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AstroBob: Salvador Dali would love these constellations
At least one reportedly dead in Las Vegas strip shooting
Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash
US confirms coalition airstrike in Mosul district; dozens of civilians believed killed
With health care bill dead, Republicans turn to taxes
Cook: Late-ice lake trout prove cooperative
Lake of the Woods boat ramp remains in limbo
UMD's Toninato and Iafallo erase painful memory at Scheels Arena
Notre Dame upsets Gophers
Berrios proud to have played for Puerto Rico, even if it means starting season in minors
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
Play our Basketball Brackets Challenge
Derald F. Rolfsmeier
Loren E. Meyer
Ruth O. Jones
'Bright sadness' describes Lenten journey at Fargo church
Planning the spring garden calendar
Fielding Questions: Rabbit damage can ruin evergreens
Commentary: Minnesota needs transportation investment
Midwest Opinion: A workable path to bipartisan health care reform
Dave & Vivian Swanson
June 10, 2010
Commentary: Democrats conflicted after a win in Arkansas primary
WASHINGTON -- This week's primaries should have been good news for Democrats. Instead, a stray comment from an Obama aide briefly threatened a civil war in the Democratic Party, which needs all the unity it can get. The administration moved quickly to heal bad feelings that burst...
June 10, 2010 - 12:00am
June 8, 2010
Commentary: Obama's is in a double blind
WASHINGTON -- The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has created a double bind for the Obama administration. How it deals with a challenge even more complicated than it looks will determine the kind of summer the president has and the kind of election the Democrats will face this fall. The...
June 8, 2010 - 12:00am
May 27, 2010
Commentary: The muddle oozing from the Gulf of Mexico waters
WASHINGTON -- So who is in charge of stopping the oil spill, BP or the federal government? The fact that the answer to this question seems as murky as the water around the exploded oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico suggests that this is an excellent moment to recognize that our...
May 27, 2010 - 12:00am
May 24, 2010
Commentary: Casting stones at glass houses can be rough
WASHINGTON -- A fall from grace of the sort experienced recently by Indiana's Mark Souder typically brings smiles to the faces of liberals weary of moralistic religious types who preach one thing and do another. But I took no pleasure in Souder's resignation from Congress last week...
May 24, 2010 - 12:00am
May 7, 2010
Commentary: Will we forget the miners?
WASHINGTON -- There is a dispiriting and, yes, heartbreaking sameness about how we respond to mining disasters. The catastrophe at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W.Va., has taken at least 25 lives. An entire community stands in solidarity with the families of the victims,...
May 7, 2010 - 12:00am
April 26, 2010
Commentary: The right court fight
WASHINGTON -- The genius of American conservatives over the last 30 years has been their understanding that the most effective way to change the country is to change the terms of our political debate. On issue after issue, they have done just that. Sensible regulation was cast as...
April 26, 2010 - 12:00am
April 16, 2010
Commentary: In praise of the IRS
WASHINGTON -- You might imagine that if a terrorist attack killed an American public servant and threatened the lives of 200 people, it would have been big news for weeks and an enduring symbol of the risks taken by those who serve their country. Yet when an American named Joseph...
April 16, 2010 - 12:00am
April 14, 2010
Commentary: In Ohio, no insiders need apply
GAMBIER, Ohio -- Ohio's U.S. Senate campaign offers an excellent preview of what this fall's midterm elections will be like: Everyone in the race wants to be an outsider, everyone pledges to break with politics as usual, and everyone is talking about jobs. Those running against Washington...
April 14, 2010 - 12:00am
April 1, 2010
Commentary: Sunny Charlie Crist riding some rough waters in Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It was precisely the sort of event that Gov. Charlie Crist loves: a nonpartisan, non-ideological chance to boost Florida, its people and its weather. Ironically, it was also a moment rooted in partisanship, a news conference on Tuesday capping an effort by...
April 1, 2010 - 12:00am
March 27, 2010
Commentary: How the Pope can end abuse scandal
WASHINGTON -- How in the name of God can the Roman Catholic Church put the pedophilia scandal behind it? I do not invoke God's name lightly. The church's problem is, above all, theological and religious. Its core difficulty is that rather than drawing on its Christian resources,...
March 27, 2010 - 12:00am
March 25, 2010
Commentary: Health care's new nullifiers
WASHINGTON -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli seems determined to use an attack on health care reform to bring us back to the 1830s. Cuccinelli, to cheers from the Tea Party crowd, went to court this week to overturn the new law, which he says conflicts with a Virginia statute...
March 25, 2010 - 12:00am
March 18, 2010
Commentary: On health care reform, it is time to listen to the nuns
WASHINGTON -- One of the tragedies of the viciously politicized battle over health care reform is the defection of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops from a cause they have championed for decades. Indifferent to political fashions, the bishops were the strongest voices in support...
March 18, 2010 - 12:00am
March 11, 2010
Commentary: The deliberation and the hypocrisy of health care
WASHINGTON -- For those who feared that Barack Obama did not have any Lyndon Johnson in him, the president's determination to press ahead and get health care reform done in the face of Republican intransigence came as something of a relief. Obama's critics have regularly accused...
March 11, 2010 - 12:00am
February 25, 2010
Commentary: The next new dealers
WASHINGTON -- Young Americans are the linchpin of a new progressive era in American politics. So why aren't Democrats paying more attention to them? The relative strength of conservatives in American politics since the 1980s was built on generational change: Voters whose views had...
February 25, 2010 - 12:00am
February 15, 2010
Commentary: Calling Dr. Clinton
WASHINGTON -- When word went out that Bill Clinton had been rushed to the hospital, the prospect that he was in danger made me wish that President Obama had spent more time learning lessons that only Clinton can teach. Yes, Clinton put his presidency at risk over a sex scandal, and...
February 15, 2010 - 12:00am