The Secret History of the Commission on Presidential Debates

The Secret History of the Commission on Presidential Debates

With the two major party nominees -- and no one else -- about to square off, it's time to revisit the thrilling misadventures that guaranteed voters would never learn about alternative candidates or ideas.

Counterpoint: The political contrasts couldn't be more obvious

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Counterpoint: The political contrasts couldn't be more obvious
Some Democrats look at the polls and think it'll be OK to sit out this election. But the polls are tightening. We need to get out and vote.

PolitiFact: Clinton charge against Trump not clear-cut

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PolitiFact: Clinton charge against Trump not clear-cut
At issue is a three-year-old donation to an attorney general whose office was considering an investigation of his "sham university."
Commentary
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Clinton, Trump need to explain how they'd fight terror

So far we've heard about resolve and revenge, but few details.
Commentary
September 24

Federal Reserve struggles to find the path forward

Central bank would be helped by sound U.S. economic policy.
LORI STURDEVANT
September 24

St. Cloud's cohesive spirit shines through

In the week after a man stabbed 10 people at a mall, this city's remarkable calm reflected years of community bridge-building.
mike meyers
September 24

If the system's 'rigged,' it's long been in Trump's favor

Over decades, he's taken the art of tapping taxpayer largesse and exploiting tax law loopholes to heights few have approached.
STEVE MIHM
September 24

America has lived through an 'age of terror' before

From the 1880s to the 1920s, anarchist "propaganda by deed" — often expressed with dynamite — routinely rocked the U.S. and Europe. The loose extremist network looked a bit like today's.
John Rash
September 23
David Baker, the president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, right, gi...

'Gridiron Glory' exhibit shows NFL's hold on U.S.

Despite its challenges, the league will likely endure.
Jim McCrery
September 23

There's more than trade to lose by rejecting Trans-Pacific Partnership

U.S. credibility — not to mention economic leadership in Asia — would take a devastating hit.
Brian M. Miller
September 23

Education-based high school athletics are an extension of the classroom

A football game between two schools with no previous connection provided good lessons.
Daniel W. Drezner
September 23

Here's why I'm not TOO worried about a Trump victory

Each time Trump edges closer, Clinton's lukewarm supporters feel the heat.
Commentary
September 22

Bullying executives won't result in lower prescription drug costs

Congress needs to allow Medicare to negotiate prices, among other steps.
Thomas Patterson
September 22

How news coverage has tarnished Clinton

By making much ado over her e-mails, the media has buried her qualifications and policies.
Mitch Pearlstein
September 22

Editorial counterpoint: Absenteeism issue missed a big point – the kids

For all the barriers to learning and efforts at school reform, what happened to showing up?
Kurt Ullrich
September 22

Friday night lights: It's who we are, who we want to be

Similarities trump differences under the lights in town after town.
Ramesh Ponnuru
September 22

Reckless Edward Snowden deserves no presidential pardon

His leaks had some value for Americans — but they were worth much, much more to our enemies.
Bjorn Lomborg
September 22

Feel-good solutions won't solve climate change

Subsidizing solar and wind programs may be politically popular and oh-so fashionable, but investment in green research will pay bigger dividends in human lives.
HAMDI ABDI
September 21

Reduced to tears by responses to St. Cloud attacks

The irony is that people are reacting exactly the way terrorist groups like ISIL hope to encourage.
Jim Scheibel and Jeannie Fox
September 21

Taxes need to be called just that, not 'fees'

People want straightforward transparency in their governments, not mumbo-jumbo designed to skirt constitutional protections.
Abdi Warsame
September 21

Diversity of Minnesota is what makes us strong in face of terror

It's easy to come together when times are good, but the real test is when they aren't.
Commentary
September 21

Taking responsibility for the Wells Fargo fiasco

Top executives failed to heed basic ethical practices.
Jonathan Bernstein
September 21

Bush I backing Clinton is Trump's biggest defection yet

The GOP's top ranks can't stomach the nominee. Voters should listen, but will they?
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