
Minneapolis Mayor Frey, Lt. Gov. Flanagan highlight progress with 3 Minneapolis shelters, KSTP
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar on saving live music venues, Axios
Sen Tina Smith
‘We Must Act Quickly’: Sen. Tina Smith Urges Federal Gov’t To Provide Mental Health Resources For Native Youth During Pandemic, WCCO
Rep. Collin Peterson:
Farm relief, SNAP benefits in play as aid talks heat up, Agri-Pulse
Rep. Angie Craig
Three years after McCain’s ‘thumbs down’ blocked the ACA’s repeal, the war on health care rages on, MinnPost
CD 1 Candidate Dan Feehan
Letter to the Editor: Letter about Independence is a journey. It is not a destination!, Fillmore County Journal

CD8 Candidate Quinn Nystrom:
DFL District 8 candidate Nystrom pushes for systematic health care reform at virtual roundtable, Brainerd Dispatch
Attorney General Keith Ellison
AG Ellison calls for immediate withdrawal of directive that strips CDC of control over COVID-19 data, Red Lake Nation
The Minnesota lawsuit against Big Oil is about environmental protection — but also racial justice, Minnesota Reformer

Secretary of State Steve Simon:
Important deadlines for mail-in voting, KARE 11
Minnesota News
Minneapolis Public Schools plan remote start to school year, Star Tribune
Majority of University of Minnesota classes will be taught online this fall, Star Tribune
Higher COVID-19 rates seen in Black and Hispanic children in Minn., MPR News
Hennepin County's first chief judge of color takes helm at unprecedented time, Star Tribune
Despite pleas from lawmakers, friends, family, ICE to deport Mankato man. Mankato Free Press
Northland health care workers face changing roles in pandemic, Duluth News Tribune
U.S. News
Louie Gohmert, who refused to wear a mask, tests positive for coronavirus, Politico
Stella Immanuel Doubles Down Amid Storm Over Trump Tweet, 'Demons' Comments, Newsweek
Federal Tactical Teams to Withdraw From Portland, Governor Says, NY Times
Some doctors met with Pence after their group's video was removed for misleading info,CNN
US to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany in move that will cost billions and take years, CNN
Trump calls new Senate GOP coronavirus bill ‘semi-irrelevant’, Washington Post
News of the World
Spain slams UK, Germany for advising tourists to stay away, Reuters
Turkey's MPs vote to tighten grip on social media, BBC
Hong Kong on verge of 'large-scale' coronavirus outbreak, Carrie Lam warns, NBC News
Russian Intelligence Agencies Push Disinformation on Pandemic, New York Times
Group says China hackers infiltrated Vatican ahead of expected talks, The Hill
Economy
Most swing-state voters support extending $600 weekly unemployment benefit, CNBC/Change Research poll finds, CNBC
U.S. GDP likely sank a record 35% in the 2nd quarter after coronavirus ravaged the economy, MarketWatch
Environment
Australian wildfires declared among the 'worst wildlife disasters in modern history', NBC News
E.P.A. Inspector General to Investigate Trump’s Biggest Climate Rollback, NY Times
Believe It Or Not, Forests Migrate — But Not Fast Enough For Climate Change, NPR
Record number of environmental activists killed in 2019, CNN
Agriculture
PACE OF CORONAVIRUS PAYMENTS TO FARMERS SLOWS, REASONS UNCLEAR, Successful Farming
Immigration
The Trump administration’s choice for immigrant families in detention: Separate or risk Covid-19, Vox
Trump Delays Effort to End Protections for Immigrant ‘Dreamers’, NY Times
Labor
Labor unions petition Transportation Department for a mandatory mask rule, Washington Post
National teacher union supports strikes over reopening plans, ABC News

Education
Can online learning be better this fall? These educators think so, MPR
Colleges Consider Layoffs as COVID-19 Wreaks Financial Havoc, US News & World Report
Congressional News
Tensions between Barr and House Judiciary Committee come to head in contentious hearing, CBS News
Congress turns to age-old fix after police reform stalls: A commission, Politico
Louie Gohmert, who refused to wear a mask, tests positive for coronavirus, Politico
House Democrats yank Homeland Security spending bill from floor, Politico
‘It’s a mess’: Republican senators deride key proposals in GOP virus package, Politico
2020
'I failed my fellow Americans': the white women defecting from Trump, The Guardian
Biden says he will pick running mate by end of next week, Washington Post
MNGOP
Mask and distancing mandates meet resistance in Minnesota, Star Tribune
Wabasha GOP Facebook post draws condemnation, Rochester Post Bulletin
Minnesota Republican county official resigns after posting image comparing mask wearing to Nazi Germany, CNN
Donald Trump
Trump Is Now Openly Defying the Supreme Court, Slate
Trump administration to send federal agents to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee, The Hill
Trump undermines his pandemic response with more misinformation and self-obsession,CNN

July 28, 2020

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DFL News
Multiple Minnesota Republicans Compare Masks to Nazism, DFL.org

Gov. Tim Walz
Minnesota First Lady Gwen Walz opens up about COVID-19 decisions, aftermath of George Floyd's death, KSTP
It could take three weeks for Gov. Walz’s mask mandate to impact coronavirus case numbers, , Pioneer Press
July 27 update on COVID-19: Minnesota in 'vulnerable state' as cases climb, MPR
Inside the classroom during COVID-19, KARE 11

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan
DFL Party Leaders Criticize Trump for Failing Indigenous People, Red Lake Nation
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar explains her new bill to Rolling Stone: 'I don't want to lose music in America,' StarTrib
Coronavirus crisis threatens internet opportunity for Native Americans, Reuters
Sen Tina Smith
Our View/Endorsement: Democrats can give health-minded Sen. Smith the nod in the primary, Duluth News Tribune
Rep. Angie Craig
Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Angie Craig, The Hill
Congress Approves Rural Mental Health Bill as Part of Defense Authorization Legislation, Farm Bureau
CD 1 Candidate Dan Feehan
Feehan Holds Virtual Town Hall, KTOE
Attorney General Keith Ellison
Prosecutors Want No Audio-Visual Coverage Of Cops’ Trials, AP
Exxon Pushes Minnesota Climate Case from State to Federal Court, Bloomberg
Minnesota State Legislature
Racism is here in Marshall, Marshall Independent
Minnesota News
Swastika video does not define us as a community, Marshall Independent
Minnesota's mask mandate challenged last weekend, Star Tribune
Don't plant these: Packages of mystery seeds arriving in Minnesota mailboxes, Star Tribune
July 27 update on COVID-19: Minnesota in 'vulnerable state' as cases climb, MPR News
Henderson holds out hope for flooding relief — as rivers continue to rise, MPR News
Mayo ranked nation's No. 1 hospital by U.S. News & World Report, Rochester Post Bulletin
Plainview tabbed as hot spot for COVID-19, Rochester Post Bulletin
U.S. News
Congress pays respects to ‘revered and beloved’ John Lewis in a Rotunda memorial service like no other, Roll Call
Barr to Testify on Protest Response, Mueller Inquiry and Other Issues, New York Times
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube scrub platforms of viral video making false coronavirus claims, CNN
Kentucky orders bars to close, restaurants to reduce indoor capacity, The Hill
Does extra $600 in federal jobless aid really discourage people from returning to work?, CBS News
News of the World
Iran fires missile at mock aircraft carrier resembling U.S. warship, CBS News
Europe faces down a second coronavirus pandemic wave, NBC News
Australia Says Chinese Students Are Targets in ‘Virtual Kidnapping’ Scams, New York Times
Even countries that got coronavirus under control are now struggling. That's deeply concerning for the rest of the world, CNN
India is blocking more apps in the wake of the TikTok ban, CNN
Economy
How Labor Secretary Scalia Played Chicken With Meatpacking Workers’ Lives, Mother Jones
Activists are urging big brands to eradicate human rights abuse in Xinjiang from their supply chains, CNN
Remote work could widen disparities in the labor force, New York Times
I was an executive director of a nonprofit; now I'm looking at food stamps,Star Tribune
Health Care
Fauci rebukes Trump’s renewed push for ineffective Covid-19 treatment, Politico
COVID-19 vaccine testing now underway with 30,000 volunteers, CBS
Latest on COVID-19 in MN: State may 'dial back' if case climb continues, MPR
Environment
Environmental racism is killing Americans of color. Climate change will make it worse, The Guardian
Texas ranchers, activists and local officials are bracing for megadroughts brought by climate change, The Texas Tribune
Agriculture
Navajo Nation Sees Farming Renaissance During Coronavirus Pandemic, NPR
CROP PROGRESS REPORT BOOSTS CORN, BEAN RATINGS THREE POINTS, Successful Farming
Senate GOP unveils coronavirus relief package with $20B in ag aid, AgriPulse
USDA Not on Track to Hit $16 Billion in CFAP Payments, AgWeb
ND family rolls with the changes on its organic farm, INFORUM
Don't plant these: Packages of mystery seeds arriving in Minnesota mailboxes, Star Tribune
Immigration
China’s Muslim Uighurs Are Stuck in U.S. Immigration Limbo, Wall Street Journal
It’s now easier for immigrants to get benefits and become citizens using the USCIS website, Miami Herald
Pro-immigrant messages could move undecided voters in swing states, Politico
Congressional News
‘It's a tough hand’: Brutal year gets even worse for McConnell, Politico
Senate's Covid-19 package tees up fight over Medicaid funding, hospital bailout, Politico
Big Tech antitrust hearing could be colossal — or mere theater, Roll Call
House sends four spending bills to Senate, defying Trump veto threat, Roll Call
How John Lewis Transformed American Politics, Politico
2020
US presidential election: Debate venue moved over Covid precautions, BBC News
Why Montana Is a Test Case for Democrats’ Winning the Senate, NY Times
100 days out, parties fear chaotic election, The Hill
GOP
A stingy new GOP plan for unemployment benefits reflects Trump’s twisted vision, Washington Post
Hill Republicans begin jockeying for power in a possible post-Trump world, NBC News
Portland, polarization, and the crisis of the Republican Party, Vox
MNGOP
Wabasha Republican account deleted, claims hack after Holocaust meme, City Pages
Minnesota Voters Alliance, Minnesota Republican Party file legal challenge to Ramsey County’s absentee ballot review process, Pioneer Press
MNGOP says concentration camp image from Wabasha Co. Republicans Facebook page was a 'hack', KARE 11
Donald Trump
Trump taps renegade retired colonel for Germany ambassador post, Politico
Trump’s vehicle emissions rollback faces EPA Inspector General probe, The Verge
Trump’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Wealthy Suburbanites. It’s the White Working Class, Politico
What the US exiting the Paris climate agreement means, the Guardian

July 27, 2020

DFL Action Center
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Gov. Tim Walz
Twin Cities teachers unions demand schools stay closed this fall, Pioneer Press
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan
Monuments at Minnesota Capitol under review following creation of two new task forces, KTTC
The pandemic, racial health disparities, Enbridge Line 3, native names, fly-swatting, StarTrib
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
What do Cornyn, Klobuchar agree upon? Saving music venues, Houston Chronicle
Amy Klobuchar on Bill to Save Indie Music Venues: ‘I Don’t Want to Lose Music in America,’ Rolling Stone
Rep. Angie Craig
How Congress is preventing a Medicare bankruptcy during COVID-19, The Hill
Federal program paying unemployed Minnesotans $600 per week is about to expire, Northfield News
Rep. Betty McCollum
Spending Bill Blocks Offshore Drilling, Seismic, Coastal Review Online
Reader's View: Doing ‘everything I can’ to stop Twin Metals, Duluth News Tribune
Rep. Ilhan Omar
Bernie Sanders and Ilhan Omar Introduce Bill to Stop Giving Stimulus Money to Fossil Fuel Companies, Gizmodo
Ilhan Omar: We have to condemn Yoho’s remarks ‘aggressively’, MSNBC

Rep. Collin Peterson
House Passes USDA Funding Bill, but White House Opposes it, DMT Progressive Farmer
CD 1 Candidate Dan Feehan
U.S. Rep. Hagedorn Votes Against Removing Confederate Statues From U.S. Capitol, Minnesota Reformer
Hagedorn gets corporate blowback from BLM comments, Brainerd Dispatch

Attorney General Keith Ellison
The Minnesota lawsuit against Big Oil is about environmental protection — but also racial justice, MN Reformer

Secretary of State Steve Simon
Early Voting Shattering All Records In Minnesota, ‘Magnitudes Above’ Recent Elections, WCCO
Minnesota State Legislature
Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz signs "long overdue" police accountability bill, CBS
New laws set to take effect in Minnesota Aug. 1, KSTP
Minnesota News
Couple wears Nazi flags inside Walmart to protest face mask mandate, MN Reformer
Twin Cities Black clergy hope to harness white churches' renewed concern about racism, Star tribune
Storms fueled by tropical moisture cause flooding in south-central Minnesota, MPR
U.S. News
The march to martial law has fewer obstacles than you realize, MN Reformer
Portland protests again culminate in use of tear gas by federal agents, CBS
Garrett Foster Brought His Gun to Austin Protests. Then He Was Shot Dead., NY Times
News of the World
Vietnam to evacuate 80,000 tourists from Da Nang after three residents contract Covid-19, CNN
Second wave fears in Europe roil travel stocks, CNBC
Iran moves mock aircraft carrier to sea after jetliner intercepted by U.S. F-15, CBS
Economy
Eviction Bans, $600 Unemployment Payments, And Student Loan Forbearance: Here’s When The Key Benefits Of The CARES Act Expire, Forbes
Trump Officials Float Idea of Narrow Bill to Extend Unemployment Benefits, NY Times
Health Care
3 Scenarios for How the Pandemic Could Change U.S. Health Care, Harvard Business Review
Minnesota COVID surge continues, Duluth News Tribune
Environment
Your Used Mask Needs to Make It to the Trash Can, NY Times
Where extreme heat and Covid-19 collide, experts fear a dangerous recipe for at-risk communities, CNN
Agriculture
Why a new generation of Black farmers is getting into the business, CNN
Vertical Farms Fill a Tall Order, Wall Street Journal
Immigration
Judge denies attempt to stop order requiring release of children in immigration custody, CNN
Judge faults Trump administration's response to DACA ruling. Politico
Education
In Reversal, Trump Says Schools In Coronavirus Hot Spots Should Delay Reopening, NPR
Teachers Are Growing More Concerned About COVID-19 Exposure, Poll Finds, US News & World Report
Congressional News
Record number of Black women are running for U.S. Congress, NBC News
Stalled US recovery leaves Congress no margin for error, CNN
Joe Biden
Biden campaign ramps up for 100-day push, NBC
My Statement on the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Medium
2020
Trump to discuss energy, tour oil rig, raise money in Texas, AP
CNN Polls: Biden leads in three key states Trump won in 2016, CNN
GOP
US Senator Tom Cotton defends slavery remarks, BBC
MNGOP
Republican heavyweights give dire warning if GOP loses big on Election Day, Bemidji Pioneer
On day face mask mandate goes into effect, Minnesota GOP shares pictures of mask-less attendees at party event, Bring Me The News
Donald Trump
How Trump’s Use of Federal Forces in Cities Differs From Past Presidents, NY Times
Trump's national security adviser tests positive for Covid-19, NPR
Reagan Foundation asks Trump campaign and RNC joint fundraising committee to stop using Reagan's likeness in fundraising pitch, CNN
Trump now says he won’t throw first pitch at Aug. 15 Yankees game, Politico
COVID-19 school guidance from Trump and the CDC paints teachers as villains, NBC News
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July 24, 2020

DFL Action Center
100 Days OUT - Weekend of Action
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Gov. Tim Walz
Gov. Tim Walz mandates face masks indoors across Minnesota, StarTrib
Gov. Walz signs police accountability bill into law, MPR
Survey: Nearly Half Of Minnesota Teachers Want Distance Learning This Fall, WCCO

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan
Capitol fence to go soon; Columbus statue to stay in storage, MPR
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar co-authors Save Our Stages bill to help shuttered music venues, StarTrib
Seven Democratic Senators Urge Caution on Google's Purchase of Fitbit, New York Times
Sen. Tina Smith
Minn. lawmakers tout Biden's child- and home-care plan at campaign event, Wadena Pioneer Journal
Senators Urge Congress to Support Pork Producers, Pork Business
Tackling COVID-19’s impact on communities of color, Hudson Reporter
Rep. Ilhan Omar
1-On-1 With Rep. Ilhan Omar, WCCO
‘The Truths I Tell Are An Inconvenience’: Rep. Ilhan Omar Unapologetic, Unfazed In Her Quest For 2nd Term, WCCO
Why I'm voting for Ilhan Omar in the DFL primary, City Pages
Minnesota News
More than 400,000 Minnesotans need Congress to extend unemployment benefits, MN Reformer
Feds in town to assess Minnesota's COVID-19 response, Star Tribune
From the ashes a new sense of purpose on Lake Street, MN Reformer
Minnesota teachers give nod to distance learning, survey shows, Star Tribune
Study: Your dollar goes further in rural Minnesota, if you can find a place to live, MPR
U.S. News
How politics, inequity, and complacency undermined Texas’s fight against Covid-19, Vox
He Defended Anti-Gay and Anti-Muslim Causes. Now He’s an Immigration Judge., Mother Jones
Legal War Against Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Census Power Grab Ramps Up, TPM
America Looks Hopelessly Broke. It Isn’t., NY Times
News of the World
Explosive UFO Report In NYT Mentions 'Off-World Vehicles Not Made On This Earth', HuffPo
What Do Sweden and Mexico Have in Common? A Feminist Foreign Policy, NY Times
China orders U.S. to close a consulate after U.S. demands it shutter Houston outpost, CNBC
Economy
Corporate America was here for you on coronavirus until about June, Vox
The unemployment situation is really, really bad, Axios
Wave of evictions could be coming for nation's renters, The Hill
Health Care
High-income people could grab up to $40 billion in tax breaks if the Affordable Care Act is overturned, CNBC
How politics, inequity, and complacency undermined Texas’s fight against Covid-19, Vox
Shut down the country and start over to contain Covid-19, US medical experts urge political leaders, CNN
Environment
Ocean plastic could triple by 2040 and outnumber fish by 2050, study says, Independent
Where extreme heat and Covid-19 collide, experts fear a dangerous recipe for at-risk communities, CNN
How Covid-19 Made it Easier to Talk About Climate Change, NY Times
Agriculture
U.S. SOYBEANS KEEP FLYING OFF OF THE SHELVES, AG MARKETS REMAIN MIXED FRIDAY, Successful Farming
Immigration
He Defended Anti-Gay and Anti-Muslim Causes. Now He’s an Immigration Judge, Mother Jones
Despite judge's order, migrant children remain detained amid COVID outbreak, NBC News
Trump Sued For Attempt To Omit Unauthorized Immigrants From A Key Census Count, NPR

Labor
Unions and NGOs call on big brands to stop using forced labor from China, Politico
Covid-19 puts workers in danger. It's another reason we need unions, The Guardian
Congressional News
Congress set for brawl as unemployment cliff looms, The Hill
Congress wants to fix public lands. It's just a bandage on the wounds Trump caused, The Guardian
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Delivers a Lesson in Decency on the House Floor, The New Yorker
Joe Biden
Child care is broken. Biden has a plan to fix it., Vox
Fox News poll shows Trump trailing Biden in Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, The Hill
2020
How Voter-Fraud Hysteria and Partisan Bickering Ate American Election Oversight, ProPublica
Why the November election could break America, Politico
GOP
Some Senate Republicans push for clean energy in next coronavirus stimulus, Axios
The wealthy Republicans who want to oust Trump in November's election, Reuters
The Justice Department Imprisoned Michael Cohen for Flipping on Trump, NY Mag
Anthony Fauci Reveals ‘Serious Threats’ To Himself, His Family, HuffPo
GOP Isn’t Sure Saving Trump With Stimulus Is Worth It, Daily Beast
This Bank Robber Reinvented Himself as a QAnon Star, Daily Beast
Jim Hagedorn
Intel Calls For Minnesota Rep. Hagedorn To Return Campaign Donation Following Black Lives Matter Criticsm, WCCO
U.S. Rep. Hagedorn votes against removing confederate statues from U.S. Capitol, MN Reformer
Donald Trump
Sinking Trump seeks to squash GOP dissent, The Hill
Stephen Miller’s Grandmother Died of COVID-19. Her Son Blames the Trump Administration., Mother Jones
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July 23, 2020

DFL Action Center
100 Days OUT - Weekend of Action
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Gov. Tim Walz
Gov. Tim Walz orders masks be worn in indoor public spaces across Minnesota, KSTP
Minnesota governor to sign police accountability bill, Star Tribune
Minnesota Governor Mandates Use of Face Coverings in Businesses, Indoor Public Settings, New York Times
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar co-authors Save Our Stages bill to help shuttered music venues, Star Tribune
Lawmakers weigh push for more funding for state election preparations during pandemic, Fox 13 Memphis
Klobuchar, Durbin Ask Colleagues to Fund Pork Producers, Newsmax

Sen. Tina Smith

Debate continues over new stimulus package as unemployment benefits set to expire, KMSP

Rep. Ilhan Omar
Ilhan Omar Rips Rudy’s ‘Reckless Lie’ and Zuckerberg’s Dangerous Disinformation, Daily Beast
House passes bill to reverse Trump's controversial travel ban from Muslim-majority countries, Business Insider
PODCAST WITH REP. ILHAN OMAR, Crooked Media
House Democrats call for resignation of USAID political appointee with history of 'homophobic' comments, Politico
Why I'm voting for Ilhan Omar in the DFL primary, City Pages

Rep. Collin Peterson
Agriculture Chair’s Likely GOP Opponent Faces Primary Headache, Bloomberg
Peterson welcomes Passage of Great American Outdoors Act, Red Lake Nation News
Democrats perfer SNAP increase over food box program, The Fence Post
Producers need unified voice asking Congress for assistance, National Hog Farmer

Attorney General Keith Ellison

LETTER: Our planet needs Ellison’s fossil fuel lawsuit, The Sun Post
67 current, former prosecutors defend St. Louis prosecutor from attacks in McCloskey gun case, The Washington Post
Minnesota News
5 things you need to know about Minnesota’s mask mandate, MN Reformer
Fired Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, wife charged with tax crimes, Star Tribune
Get your Minnesota State Fair food fix with a drive-thru 'food parade', MPR
How decision to resume school might affect Minnesota’s communities of color, MPR
U.S. News
Texas county stores bodies in trucks as state sets one-day record for COVID-19 deaths, Reuters
Trump’s assault on election integrity forces question: What would happen if he refused to accept a loss?, Washington Post
VIDEO: California overtakes New York in number of reported coronavirus cases, CBS
Federal Officers Hit Portland Mayor With Tear Gas, NY Times
Judge orders Michael Cohen to be released from prison, Star Tribune
One-third of U.S. museums may not survive the year, survey finds,MPR
News of the World
Concentration camp guard convicted in one of the last Nazi trials in history, CNN
Coronavirus measures lead to lower influenza numbers across the Southern Hemisphere, The Hill
State Department Insiders Ask: What Is Susan Pompeo Really Up To?, Politico
Economy
American unemployment claims are on the rise again for the first time in 4 months, CNN

Health Care
Minnesota’s mask mandate: What you need to know, MPR
Deaths in Minnesota long-term care drop tenfold, Star Tribune
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Extends Coverage of Expanded Telehealth Benefits Through 2020, Cision
Environment
The Great Climate Migration Has Begun, New York Times
E.P.A. Proposes Airplane Emission Standards That Airlines Already Meet, New York Times
Enthusiasm over the environment is down — we must stay vigilant, The Hill
Readers React: Trump policies damaging the environment, Morning Call
Agriculture
USDA RELEASES REPORT ON BOXED BEEF AND FED CATTLE PRICE INVESTIGATION, Successful Farming
USDA TO OFFER $15 MILLION TO SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED AND VETERAN FARMER GROUPS, Successful Farming
Immigration
The breathtaking unconstitutionality of Trump’s new census policy, Vox
US Citizenship and Immigration Services needs an infusion of funds to offset shortfall, The Hill
Groups ask Supreme Court to halt construction of Trump border wall, The Hill
Opinion: Why Trump’s moves to limit immigration hurts U.S. companies and American jobs, MarketWatch
Congressional News
Senate GOP preps Covid relief bill but problems remain over unemployment payments, Politico
House votes to remove Confederate statues from Capitol, Politico
House passes bill blocking Trump’s sweeping refugee, asylum bans, Politico
GOP virus aid package: Payroll tax cut out, restaurant deduction in, Roll Call
House sends bipartisan public lands bill to Trump for signature, Roll Call
Joe Biden
VIDEO: Joe Biden and Barack Obama discussion, Biden Periscope
Biden Campaign Announces Key Staff Hires in North Carolina, Spectrum news
Trump’s Edge on the Economy Has Evaporated, Morning Consult
2020
100 days: What can shake things up in the election home stretch? Here are 5 possibilities, USA Today
Republican Group Uses Trump’s Own Words Against Him In Searing Swing-State Ad, Huffington Post
Trump’s assault on election integrity forces question: What would happen if he refused to accept a loss?, Washington Post
New York’s Primary-Vote-Count Chaos Signals Trouble for November, The New Yorker
GOP
Tea Party rises up against McConnell's $1 trillion relief plan, The Hill
Judge orders Michael Cohen to be released to home confinement, Axios
Mitt Romney Wants to Use the Crisis to Cut Your Social Security, The American Prospect
Washington Post Editorial Board Puts Senate GOP On Notice Over Coronavirus Relief, HuffPo
Republican leaders vow to fill a potential Supreme Court vacancy this year, despite some apprehension, CNN
North Dakota GOP director apologizes after party approves anti-LGBT rhetoric in policy statements, Grand Forks Herald
Jim Hagedorn
This Congressman is attacking Black Lives Matter with white nationalist talking points. These companies are supporting him., Popular Info
Donald Trump
White House drops payroll tax cut as GOP unveils virus aid, MPR
For Some Reason, People Aren’t Blown Away By Trump’s Ability To Remember Five Nouns, TPM
States Are Begging for Coronavirus Relief. Trump Sent Federal Police Instead., Mother Jones
The Trump Campaign’s Legal Strategy Includes Suing a Tiny TV Station in Northern Wisconsin, ProPublica
Trump Is Putting On a Show in Portland, The Atlantic
Fox News Legal Analyst Issues Chilling Warning About Trump’s Portland Crackdown, HuffPo
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July 22, 2020

DFL Action Center
100 Days OUT - Weekend of Action
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Gov. Tim Walz
Walz to announce decision on statewide mask mandate Wednesday, KARE 11
Walz gives update on long-term care and COVID-19, KARE 11
Walz says no public works bonding bill is likely before November election, Pioneer Press

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Klobuchar: Paper ballots, election funding essential to fight foreign interference, MSNBC
Senator Klobuchar Urges Northlanders to Donate Plasma, Fox 21 Local News
Rep. Angie Craig:
Deciding who would be eligible for next $1,200 stimulus checks could change with new legislation, CNBC

Rep. Ilhan Omar
I’m a Jewish Republican. Ilhan Omar is a dear friend., Forward
Rep. Collin Peterson:
Time to Put the Plans on the Shelf, Peterson Says, Dairy Herd Management
Dairy programs continue to support farmers amid COVID-19, RFD TV
CD 8 Candidate Quinn Nystrom:
2 AFSCME Council’s endorse Quinn Nystrom for U.S. House District 8, KBJR6 News
Minnesota Legislature
Calls for end to Walz's emergency powers tank public construction deal at the Capitol, Alexandria Echo Press
State lawmakers wrap up second special session with police reform compromise, KEYC
Credit Minnesota Legislature for meaningful policing reforms, Star Tribune
Minnesota News
Cloquet, Superior councils pass mask requirements, Star Tribune
Deaths in Minnesota long-term care drop tenfold, Star Tribune
Minnesota food shelves, already busy, brace for bigger demand, MPR News
Pine Island passes welcoming declaration; protests likely to continue, Rochester Post Bulletin
Environmental group report highlights ag runoff issues, Northfield News
State Fairgrounds To Open Up For Drive-Thru ‘Food Parade’ Experience, With 16 Vendors, WCCO TV
U.S. News
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and 4 others arrested in $60 million bribery case, CBS
15 People Wounded In Shooting That Targeted A Funeral In Chicago, NPR
1,000 died of Covid-19 in 1 day. Now the US is on track to hit 1 million new cases in 2 weeks, CNN
Scathing 1928 Takedown Shows Why Robert E. Lee Deserves Zero Statues, HuffPo
News of the World
State Department orders China to close its consulate in Houston, Politico
From Blackwater to Batteries, Foreign Policy
China’s Xi Jinping Pledges Stronger Domestic Market, Global Ties as Strife With West Brews, WSJ
Russia report: UK considers tougher security laws after criticism by MPs, BBC
Brazil's president again tests positive for Covid-19, CNN
Economy
End of $600 Unemployment Bonus Could Push Millions Past the Brink, NY Times
What Republicans and Democrats want in the next stimulus package,Vox
Turns Out Mass Death Is Bad For The Economy, HuffPo
Senate Democrats Ask Banking Regulator to Explain Handling of “Redlining” Investigations, ProPublica
The economic recovery is reversing, Axios
Meet the 2020 grads entering the bleakest economy in decades, Vox
Health
U.S. agrees to pay Pfizer and BioNTech $2 billion for 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine, CNBC
HHS buys $2 billion worth of Pfizer's vaccine candidate, Axios
Trump’s health officials find ways to contradict his message downplaying virus risks, Politico
Environment
Polar bears could disappear by 2100 due to melting ice, climate change, study says, NBC News
Whales Get A Break As Pandemic Creates Quieter Oceans, NPR
EPA finds plastic trash contaminates 2 remote Hawaii beaches, AP
Agriculture
USDA TO OFFER $15 MILLION TO SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED AND VETERAN FARMER GROUPS, Successful Farming
Education
Kids get coronavirus, but do they spread it? We'll find out when schools reopen, MPR
When Can Kids Go Back To School? Leaders Say 'As Soon As It's Safe', NPR
Labor
Portland Police Union Leader Worries Protests Can Be Overshadowed By Violent Acts, NPR
Republicans are forcing Americans to return to dangerous workplaces, The Guardian
Immigration
Trump Seeks to Stop Counting Unauthorized Immigrants in Drawing House Districts, NY Times
Business groups sue Trump admin over immigration restrictions, Axios
Congressional News
Matt Gaetz appears to run afoul of House ethics rules, Politico
Dems defend Ocasio-Cortez after tense exchange with GOP lawmaker, Politico
House conservatives pile on Cheney at GOP conference meeting, Politico
House to vote on public lands bill passed by Senate, Roll Call
Health and business concerns clash in debate over COVID-19 liability, Roll Call
Joe Biden
Joe Biden: Trump has quit on you and this country, CNN
Biden Announces a $775 Billion Plan for Caregivers Amid Coronavirus, New York Times
Joe Biden says federal officers are using 'egregious tactics' in Portland, KATU
Joe Biden says he is considering four Black women to be his running mate, CNN
Elizabeth Warren’s new role: Key Joe Biden policy adviser, Las Vegas Sun
2020
Democrats raise concerns over Russian-linked campaign targeting Biden, CNN
Why 2020 could be a historically bad election for Republicans, CNN
How Voter-Fraud Hysteria and Partisan Bickering Ate American Election Oversight, ProPublica
The states at the center of the 2020 voting crisis, Axios
GOP
Twitter bans 7,000 QAnon accounts, limits 150,000 others as part of broad crackdown, NBC
Stimulus negotiations: Republican venting session shows just how deep GOP rifts go, CNN
GOP congressman: Trump’s Ghislaine Maxwell comments were ‘unacceptably obtuse’, Politico
Conservative media helps Trump perform ‘law and order’ in Portland, with risks for November, Wapo
Liz Cheney attacked over support for Fauci during GOP meeting, NBC
Why Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp stands alone on masks, Wapo
Crazed Republican Congressman Accosts AOC on Her Way to Work, NY Mag
Why masks are (still) politicized in America, Vox
Republicans fear Trump might be too successful with attacks on mail-in voting, The Hill
Donald Trump
Trump wishes former Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell 'well' as she faces charges of enticement of minors, CNN
The breathtaking unconstitutionality of Trump’s new census policy, Vox
Nancy Pelosi Rips Donald Trump With Damning New Name For The Coronavirus, HuffPo
Trump Hosted Party With Jeffrey Epstein and ‘28 Girls,’ Report Claims, Daily Beast
Trump’s Request of an Ambassador: Get the British Open for Me, NY Times
Down In The Polls, Trump Pitches Fear: 'They Want To Destroy Our Suburbs', NPR

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July 21, 2020

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Gov. Tim Walz
These MN bars and restaurants were warned to follow rules to slow the coronavirus spread, Pioneer Press
Child care relief funding proposal, Redwood Falls Gazette
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Oregon, other state leaders introduce legislation to block federal officers, News Break
Senators Try to Restrain Trump's 'Secret Police' as President Threatens Democrat-Run Cities, Newsweek
Senator Tina Smith
Investment in child care can’t wait until there’s a coronavirus vaccine, Washington Post

Rep. Collin Peterson
Peterson Announces Veteran Treatment Court Act of 2019 is On Its Way to President's Desk To Be Signed Into Law, Red Lake Nation
Rep. Ilhan Omar
Ilhan Omar, Keith Ellison Among Muslim American Officials To Endorse Joe Biden, WCCO
Attorney General Keith Ellison
Attorney General Ellison sues Trump Administration to block health care discrimination, Red Lake Nation
Minnesota Legislature
Legislature passes policing bill, ends special session, MPR
Public works bonding bill stalls in second special session, Pioneer Press
Minnesota’s Community Solar Garden Initiative Maintains Growth Amid Challenges, WCCO

Minnesota News
July 20 update on COVID-19 in MN: 9-month-old dies; record spike in new case counts, MPR News
Minnesota lawmakers pass sweeping package of police accountability measures, Star Tribune
DPS Warns 14 Minnesota Bars And Restaurants About COVID-19 Safety Violations, WCCO TV
U.S. Senate confirms Minnesotan as next Army National Guard director, Star Tribune
Duluth airport to begin construction projects, Duluth News Tribune
U.S. News
The unmarked federal agents arresting people in Portland, explained, Vox
Biden Must Bring an End to the Bush Era, The American Prospect
Axios-Ipsos poll: The skeptics are growing, Axios
Militarized Agents Seen in Portland Are Deploying to Chicago — and Perhaps Further., NY Mag
Who Actually Wants Trump to Send in the Feds? Police Unions., Daily Beast
News of the World
EU leaders strike 'historic' $2 trillion deal to rebuild Europe's economy, CNN
Spying, election hacks, assassinations: British report details scale of Russian subversion campaigns, USA Today
Brazil Tops 80,000 COVID-19 Deaths As 2 Government Ministers Test Positive For Virus, NPR News
U.K. government ignored Russian interference for years, report finds, Axios
A Plague Is an Apocalypse. But It Can Bring a New World., NY Mag
Economy
Will there be a second $1,200 stimulus check? Here’s what we know, CNBC
Biden Proposes $775 Billion Child and Elder Care Plan Funded by Real Estate Taxes, Bloomberg
Health
Politicians and Business Interests Pushed Health Officials Aside to Control Reopening. Then Cases Exploded., ProPublica
Why America’s public health system can’t withstand Trump, Vox
What are the pros and cons of reopening schools this fall?, MN Reformer
Environment
Climate Change Poses ‘Systemic Threat’ to the Economy, Big Investors Warn, New York Times
Arctic sea ice is in a downward spiral, and may break a record in 2020, Washington Post
Global warming shrinks bird breeding windows, potentially threatening species, Science Magazine
Agriculture
From cotton to hogs, agriculture groups seek billions more in coronavirus aid, Roll Call
POTENTIAL PROPANE SHORTAGE THIS FALL, Successful Farming
USDA Announces Changes To Livestock Gross Margin Insurance Program, AgWeb
Immigration
More than 300,000 immigrants may not become citizens in time to vote as COVID-19 stalls process, Arizona Central
Four-Month Processing Delays for Work Permit Applications, USCIS Says, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Trump Cuts Legal Immigrants By Half And He’s Not Done Yet, Forbes
Trump is considering a loophole, which he found in a conservative magazine article, to bypass Congress to impose new immigration policies, Business Insider
Congressional News
White House, Senate Republicans kick off crucial day of virus negotiations, Politico
Dems eye voting rights package to honor John Lewis, Politico
Dems seek DHS docs on protester detentions, Politico
House proposes billions of dollars for technology throughout government, Roll Call
2020
A definitive case against the Electoral College, Vox
Top Democrats Send Letter on Possible Foreign Meddling in November Election, New York Times
How low can Donald Trump go?, CNN
Georgia state Sen. Nikema Williams picked to replace Lewis on November ballot, CNN
Big Polling Leads Tend to Erode. Is Biden’s Edge Different?, New York Times
GOP
American Death Cult, NY Mag
GOP Official Admits He’s ‘No Medical Expert,’ Urges People To Ditch Masks Anyway, HuffPo
Ocasio-Cortez accosted by GOP lawmaker over remarks: 'That kind of confrontation hasn't ever happened to me', The Hill
Will the Republican Party Implode?, The American Prospect
What the Return of Allen West Says About the Delusional State of the Republican Party, Mother Jones
Donald Trump
Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Latest Claim About Trump Has People Scratching Their Heads, HuffPo
At This Trump-Favored Charity, Financial Reporting Is Questionable and Insiders Are Cashing In, ProPublica
Trump once flirted with white nationalism. Now it’s a centerpiece of his White House., Vox
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