The curious case of Ilhan Omar

Featured image In case you missed it, I’m taking the liberty of reposting this from Friday morning in slightly revised form to draw attention to my City Journal column “The curious case of Ilhan Omar.” On August 30 I sat down with Preya Samsundar to talk about her work on the Ilhan Omar story. Covering the story for Alpha News, Preya has shown herself to be a dogged, resourceful and unintimidated reporter. »

The secret history of Keith Ellison

Featured image I’m speaking this morning to the Maple Grove Critical Thinking Discussion Group at the Maple Grove Community Center. The meeting convenes at 10:00 a.m. The title of my talk is “The Secret History of Keith Ellison.” Now the title is facetious. Ellison’s history only became “secret” when he ran for Congress in 2006 and staked his campaign on three lies about his involvement with the Nation of Islam. I have »

The curious case of Ilhan Omar

Featured image Last week I sat down with Preya Samsundar to talk about her work on the Ilhan Omar story. Covering the story for Alpha News, Preya has shown herself to be a dogged, resourceful and unintimidated reporter. It occurred to me that some readers might be interested in a summary of the story to date. I salute Preya’s efforts and include a few of her quotable quotes from our conversation in »

Ilhan Omar: Fox News pierces the silence

Featured image Preya Samsundar appeared for a brief segment on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss the Ilhan Omar story with our friend Pete Hegseth. Although the segment barely skimmed the surface of Preya’s reportage — Preya’s most recent stories are posted here (August 22), here (August 26) and here (September 2) — it introduced the story to a national audience. With the exception of Preya’s work at Alpha News, the »

Ilhan Omar: The sound of silence

Featured image Following her victory over 22-term incumbent Minnesota state Rep. Phyllis Kahn in Minnesota in the August 9 primary, Ilhan Omar emerged as the Democratic Party’s hot new thing. The Star Tribune touted her victory under a huge banner headline. Two follow-up stories analyzed the sources of Omar’s not particularly surprising success in a district whose demographics have markedly shifted toward the Somali community. At the end of that week we »

The eleventh “Minnesota man”

Featured image Late last week the United States Attorney for Minnesota filed a criminal complaint charging former Mohamed Roble with consiracy to support ISIS. He’s both the eleventh “Minnesota man” to be charged in the case and (by my count) the sixth Muhammad to make an appearance. The Star Tribune reports the story here. Roble is another young Somali Muslim who joined in the conspiracy with the nine who have been convicted »

The Omar case: Curiouser and curiouser

Featured image The case of Minnesota DFL House candidate Ilhan Omar and her marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi grows curiouser and curiouser. Is Ahmed Nur Said Elmi the brother of Ilhan Omar? Was the marriage entered into for dishonest purposes? These are the question we have raised in a series of posts over the past two weeks. I summarized the case yesterday in “Omar so far.” This much we know with »

Omar so far

Featured image Ilhan Omar defeated 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn for the DFL nomination to represent legislative district 60B in the Minnesota House. It was one of the biggest stories to emerge from our August 9 primary. The Star Tribune reported it in a page-one story under a banndr headline and a huge photo. Omar seemed to have a sense of herself as the party’s new star. That’s certainly how the Star Tribune »

Ilhan Omar stonewalls [updated]

Featured image When Ilhan Omar finally got around to issuing a statement on her multiple marriages this past Wednesday evening, she drew on the Democratic scandal management playbook to put the story to bed. Omar characterized the allegations related to her marriages as “absurd and offensive.” Omar counts on cooperative Minnesota media not to follow up with impolite questions. KMSP 9’s Tom Lyden, however, is not in a cooperative mood. Lyden reported »

Minneapolis does Trump

Featured image Donald Trump came to Minneapolis for a fundraiser at the Minneapolis Convention Center last night and a riot broke out. Under one-party DFL rule Minneapolis has changed considerably for the worse. The vaunted Minnesota nice is out. The Star Tribune is out to lunch. DFL thug life is in. You can get a glimpse of the story on television news — e.g., KARE 11’s blunt report (video below on “a »

A few questions for Ilhan Omar

Featured image Ilhan Omar responded to the straightforward questions I raised about her marital situation with a stonewall thrown up by Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Jean Brandl. Brandl provided me the Omar campaign’s classic nonresponse response to my questions with the imputation of bigotry thrown in for good measure. I thought the questions deserved a straightforward answer and was intrigued by the immediate appearance of a criminal defense attorney to respond to »

Ilhan Omar explains

Featured image Shfting its public relations strategy, the Omar campaign has just issued the following STATEMENT FROM ILHAN OMAR: A number of baseless rumors have been made recently about my personal life and family. I will say it again here: they are absolutely false and ridiculous. That said, I will offer clarity and share a difficult part of my personal history that I did not consider relevant in the context of a »

The Omar campaign shuts up (2)

Featured image Star Tribune reporter Patrick Coolican brings the Ilhan Omar story up to date in his Morning Hot Dish newsletter. He summarizes the status of the story as of this moment (emphasis supplied by Coolican): Michael Howard, who is the House DFL caucus press guy, has taken over press for Ilhan Omar. That’s the fourth person dealing with media in a week, by my count. He declined another interview request on »

The Omar campaign shuts up

Featured image In his Hot Dish morning newsletter yesterday Star Tribune reporter Patrick Coolican declared that he had achieved “Some clarity on Ilhan Omar.” I declare that the story is about as clear as mud. KARE 11’s John Croman reported a short segment on the story last night (video below). I believe he obtained a statement from an informal volunteer on behalf of the Omar campaign, but nothing from the campaign directly. »

The Omar campaign speaks, sort of

Featured image The campaign of Ilhan Omar has engaged Ben Goldfarb to respond to the local media raising inquiries following up on my post of this past Friday on Ilhan Omar’s marriage licenses. Read about Goldfarb here. Omar herself isn’t talking. This past Friday, before posting anything on Power Line, I asked the Omar campaign to clarify the facts. Instead, the campaign not very subtly attacked my motives. Patrick Coolican now reports »

A message from the Star Tribune [updated]

Featured image I wrote Star Tribune reporter Maya Rao to ask if there was any chance she would be looking into the story involving the apparent marriage license issued to Ilhan Omar and a man identified as her brother. I couldn’t get an answer from the Omar campaign about it. Instead, I got an offensive nonresponse by way of Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Jean Brandl. In my email message I tried to »

A message to the Star Tribune

Featured image A reader has copied us on his message to reporter Maya Rao et al. at the Star Tribune regarding Ilhan Omar, the winner of the DFL nomination to represent District 60B in the state legislature. My inquiries to the Omar campaign last week may be mistaken; that was the point of my inquiries. They deserve a more substantive response than the one I received from Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Jean »