Columnists | | Brainerd, Minnesota

President Obama hasn't had much luck in getting living Republicans to endorse his proposed "Buffett rule," which would ensure that the highest earners pay a minimum federal tax rate of 30 percent.

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 4:44pm

The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's Washington Post: The U.S. mission in Afghanistan has suffered daunting setbacks in recent months, including attacks by Afghan soldiers on U.S.

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 5:14pm

This week the Supreme Court is to hear argument in Arizona v. United States, the case that may determine the constitutionality of that state's 2010 law regarding illegal immigrants.

Sun, 04/22/2012 - 8:35pm

NEW YORK - What if the Bureau of Labor Statistics had reported a 220,000 increase in March nonfarm jobs two weeks ago instead of 120,000? Simple.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 4:57pm

WASHINGTON - In 1868, Horatio Seymour ran for president as the nominee of the Democratic Party, or the "white man's party," as it was called. The Democratic heartland in those days was the "reconstructed" South.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 8:25am

Will natural gas hinder the fight against global warming? America's abundant supplies of unconventional gas have the potential to be a rich economic and environmental blessing.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 4:15pm

Last Friday's disappointing U.S. jobs numbers came as less of a surprise to Ben Bernanke than to many others. The Federal Reserve chairman had warned that the earlier pace of improvement in the labor market might tail off.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:41pm

I am part of the 1 percent of the 1 percent. By that I mean that I am fortunate to be a wealthy American and I say, "It's okay to raise my taxes.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:41pm

WASHINGTON - When a scandal like the GSA's $823,000 trip to Las Vegas comes along, you see that it takes truly risible details, like an actual clown in attendance, to move the outrage dial in Washington.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 4:26pm

Almost five years after a financial crash nearly thrust the world into depression, a peculiar paradigm still dominates economic thought. Known as the neoclassical school, it aims to give Adam Smith's notion of the invisible hand its mathematical form.

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 8:18am