New York case against Trump may be prophetic

With respect to the investigation of his foundation's activities as compared to the Mueller probe, different circumstances but similar behavior.

Counterpoint: Discussion of ketamine use on suspects is incomplete

June 19
As EMS medical directors in the Twin Cities, we want members of the public to understand all the factors that must be considered — and the care we take in our work.

Editorial counterpoint: On mining, let's follow facts and the law

June 19
Twin Metals Minnesota, a subsidiary of the Chilean mining giant Antofagasta, plans a controversial copper-nickel mine southeast of Ely, near the Bound
When it comes to "rigorous, technology-driven and independent analysis" of plans, we in the industry wholeheartedly agree. Such processes are in place and can be trusted.
June 19

'Deaths of despair,' American-style

Our epidemics of suicide and opioid overdoses require urgent action.
David Fickling
June 19
Men are shown living in tents in the detention center on the tiny island nation of Nauru in this still image from the 2016 documentary “Chasing Asyl

Don't follow Australia's grim path on migration

The way a system originally intended as a temporary measure has gradually turned into a "dire humanitarian situation" offers a warning to the U.S. — which would do well to take heed.
Ramesh Ponnuru
June 19
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018.

How to enforce borders without this child-separation trauma

It's a three-step political process, but it boils down to this: Don't split up families when it's not absolutely necessary.
Peter Wismer
June 19
President Donald Trump signed a space policy directive Monday aimed at coordinating federal and industry efforts to manage space traffic and debris ah

Wars in space? Let's not go there

We often forget that it's not empty. Near our planet, we've filled it with equipment we rely on daily.
Philip Bump
June 18
A boy and his father from Honduras who were seeking asylum were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents last week near Mission, Texas.

Child separations at the border: Trump administration's case depends on the audience

Herein, an analysis of the three different ways that President Donald Trump and various officials are addressing the subject.
Richard Jorgensen
June 18
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking last week in Fort Wayne, Ind., cited a Bible passage from Romans in his defense of the Trump administrat

Jeff Sessions, immigration and the Bible: The problems with citing a passage to support an opinion

Context matters. Without it, there's almost always a countervailing verse — see these two examples ­— and there are seemingly no limits on what can be justified.
June 18

What a kooky idea: Dividing California into three parts

Proposition on the November ballot would bring chaos, cost and conflict.
Michael Hiltzik
June 18
Shipping containers, many from China, were stacked at the Port of Los Angeles in October 2013. The Trump administration said on Friday, June 15, 2018,

Trump's trade policy is barking up the wrong tree

Sober economic analysis says: A trade deficit with China (or the world at large) did not bring the changes in U.S. manufacturing.
Laura Bush
June 18
A boy and father from Honduras were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico Border on June 12, 2018, near Mission, Texas.

Former First Lady Laura Bush: We pride ourselves on being a moral nation. Child separations are not moral.

If we truly are who we think we are, it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents — and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.
June 17

About that 'great fervor' for Kim Jong Un

Trump apparently forgot accurate account he gave last year.
Cheryal Lee Hills and Dane Smith
June 15
Making Minnesota greater again (and again)

Making Minnesota greater again (and again)

The state's 10 regional development organizations have been helping to guide planning for 50 years. They're also keeping up with the times and providing a template for this year's elections.
June 15

Do political party conventions matter in Minnesota?

Not much, unless you're an insider on the far left or right.
Leonid Bershidsky
June 15
Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec, was the site of the June 8-9 economic summit among leaders of the G-7 nations: the United States, Canada, t

Trump got trade right at the G-7: All tariffs must go

It would remove populism from the equation and put trade issues back into negotiating rooms filled with detail-oriented professionals.
Laura Dawson
June 15
On June 8, during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G-7 summit in Quebec, President Donald Trump made a joke about leaving

No one will win Trump's fight between U.S. and Canada

The relationship between the two countries has been sometimes tense, always resilient. But this particular feud puts a lot at stake economically.
Rex Huppke Chicago Tribune
June 15
A raccoon sat on a ledge on the Town Square building in downtown St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP

Yeah, but I don't like raccoons …

I say that the skyscraper-climbing critter was a harbinger of a deadly uprising.
Michael Hirsh
June 15

Global alliances lift all boats. Especially ours.

Trump thinks groups like the G-7 "rob us." Actually, they've made America rich.
Frank Bruni
June 15
Actor Robert De Niro used an expletive to condemn President Donald Trump on stage at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards last Sunday in New York.

How to lose the midterms and re-elect Trump

Enough with the hysterics and Hitler analogies. Voters will see you as you see him: deranged.
Cathy O’Neil
June 15
Facebook said in April that it would invite scholars to study the impact of social media on elections. The 2018 midterm elections provide a good oppor

Let's send Facebook some election observers

The internet giant says we can trust it to manage things in a way that doesn't hurt democracy. I say, let's check that.
Zalmay Khalilzad
June 15
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking May 21 at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank in Washington. Pompeo issued

Why Iran will choose to negotiate with Trump

Here are four factors that are likely to tip the balance in favor of the administration's forceful but open-to-negotiation strategy.
Petula Dvorak
June 15
Fashion designer Kate Spade, 55, died June 5 in her New York apartment, while chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, 61, died June 8 at a French hotel.

Will we finally end the silence around suicide?

Celebrity deaths could bust the myths and help end the stigma, blame and shame around America's 10th-leading killer.
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