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Regarding Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s backup plan to deal with the debt ceiling, we have a three-part reaction. The first is to marvel at the scheme’s complexity and barely disguised political subtext: Call it Rube Goldberg meets Karl Rove. The second is to breathe a sigh of relief ...

Mon, 07/18/2011 - 7:28pm

Amending the Constitution to require a balanced budget is a bad idea that never dies. It’s not surprising that the current avalanche of debt has inspired renewed calls. Given that the political system appears unable to discipline itself not to spend more — trillions more — than it takes in, wh...

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 8:33pm

Cheating occurs in moments of weakness, when the pressure to succeed outpaces tried-and-true methods. When students cheat at school, it becomes a local dilemma. When educators cheat on standardized tests, the ripples expand outward. A Georgia state investigation found in July that teachers and princ...

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 9:39pm

While lawmakers weren’t doing what they most needed to be doing in St. Paul this legislative session — namely, fixing the $5 billion deficit and passing a budget to keep the state operating and serving Minnesotans — they were doing something. Despite a lack of progress on some major fronts, an...

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 7:08pm

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Tue, 07/12/2011 - 6:43pm

If senators had to endure the kind of vetting that executive branch appointees are subjected to, we might have many fewer than 100 senators. The process of filling spots in the government has become so arduous that talented people have plenty of reasons not to apply: massive, redundant questionnaire...

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 8:14pm

  Apparently the jury in the Casey Anthony trial was made up of the only 12 people in the United States who didn’t feel they already had enough evidence to pass judgment on Casey Anthony. “I don’t understand juries these days!” the Internet screams. “Don’t they watch Nancy Grace?”...

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 5:09pm

Last month, the Senate voted 73 to 27 for an amendment that would have immediately cut two indefensible federal ethanol subsidies. But the bill lawmakers attached it to failed. Now supporters of the policy are trying to pass it some other way, affixed to another bill or as part of the deal the White...

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 5:03pm

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Tue, 07/05/2011 - 9:37pm