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Since the congressional supercommittee is reportedly at an impasse, let’s hope its members have used some of their idle time to catch up with the testimony of the nation’s military chiefs at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday. The chiefs were asked to assess what would be the c...

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 7:22pm

Egypt’s military rulers, who pledged in February to replace the autocracy of Hosni Mubarak with a liberal democracy, have taken another big step toward betraying that promise. On Tuesday the interim government appointed by the generals disclosed plans to impose a 22-article charter of ”principle...

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 8:52pm

Herman Cain has denied sexually harassing two women who worked at the National Restaurant Association while he led the organization during the 1990s. The GOP hopeful batted back the allegations, which were first reported by Politico on Sunday, during an appearance at the National Press Club and in s...

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 10:03pm

Farmers in Alabama are in revolt against the state’s over-the-top immigration law, which is designed to hound illegal immigrants so that they move elsewhere. As it happens, a substantial portion of farm workers there, as in other states, are undocumented. In the farmers’ view, the law is deprivi...

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 10:02pm

Politicians should be humble about their ability to “create” jobs, but aggressive about creating the environment in which private employers can....

Sun, 11/06/2011 - 10:48pm

On Sept. 13 of last year, our Opinions Page featured an editorial about the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. This bill, co-authored by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, addressed the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. During a visit to Rochester last fall, Klobuchar pointed out...

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 6:31pm

There’s nothing wrong with cracker-sprinkled tuna noodle hotdish, but it doesn’t mean you can’t crave a garlicky stir fry dotted with sesame seeds. A recent tourism study says Minnesota is too bland — not flavorful enough to visit. The really irritating factor about the assessment that label...

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 8:45pm

This week, the Senate is likely to take up a defense reauthorization bill that contains several objectionable proposals that would restrict any president’s power to handle terrorism cases. None is more obnoxious than a requirement that terrorism suspects who are not U.S. nationals be held in milit...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 6:48pm

A demonstrably bad idea in pursuit of a possibly worthy goal is still a bad idea. In this instance, the demonstrably bad idea is giving corporations a federal tax break — make that another tax break — on ”repatriated profits,” money they earn overseas and bring home. The goal is an infrastru...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 8:10pm

Judging by our mail bag, electronic and otherwise, interest in the Brained School District’s Nov. 8 levy referendum is picking up. Voters will decide whether to renew the current operating levy and whether to increase the operating levy by $200 per pupil. In order to keep any inadvertent, last-min...

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 8:26pm