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Rampaging crowds invading the Capitol, overwhelming police, kicking in doors and climbing through windows. Bomb threats, and rounds of ammunition discovered at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
How labor caught on in government work, and why its time is up.
You won't find that sentiment among those who aspire to achieve.
Reaction to Tucson laid bare the biases that drive left-wing ideology.
There is a strong connection between virtue and successful self-government.
A new report has the bad news for all of us - a growing class marriage gap.
Starting with Wilson, the common good gave way to personal bliss.
Gripes about campaign cash and attack ads are baffling, considering the source.
Busing students for integration failed elsewhere, but Eden Prairie wants to try.
Under Obama, the left tried for an end run, but the voters were there to stop it.
It sounds far-fetched, but the president is the "Radical-in-Chief."
The school -- public, mind you -- tries to intimidate all who would challenge it.
Minnesota's choice for governor will determine marriage's fate in this state.
Instead of intellectual exploration, colleges promote a predictable ideology.
Did the media stand up in support of a threatened Seattle cartoonist? Not really.
With ancient truths, religious service provides comfort in a material age.
If you're going to have a second life, shouldn't it at least be tangible?
Businesses could grow if they didn't face such a hostile administration.
His family money is funding the dirty work of an under-the-radar operation.
The judge showed contempt -- and may have had a conflict of interest.
Interesting how these humble people can spend $9 million on one campaign.
One place is the Journolist listserv, where liberalism is boldly embraced.
The country is harassing Christians. Will Sam Kaplan stand on their behalf?
If it becomes the law of the land, expect wide-ranging consequences.
The governors of Indiana and New Jersey are tackling government bloat.
Big Government is dashing away with the American Dream.
There was an intentional effort to build a new moral authority for America.
Expect some businesses to stop hiring and others to drop health coverage.
Obama takes the early Progressives' intrusive vision and runs with it.
Internet pornography should be treated as a public health issue.
This movement would like to take on every left-wing cause under the sun.
Almost half of U.S. households don't pay taxes but use benefits and services.
You'd think the evil of sexual abuse was exclusive to the Catholic Church.
It's an outgrowth of the Progressive Movement stretching back a century.
What public good do the Gitmo attorneys think they're serving?
Birds do it, bees do it, but no one does it like 'Sex Week.' Lux et veritas, indeed.
Witnesses describe the charter school's response to criticism.
Here are some cost-effective ideas that Democrats should take seriously.
Americans reject a governing elite that imposes its worldview on them.
Supporters of gay marriage are quite willing to bully on behalf of their cause.
A Philadelphia-based organization leads the fight against thought control.
The left's attack machine is already grinding away with TV ads.
They must denounce exclusionary biases and embrace the vision. (Or else.)
You know it's not politics-as-usual when you're attending a meeting of the nation's governors and one of them goes into labor. When -- just a few months later -- that new mother is preparing to speak to the Republican National Convention as the party's vice-presidential candidate, you know that politics-as-usual is gone for good.
Here's a familiar sight this time of year -- the Christ child lies in a manger, gazing up at Mary and Joseph. His loving parents bend over him as sheep and a donkey gather in the stable to worship.
This is my last metro-state column for the Star Tribune. It's the end of a journey I'll remember always.
Santa hasn't forgotten military families. In recent weeks, more than 1,500 kids of deployed Minnesotans have had Christmas brought to them.
Every day, headlines announce more evidence that many of our young people are morally adrift.
I wish I had a nickel for every college student I know who's been assigned to read "Nickel and Dimed," by journalist Barbara Ehrenreich.
The U.S. Supreme Court stunned the nation with a 5-4 decision holding that Al Franken -- until recently the Obama administration's ambassador to the Vatican -- was the official winner of the 2008 Minnesota Senate contest.
Your sales director storms into the room and glowers at the trembling sales reps assembled there. He bellows about plummeting profits, blasts the poorest performers and reaches tsunami-level intensity when demanding greater exertions.
It's official. The Interstate 35W bridge fell -- not because of what Tim Pawlenty or Carol Molnau did or didn't do -- but because engineers failed to calculate correctly the thickness of gusset plates more than 40 years ago.
Your 14-year-old daughter is curled up on the couch, absorbed in a rerun of "Sex and the City." She watches with interest as Samantha Jones,…
Let's assume the 32 disputed ballots in Minneapolis were legitimate. Let's assume the newly discovered 100 votes in Pine County -- all for Al Franken -- were just overlooked by a sleepy official, and the 100 votes found in Mountain Iron -- again, all for Franken -- were valid.
After the Republicans' shellacking at the polls, many may be tempted to write an obituary for the conservative movement itself.
Tuesday is Election Day. For most of us, it can't come too soon. But the rapid-fire, info-heavy nature of today's campaign is a far cry from the first election in the Minnesota Territory on Aug. 1, 1849.
There will be few dry eyes this week as the last passenger steps ashore in Memphis from the deck of that great lady of the river -- the Delta Queen.
A new charitable organization, Minnesota Education Trust, has applied to sponsor all three. One of MET's "principal goals," is "to promote the message of Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims and promote understanding between them." How can an organization dedicated to promoting religion be qualified to sponsor public schools?
Al Franken is a serious senatorial candidate despite his penchant for the pornographic. But he hasn't apologized for another aspect of his trash-talking shtick: taking aim at religious believers, particularly Christians.
Below the radar, the groundwork is being laid to change the meaning of marriage in Minnesota.
A young girl's music is inspiring - as is her story of becoming a pianist against the odds.
Today's socially conscious student finds it tough to keep up with all the latest buzzwords.
This is where the rubber really meets the road as we search for the villains behind the mortgage and financial market crises.
Remember the old one-room schoolhouse? We've moved far beyond it, right? Not John DeJak and Dale Ahlquist, who are back in a one-room school, aiming to start an education revolution in St. Louis Park with 11 students.
Four years ago, Michelle Morey of Orono pulled a muscle while working out at the gym. A lump in her chest stood out. But she didn't worry. It was just a knot in the muscle, she was sure.
Critics would have us believe that thousands of earnest grandmas gathered peacefully in St. Paul throughout the convention to exercise their First Amendment rights.
Last week, Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA) and the Minnesota Department of Education appeared to reach an understanding in the controversy over whether Islam is being promoted at this public school.
Will John McCain's vice-presidential selection add a few critical electoral votes? How will the GOP's energy policy play in Ohio and Florida?
A national political convention is about four things -- the nominee's coronation ceremony, parties, speeches, and protests. That covers about 99.5 percent of what you'll see reported in the media.
Is Hurricane Gustav, which was lashing Louisiana on Monday, a threat to the Republican Party and its vision of limited government? According to conventional wisdom, disasters like Katrina and Gustav demand the big-government solutions that Democrats favor.
Today, we'll see every grievance imaginable on display in the long-planned protest march on the Republican National Convention, even though the convention is largely on hold in response to the hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast.
Next week's Republican National Convention will overflow with pageantry. But drama? We'll see a coronation ceremony for Sen. John McCain. The only open question is his running mate's identity -- and that too will be settled well before the first gavel.
Imagine that you hear that your 18-year-old daughter was kissing another girl at a party last weekend. What races through your mind? "O my gosh, she's exploring same-sex attractions. She must be a lesbian."
Today, hopeful success stories -- told by a Minnesotan and others -- are replacing the drumbeat of failure.
Human entertainment has many dark basements. At the Roman Coliseum, crowds once howled their approval as human beings slaughtered one another. At strip clubs -- of more recent vintage -- patrons pay to stare as the most intimate and beautiful human acts are reduced to a public display of animal-like grinds and moans.
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