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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

Dozens of inmates at California’s Pelican Bay facility went on hunger strikes for several weeks this summer for what seemed like pitifully modest demands: “Allow one photo per year. Allow one phone call per week. Allow wall calendars.”...

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 7:57pm

For the benefit of Minnesota’s littlest learners, Gov. Mark Dayton wisely did what the Legislature failed to do: The governor continued and expanded the Parent Aware preschool child-care rating system. Parent Aware was developed during a six-year pilot project of the Minnesota Early Learning Found...

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 9:06pm

Weeks and certainly months from now, Tim Pawlenty’s withdrawal from the 2012 Republican presidential race will barely be remembered. Nationally, that already might be the case.  For Minnesotans, though, Pawlenty’s decision raises a number of points worth noting. After all, it’s been a qua...

Thu, 08/18/2011 - 4:26pm

Rick Perry’s Texas is Ross Perot’s Mexico come north. Through a range of enticements we more commonly associate with Third World nations — low wages, no benefits, high rates of poverty, scant taxes, few regulations and generous corporate subsidies — the state has produced its own “giant su...

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 6:36pm

Just before leaving town for the August recess, senators confirmed four of President Obama’s judicial nominees. The disappointing news is that they left 20 perfectly qualified nominees languishing on the floor without a vote....

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 6:34pm

It’s been four years since the I-35W bridge collapsed. What have we learned? Not much. As much as the recently dedicated memorial to the accident and victims was appropriate, at the risk of being cold, it’s a little hollow. It is right to honor those who died. It’s a good thing for dignitaries...

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 7:58pm

In 2001, when the No Child Left Behind Act became law under President George W. Bush, Disney released an animated movie that also dealt with education reform....

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:11pm