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Star Tribune: Rep. Phillips pushes back on progressive leader's comment that Israel is 'racist state'

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Minnesota Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips sharply criticized a progressive leader in the U.S. House for calling Israel "a racist state" ahead of the Israeli president's speech to Congress.  "To condemn an entire people, to call an entire country racist, is beyond the pale," said Phillips, who is Jewish. "It's anything but…

TODAY Show: A half-century later, a congressman visits the site of his father's fatal helicopter crash in Vietnam

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WASHINGTON — In 1979, when Dean Phillips was 10 years old, his mother told him a story while driving home from hockey practice that would change him forever: His biological father, a man he had never met before, had been killed in the Vietnam War when Phillips was 6 months old. Since that day in 1979,…

MinnPost: Dean Phillips would vote to save McCarthy’s speakership if the Speaker exercises ‘courage’ in debt limit negotiations

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Rep. Dean Phillips is willing to offer House Speaker Kevin McCarthy a lifeline if he is challenged by the right wing of the GOP for agreeing to a debt ceiling deal that could win bipartisan support.  To win the leadership of a narrow Republican majority, McCarthy agreed to change House rules to allow anyone to challenge his…

Star Tribune: Rep. Dean Phillips travels to Israel and Ghana with Democratic Leader Jeffries of New York

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U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips traveled to Ghana and Israel as part of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries' first trip as the Democratic leader of the House. The Minnesota Democrat shared images on social media, including one where he stood beside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel celebrated its 75th anniversary. Phillips, who is Jewish,…

Star Tribune: Help (very much) needed: Better cops

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What could have been a groundbreaking Minnesota police recruitment bill regrettably fell victim to last-minute gridlock at the State Capitol. But the effort may have opened the door to national legislation that would shine a well-deserved spotlight on a Minnesota program called "Pathways to Policing." The program, used at police…

Star Tribune: U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, law enforcement leaders unveil bill to boost police recruiting

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A Minnesota model to recruit and retain more-diverse law enforcement candidates could soon go national under proposed legislation aimed at beefing up depleted police ranks across the country. U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., is leading a bipartisan push to pass the Pathways to Policing Act — patterned after a six-year-old Minnesota…