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Everything is on the table. That was the message that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone told the system’s board of trustees when he addressed them after a retreat with college presidents for strategic planning. His message was a step in a different direction ...

Fri, 09/30/2011 - 6:03pm

It may be called a ”supercommittee,” but nobody expects any heroics. The deal reached over the summer to raise the debt ceiling created a bipartisan committee to identify ways to reduce budget deficits by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. Few people expect anything to come of it, assuming th...

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 5:34pm

When we flip a switch, we expect lights to come on. When it’s hot outside, we count on our air conditioning systems to keep us cool inside. We want to be able to drink tap water without boiling it first. When we flush a toilet — well, out of sight, out of mind. But no one wants to walk onto thei...

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 5:32pm

The recent execution of Troy Davis in Georgia again highlights the moral indefensibility of putting someone to death using a judicial process that is inherently fallible.  The latest case of taking someone’s life when too many doubts about the conviction exist should offer relief and pride to...

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 6:29pm

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Tue, 09/27/2011 - 8:12pm

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Tue, 09/27/2011 - 8:11pm

The words are blunt, the images stark — unconstitutionally so, say tobacco companies, which turned to a federal judge last week seeking a reprieve from warnings the Food and Drug Administration has mandated for cigarette packs. ”Cigarettes are addictive,” the warnings say. ”Cigarettes cause ...

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:28pm

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a.k.a. “the stimulus,” had its pluses and minuses. But few would dispute that some of the worst bureaucratic hassles and international disputes associated with that $825 billion measure stemmed from its protectionist “Buy America” provision...

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 5:26pm

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made a habit of launching a propaganda offensive in connection with his annual September visit to New York to address the U.N. General Assembly. He grants interviews, issues half-baked diplomatic proposals, hints at rapprochement with the West and occasional...

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 8:12pm

Forty-eight states — 49 in November, when Wisconsin joins the pack — allow their residents to carry concealed weapons. Illinois remains the only holdout. Until now, states have been able to set their own rules for concealed-carry permits. New York, for instance, has fairly stringent standards th...

Wed, 09/21/2011 - 6:27pm