Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross prepared ahead of a Senate Finance Committee hearing on tariffs on Wednesday in Washington.

No soup for you: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sits before a Senate committee to talk tariffs

President Donald Trump says trade wars are "easy." Here come the first American casualties.

Overturning 'fair share' union fees would restore balance

June 20
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to decide Janus vs. AFSCME by the end of June. The case hinges on whether public employees must pay “fair share”
Many public employees object to union policies. The Supreme Court is in a position to overturn a requirement of "fair share" fees.

As attention returns to Korean Peninsula, let's remember 'Forgotten War'

In this July 5, 1950, photo, American foot soldiers left the railroad station at Taejon, South Korea, en route to the battle front against North Korea
It wasn't our most prominent engagement, but the truth is, U.S. servicemen suffered under circumstances that are hard to forget.
Tina Smith
June 20
This photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families shows part of a shelter used to ho

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith: Ending a bad family-separation policy won't fix the humanitarian crisis

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen must resign. Republicans in Congress must get their act together. And all of us must understand that the issue of family separation isn't just along our southern border, it also affects those swept up in ICE raids.
Francis Wilkinson
June 20

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.
June 19

'Deaths of despair,' American-style

Our epidemics of suicide and opioid overdoses require urgent action.
Anne Williamson
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

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

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.
Jeffrey Ho, Charlie Lick, John Lyng, Marc Conterato, Paul Nystrom and Kevin Sipprell
June 19

Counterpoint: Discussion of ketamine use on suspects is incomplete

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.
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.
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