Getting outside will help you make it through this election season. Above, fall colors line the shores of Knife River in northeastern Minnesota.

Your campaign home stretch to-do list

Take a deep breath, go outside, don't despair.

Anatomy of a secret Trump voter

September 29
Not all Trump voters advertise their support, but their presence will be felt on election day.
These voters aren't donning MAGA hats, but there are more of them than you think.

Three former AGs say Trump is the candidate of chaos, not 'law and order'

September 29
President Donald Trump says he stands for “law and order,” but his plans for the future and the America we live in today say otherwise.
The murder rate is up and Trump is proposing cuts to state and local law enforcement. He's fanning the flames of violence.
Editorial
September 29

Allegations of secretive surgeries in Georgia are horrific

Immigrant women held at detention center say they were targeted.
Heidi Stevens
September 29
President Donald Trump gestures as he makes a joke about his hair during remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 23, 2018, in Ox

Trump's $70,000 in hair care expenses puts all previous hair scandals to shame

Including mine. So I can relate to that. Also, to sweating over the details of tax deductions.
Doyle McManus
September 29
Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will be facing off Tuesday night in Cleveland for the first presidential debate.

To cage-fight Trump, or talk to 100 million people?

That's Biden's puzzle for Tuesday evening. Buckle up for the first debate.
Noah Feldman
September 28
Amy Coney Barrett would be a good justice even if you disagree with her, the writer argues.

Amy Coney Barrett is supremely well qualified for the high court

One may not agree with her votes and opinions, but she is a brilliant and conscientious lawyer who will decide cases in good faith.
Opinion Exchange
September 28

Florida's universities feel the impact of COVID failures

Don't blame students for the shortcomings of those in power.
Mark Johnson
September 28
The Third Precinct in Minneapolis was evacuated and destroyed May 28.

If leaders really wanted to restore trust in the city's police officers, they'd stop lying about us

Elected officials have made baseless claims that we are shirking our duties as officers.
Khuram Ghumman
September 28
The American flag flies at half staff over the U.S. Capitol as the flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives, where Ginsburg will lie

The problem isn't the Republicans or Democrats; it's 'ethical fading'

It's the phenomenon in which unethical decisions are believed to be well within one's own ethical framework. And it's widespread.
Ross Douthat
September 28
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, and the president walk out to the Rose Garden of the White House in

The meaning of Amy Coney Barrett in the arc of feminism

It can be argued that she's a beneficiary of gains made by others before her, but that the progress was unbalanced.
John M. Crisp
September 27
This 1876 engraving by W.L. Ormsby shows a version of the painting “Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776” by John Trumbull.

In 'patriotic' education, pride overcomes shame

Trump's initiative for a "pro-American curriculum" could lead to super-nationalism.
Farhad Manjoo
September 26
Clockwise from top : Running mates Lyndon Johnson and John Kennedy; CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, and President Richard Nixon.

To see how far we've fallen, revisit history

Back to the 1960s : Like today only ... better.
David Lebedoff
September 26
The flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Sept. 25.

How RBG almost missed being a justice

Her nuanced view of Roe v. Wade made her appear too moderate to some.
Jon Healey
September 25
People pay their respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court in Washington on Sept. 24.

Republicans' advantage in Supreme Court choice is theirs to press

Republicans' ruthless drive to fill high court seat provoke unsettling threats of court packing, an end to the filibuster, new states.
Faye Flam
September 25
FILE -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, Feb. 28, 2020. Just days after publishing significant new guidance on

CDC's retraction of 'airborne' added to its record of poor messaging

The agency, once seen around the world as a model, has made a mess of its messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emily Wagner
September 25
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and congressional leaders have called for an investigation.

Health care for detainees needs full investigation

Reports of involuntary operations recall a horrific past that included coerced contraceptive procedures and experimentation.
Opinion Exchange
September 25

Congress needs to act now to extend census deadlines

Pandemic and politics have upended the critical 20202 count.
Jack Davies
September 25
Walter Cronkite on his program, “The Morning Show” in March 1954.

Can democracy survive the internet?

Traditional media cultivated trust. The new media craves clicks.
Opinion Exchange
September 25

Facing climate disasters, Americans back stronger building codes

But state and local governments are harder to convince.
Keith C. Burris
September 25
President Donald Trump, left, speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House; and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Election 2020: Issues, anyone?

Right now, the candidates are too busy attacking each others' character.
Editorial
September 24

A troubling spike in mass shootings in America

Summer uptick in incidents in which 4 or more are shot or killed.
Marit Brock and Rich Cowles
September 24
It’s been a hard year and gun sales are increasing, which means suicide risks increase too.

Rising gun sales amid unrest increase suicide risks

Talk to your loved ones in this time of isolation and take gun-safety precautions.
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