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As a reporter and resident of small-town Minnesota, I’ve watched those perceptions solidify in real time.

By CHRISTOPHER INGRAHAM

EDITOR'S NOTE: Before Trump named him secretary of state, Pompeo was a fiercely anti-union, far-right-wing, Kansas congressman. He voted the union position on issues just 5 percent of the time he was in office (from 2011 to 2017.

By JENNIFER RUBIN

EDITOR'S NOTE: Our friend Marshall Ward, a devout Democrat and newspaper columnist from Murray, lists some historic legislation his party has supported. He also proposes a series of New Year's resolutions. Going into the 2020 election, he thinks his party should shout the accomplishments from the rooftops and adopt the resolutions he suggests.

The accomplishments he cites include:

Thanks to Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.

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FORWARD KENTUCKY

Governor Beshear has reversed the finding of the Bevin administration’s Labor Cabinet that teachers broke the law when using “sickouts” to protest the education policies of the Bevin administration.

According to Beshear, nearly 1,000 teachers were “wrongly accused of violating state labor laws,” which could have resulted in civil penalties of up to $1,000 per violation.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic presidential hopefuls have union fans in Kentucky, where the primary is May 19.   

But in a recent fund-raising email, the Biden campaign made a proposition that all of us who pack union cards can agree to: So while you are making your New Year’s resolutions, make sure to add one more: Beating Donald Trump.

Here's another one: Ditching Mitch.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Right on cue, President Trump dredged up Benghazi from the right-wing fever swamps when he congratulating himself for his handling of the the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. Because the Republicans keep pushing this phony conspiracy theory, we thought this 2015 Newsweek story is worth another look.

By KURT EICHENWALD

Moussa Koussa.