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Paul Brosnahan
February 10
“You can take Winona out of Winona ... .” Ryder ponders while lying in a snowbank under the Winona, Minn., welcome sign.

Winona and Winona: Super Bowl ad swings and misses

It didn't portray the city I know — a city that is culturally sophisticated and home to world-class businesses.
Doyle McManus
February 10
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, a former mayor of South Bend, Ind., at a campaign rally Sunday in Dover, N.H.

Pete Buttigieg wants to be the Goldilocks candidate. Might work.

He's gotten this far mostly on raw political talent.
Frank Bruni
February 10
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., spoke at the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner on Saturday in Manchester, N.H.

The Donald Trump theory of Bernie Sanders

What better foe than the president's alter ego?
Monica Hesse
February 10
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic candidate for president, returned from a walk in the snow in North Conway, N.H. on Monday.

Loving Elizabeth Warren means having a plan for when America breaks your heart

We're trapped in a debate about electability, and whether it's only men who have it.
Pete Thrane
February 9

For social insurance programs, let Minnesota's workers' comp program be your guide

After decades of struggle, it became a bipartisan success story.
February 9

2020 Republican legislative focus: Health care costs, government accountability, public safety …

Our 2020 vision will build on the successes of the 2019 session.
February 8

How zealous prosecution makes the not-so-guilty guilty

The case of the University of Minnesota professor who corrected his taxes.
February 7
Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, at a news conference in 2016.

Minnesota Legislature's main event this year: the housing shortage

State Rep. Alice Hausman will be found leading the charge.
February 7

2020 DFL legislative focus: Education, economic security, climate change, gun violence …

Minnesotans' values are our values.
D.J. Tice
February 7
House impeachment managers Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and Rep.

In wake of the impeachment trial, beware the 'Never Say Never' voter

Aspects of the Trump resistance begin to look just as troubling.
John Rash
February 7
President Donald Trump speaks one day after his acquittal by the Senate of two impeachment charges, at the White House in Washington, Feb 6, 2020.

Middle ground recedes in politics, media and even relationships

Rash Report: New Pew Research Center polls show a nation riven with divisions.
February 7
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listened as he is introduced during the Politics & Eggs at New Hampshire Institute of Po

Democrats: Don't make a bad bet on Sanders

Nominating a self-described socialist would make it harder to beat Trump.
Walter F. Mondale and Sharon Sayles Belton
February 7
Presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, center, and other judges take their seats at the International Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan.

Books for Africa can help spread the rule of law there

Literacy spreads hope and change.
John Hausladen, Aaron Cocking, Brian Peters, Rick Thielen, Shelly Jonas and Paul Aasen
February 7
Transportation leaders ask the Legislature to reconsider marijuana legalization.

Transportation leaders to Legislature: Hit the brakes on pot legalization

Consider this before you reverse our progress on impaired driving.
Deborah Clemmensen
February 7
Scarlett Johansson, left, Azhy Robertson and Adam Driver in “Marriage Story.” The film is nominated for best picture at the Oscars.

Oscar nominee 'Marriage Story': Divorce doesn't have to be this way

The film, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, is a powerful Oscar contender. But divorce shouldn't feel like a war.
Fred Pritzker
February 7
Romaine lettuce crops in the Salinas Valley of California.

After three years of romaine E. coli outbreaks, who's protecting the consumer?

The FDA is not doing enough to prevent problems at the source.
Richard H. Pildes
February 7
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire on Friday. More than 60% of his campaign fundraising has come from small donors

How small-donor campaign finance radicalized our politics

Internet-based donations cluster around ideological and stylistic extremes, like online discourse generally.
February 6

Father of school shooting victim spoke from the heart

Fred Guttenberg doesn't need to apologize for State of the Union protest
Becky von Fischer and Rebecca Wandrei
February 6
A woman (who did not want to be identified by name) shares her story of recovery with others during a meeting at the chapel at The Retreat in Wayzata,

Thanks for celebrating women's sobriety, but don't call us 'alcoholics'

Gender-specific treatment options are important to recovery for many women, but so are words. "Alcoholic" carries a lot of weight that can deter some from getting help.
Steve Chapman
February 6
Officials calculate the caucus precinct totals in Dubuque, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 2020. Results from the Iowa Democratic caucuses were delayed by “quality

With Iowa in mind, should voters have this much say in who gets the party nomination?

Maybe it's time to bring back the smoke-filled room (smoke-free, of course).
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