From left, Reps. Alexandria Ocasi­o-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., along with Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (not pi

Trump drops the pretense in a racist America

Democrats want to manage racism, not face it. Trump takes the mask off us all.

It's no surprise that Republicans are quiet after Trump's 'go back' tweet

President Donald Trump and then-Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in September 2018. After criticizing Trump, Ryan retired, rather than pla
The options are speak up about Trump, or keep your job. You can't have both.

How a St. Paul backer through and through soured on that city

Downtown St. Paul, as seen from Harriet Island Park.
Minneapolis is now the place for me, even though I work in downtown St. Paul.

Protect the shield and sword of internet publishing

If Congress isn't careful, the online world will only grow less friendly.
D.J. Tice
In June, St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell announced the firing of five police officers for failing to intervene in an assault last year. The police u

Arbitration win rate for fired cops, if you stop to think about it, is high

Nearly half of fired cops are reinstated. That's not alarming?
Ross Douthat
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and a Democratic presidential hopeful, at a July 4th parade in Ames, Iowa.

Saving Bernie Sanders by touting his pragmatism

That's his track record — blue-sky ideals and a willingness, in office, to keep his work grounded in vote counts.
Toby Young
Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson in a forklift truck during a visit to a nursery in Braintree, England, on Saturday.

Said of Boris Johnson: 'He had a Churchillian sense of his own destiny'

He'll be an utter disaster — unless he turns out to be Britain's savior.
Peter M. Leschak
July 14
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon on July 30, 1969.

Why did we go to the moon? Because it was easy.

Apollo 11's giant leap, motivated as it was by the Cold War, was a cakewalk compared with the challenges we face in our era, on our planet.
James Lenz
July 14

How we got to the moon? The hard way

Honeywell's diligence about technical quality kept the moonshot on track. Boeing's recent troubles show how times have changed.
Todd Axtell
July 12
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell

Counterpoint from St. Paul's police chief: Community feedback actually reveals trust

Of the 2,457 results submitted, our average score is a 4.32 (out of 5).
July 12

Minnesota: healthy, smart, prosperous ... and fun?

Seventh-most in the nation, survey says.
Laura Harrison
July 12
Biometric monitoring: A way to police pregnancy

Biometric monitoring: A way to police pregnancy

Products like the Owlet Band — sensors to be worn around the midsection, appeal to maternal anxiety but amount to surveillance.
Akshay R. Rao
July 12
Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand,

A crowded Democratic field? Maybe not so bad

Think there are too many Democrats? It might help people make up their minds thanks to the "attraction effect."
Mark Kryzer
July 12
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at the presidential palace

Assessing the chances for peace in Afghanistan

A look at the implications of a developing deal that could end the 18-year-old war.
July 12
Fans and players celebrate the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team in New York.

Why the debate about equal pay for U.S. women's soccer isn't clear-cut

Cultural context matters, but revenue matters more.
John Rash
July 12
Two groups of incredible women, three decades apart. Left, the crew on board the Maiden led by Tracy Edwards (far left). Right, Megan Rapinoe holds th

Rash Report: Women's sports soar in 'Maiden' and World Cup

New documentary on the first female crew in a round-the-world race and soccer team's win give context to ongoing fight for equality.
Faye Flam
July 12
Supermarket shelves are filled with items made with cheap ingredients, especially sugar and corn syrup.

It's not your fault that you eat so much sugar

People really don't want it, but manufacturers think they do. Plus, manufacturers like to keep down their costs.
Michael Hiltzik
July 12
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday as part of a sweeping set of efforts aimed at improving medical care for the tens of mil

Trump's vaunted kidney initiative depends on Obamacare, which he's trying to kill

The administration's changes to increase the number of transplants and the use of dialysis at home would otherwise require congressional authorization.
Jennifer Rubin
July 12
U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., during a hearing on Capitol Hill in February.

How Democrats should respond to Ocasio-Cortez and crew

Treat these freshman backbenchers like any others. No one in a caucus can promote themselves at the expense of the rest.
July 11

Epstein/Acosta: Explanations for leniency aren't good enough

It doesn't matter if they were well-intentioned. They were wrong.
Lawrence Lessig
July 11
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Elena Kagan at the State of the Union address in February.

Roberts may be right about gerrymandering

The question for the court is never solely what justice requires. The question is also whether justice can be served — by justices.
Dorothy (Dusty) Pence
July 11
Ross Perot, above in 1992, has died at the age of 89.

Remembering Ross Perot, and what was begotten when the grassroots got going

As a Minnesota organizer, I saw that people liked him but that what they really liked was a challenge to the system.
Amber Roessner
July 11
Then-presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter, right, with his vice presidential running-mate Walter Mondale in December 1979.

The renaissance of Jimmy Carter and what it means for 2020

Collective memory of public figures tends to mirror present needs and wants.
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