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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

The idea that cities and small towns are desirable for a vibrant, civil and democratic society is a very conservative notion. That’s why it’s ironic in some respects that the debate at the conservative-led Minnesota Legislature was mostly about the cost of cities and not their value. The Legisla...

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 5:29pm

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Tue, 05/31/2011 - 6:28pm

Getting the debt under control will require some difficult choices, but not every step must be painful. There is a relatively easy way to save about $300 billion over the next decade — by adopting a more accurate method of calculating increases in the cost of living. Even in an era of trillion-dol...

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 8:38pm

I recently came across an old editorial about American soldiers caught in a seemingly unending war abroad. “Had there been any honorable way of retreat open to us,” the piece argued, “we should have availed ourselves of it as soon as the facts of the situation became apparent. But as there was...

Sun, 05/29/2011 - 4:35pm

It’s way too soon to be picking favorites, but we have to admit to some disappointment at Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ decision not to enter the presidential race - both because of who he is and because of what his decision may presage for 2012....

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 7:37pm

“A prisoner with severe abdominal pain died after a 5-week delay in referral to a specialist ... A prisoner died of testicular cancer after a ’failure of MDs to work up for cancer in a young man with 17 months of testicular pain.’ ” A prisoner suffering from serious mental illness was found ...

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 7:37pm

A court has rightly upheld a Minnesota law that requires corporations to disclose when they spend money to support or defeat a political candidate. The law requires reports on corporate spending for or against candidates. The law requires two reports to be filed before the primary and two more befor...

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 6:21pm