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Presidential pardon power: Trump takes aim at Constitution's soul

The Constitution’s pardon power was designed to give presidents some measure of mercy in cases where “justice would wear a countenance too sanguinary and cruel,” as Alexander Hamilton put it. President Donald Trump appears to be considering an abuse of that power by helping powerful people, including himself.

Seemingly uninhibited by his conscience, he's at least considering acts that would be historic abuses of his power.

Metro Transit needs revenue from fare hike

With no increase since 2008, riders are paying a smaller share of costs.

Pardon me

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After latest Twin Cities-area police shooting, a look at perceptions is warranted
D.J. Tice

Polling shows large gaps in views of public, police.

In Minnesota, would home-grown health care cost containment have better odds?
Lori Sturdevant

Health care policy punt to states may be welcomed.

Metro Transit needs revenue from fare hike

U.S. Senate Republicans breathe life into health reforms that deserved to die
Punish Russia and limit Trump's power to ease sanctions
Durenberger rightly sounds the alarm on Senate's health plan

Members of Honor the Earth, a national environmental nonprofit organization founded by Winona LaDuke and based on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota, joined other groups and individuals in opposition to Enbridge Energy’s proposal for a new Line 3 pipeline at a citizen input meeting with the Minnesota Department of Commerce. “I don’t think any pipeline is safe,” said Tyler Thunder of Bemidji, Minn., who is Cree.

Counterpoint: Enbridge's new Line 3 simply disregards the Ojibwe people

Combat translators spoke for us. Now we must speak for them.
Liberalism: More essential than ever
Minnesota regulators should update how we tally pollution's costs

President Donald Trump on Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. “Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?” he asked, before proceeding to do so.

Readers Write: Trump's speech to Boy Scouts, drinking and smoking age limits, Hiawatha golf course, police protection

Readers Write: Resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, Aquatennial
Readers Write: Release of minks in Stearns County, Mayo Clinic and Albert Lea, vices like menthol cigarettes and drinking, journalism hall of shame
Readers Write: 'Postsecondary education for non-dummies,' sickness and dying, John Roberts' advice to graduates, a message from Australia

Readers Write: Trump's speech to Boy Scouts, drinking and smoking age limits, Hiawatha golf course, police protection

Wherever he goes, there he is.

Counterpoint: Are two years after high school better, or four? Both.

Minnesota needs educated, trained and experienced workers at all levels.

Editorial cartoon: Dana Summers on the Democratic Party

Minnesota regulators should update how we tally pollution's costs

The social effects of burning fossil fuels are real expenses. Minnesota has accounted for them for two decades, but the Public Utilities Commission should vote to strengthen the calculation.

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What part of police shootings are the chief's fault?

There are three ways to answer the question, among all of the other things recent events have given us to think about.

An ideological crisis of support for higher education

Polls show that Republicans doubt the value of colleges of universities. That's a problem, because dominate government. And it's become a problem, at least in part, because liberals dominate academia.