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Two decades ago, if Americans thought about human trafficking at all, it was usually in the context of Russian or Ukrainian girls and young women enslaved and transported for forced prostitution. Thanks to a dedicated band of human rights advocates who have spread the gut-wrenching stories of victim...

Tue, 06/28/2011 - 6:19pm

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Fri, 06/24/2011 - 7:44pm

Most of us are eager and happy to see local businesses succeed and do well. Healthy businesses mean healthy economies and healthy, robust communities with more opportunities for all. But how much are we willing to sacrifice for that? Are we willing to lose a trout stream or other natural resources a...

Thu, 06/23/2011 - 4:22pm

When it comes to pointing fingers and passing blame for the budget stalemate in St. Paul, Gov. Mark Dayton has done well. In fact, it has become for him almost an art form. But the truth of the matter is that if anyone is digging in his heels and not budging in the budget negotiations, it is the gov...

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 8:43pm

   WASHINGTON — Where are the jobs, Gov. Walker?   Scott Walker, the chief executive of Wisconsin, is riding a wave of triumph. The state Supreme Court just upheld his famous crusade to strip collective bargaining rights from public workers. The state Legislature just voted, al...

Tue, 06/21/2011 - 6:47pm

Reports of the death of class-action lawsuits are greatly exaggerated....

Tue, 06/21/2011 - 6:45pm

It would be ironic, if it weren’t so scary. Those who are concerned about the national debt and thereby oppose raising the debt ceiling risk adding dramatically to the debt if they refuse to act. Two leading economic officials made that point in different venues last week. ...

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 9:05pm

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Mitt Romney, the leading contender to become President Obama’s Republican opponent next year, had just finished working the room at Blake’s Creamery  here when he paused for a photo with the restaurant’s owner, Ann Mirageas, and decided to tell her a joke.  “I s...

Thu, 06/16/2011 - 9:32pm

The International Energy Agency reported ... that global energy-related carbon emissions last year were the highest ever, and that the world is far off track if it wants to keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, after which the results could be very dangerous. So what does German...

Wed, 06/15/2011 - 7:43pm