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Minnesotans face epic challenges on many fronts — jobs, the economy, a balanced state budget, public education and infrastructure, an aging population — the list goes on. But there already are strong signals that the dominant statewide Election Day question in 2012 will be the vote on a constitu...

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 4:06pm

There aren’t all that many places in the world where law enforcement officers would move against a powerful millionaire based on the word of a poor, immigrant chambermaid. In fewer places still would the people who cuffed the suspect admit mistakes and later ask that charges be dropped....

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 5:11pm

When Japan suffered its terrible earthquake in March, there was hope for a silver lining: Perhaps the squabbling leaders in Tokyo would pull together and rally to the cause of reconstruction. So far, no such luck. Ordinary people affected by the quake won the world’s admiration with their neighbor...

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 4:55pm

Vice President Joe Biden has emphatically backed away from his apparent endorsement of China’s one-child policy. But he made another statement during his recent trip to China, on human rights, that also caught our eye. The one-child remark was off the cuff. Mr. Biden was answering questions from a...

Mon, 08/29/2011 - 8:13pm

Sometimes little steps can make big differences. The Aug. 15 Times news report “St. Cloud group plans GLBT prom for area teens” brings that point to mind for several reasons. Most of all, plans for this event — organized by the group Central MN Prom Alternative — are yet another reflection o...

Fri, 08/26/2011 - 5:18pm

We think Washington  area residents deserve something of a pass for our bumbling response to the earthquake Tuesday. Earthquakes rarely occur here, let alone ones that register 5.8 on the Richter scale, so it’s no surprise that people didn’t respond with the instinctive smarts of California...

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 7:55pm

What happened to our more than $40 million? And what’s with the speculation that the dreamers of a coal-gasification plant on the Iron Range may come asking us for more cash?...

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 7:50pm

City sidewalks once were lined with merchants peddling counterfeit designer handbags or second-rate copies of popular movies. Such vendors are less commonplace today, but counterfeit goods have proliferated more than ever, thanks to the Internet....

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 9:41pm

The initial euphoria in Tripoli and Benghazi represents the beginning of a chapter for Libya, and many dangers lie ahead. But before focusing on those, it’s worth reflecting on what has been achieved. “I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much o...

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 4:51pm

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has long been a muscular overseer — regardless of which party was at the helm. That remains true today under the current chairman, Rep. Darrell E. Issa. Since taking over the panel in January, Mr. Issa, R-Calif., has set his sights on the Justice...

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 4:49pm