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John Rash
February 12
Several of the House impeachment managers watch the prosecution’s display of videos from Jan. 6 during the trial at the Capitol on Feb. 9.

Rash Report: Visceral video differentiates this impeachment trial

While a Senate acquittal is still highly likely, the series of searing images frames a different debate than the first trial.
Rash Report, John Rash
February 5
Nominations for the Golden Globe Awards, above, and Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this week, and streaming services led the way.

Another coronavirus mutation: moviegoing

Nominations for the Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards reflect Netflix's rise amid the ongoing COVID pandemic.
D.J. Tice
January 30
Gov. Tim Walz answers a question during a news conference to debut his state budget plan for the next two years on Jan. 26 at the Department of Revenu

Taxing the rich is trickier than it seems

Taxes incentivize people and businesses to change their behaviors, which is important when we consider who will pay in the end.
John Rash, Rash Report
January 29
People clash with police on Jan. 23 during a protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Tracking the 'extremist land rush' on social media

From Cairo to the Capitol to the Kremlin and beyond, the web continues to play a significant role in antigovernment protests.
John Rash
January 22
National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on J

Amanda Gorman composes a poetic inauguration

Poetry is "having a moment" as America is riveted by a poem (and poet) that captures a country's and inauguration's inflection point.
John Rash
January 15
Supporters of President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

America's divide seen in a clash of symbols

The Capitol attack, including the desecration of the American flag and unfurling of the Confederate one, shows the power of symbols.
Opinion
January 8
A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, solidifying the United States’ democratic dysfunction as a “Top Risk” crisis

Geopolitical risks begin here at home

As President-elect Joe Biden prepares for foreign crises, political analysts see the need to address domestic divisions in America.
John Rash
December 18, 2020
Novelist John le Carré died on Dec. 12 in Cornwall, England. He was 89.

High-tech espionage veils le Carré's spy era

Surveillance trending more click-and-digital than cloak-and-dagger.
Lori Sturdevant
December 12, 2020
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks from the Governor’s Reception room at the State Capitol, to discuss the latest steps in his response to COVID-19, on

The sorry state of 'One Minnesota' needs attention from Walz

He'll need broad support in order to lead effectively, and in November 2022.
rash report
November 20, 2020
A still from retailer John Lewis’s 2012 commercial.

Amid pandemic and digital upheavals, Charlie Brown and British ads endear, endure

PBS picks up the "Peanuts" Thanksgiving and Christmas specials while the Walker Art Center's Arrows Awards go virtual this year.
JOHN RASH
November 13, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden speaks on Nov. 7, in Wilmington, Del.

Biden White House will face black swans

The post-vote turmoil is itself an example of a geopolitically risky event that may test his foreign-policy and national-security teams.
LORI STURDEVANT
November 13, 2020
A line of voters stood outside of First United Methodist Church as the sun rose in Duluth, Minn., on Nov. 3.

Minnesota voters still cross party lines

Recent trends toward partisan allegiance work against good government. Thankfully, some ticket-splitters remain with us.
D.J. Tice
November 7, 2020
President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, on Nov. 5.

Oust Trump. Disappoint the left. Just right.

America needed to jettison this president, but happily it did it without empowering the leftist fanaticism threatening to stampede.
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