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Jonah Goldberg
September 7, 2018
After more than an hour of delay over procedural questions, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, waits to testify before t

Jonah Goldberg: Kavanaugh's hearing was Theater of the Absurd

The judge is unmistakably qualified. The legislative branch has become unmistakably meaningless.
September 7, 2018
Paul Krugman: Kavanaugh Will Kill the Constitution

Paul Krugman: Kavanaugh Will Kill the Constitution

Two Supreme Court seats have been stolen by Senate Republcans, given to a president who lost the popular vote. Kavanaugh's confimation will finish the job of de-legitimizing the federal government
Opinion Exchange
September 6, 2018

Ayanna Pressley's upset victory carries a message

The power of incumbency is weakening in Massachusetts politics.
Kim Haddow
September 6, 2018
Pressed by the beverage industry, California legislators voted this year to ban new local taxes on sweetened drinks until 2030.

Communities need to reject this kind of intrusion into their affairs

We're talking about state pre-emption laws, driven by corporate interests, that block local governments from tackling local problems.
Kevin P. Lee
September 6, 2018
The possibility of jobs from mining has long tantalized Minnesotans in the northern part of the state. The issue has also been controversial, as proje

Editorial counterpoint: Slow going on developing mineral deposits? There's a reason

Economic and corollary risks show it isn't that simple to just "unlock" resources. We need serious discussion to ensure high standards.
Noah Feldman
September 6, 2018
President Donald Trump responded to a reporter’s question during an event with sheriffs at the White House on Wednesday. Trump at one point talked a

That 'resistance' in the Trump administration is no coup, and isn't unusual

Internal pushback is common in presidencies. What's striking here is the scorn for the president's character.
Opinion Exchange
September 6, 2018
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, S

Op-ed in the NY Times: Resistance within the White House

Editor's Note: An unsigned opinion-page commentary published by the New York Times Wednesday has made news nationwide. Here is what the Times published:
September 5, 2018

Catholic Church is at war with itself over sex abuse

Believers are caught in the middle of a growing civil war.
Tessa Torgeson
September 5, 2018
A bottle of a semi-synthetic opioid.

The opioid epidemic: Trying to do better for loved ones taken too soon

After a moving vigil for overdose victims, I vowed to share word of how "harm reduction" and syringe exchange programs saved me.
September 5, 2018
DFL U.S.. Rep. Keith Ellison is running for Minnesota attorney general. Doug Wardlow is the Republican candidate. More than 30 state AG races are on b

The 2018 elections: This down-ballot office is taking on lots of national importance

Attorneys general are making a mark on such issues as clergy abuse, Obamacare and the travel ban, raising the profile of this fall's races.
Matt Gray
September 5, 2018
In minimum wage debates, one question is whether a lower minimum should be allowed for tipped workers.

I'm a server. I back a tip credit if St. Paul raises the minimum wage

With tips, I make well over $15 an hour. But without a credit, my earnings might drop a lot.
September 4, 2018
The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, as the Senate prepares for the confirmation hearing this week of President Donald Trum

Supreme Court nomination: The story of a cool-headed judge in a hot-button case

Before a critical Supreme Court Obamacare ruling, his was a voice for judicial restraint.
September 4, 2018
Sports doctor Larry Nassar, at his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich., earlier this year.

Feckless NCAA lets Michigan State off the hook in Larry Nassar case

School evades responsibility after ignoring sexual assault complaints.
Ted Koppel
September 4, 2018
President Donald Trump at a Republican fundraiser last week in Charlotte, N.C., holding up a list of his administration’s accomplishments.

The president's brilliant political jujitsu with journalists

As the media devour his wild ride, he has turned reported evidence of his failings into confirmation he's a victim.
Gene Merriam, Mark Holsten and Tom Landwehr
September 4, 2018
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota. A project contained in a federal bill would transfer “school trust land” in the BWCA to th

Here are federal bills so good for Minnesota they should bridge the partisan gap

Congress must reauthorize a conservation fund – soon – or a land swap that will yield more funds for education here won't happen.
August 31, 2018

Pay gap between CEOs and their workers keeps widening

In the new Gilded Age, investors and executives are the big winners.
Nicole Hemmer
August 31, 2018
Right-wing anger over biased election coverage is nothing new — for instance, conservatives were furious over coverage of the campaign of Republican

Regulate the news? It's all in the timing

If Trump tries to bring back the "fairness doctrine," history may be on his side.
D.J. Tice
August 31, 2018

A president dishonest, sleazy, unworthy but …

… impeachable? I said no once before. Has anything changed?
August 31, 2018

New book on a favorite son holds timeless truths and tantalizing what ifs

Humphrey biography highlights importance of acting on one's principles.
Peter M. Leschak
August 31, 2018
Illustration: Star Tribune/iStock

Two cheers for a mixed economy

Where we juggle capitalism, privilege and public interest.
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