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Tuesday January 26th 2021

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Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges starts community outreach war with $250K political payoff

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges is wrong. It’s an election year and she just played her hand to show all the Minneapolis voters she’s the queen of political payoffs, backroom deals and an advocate for keeping downtown Minneapolis in chaos. #BandAidBetsy

By Don Allen, Publisher

(Editorial)…Minneapolis’ black community has always been divided when into two specific groups when money hits the table. Group one are the folks and organizations who always seem to “get the money” with little to no successful outcomes. Group two are the group who are the grassroots, hardworking folks that actually have a plan, but are intentionally overlooked by philanthropic-political pundits in favor of keeping things as they are. The Minneapolis mayor, who is currently running for what some say is the toughest re-election bid in Minneapolis mayoral-race history is not a surgery-cure type mayor; she’s a band aid mayor…once again, she uses her power of box-opening to pull out another band aid to make what we allege as another politically-driven outreach grant to make sure downtown Minneapolis is safe. Since the announcement of this particular band aid, there have been several beating, robberies and women shot in the head. It seems that money in the wrong place does what it always has for Minneapolis…nothing.

If I was on the Minneapolis City Council, I would question mayor Hodges funding of Day Patrols on Hennepin Avenue. I know she wants to be re-elected as mayor again but the black folks she’s granting money to don’t hang out in downtown Minneapolis after the sun goes down. Hell, if the mayor was worried about crime on Hennepin Avenue, she’d clean up 5th and Hennepin. If you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about. This too will be a total fail for Hodges.

Community Activist Kay G. Wilson. (photo: Fair Use-Google Search)

Community activist and safe-streets advocate Kay G. Wilson said, “Many of the people here getting and controlling the funding money over and over again every year don’t feel like they owe society anything because they were never a part of the problem; as for me I was a huge part of the problem so I owe forever! Its not about receiving money or funding for me its about paying back my debt to society. I owe for 14 years now I’ve been paying with my life on the frontline daily in Minneapolis!”

Wilson, who is consistently overlooked for state and local funding has been campaigning for justice in the black community for a long time. He has never been offered or taken any of this “blood money,” but would more than likely do better then the current group of poverty-hacks who don’t live in the community and are more interested in their bottom line of their nonprofit agency and people are very low on the food chain.

Wilson also said, “The kids downtown only respect those they respect. Most of them working downtown is a joke to them. There needs to be brothers and sisters that are serious and about real change present downtown.  I’ve seen the mess down there and the kids are looking for weak, nice, and friendly to victimize and to laugh afterwards! These type of challenges do not need work training, they’re not at that point yet. Its time to bring serious ‘BIG Homies’ downtown for real. I’m ready but they don’t want me to assemble a group of real change makers here, they never call me.”

For people in the black community who actually are fiscal conservatives and what to see change by providing a hand-up for the lower one-third of the black community, funding never reaches them. No matter what the mayor says, she has given blood-money to agencies that don’t deserve the grant in order to maintain her relationship with the petty-bougie Negro leadership that she hopes will get out and vote for her. One thing for sure, Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges continues to make serious mistakes, one is underestimating Raymond Dehn, Jacob Frey, Nekima Levy-Pounds and Al Flowers.

Diversity does not mean Black

Diversity does not get Affirmative Action.

By Don Allen

(Critical Thinking) …These days, when you hear the word “diversity” used on every college campus, at local schools, Fortune 500 companies an local-city political infrastructures that denote diversity is the number-one mission for it’s citizens, it makes you wonder what they mean?. The problem with diversity is its just a word that can put lipstick on a pig because nobody (I don’t care who), really knows how to use the word; what the word means and “if” diversity is what they really have – or don’t have.  According to the Merriam-Webster.com dictionary, the word “Diversity,” means the condition of having or being composed of differing elements (Merriam-Webster, 2017).

The problem begins when humans (mostly white people) in charge of brand identity decide that there is not enough “different people,” and diversity is the word they look for to self-correct an already bad situation when looking directly at the minority-ethnic complement of their universities, businesses, schools or local community. To think that some how if they can fix the challenges of diversity, if any, it starts with people who look different from those in charge. One of the main missteps with people who set up diversity are the people. Walk into an office of any local “diversity officer” and for the most part, you’ll find a black woman or man; a gay man (or women) or a host of religious types who seek vision to connect with others. There might be a few cultural artifacts hanging in the office; a photo of Martin Luther King, Jr.  – he’s safer than Malcolm X because Mr. X said, “By any means necessary,” and Rev. King just said, “I have a dream.” Somehow dreamers seem safer in the context of diversity.

The challenge of wanting to address diversity comes from a social construct predicated on a need to be politically correct and the innocence of not knowing what diversity really looks like, let alone self-practicing. In most cases, even if there are no extenuating circumstances, the need to address diversity becomes a societal mechanism duplicated in a construct that says blacks, gays and women need equal time, citing that in most cases they are somehow being alienating the mainstream. Again, the relevance of shooting-or putting a horse down, addressing diversity and its meanings is only as good as the intent to take successful corrective actions that would benefit both the model, opportunity and of use and its functionality. Like a horse, diversity is not a pet (Note: Putting a lame horse down is a useful tactic if the horse is no longer able to function in a way that would benefit its utility as a horse). To set the record straight diversity is not a color of people; diversity is not how many women or men you encounter in a work day; diversity is not uniform, diversity is not titled; and most of all, diversity is not Black.

The word “diversity” means “opportunity” – plain and simple.  Having diversity on a university campus, a business, or a city means having the opportunity to be unique or being composed of differing elements; not to pick a side, but learn about both sides; have an opinion and not be judged. Diversity inside a business does not mean how many black people work in an office, but making sure there are opportunities to work in said office.  In closing, diversity can never be diverse unless there is opportunity.

For the most part, diversity is overused, mislabeled and used to create white-guilt with meanings far left-of-left with no foundations of logic to stand on.

Part 1: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development must change grant procedures in 2017

Don’t start no stuff, won’t be no stuff. (photo: Fair Use)

By Don Allen, Publisher 

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has surfed for proposals long enough. The process that DEED now uses is incomplete, lacks vision and obstructs great organizations, people and ideas from being funded. One of the main challenges is DEED’s need for Targeted Group Businesses, that in accordance with Minnesota Rules, part 1230.1810, subpart B and Minnesota Rules, part 1230.1830, certified Targeted Group Businesses and individuals submitting proposals as prime contractors will receive a six percent preference in the evaluation of their proposal, and certified Economically Disadvantaged Businesses and individuals submitting proposals as prime contractors will receive a six percent preference in the evaluation of their proposal.  Eligible TG businesses must be currently certified by the Materials Management Division prior to the solicitation opening date and time. This processes is dismissive of small business with small budgets and lets DEED legally bypass and overlook (purposely) the need for a broad collaborative effort to make sure people have the opportunity to work and be successful.

DEED also maintains outrageous insurance requirements that really only cover their (DEED) mistakes and can bankrupt a small company in under 90-days. DEED’s Insurance Requirements:

  1. Contractor shall not commence work under the contract until they have obtained all the insurance described below and the State of Minnesota has approved such insurance.  Contractor shall maintain such insurance in force and effect throughout the term of the contract.
  1. Contractor is required to maintain and furnish satisfactory evidence of the following insurance policies:
  1. Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Except as provided below, Contractor must provide Workers’ Compensation insurance for all its employees and, in case any work is subcontracted, Contractor will require the subcontractor to provide Workers’ Compensation insurance in accordance with the statutory requirements of the State of Minnesota, including Coverage B, Employer’s Liability.  Insurance minimum limits are as follows:

$100,000 – Bodily Injury by Disease per employee

$500,000 – Bodily Injury by Disease aggregate

$100,000 – Bodily Injury by Accident

If Minnesota Statute 176.041 exempts Contractor from Workers’ Compensation insurance or if the Contractor has no employees in the State of Minnesota, Contractor must provide a written statement, signed by an authorized representative, indicating the qualifying exemption that excludes Contractor from the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation requirements.

If during the course of the contract the Contractor becomes eligible for Workers’ Compensation, the Contractor must comply with the Workers’ Compensation Insurance requirements herein and provide the State of Minnesota with a certificate of insurance.

  1. Commercial General Liability Insurance: Contractor is required to maintain insurance protecting it from claims for damages for bodily injury, including sickness or disease, death, and for care and loss of services as well as from claims for property damage, including loss of use which may arise from operations under the Contract whether the operations are by the Contractor or by a subcontractor or by anyone directly or indirectly employed by the Contractor under the contract. Insurance minimum limits are as follows:

$2,000,000 – per occurrence

$2,000,000 – annual aggregate

$2,000,000 – annual aggregate – Products/Completed Operations

The following coverages shall be included:

Premises and Operations Bodily Injury and Property Damage

Personal and Advertising Injury

Blanket Contractual Liability

Products and Completed Operations Liability

Other; if applicable, please list__________________________________

State of Minnesota named as an Additional Insured, to the extent permitted by law

  1. Commercial Automobile Liability Insurance: Contractor is required to maintain insurance protecting it from claims for damages for bodily injury as well as from claims for property damage resulting from the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of all owned, hired, and non-owned autos which may arise from operations under this contract, and in case any work is subcontracted the contractor will require the subcontractor to maintain Commercial Automobile Liability insurance.  Insurance minimum limits are as follows:

$2,000,000 – per occurrence Combined Single limit for Bodily Injury and Property Damage

In addition, the following coverages should be included:

Owned, Hired, and Non-owned Automobile

  1. Professional/Technical, Errors and Omissions, and/or Miscellaneous Liability Insurance

This policy will provide coverage for all claims the contractor may become legally obligated to pay resulting from any actual or alleged negligent act, error, or omission related to Contractor’s professional services required under the contract.

Contractor is required to carry the following minimum limits:

$2,000,000 – per claim or event

$2,000,000 – annual aggregate

Any deductible will be the sole responsibility of the Contractor and may not exceed $50,000 without the written approval of the State.  If the Contractor desires authority from the State to have a deductible in a higher amount, the Contractor shall so request in writing, specifying the amount of the desired deductible and providing financial documentation by submitting the most current audited financial statements so that the State can ascertain the ability of the Contractor to cover the deductible from its own resources.

The retroactive or prior acts date of such coverage shall not be after the effective date of this Contract and Contractor shall maintain such insurance for a period of at least three (3) years, following completion of the work. If such insurance is discontinued, extended reporting period coverage must be obtained by Contractor to fulfill this requirement.


The requirements by DEED for businesses are outrageous, unreachable and don’t facilitate any outcomes based on local reports that say unemployment in certain zip codes are in double digits for many Minnesotans. This story is the first in a four-part series that explains the inner-workings of an agency that uses antiquated, racist and Jim Crow procedures to marginalize people and small business.

See it all here.


The Black Republican, Black Democrat Show: Better Ed with Devin Foley – Saturday

By Black Politics in Minnesota

Tune in to the runaway hit radio show featuring two of the Twin Cities most prominent Black American talking heads: Don Allen (Our Black News) and Jamar Nelson (Black Politics in Minnesota) come together to form the Black Republican, Black Democrat Show LIVE every Saturday night on Twin Cities News Talk, AM 1130, FM 103.5 at 6pm (CST).

Saturday’s show on #BRBD features Devin Foley from Better Ed to talk about the state of education in Minnesota and around the United States.

About Devin Foley:

Mr. Devin Foley – Better Ed.

Devin is co-founder and president of Intellectual Takeout. In his role, he oversees content development and marketing, works with academics and experts to assure quality, and publicly promotes the site.

Prior to co-founding Intellectual Takeout, Devin served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota, where he was responsible for meeting a $1 million annual budget. He has roughly eight years of fundraising and policy experience working for candidates and non-profit organizations. Additionally, he has been on 100.3 KTLK as well as Talk of the Nation on NPR and was named a 2011 Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation.

Devin studied history and political science at Hillsdale College in Michigan. There he met his lovely wife; together they have four kids. Devin enjoys fast cars, long drives, great books, old planes, and nearly everything life throws his way (Source: Better Ed).


Join us Saturday at 6pm (CST) on AM 1130, FM 103.5, Twin Cities News Talk – KLTK AM/FM for Black Republican, Black Democrat brought to you by the Black Jedi Radio Network©…a better place for #BlackTalkRadio.

The Black Republican, Black Democrat Show: Introducing the System Scientist Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson (photo: Fair Use)

Tune in this Saturday at 6pm (CST) for the best in #BlackTalkRadio on Twin Cities News Talk, AM 1130, FM 103.5, or download the iHeartRadio app has we welcome Mr. Matt Johnson and other surprises. You can also listen LIVE via the world-wide web by going to www.TwinCitiesNewsTalk.com – an iHeartRadio station. This program is brought to you by the Black Jedi Radio Network and the letter “B.”

By Black Politics in Minnesota

The Black Republican, Black Democrat Show and co-hosts Don Allen and Jamar Nelson welcome special guest Matt Johnson in our episode: All About Minneapolis. Together this dynamic group of radio Jedi’s will take a closer look at the “numbers” and using Mr. Johnson’s “Number Shrewdness,” get the real scoop on numbers that are not always presented in a truthful light.

Matt Johnson is an urban dynamicist, a city scientist, who utilizes mathematical and scientific tools to study urban environments in cities. In particular, he studies depressed systems, for example parts of North Minneapolis, by analyzing and modeling adverse socio-economic factors such as crime, education, unemployment, and foreclosures and condemned and vacant buildings.

One application of his research involves how black business, if supported with sound policies by city government and the business industry in general, could help lead traditionally depressed parts of cities to economic stability and vitality. As a consequence, such policies could help to reduce discrepancies in socioeconomic factors such as business and employment, for example.

Matt is also the Editor-in-chief of and a research scientist for The Systems Scientist, which is an online magazine publication. The focus of the magazine is science news, urban systems, and providing a format for opposing political points of views.

Finally, Matt is originally from South Minneapolis and an alumnus of Roosevelt High School. He also served 5 years in the United States Navy as a Navy Corpsman with the United States Marine Corps.

The phone lines will be wide open!

Twin Cities News Talk, AM 1130, FM 103.5, or download the iHeartRadio app has we welcome Mr. Matt Johnson and other surprises. You can also listen LIVE via the world-wide web by going to www.TwinCitiesNewsTalk.com – an iHeartRadio station.

Saturday: Minneapolis Mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn on Black Republican, Black Democrat Show

Saturday at 6pm on AM 1130/FM 103.5 – Twin Cities News Talk.

You can listen to the Black Republican, Black Democrat Show at 6pm CST this Saturday via the iHeartRadio app on iTunes or tune into AM 1130/FM 103.5 – Twin Cities News Talk.” Black Jedi Radio Network©

By Black Politics in Minnesota

Join the team of Don Allen (Our Black News) and Jamar Nelson (Ask A Hillary Supporter), as they bring the best in Twin Cities Talk Radio right at you! Tune in this Saturday at 6pm to KTLK, Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130/FM 103.5 as we welcome Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn for an in-depth interview about what his plans are for the City of Minneapolis.

Dehn, a current Minnesota state representative has to decided to join the ever growing list of people running for this covenant seat now heinously mismanaged by current mayor Betsy Hodges. Dehn was voted “The Friendliest and Effective Politician” in 2014 by the Independent Business News Network and truly, in our eyes he lives up to the nickname. Join us for a great conversation.

Also the team of Allen (R) and Nelson (D) will breakdown their thoughts about president Trumps immigration plan and why the local (Minneapolis) Somali agency is not accepting a federal grant for $500,000.00…it has nothing to do with Trump and everything to do with local DFL “promises for votes.”

Tune in Saturday…the phone lines will be wide open.

President Trump: Pass the K-Y Jelly; is Black America Screwed?

By Don Allen, Publisher

President Donald Trump has been a rapid fire sub-machine gun when it comes to signing and acting on Executive Orders in under two weeks in office. In most cases, a new president spreads out his agenda taking the first year, or so to implement campaign promises…not president Trump. Earlier in 2016, Trump asked black voters, “What do you have to lose,” by voting for him. He also said he would do “more for black America than any other president.” If that’s the case, then when does black America see the results?

Trump has signed and enacted a critical immigration band on Muslims trying to enter the United States of America. News reports from the New York Times to local media outlets have made Trump actions as president seem as if they are illegal and against what United States stands for – but some argue this is step one in “Making America Great Again.”

In 2011, Obama’s state department stopped processing Iraqi refugee requests for six months, though it didn’t disclose the policy like Trump did, ABC reported in 2013. But political insiders say Obama’s band was much different than what president Trump is doing. PolitiFacts (dot) com reported, Obama’s suspension was in direct response to a failed plot by Iraqi nationals living in Bowling Green, Ky., to send money, explosives and weapons to al-Qaida. The two men were arrested by the FBI in May 2011 for actions committed in Iraq and trying to assist overseas terrorist groups. Both had entered the United States as refugees after lying about their past terrorism ties on paperwork. One man worked as a bomb-maker in Iraq, and the FBI even matched his fingerprints to an unexploded IED discovered in 2005 in Iraq, raising questions about the thoroughness of the vetting process.

The question today is, what will president Trump do to make America great for black Americans. The liberal protest is out in full strength comparing Trump’s immigration stance to what he’s going to do next to people of color. Protesters, warning black Americans that is only a matter of time before Trump “get’s you!” If this is a statement to make me join, support or feel compassion for any of this, I’m a so far removed that someone, especially a jumping to conclusion liberal cannot persuade me that Trump will attack black people living legally in the United States.

What we do know is the drinking water in Flint, Michigan is still brown; the United States has a record number of homeless and unemployed veterans; and homeless school children top the list of items that should be looked at before we lock folks in an airport who have Visa’s.

As a black man, a conservative and for the most part supporter of all things from the “right,” I continue to look at the Trump presidency from several lenses including the lens that asks, “Why president Donald J. Trump has not asked me, “What’s happening in black America.”

I haven’t pulled down my pants nor bent over, but I’m feeling a little frosty

We talk Republicans and Democrats and ask: Which party will start the healing and stop the Doom and Gloom?

Black Jedi Radio Network©

You can listen to the Black Republican, Black Democrat Show at 6pm CST this Saturday via the iHeartRadio app on iTunes. Search “Twin Cities News Talk – AM 1130.” Black Jedi Radio Network©

By Black Politics in Minnesota

One of the biggest of the Left’s Big Lies is that conservative political groups and movements are universally motivated by hatred – of blacks, Hispanics and other ethnic groups; of homosexuals, transsexuals and other gender minorities; of immigrants, Muslims and others who are “marginalized” and therefore vulnerable.

One of the Right’s Big Lies is that they are concerned…

You’ve seen it all; Donald J. Trump is now the President of the United States and by the memes and comments on social media, you’d think we are still in campaign mode; photos of a nude first-lady by liberals posted all across the web; folks from the right (mostly groupies), posting photos and memes about former president Obama as if he’s still in office. None of this makes any sense and on this Saturday starting at 6pm, The Black Republican, Black Democrat Show on AM 1130/FM 103.5 – Twin Cities News Talk #iHeartRadio, will example the premeditated “gloom and doom” from both sides that needs to stop now. Special guests are businessmen Lennie Chism (Minneapolis) and Lucky Rosenbloom (St. Paul). As always, your co-hosts are Jamar Nelson (d) and Don Allen (r).


The phone lines will be open – Join us!

Mpls mayoral candidate Alfred Flowers on the Black Republican, Black Democrat Show, Saturday at 6pm

There is a growing concern that local Twin Cities media outlets have avoided covering news about people they don’t consider, or see as elite in status. The Black Republican, Black Democrat Show on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130/FM 103.5, co-hosted by Jamar Nelson and Don Allen will now have the ability to bring our listeners information, people and current events not available in any other format, with the exception of Our Black News and the System’s Scientist.

By Black Politics in Minnesota

Joining us this Saturday (1/21) at 6pm is Minneapolis mayoral candidate Al Flowers. Flowers is a local community activist and father who at times sits on the side opposite the current mayor and other elite DFLer’s who for the most part have dismantled anything that resembles fixing challenges in Minneapolis. Al will be with us to answer questions about what’s happening in Minneapolis and explain how he could possibly “Trump” the Minneapolis mayor’s race.

Tune in this Saturday at 6pm (CST) buy tuning into AM 1130/FM 103.3, or download the iHeartRadio app and search “Twin Cities News Talk.” All episodes are available for download at www.twincitiesnewstalk.com. Use the hashtag: #BRBD_TCNT

About the Black Republican, Black Democrat Show                                                        Don Allen and Jamar Nelson are pleased to announce the return of the Black Talk Radio Jedi on the “Black Republican, Black Democrat Show. The political talk show will feature resident conservative Black-American, Donald Allen and “supporter of everything Democrat” and all around nice liberal Jamar Nelson. The duo will be co-hosting the Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130, FM 103.5 on Saturday’s at 6pm CST. Audiences may also listen online using the #iHeart Radio app (search for Twin Cities News Talk).  The Black Republican, Black Democrat Show features in-depth conversations about education, community accountability, current events, election news and of course…politics.

“We are appreciative of iHeartRadio and Drew Lee (Justice and Drew, mornings – Monday-Friday, 6AM-9AM) for giving us this opportunity to have our own program, and be able to speak directly on topics like nonprofit abuses, community revitalization, and how education is the key to success for all of us.”  ~Don Allen

“We are two black men concerned about outcomes; we have solutions, but putting first-things-first and addressing the current state of politics in Minnesota for both sides and the many promises have not yielded any sound solutions…we will be the driving force behind the solutions.” ~Jamar Nelson.

What can listeners expect from the Black Republican, Black Democrat Show? According to Don and Jamar, they can look forward to interesting conversations, open phone lines and “one hell of a great fan base.” Tune in on Saturday, January 21 at 6PM for the best in Black Talk Radio on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130/ FM 103.5.

Black Politicians That Will Make Big Impact in 2017

By Cliff Peterson, Contributing Senior Columnist 

While Trump did win the Presidency and has nominated mostly fellow Caucasians to his Cabinet, there are still a fair number of black politicians around – including one or two who may be contenders for the Presidency in 2020.

Consider the following individuals:

  1. Keith Ellison

Keith Ellison is a Democratic Congressman from Minnesota who first made a splash in 2007 by being the first Muslim to be elected to Congress. He is also one of seven candidates for the chair of the Democratic National Committee, and the election will take place in late February. The winner of the election will guide the direction of the Democratic Party for years. As he has the backing of people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Ellison is a strong contender who firmly believes that the Democrats need to increase voter turnout.

  1. Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is the attorney general from California who was recently elected to the US Senate. She has already criticized Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General, saying that his attitudes towards minorities are “incompatible with constitutional guarantees.” She also opposes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Some view her as a possible contender for the Presidency in 2020.

  1. Tim Scott

Tim Scott, who hails from South Carolina, is the only black Republican in the US Senate. He had joined the Senate in 2013 when Governor Nikki Haley named him to replace Jim DeMint. He was reelected in 2016. He is part of the Senate Opportunity Coalition, a group of conservative Senators dedicated to fighting poverty and providing opportunities for their constituents. Some see him as a possible candidate for Governor or Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina.

  1. Cory Booker

Cory Booker is a Democratic Senator from New Jersey who has reached across the aisle on a number of occasions. He has often worked with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), and he and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) worked together to get a bill passed. Booker has often worked on criminal justice reform. Most recently, he testified against the confirmation of Jeff Sessions, citing his “failure to defend the civil rights of women, minorities and LGBT Americans.” Like Harris, he is considered a possible contender for the Presidency in 2020.

  1. Cedric Richmond

Cedric Richmond (D-LA) is a member of the US House of Representatives who was recently elected to chair the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). The organization, which represents the interests of people of color and “vulnerable communities,” currently has 50 members. The CBC typically works on such matters as criminal justice reform and expanding education and career opportunities for African-Americans. It will probably form a large part of the loyal opposition under the Trump administration.

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