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Ken Martin
January 15
Democratic presidential candidates during the debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 14, 2020. From left: Tom Steyer; Sen. Elizabeth War

The move to replace President Trump starts with early primary voting Friday. Join us.

Minnesotans will be the first in the nation to cast ballots in the primary and, while some are concerned about Democrats coming together, I'm confident we can unite behind a nominee.
January 15
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., addresses a news conference along with representatives chosen to be House impeachment managers in Washington on

The impeachment is about politics, but not all about politics

To say it's one or the other is incorrect, but one thing is for sure: We know what the Senate will conclude.
January 15
The lineup at Tuesday’s Democratic presidential candidate in Iowa: businessman Tom Steyer; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; former Vice President Joe

The debate and foreign policy? Yawn. "Tame but substantive?" That'll do!

In this era, it works.
January 15
U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., were pictured on video monitors during the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday in

Warren and Klobuchar teach the boys a lesson

Not as trailblazers, or as underdogs, but as demonstrably superior.
Neal Katyal and Joshua A. Geltzer
January 15
Lev Parnas in December. Parnas is a close associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

Three takeaways from the latest in Trump-Ukraine documents

Lev Parnas and Rudy Giuliani have demolished the president's claims of innocence.
Christopher Vondracek
January 15
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the Johnson family farm in Wells, Minn.

Mr. Bloomberg goes (almost) to Wells, Minn.

If candidates are going to visit farm country, they should also visit the small towns.
Monika Schneider
January 14
At a packed meeting, Beltrami County voted last week against resettlements.

Reflections on refugee resettlement from a Beltrami County businessperson

Last week's vote was rushed, driven by a small storm of opposition. Please don't give up on us.
Cal Thomas
January 14
Associated Press
Jan. 20, 1961: President John F. Kennedy gave his inaugural address. Listening in front row, from left, are: Vice President Lyndon B.

What I'd like to hear from candidates

Serious questions would include big government and debt, whether or how to police the world, morality and personal integrity.
Ross Douthat
January 14
Children and adults crowded a playground in Iowa City, Iowa, to watch a campaign event in October. Ahead of every presidential election, candidates sp

Despite attempts to reduce its clout, Iowa persists in presidential race importance

It's easy to see scenarios in which the caucuses could turn out to be crucial or decisive.
David Peterson
January 13
The good news is that U.S. deaths from cancer dropped. The bad news is that alcohol-related deaths have soared.

Fewer deaths from cancer, more from alcohol

Concurrent reports should prompt wider perspective on the epidemic of consumption.
January 13

Record one-year drop in cancer death rates comes with caveats

Numbers have increased for some cancers linked to obesity.
Afton Clarke-Sather
January 13
President Donald Trump speaks about proposed National Environmental Policy Act regulations in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on T

The environment: From Trump administration, another hit to accountability

Proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act would leave the public without a voice on important decisions.
Julian Lee
January 13
An oil pump works at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain.

The U.S. does still need Middle East oil

This country continues to import more crude than it ships out. Its new status as a net exporter is driven by shipments of refined products.
Noah Smith
January 13
In this June 21, 2019 file photo, Gov. Greg Abbott, left, spoke at a news conference at the Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Abbott says the state will reje

Why hostility to immigration runs so deep

That is, despite the overwhelming evidence of its benefits? Beyond the usual reasons, perceptions about welfare are a factor.
D.J. Tice
January 12
Minnesota Chief Justice Lorie Gildea. The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a voter challenge to a law that allowed the state Republican Pa

Disputes over Minnesota's presidential primary point to the perils of too much reform

Even in democracy there can be too much of a good thing.
Amy Goldman Koss
January 11
Pages of a red calendar standing over defocused background are flying away. Horizontal composition with copy space. Calendar and reminder concept with

Time passes, and the older among us know if it's really different now

The young insist it's so. They have reasons. We did too.
January 10
Cartons of cigarettes on the shelves at a store in North Carolina.

U-Haul's nicotine policy is workplace discrimination

The company should help users quit, not prohibit them from getting jobs.
January 10

Let's get on with the Senate impeachment trial

And if it's a serious inquiry, Bolton's offer to testify should be accepted.
Joan T.A. Gabel and Devinder Malhotra
January 10
Ellen Trader, data analytics program director, taught a data analytics class at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

Minnesota's higher education systems need our investment

But if we don't act now, our state won't be able to keep up maintenance.
Atteeyah Hollie and Georgia Sims
January 10
New Hennepin County chief public defender Mary Moriarty

Around the world, public defenders and attorneys protest removal of Mary Moriarty

The abrupt suspension of Hennepin County public defender is outrageous.
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