President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived for a one-on-one-meeting Tuesday at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.

Thomas L. Friedman: In Helsinki, Trump violated his oath of office

It was as if President Franklin Roosevelt had said after Pearl Harbor: "Hey, both sides are to blame."

Remembrance: How Barbara Carlson became a true talk-show host

July 16
Barbara Carlson sometimes broadcast her show from a hot tub.
I produced her show for five years. I had to be tougher than she was. But I loved her and learned from her.

Global affairs: It's a fight against extremism, and U.S. is on the wrong side

July 16
President Donald Trump arrived for a photo session during the G-7 summit last month in Charlevoix, Canada. From left are British Prime Minister Theres
This is the most important struggle of our time.
July 16

Congress dodges hard choices on 'unsustainable' fiscal trajectory

GAO cites $3 trillion increase in federal spending over the next decade.
Eli Lake
July 16
A view of the buildings housing the Russian military intelligence service in Moscow. The office of U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller issued indictme

Mueller investigation: America's cyberspies are that good

It's breathtaking what they've been able to uncover in detail. But ironic, too, given our fears about the government's role in privacy.
D.J. Tice
July 16

Belief in God means what in America?

New research shows that definitions are flexible, with a political twist.
Anne Applebaum
July 16
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of a news conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki

So, the Trump-Putin summit …

Our president has just composed the most elaborate thank-you note in history.
Kate Walsh
July 16
Outside the Supreme Court building in Washington on June 25, awaiting the decision in Janus vs. AFSCME. The 5-4 ruling struck down a 41-year-old decis

After Janus, will we see the teachers union of tomorrow?

Even with fewer teachers paying dues, there's a strong foundation. One move in particular will preserve it, and it involves teacher quality.
July 14

Trump vs. NATO: He's as wrong as he is right

The debate over European nations' contributions goes back decades.
John Rash
July 13
President Donald Trump, heading to a news conference Wednesday at NATO headquarters in Brussels after a summit of the organization.

Rash Report: Trump's disruption of international order comes with peril

The president is accelerating the waning of a system that's advanced U.S. interests.
Nancy Leong
July 13
The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has prompted speculation and fear among supporters of reproductive rights.

The future of abortion law: Men should worry about the fate of Roe vs. Wade, too

When women have the opportunity to choose, men also benefit. We're hearing women's stories. Now we need to hear men's.
Sue Abderholden
July 13
The entry to the St. Peter State Hospital in 1963: That year in Minnesota, 9,000 people with mental illnesses lived in institutions. By 1978, the numb

Counterpoint: Minnesota hasn't truly built a mental-health system

We know what works (and what doesn't), and there are more community services than ever. But the network can't keep up. We need data. We need to delve deeply into the problem.
July 13
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley is a South St. Paul native. Here, she campaigned in Coon Rapids.

A place of influence: South St. Paul

It has plenty of political history — and this year is a prime political crucible.
D.J. Tice
July 13

Job 1 for Minnesota voters: Get state government to do a better job

It simply has to. And don't let grandiose candidate rhetoric impede that goal.
July 13
Promises, promises: Demand more from candidates

Promises, promises: Demand more from candidates

We'll get plenty of pledges from gubernatorial candidates. Here's something for them: Questions. If they can't give answers, they shouldn't get our vote.
Steve Sviggum
July 13
The higher-ethanol fuel blend called E15 is 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. It is not available as a gasoline in Minnesota from June 1 to

Ethanol blends: There's a cure for the summertime blues

Make haste to lift unnecessary regulations, as Trump has promised. Year-round E15 will benefit consumers and the rural economy.
Joanna Woolman and Jeff Hayden
July 13
A boy from Honduras was separated from his parents at the U.S.-Mexico border three months ago and put in foster care in Michigan.

The trauma of child separation also exists right here in Minnesota

The state separates thousands of children from their parents each year through its child welfare system. Protection vs. consequences is a tough balance to strike.
July 13

Finally, justice for Emmett Till?

A new federal investigation may bring closure in black teen's 1955 slaying.
July 12
President Donald Trump was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a news conference following the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday.

Trump isn't attacking NATO. He's strengthening it with tough love.

If he thought NATO was useless, he would not waste his time on it. But if allies don't invest in real, usable military capabilities, NATO will become irrelevant.
John Freivalds
July 12
Russian nesting dolls depicting Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are seen in a Helsinki bookstore in advance of Monday’s summit.

Join me in seeing Latvia — and Russian threats against it — as real

To most Americans, my native country and even NATO are abstractions, but there are real life-or-death considerations.
Mary G. Lawrence
July 12
On the grounds of the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, a sculpture portraying a wounded soldier being helped by others.

Vet's frustrating experience with VA eye clinic: Unacceptable

A contract cancellation resulted in diminished service, and VA leadership must act to improve matters.
Patricia K. Turgeon
July 12
A Red Cross blood drive was held in Shoreview in March.

I just had a good cry. It wasn't because of the cancer.

It's a mean world, and I don't mean metaphorically.
July 12

Unauthorized expansion of state lottery a bad bet

Selling tickets on a smartphone app is called "legally dubious."
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