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Betsy DeVos a cynical choice for education secretary

Published Feb. 16 2017

If you wanted to produce a parody of a bad nominee for President Trump's cabinet, you would be hard pressed...

Congress, not the president, should raise tariffs

Published Feb. 16 2017

WASHINGTON—In theory, if only occasionally in fact, Congress plays a role when a president wants to initiate military hostilities. Republican...

Sex Ed: New study gives Texas a failing grade in facts of life

Published Feb. 15 2017

Back in 1945, an enterprising independent producer named Kroger Babb released a film that took the nation by storm.

Remebering 51 years as the lucky one

Published Feb. 15 2017

My wife of 51 years passed away last Saturday after a long battle against multiple health issues.

Someone explain truth of Putin to Trump

Published Feb. 15 2017

Even GOP leaders were shocked last week when President Trump equated the United States with Russia when it came to...

Exactly the president America deserves

Published Feb. 15 2017

One of the many hashtags that erupted in the wake of Donald Trump's election is #notmypresident.

Valentine's Day: Everything you need is right here in the Twin Cities

Published Feb. 14 2017

Well, today is Valentine's Day and it's greeted with pretty much an even mix of anticipation and dread.

White House visits aren't the same

Published Feb. 14 2017

Maybe it's time to stop inviting sports teams to the White House. It's not a mandate. It's not a law....

Dolly should come down and have fun

Published Feb. 14 2017

She rests in a gold and black frame on the kitchen counter, waiting for me to decide where to hang...

Pay no attention to the baby on the monitor

Published Feb. 14 2017

What were they thinking? An embarrassing article in The Atlantic reveals so much about the state of the pro-choice movement.

Legacy: How you treat others lives on after you're gone

Published Feb. 13 2017

What sort of legacy will you leave?

The real education of DeVos

Published Feb. 13 2017

It's not that Betsy DeVos is a billionaire, or that she, her husband and kids didn't attend public schools. It's...

People who are angry don't need paychecks to protest

Published Feb. 13 2017

I don't know if anyone's noticed this, but there's a lot of dishonesty—a.k.a. falsehoods, a.k.a. lying—in American politics right now....

Our region is fountainhead of American popular music

Published Feb. 12 2017

It's Black History Month, we are moving towards the Scott Joplin Centennial, and it's also a good time to clarify...

Panhandlers: They sometimes cause problems on both sides of the state line

Published Feb. 12 2017

Walking to and from your car at a retail store. While you are at the gas pump. Even as you...

Get ready to defend the home turf

Published Feb. 12 2017

The rising tide lifts all boats is a common and not always correct principle of supply-side economics.

Daring Durango: Dodge brings solid value, but watch the options

Published Feb. 12 2017

Ambiguity marked my week behind of the wheel of a 2017 Dodge Durango.

Tesla's P100D: Ludicrous is its middle name

Published Feb. 12 2017

Tesla's Model X P100D is the safest, quickest and most sophisticated SUV ever built.

Corolla turns 50, gets new styling and safety features

Published Feb. 12 2017

Toyota has marked 50 years of its stalwart and economical Corolla by giving it new styling and features and a...

Under the Hood: Electric parking brakes explained for laypeople

Published Feb. 12 2017

The new car I just purchased has a push-button parking brake. I like it but wonder if I can trust...

Tension high as Tesla retools

Published Feb. 12 2017

SAN FRANCISCO—Tesla will shut down its Fremont, Calif., factory for a week this month to prepare the assembly line for...

No love-fest between the Fed and Congress

Published Feb. 12 2017

If spending Valentine's Day with a dozen or so people who simply tolerate you doesn't sound like an appealing invitation,...

Drab life? You need alternative facts

Published Feb. 12 2017

The Trump administration has certainly thrown some cats among the pigeons in its first few weeks in office—to the dismay...