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There is a dangerous idea gaining hold in the Republican Party that a brief default on American debt could be acceptable if it forces deeper cuts by the White House. As the Aug. 2 deadline to increase the nation’s $14.3 trillion borrowing limit fast approaches, the idea — once limited to the fri...

Wed, 06/15/2011 - 7:39pm

Did you happen to catch the news late last week about the megabucks being spent across Minnesota in response to the budget stalemate in St. Paul?  No, the money isn’t being pooled into funds to help the disabled, elderly and others who seem destined to be hurt most by spending cuts. Neither i...

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 6:07pm

In the end, the case against Thomas A. Drake fizzled. Originally charged with multiple counts under the Espionage Act and potentially facing decades behind bars, the former National Security Agency employee pleaded guilty last week to the minor charge of unauthorized use of a computer — a misdemea...

Mon, 06/13/2011 - 7:47pm

The U.S. job creation machine is sputtering, and Washington seems at a loss at how to fix it. The usual recession-fighting tools - spending increases, tax cuts, dramatically easier monetary policy — have been tried. And even if that were not the case, Republicans and Democrats would probably be id...

Sun, 06/12/2011 - 9:11pm

As the clock ticks toward a possible shutdown of Minnesota state government on July 1, a lot of people are wondering what would really happen on that day. — Would state troopers stop patrolling the highways? — Would the court system continue to try new cases? — Would people still be able to re...

Fri, 06/10/2011 - 7:45pm

  Mayor McCheese may not be off the hook yet. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed Minnesota’s “cheeseburger bill.” The bill — officially known as House File 264 — would have prevented consumers from suing restaurants from selling unhealthy food. In other words, had the bill passed, an angry consu...

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 8:40pm

WASHINGTON — John Edwards committed the perfect crime. He began an affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter on the night she waited outside his New York hotel and told him he was “hot” and later produced a child with her. Yet he didn’t suffer for it at the polls. He lost his bid for t...

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 7:11pm

The jump in the unemployment rate to 9.1 percent and the paltry increase of only 54,000 jobs in May would be a challenge for any president. But for President Obama it is a threat in some additional ways. First, his approach of essentially doing nothing (on tax reform, trade agreements, entitlement r...

Tue, 06/07/2011 - 7:10pm

“Criminal violations of federal campaign financing laws require proof that the conduct was committed ”knowingly and willfully.“’ In the context of a regulatory scheme such as is involved here, these words of specific criminal intent require proof that the offender was aware of what the law r...

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 6:38pm

The logic of the Republicans isn’t worth a dime. Literally. The stalemate at the Capitol boils down to an argument about taxes. True to his word, Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton originally proposed to raise income taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Minnesotans when he was elected. He wanted to raise t...

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 8:00pm