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David Banks

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David Banks is the Star Tribune's assistant commentary editor.
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New White House security structures may be inevitable, but must they be ugly?

New White House security structures may be inevitable, but must they be ugly?

Maybe it could be made to look like it was meant to be.
Adoption: Choosing to search is a complex decision — some prefer to take it slow

Adoption: Choosing to search is a complex decision — some prefer to take it slow

The law and culture don't favor adoptees who may be curious but reticent to go all in.
Teardown and tribulation: Living next door

Teardown and tribulation: Living next door

While Minneapolis' moratorium may be a step too far, the discussion is needed.

Dashboard navigation: At the next intersection, turn … off

We're very fond of the assistance, but just remember: You can go your own way.
Food for thought: Give money online

Food for thought: Give money online

Getting food and other assistance where it needs to go is a matter of both logistics and cash.
From Boston to bitcoin: How change catches us off-guard

From Boston to bitcoin: How change catches us off-guard

We know it’s coming, but it has a way of always sneaking up on us.
Mayo proposal: Hard to oppose, but for the laws of nature

Mayo proposal: Hard to oppose, but for the laws of nature

Often, development is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
Hands off your neighbors' yard signs

Hands off your neighbors' yard signs

Hey -- it's counterproductive (or worse).
Benghazi and the presidential debate

Benghazi and the presidential debate

Murkiness is inevitable; candor is the cure.

Never too soon to plan for long-term care

Such care will be a significant driver of the nation’s health care cost burden.
Our most memorable places

Our most memorable places

How we mark the meaningful places in our lives.
Mitt Romney -- a performance review

Mitt Romney -- a performance review

Romney has presented his Bain experience as evidence that he is a skilled manager. Can we find out if he was?
At last, a clash of credible candidates

At last, a clash of credible candidates

One voter has waited decades for a race with no top clunker candidates.
Why we speed

Why we speed

In addition to the reality that not all drivers are alike, there can be, paradoxically, a pursuit of safety.
Swill for the masses

Swill for the masses

Longing for the good life -- one cup at a time.
A platform for the partyless

A platform for the partyless

On Tuesday, a number of Minnesota voters will dive into the proceedings at their precinct caucus. But it will be a relative few. Here's something for the rest of us to ponder.

David Banks: Of bongs and bad vetting: Oh, the humiliation

Is it really as bad as all that? Or do we just like to see other people fail?

David Banks: Bear with me

A small-time trader explains why profiting from decline is not necessarily evil -- nor greedy.
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