This is your brain on politics

This is your brain on politics

Why do liberals and conservatives see the world so differently? Neuroscience research suggests the two have slightly different brains. A commentary in cartoon form by Kirk Anderson.

McCain's message: The world needs America's leadership

October 21
For the good of his country, senator is back in maverick mode.

Guess what? Affordable housing is an election issue

October 20
Maybe that's no surprise. But "how to solve" is up for debate.
Julie L’Enfant
October 20

In defense of art, history and understanding

Anton Gag's now-controversial "Attack on New Ulm" belongs on view — with proper context.
Collette Adkins
October 20

Minnesota's gray wolves are under attack – again

This time it's Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson trying to overturn protection. The species has stabilized, but there's more to be done.
Paul and Susan Schurke
October 20

Watch out, Ely: Mine robots are on the way

Are jobs obsolete? Automation in the industry is coming — and it's sooner than we think.
October 20

The art of the lie: Trump may not be Hitler, but he has the techniques

Lying can be effective propaganda, and therein lies the comparison.
October 20

Paul Wellstone: A man who knew how to frame the issues

While his improbable Senate victory is the stuff of legend, he really showed us what he was made of during his run for state auditor in 1982.
October 19

Soldiers who lost their lives in Niger should be honored

Instead, Trump has managed to trivialize their deaths.
Stephen L. Carter Bloomberg View
October 19

Really, NFL, this is a protest? Stop killing the players with kindness

A lesson from the civil rights era: If owners punished a few stars, it might move the goalposts.
October 19

How test scores can block black students from the University of Minnesota

Admissions policies continue to hurt African-Americans disproportionately, such as an arbitrary ranking on the ACT.
Cass R Sunstein
October 19
President Donald Trump speaks at the Heritage Foundation's annual Pres...

The Marxist tactics of Trumpism

To enflame the divisions within free societies is an old Communist ploy. The Russians (and the Donald) both use it today.
October 18

Don't expect Middle East calm after fall of Raqqa

It's a victory over ISIS, the army, but terror threat persists.
Neel Kashkari
October 18

We must weed out Minnesota's lousy charter schools

Choice and competition should help close the gap. But something's not working.
Marion O’ Neill
October 18

Editorial counterpoint: Incomplete, inaccurate data sank state employee contracts

Why our legislative subcommittee rejected the contracts for public unions. "Just trusting" the state budget agency isn't good enough.
Craig Lancaster
October 18

Sexual misconduct: 'MeToo,' I hear you. And 'YesIHave.'

Confessions and reflections of a good man, who is listening — and learning a lot.
Marc A. Thiessen
October 18

To protect gun rights, Congress must outlaw bump-stocks on its own

Empowering the executive branch to tighten restrictions would be far more threatening to the 2nd Amendment than legislation.
Shannon Watson
October 17

Political discourse: One side doesn't fit all

I don't find it hard to listen to others without bristling, because my own views don't fit neatly into a category. Maybe yours don't, either, if you stop to think about it.
October 17

New dashboard technology is adding to the distracted-driving problem

Navigation systems are useful, but we don't need all bells and whistles.
Wy Spano
October 17

Something to be glad about in politics?

A little optimism might help, especially in the area of elections.
William Dolan and John James
October 17

Tax reform, as proposed, threatens charitable giving

This would result from the loss of incentive that's inherent in increasing the standard deduction. But there's an existing solution.
Megan McArdle
October 17

Yes, the census is worth more than one Big Mac a year

That's your personal cost, taxpayer. That's all Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross needs Congress to commit you to so that we don't screw it up.
Mary Nicklawske
October 16

Sexual misconduct: We all know a Harvey, and he doesn't work alone

For there to be men like this — and believe me, there are many — there also must be people and a society supporting him.
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