Minnesota's marijuana moment: Why to legalize, by someone who doesn't inhale

Minnesota's marijuana moment: Why to legalize, by someone who doesn't inhale

With decriminalization advancing coast to coast, legalized pot appears on its way, and Minnesota will light up the debate this year. Change is overdue.

How a Minnesota governor could get a sequel

February 16
Tim Pawlenty seems to have an itch for it. But Rudy Perpich provides the model.

'Mockingbird,' 'Huck Finn': At least keep these two books as part of your personal curriculum

February 16
They're about much more than race.
Peter Hutchinson and John James
February 16

Tax reform: For Minnesota, the federal act is a hard one to follow

One way or another, the state has to respond to the changes. Here are the options:
Chris Johnson
February 16

Goodbye to personal weapons of mass destruction

With this week marking another Valentine's Day Massacre, we must act to outlaw semiautomatic or military-style guns.
John Rash
February 16

Rash Report: Protect elections, democracy's DNA

U.S. intelligence chiefs' warnings on Russian interference should spur bipartisan backing for an aggressive congressional response.
Editorial
February 16

If enough Americans demand gun law changes, they'll win

The gun lobby will not rule the day on U.S. policies forever.
Editorial
February 15

Intelligence officials show no doubt about Russian meddling

Intelligence officials show no doubt about Russian meddling
Eric W. Kaler
February 15

Eric Kaler: To better serve Minnesota, the U needs state help renovating outdated facilities

Up-to-date classrooms and research centers will help us fulfill our vision for the future.
ROSS DOUTHAT
February 15

For real cultural change after #MeToo, let's ban porn

It's just a product that's made and sold. So, yes, we can restrict and even censor online smut.
Lisa Hamp
February 15

Lucky to escape a mass shooting, but the scars still run deep

It's a long road to recovery for those of us who were uninjured, too.
Jennifer Rubin
February 15
Students grieve outside Pines Trail Center where counselors are presen...

America is mourning again, but with Trump we have no consoler-in-chief

Unlike other presidents, his only skill is channeling anger — compassion, shared heartache, perseverance are all beyond him.
Virginia Postrel
February 14

Where it's 'Take Your Dog to Work Day,' every day

The latest flash point: pets in public places, from airplanes to offices. Will we welcome them? Must we?
Brian Aldes
February 14

Standing up for public employee unions

I'll fight so those who provide vital services are not scapegoated.
John Hausladen
February 14

Toying with road tolls moves Minnesota in wrong direction

A MnDOT study coupled with Trump's bad idea would hurt state's drivers and economy.
Commentary
February 14

Trump's got some infrastructure ideas worth exploring

But $200 billion federal outlay wouldn't be enough to win broad support.
Editorial
February 13

Deaths of two officers underscores damage done by domestic violence

Ohio cops who responded to 911 call were 'two of the best.'
Aaron Blake
February 13

Trump opponents may want to control the outrage

Things like inflamed reaction to Jeff Sessions' "Anglo-American" remark can undercut their cause.
Ramesh Ponnuru
February 13

Here's a sensible plan for paid parenting leave, critics notwithstanding

It would let parents tap Social Security money now for a slight delay in collecting benefits later.
Lawrence R. Jacobs
February 13

Our political divide now extends even to … poker

Seriously. My mostly GOP group plays a "free market" game. My Democratic group has set rules.
Colbie Holderness
February 13

Rob Porter is my ex-husband. Here's what you should know about abuse.

Kellyanne, being 'strong' does not protect a person from abuse.
David Von Drehle
February 12

Why I love the Olympics despite all that's wrong with them

There are two reasons – one from the head and one from the heart.
Karen Tumulty
February 12

Nancy Pelosi's four-inch stilettos made a statement

Shoes sometimes declare a woman's identity and her determination to power on through.
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