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Clinton picks Kaine as her running mate
Rural Maynard family escapes burning home
Tim Huber's attorney argues lack of probable cause in seeking dismissal of murder indictment
Confusion on procedure takes new Willmar position off council table
Relay for Life Kandiyohi County
Commentary: Latest VA fix creates new ills
Tribune Opinion: Willmar benefits from 'Moving Health Forward'
Letter: A credit to sports writing
Letter: Criticism of Peppin unwarranted
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Clinton picks Kaine as her running mate
June 9, 2010
Commentary: The Jews couldn't go home
Ah, another teachable moment! This one comes to us from Helen Thomas, the longtime White House reporter and columnist who announced her retirement on Monday. Thomas, of Lebanese ancestry and almost 90, has never been shy about her anti-Israel views, for which, as far as I'm concerned,...
June 9, 2010 - 12:00am
May 26, 2010
Commentary: A complexity of Vietnam, reduced to a bit of shame
As a kid, an abiding fear, reinforced by movies and comic books, was that I would die on some foreign battlefield. I would become a casualty of the war that every generation of American men seemed destined to fight: World War I for our grandfathers and World War II for our fathers...
May 26, 2010 - 12:00am
April 13, 2010
Commentary: It takes a village
Budrus is a Palestinian village just inside the West Bank. "Budrus" is also a documentary about what happened in that village when Israeli authorities tried to use some of its land -- its cherished olive groves -- to build a security fence separating Arab from Jew or, as has too often...
April 13, 2010 - 12:00am
April 6, 2010
Commentary: Where are parents of bullies?
It is either significant or merely interesting that William Golding dedicated his classic, "Lord of the Flies," to his mother and father. It is precisely the absence of parents, or any adult actually, that enables the boys of the island to descend into savagery, and it is the sudden...
April 6, 2010 - 12:00am
March 30, 2010
Commentary: Google's lonely stand on China
In 1992, Francis Fukuyama published a book with what may be the best title ever: "The End of History and the Last Man." In it, he argued that the end of the Cold War represented the triumph of liberal democracy as the "final form of human government." Recently, Sergey Brin, Google's...
March 30, 2010 - 12:00am
March 9, 2010
Commentary: When conviction demands courage
Googling to my heart's content on a recent eve, I decided to match "health care" with "ram" to see what would happen. What I got was about 9.8 million hits, some of them right on the nose and reflecting the current conservative meme that after more than a year, several votes, countless...
March 9, 2010 - 12:00am
March 4, 2010
Commentary: Israel and South Africa are not comparable
Toward the end of last year, Jimmy Carter apologized for some of his very harsh statements about Israel.
March 4, 2010 - 12:00am
January 12, 2010
Commentary: The awakening of awareness
To the columnist's obligation to provide a 10-best list of 2009 films, I punt by offering just one. It is "The Baader Meinhof Complex," which Anthony Lane, the film critic for The New Yorker, said he saw "three or four times." At the time I saw it, I thought that once was enough.
January 12, 2010 - 12:00am
December 22, 2009
Commentary: At this window,hope
Behind me in a New York hospital bed was the woman I love, who was sick, very sick, attended by some remarkable doctors (including her own, indomitable daughter), and I would sometimes drift to the window and look out over a city with several million people and wonder: What do they...
December 22, 2009 - 12:00am
November 25, 2009
Commentary: Missing Barack Obama
In my set, I am known as the guy who always had some reservations about Barack Obama. Sure, I supported him in the primaries against Hillary Clinton and I voted for him, with both glee and enthusiasm, especially after John McCain uttered the most shocking words in American politics...
November 25, 2009 - 12:00am
October 14, 2009
Commentary: The real winner in Oslo
My love of lo these many years came into the room and asked what I was working on. I detailed some topics, enthralled as usual with my own brilliance, but she scoffed at them all. She said that if she were writing a column, she would have something to say about how the Nobel Peace...
October 14, 2009 - 12:00am
September 29, 2009
Commentary: Campaign is over, Mr. President
Sooner or later it is going to occur to Barack Obama that he is the president of the United States. As of yet, though, he does not act that way, appearing promiscuously on television and granting interviews like the presidential candidate he no longer is. The election has been held,...
September 29, 2009 - 12:00am
September 9, 2009
Commentary: Our revenge remains still incomplete
This week it will be eight years since I fled my office and rushed down to Lower Manhattan. Two planes had hit the World Trade Center -- I had seen that on television -- and I jumped on the subway, which, remarkably, was running and then, when I could go no further, went the rest...
September 9, 2009 - 12:00am
August 28, 2009
Kennedy bore burden of legacy
In late November of 1979, I flew to Iowa with Edward Moore Kennedy. He was in first class and I was in coach, but at some point an aide came back and summoned me forward. I opened my notebook and asked a string of boilerplate questions: Why are you running for president and why couldn't...
August 28, 2009 - 12:00am
August 11, 2009
Commentary: Red states are no better than blue states
With team after team turning him down, the question regarding Michael Vick, thrower of football and killer of dogs, is not whether he will return to the NFL or even whether he should return but whether he would be back already if he were just a wee bit younger and could still thread...
August 11, 2009 - 12:00am