If you read Haaretz or other media outlets in the Middle East, you might already know that Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., is in Syria today for talks with President Bashar Assad.
If youâ€™re relying on your hometown paper, it may be news to you.
Why? Security reasons, House staffers say.Â Someone in the State Department or the Pentagon must believe the bad guys only read the Star Tribune and other Minnesota publications, but not Haaretz and other news outlets in their own part of the world.
So once again, we find out about the whereabouts of our representatives in Congress through foreign media sources.
The same thing happened last month when Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., took part on an unannounced congressional delegation to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Constituents in Minnesota remained in the dark until he came back. But not newspaper readers in Pakistan.