A demo booth at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif., in 2017. Facebook is facing the most serious crisis in its 14-year hi

Rash Report: Cambridge Analytica tactics pose a growing global threat to democracy

Focus on Facebook justified, but shouldn't obscure shadowy political operatives threatening elections.

Progress in gun-control debate stems from reason born of respect, trust

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Both are true: Owning weapons is instinctual, and sensible gun control is widely supported.

Journalism: A midcareer retrospective

It takes all types to produce a newspaper, but reporting is the skill every publication needs.

Why did Trump change course on protecting elephants?

He opposed trophy hunting in November as a 'horror show.'
Stephen M. Walt
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2017, file photo, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

A White House Dick Cheney would love

Worry about Bolton, sure — but worry more about a system that could give him another chance.
John Feld
March 23

Attack on muskies another example of legislative incompetence

They've displayed their lack of tech know-how with the DMV debacle. Now they're ignoring the data on how muskies affect fisheries.
March 22

Let's not overreact to first fatality involving a self-driving car

But there is a need for tough national safety and review standards.
March 22
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges against former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor in the shooting death of Justine Ru

Unlike former officer Noor, other agents of the state get away with murder

"Discretionary judgment" gives a free pass to those responsible for releasing rapists and killers.
March 22

You think MNLARS is a mess? Wait til you meet METS

State's health care eligibility software is also unreliable.
Noah Feldman
March 22
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The surprising progress of Kushner's peace process

Using Sunni-Shia tensions to isolate Palestinian hard liners, Kushner's gotten further than any American peacemaker in decades.
March 21
Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, a 98-year-old nun and Loyola University Ramblers superfan, celebrated with Loyola’s Donte Ingram (0) and the team on th

Loyola's 'Sister Jean' is Sweet 16's best story

It's easy to be cynical about sports, but 98-year-old nun is a cure-all.
Gary Abernathy
March 21
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired last week, just two days before his retirement date.

Disgraceful: The canonization of Andrew McCabe

Scrutiny of the agency seems increasingly warranted, concerns of Russian collusion less so, and the media is, naturally, on the wrong side of things.
Harry Litman
March 21
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired last week, just two days before his retirement date.

Disgraceful: The firing of Andrew McCabe

He'll be fine, but it's the strongest strike yet in Trump's assault on independent law enforcement. The rule of law is taking a big hit.
Daniel Bordwell
March 21

Minnesota school policy balance bill threatens good citizenship

It would neuter education in civic discourse just when it's needed most.
March 20

Trump launches War on Drugs II on opioid abuse

Unfortunately, the first such effort failed to stop the crack-cocaine crisis.
Wayne E. Brandt
March 20
Aspen and birch on a spring day north of Park Rapids, Minn., in 2014.

Counterpoint: The actual economics of Minnesota's forest-products industry

Contrary to an assertion made in a recent commentary, wood costs are not low. The reason, as always, is supply and demand. There'll be consequences. Roll tape.
Steve Wenzel
March 20
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Counterpoint: The missed element in the comeback blueprint suggested for Pawlenty

People don't want an establishment candidate. Simple as that. That's why GOP challenger Mary Giuliani Stephens is the real obstacle for the former governor.
Brenda Cassellius
March 20

Counterpoint: What Katherine Kersten can't grasp about schools but readers should

The state Department of Human Rights is not embarking on a campaign to allow chaos. Violent offenses and criminal activity will always be taken seriously. The focus is on lesser infractions, which clearly produce an unequal pattern of suspensions.
Tom Connell
March 20

Counterpoint: Let's discuss race issues in Minnesota's schools — calmly

That means the Star Tribune must not be a tool of the flame-throwing Center of the American Experiment. Keep that material in context.
Julia Hill and Dana Bennis
March 19
An illustration that accompanied a commentary by Katherine Kersten on the Star Tribune's March 18 Opinion Exchange cover.

Counterpoint: False claims and dog whistles in Katherine Kersten's commentary on school discipline

Katherine Kersten's recent commentary on school discipline brought the fear, not the facts. It won't work — people know better.
Julia Harrison
March 19

Counterpoint: I volunteer at Listening House. It's about real people coming together.

I volunteer at Listening House. This endeavor is about real people coming together.
Chris Olson Bingea
March 19

Counterpoint: St. Paul drop-in center is trying hard to fit in neighborhood

In fact, we're already succeeding. Just a fraction of the surrounding community opposes our efforts, and a City Council member's recent claims about us were misleading.
March 19

Fighting discrimination should still be a key goal for HUD

Proposed change to agency's mission statement sends conflicting signal.
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