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No budget can be judged in isolation. The baseline question is: compared to what? Republicans will make much of President Barack Obama's failure to fulfill his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term.

Tue, 02/14/2012 - 5:25pm

In a recent briefing to Congress about worldwide threats, FBI Director Robert Mueller said that the danger of cyberattacks will equal or surpass the danger of terrorism "in the foreseeable future.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 5:36pm

At long last, federal and state authorities have reached an out-of-court settlement with five leading mortgage lenders, a major step in resolving the furor over "robo-signing" and other dubious foreclosure practices that came to light in October 2010.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 9:06pm

It's easy to frame the fight over SOPA and PIPA as Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley - two huge industries clashing over whose voice should dictate the future of Internet policy - but it's absolutely wrong. The bills are dead, thanks to widespread protest.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 9:05pm

Minnesota legislators should learn to do their jobs and not take the easy way out with constitutional amendments, such as a supermajority requirement of a three-fifth majority for tax increases.

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 5:28pm

As Minnesota's Legislature ponders the intricacies of getting a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings built, and how to pay for it, the issue of increasing gambling revenues keeps coming up.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 5:35pm

WASHINGTON - The 2012 U.S. elections could be the most exciting and consequential in years. In Wisconsin, we might be looking at political Armageddon. Wisconsin is a swing state in the presidential race. There is a wide-open contest for the U.S.

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 5:34pm

Minnesota's divided and contentious politics have led some clever lawmakers to suggest the seductive idea of empowering the people to make decisions where their representatives cannot by offering a buffet-style smorgasbord of constitutional amendments.

Tue, 02/07/2012 - 6:25pm

For the first time in years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week reworked nutrition rules for school meals. The effort was billed as a step in the fight against childhood obesity, and part of Michelle Obama's pet Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Mon, 02/06/2012 - 6:44pm

There's nothing like wolves and cougars to get people worked up. In Minnesota, both topics have stirred emotions recently. The DNR announced a hunting season on wolves with a target of killing 400 per year.

Sun, 02/05/2012 - 5:52pm