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WASHINGTON - Barack Obama probably will have to pull out a familiar card next year: the luck of the draw. In winning the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, the president defeated political heavyweights, starting with Hillary Clinton.

Mon, 12/26/2011 - 6:35pm

After Newt Gingrich rose in the polls, criticism of the former House speaker began grabbing headlines. But Republican establishment attacks on Newt are not new.

Mon, 12/26/2011 - 6:34pm

The state with both the nation's best ACT scores and one of its worst achievement gaps between students of color and their white peers is re-thinking how it measures accountability in the classroom.

Mon, 12/26/2011 - 6:33pm

There's a movement afoot in Minnesota to redesign government services to be less costly, more efficient and more collaborative. All such efforts should be put on the fast track. Taxpayers will benefit.

Sun, 12/25/2011 - 8:07pm

WASHINGTON - As we close in on the Iowa caucuses, it's becoming clearer that everything is going right for Mitt Romney.

Sun, 12/25/2011 - 8:07pm

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