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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

Ali Mussa Daqduq is a dangerous man. A senior operative with the Hezbollah terrorist organization, Mr. Daqduq has been held without charge by U.S. forces in Iraq for the past five years for helping to train militant Shiite militia members to carry out attacks against U.S. soldiers. One such attack c...

Thu, 08/11/2011 - 6:45pm

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Wed, 08/10/2011 - 7:39pm

Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade the long-term credit rating of the United States should have been accompanied by a modest mea culpa....

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 4:45pm

Mitt Romney doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. The secret $1 million donor to Restore Our Future, the super-PAC set up to help elect Mr. Romney president, is secret no longer. W Spann LLC turns out to be one Edward Conard, a former colleague at Bain Capital, a private equity firm that ...

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 4:44pm

The global economy faces a deep crisis — deeper, in some ways, than the panic that struck financial markets in August 2008. At least then there was the prospect of short-term government action: tax cuts and spending increases, quantitative easing, and the like. Those measures averted total meltdow...

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 8:14pm