President Joe Biden takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as his wife, Jill Biden, stands next to him during the 59th

Biden at year one: More Ford than Carter (or FDR)

In his heady early days, he was compared to Roosevelt. Lately, to Carter. But Ford is the more apt precedent for this presidency.

A story resides within each tent

January 21
Protesters, including Nikki Carlson holding her dog, prevented regulatory services workers from nearing the North Loop encampment when the city had or
Our city didn't cause this crisis, but we must not make it worse.

What's happening on the left is no excuse for what's happening on the right

January 21
The MAGA movement “is profoundly anticonservative, capable of twisting in any direction for the sake of raw power,” write Jonathan Rauch and Peter
Illiberalism is a problem wherever it lays its head.

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Thomas W. Wexler
January 20
If we are to stop crime, we need to do more to get into the communities and the homes where young minds and morals are shaped, Thomas W. Wexler writes

We must find, nourish root cause of moral decency

To minimize crime, we have to get there before it happens.
Deondre Smiles
January 20
“The area below Fort Snelling served as a concentration camp for thousands of Dakota people during 1862-63, before their exile out of the state in t

Counterpoint: The duty of education is truth, however discomforting

Teaching a complete, honest history strengthens the education system and its students.
Elizabeth Shackelford
January 20
Taliban fighters in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August. The 2016 report of the special inspector general of Afghanistan reconstruction confirmed that U.S.

To fight global corruption, U.S. must address its role in it

Consider the unintended consequences of aid to fragile states.
Ross Douthat
January 20
The HealthCare.gov website in 2018.

How being sick changed my health care views

One shift to the left and one to the right over the course of my Lyme disease illness and diagnosis.
Opinion
January 19

Mahalia Jackson and 'I Have a Dream'

Without her, King's National Mall speech might not be remembered today.
Rachel R. Hardeman and Eduardo M. Medina
January 19
A hospital worker cares for a patients with coronavirus at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, May 8, 2020.

'Colorblind' treatment decision won't promote racial justice

The decision is disappointing and detrimental to the people of color in our state who are far more likely to suffer from COVID-19.
John Hick, Michele LeClaire and Heidi Erickson
January 19
“Currently, it is estimated that 5 to 10% of all of our Minnesota critical care beds are occupied by patients receiving non-beneficial care at their

When death is coming, difficult choices are required

Our resources are finite and our citizens are suffering.
Doug Wilhide
January 19
In this photo from April 27, 2019, Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu attends an exhibition and book launch of notable photographs of

As the moral universe turns

Justice will find a way, as the preachers say.
Michelle Cottle
January 19
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sat for an Associated Press interview in early January.

Congress can trade stocks or keep the public trust. Not both.

Speaker Pelosi is coming across as out of touch on this.
Jonathan Bernstein
January 19
Jan. 20 is the one-year anniversary of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Biden's year-one grade is just an incomplete

Which is the realistic grade most presidents — who serve in a powerful but not omnipotent role — deserve after one year.
Opinion
January 18

Djokovic failed as a leader on world stage

He lied and put others at risk, and he has no one but himself to blame.
Doug Johnson
January 18
“I could make the argument that volunteering does more for volunteers than for those they help,” Doug Johnson writes.

How to be a better volunteer

Small acts of kindess take little time and can make a huge difference in someone's life.
Alex Messicci
January 18
The DARTS Learning Buddies program — which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year — connects older adult volunteers from the local communit

Learning Buddies shines by connecting generations

For 25 years, this volunteer program has been helping the young and old alike.
Bill Mathis
January 18
A help wanted sign is displayed at a gas station in Mount Prospect, Ill., Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

New Voices: Help wanted, needed, with small-business labor crisis

Federal policymakers must step in or risk losing countless small businesses.
Nicholas Goldberg
January 18
The idea of playing music while people are on hold can be traced back 60 years, writes Nicholas Goldberg of the Los Angeles Times.

One of the horrors of being on hold? The music.

Some history, and an assessment of what at least one company — the one that left me in limbo for 45 minutes — is doing wrong.
Binyamin Appelbaum
January 18
A monitor displaying cattle and beef prices was visible behind White House press secretary Jen Psaki at a briefing Jan. 4.

Building a better meatpacking industry

Behind the Biden administration's strategy of supporting small producers.
Opinion
January 17
Sirhan Sirhan in 2016. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected releasing Robert F. Kennedy assassin Sirhan from prison more than a half-century afte

Keeping Sirhan Sirhan in prison

California Gov. Gavin Newsom reverses wrongheaded decision by parole board.
Clive Crook
January 17
President Joe Biden speaks at Atlanta University Center Consortium in Atlanta on Jan. 11. President Biden is in Atlanta as part of a focused push to c

Biden is adding to democracy's dangers

He was supposed to help us return to normal; instead he is further dividing this country.
Ezra Klein
January 17
A sign was posted at the front of this CVS pharmacy in Jackson, Miss., on Jan. 3. Across the country, people struggle to find at-home COVID tests.

Biden's unexpected walk on the supply side

Administrations have long believed the market would handle supply, and Biden is left with a government that isn't ready to take those reins.
Penn Jillette
January 17
Bob Saget in 2008. The actor and comedian died Jan. 9. He was 65.

The sublime beauty of my friend Bob Saget's filthy comedy

Can young generations understand that there can be bravery and trust in taboo?
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