At long last, federal and state authorities have reached an out-of-court settlement with five leading mortgage lenders, a major step in resolving the furor over "robo-signing" and other dubious foreclosure practices that came to light in October 2010.
It's easy to frame the fight over SOPA and PIPA as Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley - two huge industries clashing over whose voice should dictate the future of Internet policy - but it's absolutely wrong. The bills are dead, thanks to widespread protest.
WASHINGTON - The 2012 U.S. elections could be the most exciting and consequential in years. In Wisconsin, we might be looking at political Armageddon.
Wisconsin is a swing state in the presidential race. There is a wide-open contest for the U.S.
Minnesota's divided and contentious politics have led some clever lawmakers to suggest the seductive idea of empowering the people to make decisions where their representatives cannot by offering a buffet-style smorgasbord of constitutional amendments.
For the first time in years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week reworked nutrition rules for school meals. The effort was billed as a step in the fight against childhood obesity, and part of Michelle Obama's pet Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
There's nothing like wolves and cougars to get people worked up.
In Minnesota, both topics have stirred emotions recently. The DNR announced a hunting season on wolves with a target of killing 400 per year.
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