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The latest round of the budget and debt-ceiling fight went decidedly to the Democrats. While there's a certain "pox on both their houses" aspect to the fallout from the government shutdown, Republicans clearly absorbed a bigger hit in public opinion.

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 4:37pm

Condoleezza Rice won't just be one of the first women to wear Augusta National's green jacket.

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 9:35am

The Republican Party has reached its Ninotchka period.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 8:56pm

This just in from a new Esquire/NBC News study: There are more Americans in the vast middle than on either the left or right. Who didn't know? Certainly those Americans who dwell in The Great Big Center have known this for some time.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 4:21pm

Obamacare is imploding. But thanks to the government shutdown, everyone is talking about the implosion of the GOP instead.

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 4:35pm

Washington is consumed by the impasse over reopening the government and raising the debt limit.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 4:22pm

Hunting and fishing are such a valued part of our Minnesota heritage that they are forever preserved privileges under the state constitution alongside protections for freedom of expression and religious liberty.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 8:33am

Homecoming Week for Brainerd Public Schools was a success for so many reasons.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 4:05pm

For three years, Congress and the White House have been building to this moment. Not the debt limit or Obamacare specifically, but this clarifying moment of Washington dysfunction.

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 3:35pm

It's the 40th anniversary of Erica Jong's "Fear of Flying," which some have described as a breakthrough book for women and for modern feminism.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 4:17pm