Leftward, whoa! Balance needed in Minneapolis politics

Leftward, whoa! Balance needed in Minneapolis politics

The city of Minneapolis is losing its balance under the influence of liberal activists. Here are more-even approaches to tackling four key municipal issues.

After latest Twin Cities-area police shooting, a look at perceptions is warranted

July 21
Polling shows large gaps in views of public, police.

In Minnesota, would home-grown health care cost containment have better odds?

July 21
Health care policy punt to states may be welcomed.
KAREN WEESE
July 21

To fight poverty, think smaller

The big ideas are needed, but obstacles often could be better addressed with tweaks.
Editorial
July 21

The context is what matters when Trump chats with Putin

Suspicion over administration's Russia ties colors the conversations.
Editorial
July 21

The best time to address looming Social Security crisis was before now

But given the delay, Congress needs to act as soon as possible.
Jennifer Rubin
July 21

Trump's presidency is doomed. (But how, exactly, will it end?)

Here are five possible scenarios for the disaster tale that will soon rush toward a climax.
Nate Cathcart
July 21

Counterpoint: Magical fishing? Anecdotes are no substitute for facts

How many almighty walleye are enough? 10? 20? All you armchair biologists debating "unfair" rules on Mille Lacs have work to do.
John Rash
July 21

Rash Report: What 'Dunkirk' displays about Britain, then and now

A temporary retreat from a hostile continent during wartime to a permanent Brexit divorce from today's welcoming Europe.
Editorial
July 20

Fight ISIS by muzzling online recruitment

Government, technology companies need to collaborate.
Paula Goodman Maccabee
July 20

Counterpoint: PolyMet is just feeding Minnesotans a line

The copper-nickel project would be a climate-change horror, burning fossil fuels and destroying peatlands and wetlands.
Ben Feuer
July 20

The federal judiciary: For the Supreme Court, the stakes are simply too high

To prevent "Armageddon" over replacing a retiring justice, here's a plan to impose term limits of 18 years and to stagger appointments every two years.
Ronald A. Klain
July 20

The federal judiciary: How Trump is stocking the lower courts with Trumpians

Compared with his predecessors, the president has been wildly successful at one thing: naming judges, lots of them. They're very conservative. And very young.
Carter Eskew
July 20

McCain may have one more act of heroic leadership to perform

This, his sobering diagnosis reminds a confused nation, is what a patriot and true public servant looks like.
Alfred Lubrano
July 19

A little DNA leads to a 'genealogical epiphany'

When I tried one of those ancestry kits, I learned that, yes, my ancestors did come from Italy — and (surprise!) a lot of other places.
Hugh Hewitt
July 19

C'mon, Republicans, go for a big bipartisan deal

Since the GOP Congress has failed, McConnell and Ryan could offer to settle a list of issues with the Democrats.
Jessica Treat
July 19

Met Council needs to slam the brakes on proposed fare hikes

The goal should be innovation, affordability and increasing ridership — not cutting it.
Editorial
July 18

The Trump administration's 'Hire American' trap

Foreign workers, students contribute greatly to the U.S. economy.
Richard G. Carlson
July 18

After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town

I say it's us civilians, and we insist on the reforms the Police Department resists and its political patrons have shrunk from.
Philip W. Yun
July 18

Nuclear weapons: Why are we afraid of North Korea?

The U.S. is extremely powerful. And North Korea is not suicidal. Continued deterrence and a little flexibility are in order.
Alexandra Levy
July 18

Nuclear weapons: The test that changed the world

Nuclear capability buys global success — at considerable cost, but the legacy of the Manhattan Project is that, for some countries, it's worth it.
Jared Bernstein
July 18

Some whats and whys of the current moment in the health care debate

Why have Republicans not been able to pull off this thing they seemed so motivated to do? What happens next?
Editorial
July 17

Rooftop-solar expansion is coming to an end

States need to weigh the costs and benefits and craft supportive policies.
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