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Minnesota Legislature's failures give Gov. Mark Dayton an edge

House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, left, spoke with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, on the Senate floor during the final day of the session on Sunday.

A special session is needed, and only the governor can call for one.

Brooklyn Park police video: Shift from civility to survival mode can be needed in an instant

Video of a confrontation between a suspect and a Brooklyn Park officer was captured on a squad car’s camera and shown by police at a news conference.

If police officers have learned anything, it's that they can never count on their adversaries to act logically.

Rash Report: How propaganda propped up China's Cultural Revolution

John Rash

Posters from a chaotic era depict China's descent into political, cultural calamity.

A political party crack-up? Change is a constant in politics, too

D.J. Tice

The rugs on which political parties stand have been pulled repeatedly throughout American history.

Readers Write (May 24): The 2016 Legislature, the rich and taxes

One word for what transpired in St. Paul: appalling.

Wheelock Whitney had influence, all right – the best kind

Businessman cared most about people, and that was what I learned as a young recruit.

Getting more travelers into PreCheck program

That's one way to address growing airport security system overload.

Obama's pivot to Asia is working

Almost every country in the region is clamoring for a closer relationship with the U.S.

Obama's approach in the Middle East is fatalistic

He just couldn't bring himself to adopt what might work best — persistent, long-term engagement.

Wake up and see the Trump card: He can win

The chattering classes have been predicting the candidate's demise for months. Here are 5 reasons why these pundits are still wrong.

What's the matter with golf today?

The game's governing body and traditionalists have stuck with rules and procedures that make it difficult, expensive, time-consuming — unapproachable. There are ways to change that.

A stumbling finish to a short Minnesota legislative session

End-of-session crunch should become a campaign issue.

Satellites could aid efforts to address global warming

Space agencies could monitor if countries are honoring Paris accord.

Readers Write (May 23): Democracy, Xcel Energy rates, airport security, Hillary Clinton

What if the people don't want democracy?

If Bill Clinton becomes 'first gentleman,' what will he be wearing?

And it's good to know he won't just be doing the usual literacy or physical fitness causes.

Obama administration's change in overtime protections was needed

Businesses will have an adjustment, but new protections will help the middle class.

Sack cartoon: Abandon hope, all ye who enter here

Readers Write (May 22): Thunderbird Hotel, gas tax, retirement planning, pensions

For me, a visit to the Thunderbird Hotel was a launchpad to learning.

Watch that turnover in the Minnesota Legislature

Experience matters, and thus, so does legislator pay.