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Audit: Minn. welfare programs have lax eligibility checks
It's back: Minnesota Senate has plan to revive Real ID
Planned Parenthood sees brief reprieve after healthcare bill yanked
State Fair doughnut fry leads to political fray
Capitol Chatter: A legislative budget primer
CMCS rebounds to play for consolation crown
State Basketball: CMCS rebounds in consolation bracket
New England keeper Cropper has Minnesota roots
Gophers riding turnaround into NCAA Tournament
Relief prospect Chargois optioned to Triple-A
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
Hoops on Hops: Delve into the wide range of beer books
Port: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls criticism over #NoDAPL protests response “inaccurate and offensive”
American wines are gaining in popularity
Lost Italian: It all starts with Pasta Aglio e Olio
Swift: The new 'Maximum Overdrive': Could our appliances be too smart?
Dave & Vivian Swanson
June 29, 2012
Commentary: The politics of health care law
You have to hand it to the chief justice.
June 29, 2012 - 12:00am
February 24, 2012
Commentary: Who is in charge in this race?
The fight between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum doesn't just raise questions about each man's strengths and weaknesses.
February 24, 2012 - 12:00am
February 4, 2012
Commentary: Gingrich is right that GOP race is not over
If the goal of the primary process is simply to nominate a candidate, essentially to nominate the man or woman most likely to win in the end, then this primary season should be declared over. Clear the stage, and give it to Mitt Romney. Newt Gingrich's promise to go the next 46 notwithstanding,...
February 4, 2012 - 12:00am
January 25, 2012
Commentary: The Dems are rooting for Newt
January 25, 2012 - 12:00am
January 21, 2012
Commentary: It's time to worry about Democrats' own focus
Dear Democrats Me, worry? Yes. Every day I'm asked by Democrats whether to worry about Mitt Romney. Many of them, frankly, aren't. They tell me about his being a Mormon (unfair, but true, the prejudice is real) and about the right-wing attacks and the Bain business and his being...
January 21, 2012 - 12:00am
January 18, 2012
Commentary: A story of a dog and Romney?
There is a famous story (it may be apocryphal, of course) about Richard Nixon and his dog. No, I don't mean the Checkers speech, the one where Nixon saved his integrity by invoking his little dog, Checkers, and his wife's cloth coat. This one came later, after he lost, during the...
January 18, 2012 - 12:00am
January 14, 2012
Commentary: Echoes of World War II in land of Normandy
No one told me that January is the wrong time to visit Normandy (until afterwards, that is). Most of the places we went to visit were closed. It was cold and wet and rainy. It took more than three hours each way. But I haven't been to France in fifteen years, and who knows (especially...
January 14, 2012 - 12:00am
December 21, 2011
Commentary: A Christmas of choices
Right around now is when people start fretting over creches in the public square and arguing as to whether publicly funded Christmas symbols violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment. And right about now is also when certain Jewish groups begin insisting that the answer...
December 21, 2011 - 12:00am
December 16, 2011
Commentary: Cha Clinton on TV news
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton's debut on NBC's "Nightly News" is drawing plenty of attention, as well it should. Since her father's election nearly 20 years ago, the Clintons set an example of real family values by doing everything they could to keep Chelsea out of the spotlight...
December 16, 2011 - 12:00am
December 10, 2011
Commentary: The Newt leader of this week
It was just at this time in 2003 -- on December 9th, to be exact -- that former Vice President Al Gore endorsed insurgent candidate Howard Dean, making him the official frontrunner and nominee-apparent in the Democratic race for the president. Looking back, many people said the endorsement...
December 10, 2011 - 12:00am
October 31, 2011
Commentary: The latest on candidate Rick Perry
Watching Rick Perry debate is not easy, especially if you're inclined to agree with him (in the abstract), but even if you're not. This guy is the governor of Texas. He's been in politics for decades. Agree or disagree, the same question comes to mind: How can he be so bad? The obvious...
October 31, 2011 - 12:00am
July 29, 2011
Commentary: Stand by your man
The headlines on the Drudge Report make it sound worse than it is: "Blacks, liberals flee in droves." And underneath: "Sanders (that's Bernie Sanders, the Independent from Vermont): Obama should face primary challenger." And above: "Obama's Base Crumbles." The truth is that with...
July 29, 2011 - 12:00am
June 11, 2011
Commentary: Anthony Weiner's own viral adventure
Some years ago, I made the biggest mistake of my "media" career. No, not a crotch shot. But not good, either. I was engaged in a pretty emotional back-and-forth with my former classmate and longtime friend Michael Kinsley, one of the most respected journalists in America.
June 11, 2011 - 12:00am
May 14, 2011
Commentary: Insecurity led to this downfall
Raj Rajaratnam should be about the last person in the world that I have any sympathy for. I don't know him. I don't have a lot in common with billionaires who would cheat to save $3 million, as he was convicted of doing. I dislike insider trading, not so much because it's unfair (it's...
May 14, 2011 - 12:00am
May 5, 2011
Commentary: The other big news on Osama bin Laden
The big news is not that Osama bin Laden is dead. I mean, that is certainly big news, but a guy in hiding who has a record price tag on his head is not exactly an effective leader of a revolutionary movement. The big news, at least by my lights, is that Americans waving flags seem...
May 5, 2011 - 12:00am