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What is government's role in creating jobs? Based on recent discussions with 11 leaders of local nonprofit organizations - and coupled with similar talks in October with 14 small-business leaders - the answer rests in two words: certainty and stability.

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 7:04pm

Statistics show rising income inequality in the United States. But, contrary to the impression created by the Occupy protests, and media coverage thereof, statistics also show that Americans worry less about inequality than they used to. In a Dec.

Tue, 12/20/2011 - 6:06pm

It is disturbingly commonplace: the driver with eyes cast down as he texts. The teen behind the wheel chatting away on a Bluetooth device in his ear.

Tue, 12/20/2011 - 6:06pm

Since his death Saturday, a great deal has been written about Kim Jong Il's diplomatic mastery. The North Korean dictator, after inheriting power from his father in 1994, played a weak hand brilliantly, it is said.

Mon, 12/19/2011 - 9:36pm

When we gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton our "good year"in 2010, we thought she was headed toward a little bit of a letdown in 2011. Boy, were we wrong. (Mental note: Stop counting out the Clintons.

Sun, 12/18/2011 - 9:42pm

While it's a good thing that our state government has projected a surplus over the next two years, clearly, legislators who think they will have an easy time in the upcoming session should think again.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 8:25pm

Minnesota's watchdog is watching our Legacy Amendment funds.

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 7:44pm

WASHINGTON - When historians look back at last week's European Union summit, their most likely reaction will be: "Huh?" Confronted with looming catastrophe in Greece, Italy and Spain, European leaders convened but accomplished nothing of relevance.

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 7:44pm

Tucked into the resignation letter Republican State Chairman Tony Sutton issued on Dec. 2 was an acknowledgement that a GOP-backed tax law change has contributed to the financial trouble that beset his party on his watch. Gov.

Wed, 12/14/2011 - 5:19pm

In the opening statement of his press conference Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Obama managed to assert no fewer than five times that the war in Iraq is ending.

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 5:19pm