Members of Afghan’s security forces carry a wounded comrade into a U.S. Army medevac helicopter near the village of Tsunek, in Afghanistan’s north

Rash Report: 'Afghanistan Papers' show the power of the press

Washington Post's publication of "A Secret History of the War" exposes lies spanning 18 years across three presidential administrations.

Chaotic care report ignores broader challenges of integrating the disabled

6:05pm
Focus greater attention on structural barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities.

Olympics should make clear that those who cheat can't compete

6:06pm
Instead of an outright ban, anti-doping agency gave Russia a slap on the wrist.
Therese Raphael
6:20pm
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks outside 10 Downing Street in London on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Boris Johnson’s gamble on early electi

Boris Johnson's Christmases all arrive at once

None of the three advantages that brought him Britain's election will endure.
Joe Atkins and Mike Slavik
11:47am
Exporting water from Dakota County is a bad idea, the writers argue.

Southwestern states, keep your hands off Dakota County water

The County Board and the DNR said "no" to the request, but more applications are coming.
Aaron Blake
11:45am
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

McConnell indicates he'll let Trump's lawyers dictate Trump's impeachment trial

Or, as he put it, "I'm going to take my cues from the president's lawyers."
Coree Scott Brown
11:37am

Britain will leave the European Union. Does that mean Scotland will leave Britain?

The governments in London and Edinburgh now seem set on a collision course, with the possibility of protracted conflict and possibly legal action.
Henry Farrell
11:35am

After Britain's elections, people are talking about a united Ireland. Don't hold your breath.

There are several countervailing forces.
Hugh Hewitt
December 12
Attorney General William Barr was right to say the FBI, media handled “Russiagate” disastrously, the writer says.

FBI, media failure in 'Russiagate' was catastrophic

And Attorney General William Barr was right to say so.
Steve Chapman
December 12
Michael Vick was convicted in a dogfighting operation.

The redemption of Michael Vick

He admitted to fighting and torturing dogs but now he's trying to help them. Should he be commended for trying for atonement?
Pamela Hill Nettleton
December 12
Kjersten Schladetzky and her sons William, 11, and Nelson, 8, were shot and killed at home last week in south Minneapolis. Facebook photo.

We are asking the wrong questions about domestic violence

Focus needs to shift from the victim to the abuser.
Daniel J. Jones
December 12
Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, above portrayed by Adam Driver in the film “The Report,” dedicated much of his professional life to shed light on

It's time Americans read Senate's 2014 torture report

A film, "The Report," is helping to bring the facts of the post-9/11 CIA detention program to a wider audience, but there's so much more for people to know.
Brendan Nyhan
December 12
Stickers and a cardboard cutout of Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer sat on a table during a campaign event Dec. 8 in Iowa City, Iowa.

The presidential candidate who gets it mostly wrong

Outsiderism, term limits, direct democracy: You could teach a political science class on all of Tom Steyer's bad ideas.
Farhad Manjoo
December 12
More restrooms are now explicitly inclusive and accessible, designed for people who are physically disabled; are gender nonconforming; are traveling w

America's public restrooms are kind of great now

This is a story about identity politics, advocacy, design and architecture. With cleanliness and privacy for all.
Multiple authors
December 11
Minnesota legislators standing in front of the “Path to Peace” mosaic within an Israeli agricultural community near the Gaza border.

Counterpoint: Yes, we state legislators belong in the Mideast. Here's why we're there.

Our experiences here will help us to better serve our constituents.
Opinion Exchange
December 11

Federal student loan program is failing taxpayers, students

And Education Secretary DeVos has an idea that deserves consideration.
Jeremy Munson
December 11
Clean energy comes with dirty costs, the writer says.

'Green' energy relies on copper-nickel mining

The metals needed for electric cars, turbines and solar panels come from somewhere, and the process is not as clean as you think.
Jennifer Rubin
December 11
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke at the climate march during the COP25 U.N. Climate Conference 2019. Thunberg is the youngest-ever Time P

Three better choices than Greta Thunberg for Time's 'person of the year'

In terms of a unique, indispensable contribution, the Hong Kong protesters most deserved Time magazine's recognition.
Thomas L. Friedman
December 11
A copy of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump announced Tuesday by U.S. House Democrats.

Thomas L. Friedman: Impeach Trump and save America

When I hear Trump defenders scream, "Impeachment subverts the will of the people," I say: "Really? What do you think Trump was doing in Ukraine?"
Elizabeth N. Saunders
December 11
American soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division during a morning helicopter raid in the village of Alam Khel, Afghanistan, in 2011.

What we learned from the Afghanistan documents

There was no coherent policy. War costs were abstract. The wrong measure of success (fatalities) was used. State-building couldn't fix underlying social problems.
Michael W. McNabb
December 10
Coffey Hall on the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.

Crumbling academic infrastructure should be University of Minnesota regents' priority

The necessary money can come from administrative costs. Here's the documentation.
Jon Healey
December 10
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, center, and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, listened as Adam Schiff,

Impeachment: Shouldn't we be throwing the kitchen sink at Trump?

History says go big, but Democrats are showing restraint. That's OK. The outcome won't change, and there are other helpful things to do.
Eli Lake
December 10
Carter Page

FBI inspector general's report has bad news for Democrats, too

Not too long ago, abuse of the FISA process was something that concerned them.
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