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Editorials

Leave Hamilton on the $10 bill

It's been a long time since a woman's face was seen on U.S. currency. Martha Washington was on the U.S. $1 silver certificate in the 1880s and 1890s, but since then, it's been all men.Suddenly, the U.S. Treasury is in a rush to put another woman on U.S. currency. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew ...

No way to run a government

Even for the federal government, this one may be for the record books:In 1982, a Baton Rouge, La., firm, Solenex, obrtained an energy lease on national forest land in Montana. The firm planned to drill there for natural gas.But in 1996, the U.S. Forest Service asked for and got a suspension of ...

Iraq not stepping up to challenge

U.S. military personnel hoping to help Iraq build an army capable of taking on Islamic State terrorists will not meet their goal of training 24,000 troops by this fall, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has told members of Congress.It is not that American trainers cannot handle the task. The ...

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Court, country have moved fast, far on gay marriageTHUMBS UP: Friday's Supreme Court decision making it legal for same sex couples to marry in all 50 states is a landmark decision. The court, and the country, have moved quickly over the past 50 years from legalized criminalization of ...

Court upholds what health care law was supposed to say

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, in a ruling Thursday that said the federal government can pay subsidies to people who by insurance coverage through the federal web site, instead of through state-established exchanges. The law specfically states ...

Growing deficits

Federal budget deficits in the half-trillion-dollar a year range apparently are being viewed as a success by President Barack Obama and other liberals.After leading the nation into four straight years of deficit spending that topped $1 trillion annually, Obama is benefiting from a slightly ...

Schools that teach hatred don’t deserve US support

Throughout the Middle East are schools in which millions of boys and girls are taught mathematics, language skills, science and hatred of Jews and sometimes Americans.A new study on how attitudes are formed and persist is deeply concerning in regard to those schools, some of which are supported ...

Russian arms

The Russian bear has been growling for some time now, as evidenced by Moscow's intervention in Ukraine. Now, he may be sharpening his claws.Forty new intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of getting through any defense system will be deployed by the Russian military this year, that ...

How secure is Obamacare?

Claims all the personal information on tens of millions of Americans being collected through Obamacare is secure sound less reassuring in light of a massive cyber security breach a few weeks ago.Hackers, possibly from China, obtained access to personal information about virtually every federal ...

Failure once again tolerated in D.C.

Federal bureaucrats' reaction to warnings that something bad will happen without taking preventive action sometimes seems comparable to a man standing on railroad tracks, spotting an approaching locomotive, hearing the engineer's frantic blasts of the air horn and just standing there.When it ...

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Ugliness of hateTHUMBS DOWN: It is impossible to fathom the depth of the degradation of a human mind that thinks it is justified in killing black people because they are "taking over the world." That, according to an acquaintance of Dylann Roof, was what Roof was talking about before he ...

State sex offender program problems not going away

State officials have apparently been in denial about the problems facing the state's sex offender treatment program. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank has given frequent warnings about the constitutionality of the program, which commits convicted sex offenders for treatment after their ...

Better no deal than weak deal with Iran­

At one time, President Barack Obama insisted that any pact to keep Iran from building nuclear weapons had to include agreement by Tehran to provide details of its past attempts to do that. Now, that stipulation is off the table, according to reports.U.S. and Iranian negotiators continue working ...

Where is government accountability?

One might think that when the government pours billions of dollars into a program, there would be some oversight to ensure the money is not wasted. That would not be an accurate assumption, however.Since 2010 the U.S. Department of Education has provided loans to tens of thousands of people so ...

Nienstedt resignation will allow for healing

Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned as head of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese on Monday. Nienstedt, who was bishop of the New Ulm Diocese from 2001 to 2007 before being appointed archbishop, and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche resigned after the Ramsey County Attorney's office filed ...

Court needs to hear Obamacare challenge

A critical case involving the national health care law "probably shouldn't even have been taken up" by the Supreme Court, President Barack Obama said last week. Why, it is so obvious what Congress meant in Obamacare that justices should leave the flawed statute alone, he believes.No. A basic ...

Session finally done

Special legislative sessions in Minnesota are becoming so common they should be called "extra sessions" - there's not much special about them.Since they have become so common, you'd think our state leaders would get better at holding them.Minnesota's latest special session ended late Friday ...

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Session stumperTHUMBS DOWN: The Minnesota Legislature's one-day special session passed most of the important legislation facing it, but stumbled on the agriculture and environmental bill.The DFL-controlled Senate failed to pass the bill by one vote, largely over the bill's elimination of the ...

Record setting concealment

President Barack Obama's administration, which he promised in 2009 would be the most transparent in history, instead is on track to set new records for concealing information.Both through a general slowdown in responding to Freedom of Information Act requests and by simply refusing to release ...

Get the session started soon

It sounds like the Minnesota Legislature's latest special session should be starting soon. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday that the basic agreements have been reached. Now it's just a matter of all the legislative leaders and the governor reviewing the details and signing off on exactly what ...