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Here’s a motto Republican leaders of the 2011 Legislature should consider given the past seven weeks: “We legislate in 3-D — distractions, discrimination and dodges.” Sadly, all three “Ds” best apply to the Republican-led push for voters in 2012 to decide whether the Minnesota Constituti...

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 8:35pm

An education bill that passed the Minnesota House would require schools to hold back third-graders who aren’t reading at grade level. Admittedly, it wouldn’t be a hard-and-fast rule, so not every third-grader who fails the reading portion of the MCA exam would repeat third grade. Exceptions woul...

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 5:00pm

“I think it’s a privilege. It’s not a right,” Minnesota GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers said about voting during an Easter recess radio interview. He soon backtracked, as opponents of a GOP-sponsored change in voting requirements pounced on his words. Zellers did well to recant. No other indi...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 5:08pm

WASHINGTON —There may be 8 million stories in the naked city, but few are as visually compelling as Aaron Schock’s.  The second-term Republican congressman from Illinois stripped down to his shorts for a photo spread for the latest issue of Men’s Health magazine, explaining to the “Toda...

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 8:32pm

WASHINGTON — Poor Paul Ryan and John Boehner.  Ryan, chairman of the House budget committee, proposed budget cuts so severe his plan has been described as a suicide note. Boehner, the House speaker, rushed the budget to passage before Republicans grasped the potential fallout from their vote ...

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 8:02pm

In recent days, former Bush administration officials have said that information gleaned from the use of enhanced interrogation techniques helped intelligence officers begin the lengthy and intricate work of tracking down Osama bin Laden. They may well be right. We have never been among those claimin...

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 7:38pm

Democrats may be feeling smug about their campaign against the House Republican budget plan, and as a matter of politics, they’re no doubt right. If the goal is to deal with the long-term fiscal challenge, though, the Democrats’ political success is apt only to prolong the gridlock and make the ...

Mon, 05/09/2011 - 7:48pm

Some are questioning the legality of the raid in Pakistan that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Was it lawful for a team of Navy SEALs to launch a mission in Abbottabad without permission from Pakistani leaders? Did they comply with international strictures when they killed the al-Qaida lea...

Fri, 05/06/2011 - 4:40pm

  For elderly Minnesotans and those who care for them, the question isn’t if they’re going to be hit with a big budget cut over the next two years — it’s how big that cut will be. Current spending projections call for Minnesota to spend about $1.1 billion on nursing homes and the comple...

Wed, 05/04/2011 - 5:54pm

  Minnesota law features a measure known as the Castle Doctrine, which allows a resident to use deadly force — that is, shoot — in self-defense against a trespasser in his or her home....

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 6:54pm