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I went to the movie, “The Post,” last week and highly recommend it. It’s a well-told dramatization of the pressures faced by the Washington Post newspaper to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

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Historically, the U.S. president’s party, does not fare well in the off-year congressional elections. For example, the U.S. Senate seat now held by DFLer Amy Klobuchar has been won only once (in 1982) by the president’s party in the off year.

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You may think that nothing could top 2017 for true zaniness, but we are off to another fine start in 2018. Already, President Trump has told Kim Jung Un that he had a bigger nuclear button, and then told the American people that he himself is “a very stable genius.” In spite of the news, the…

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Nobody can make these things up. I sure couldn’t. The proverbial crystal ball has turned to dust, cracking up from all the bizarre twists that comprised something called the year 2017.

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One would think that being chosen to be the lieutenant governor of Minnesota would be considered a great honor. Not only that, the lieutenant governorship is the cushiest job in state government. It comes with no major responsibility other than maintaining a pulse longer than the governor do…

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In 1943, Ruhollah Khomeini, who later became the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said, “You (secular intellectuals and Muslim reformists) want to reduce the power of the clergy and to eliminate its honor among people. You are committing the greatest treason to the country. Th…

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I have been a fan of Minnesota Gopher football and men’s basketball since I was a small boy. I went to my first Gopher football game in 1955, and my first basketball game two years later.

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The sexual harassment issue is growing so fast, it’s hard to keep up. New allegations come forth almost every day. Before we forget, however, the issue is not that all men are creeps, but that some are. And rather than just outing the creeps, the question should be, how do we get the creeps …

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The imbalance of power in Minnesota state government instituted by the Dictator Dayton last spring continues into the next phase. The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Nov. 16 that the Minnesota Legislature has enough reserve funds to continue operating until it reconvenes in February.

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It didn’t really begin with media mogul Harvey Weinstein, but the allegations of sexual harassment by the rich and powerful seem suddenly to have metastasized across America.

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Recently, I was asked to serve on a local advisory board of the Salvation Army. I bring this up because I want to acknowledge the small conflict of interest that I have with what the remainder of this column is about. It is a small conflict of interest because my role is strictly voluntary, …

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It’s a good thing we don’t do this for a living. Each year, at our house we have a contest to see who can grow the largest pumpkin, and each year we are more befuddled.