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Now it's up to states to protect LGBTQ civil rights

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Trump reverses course after pledging protection during campaign.

The Trump budget: Keep civil legal aid off the chopping block

In 2016, millions more dollars were spent on Halloween costumes for pets than on legal aid for the poor.

This aligns well with the administration's priorities. To paraphrase Trump, when only the rich can afford a lawyer, the system is rigged.


Academy Awards

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Rash Report: The international impact of Trump's 'enemy' tweet
John Rash

Presidential pressure on press freedom, reporter safety is at risk.

Dayton is a case study in lost ideals
D.J. Tice

Contrast his stadium-suites response with his persistence while state auditor.


Heed former President George W. Bush's call for answers on Russia

Now it's up to states to protect LGBTQ civil rights
Minnesota Legislature needs to focus on health care as Congress eyes ACA
Dayton, GOP should pre-empt cities and seek compromise on labor rules

Gov. Mark Dayton was seen through a viewfinder of a TV camera while speaking to reporters.

Dayton is a case study in lost ideals

Trump is beginning to make Buchanan look good
State medical errors report falls short
Rx for the inequity that plagues health care in Minnesota

Newly selected Democratic National Committee Chairman Thomas Perez embraced his competitor, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, at the DNC’s winter meeting in Atlanta on Saturday. After his narrow victory, Perez called for Ellison to be named deputy chairman.

Readers Write (Feb. 28): DNC leadership, the Jewish and Muslim communities, wages, girls' basketball, cellphone distraction

Readers Write (Feb. 27): Downtown Minneapolis, wages, tax rates, school discipline, 'inclusiveness'
Readers Write (Feb. 26): State Rep. Ilhan Omar, freedom of the press, health insurance and MinnesotaCare
Readers Write (Feb. 25): Orchestra Hall and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski; government spending and light rail, plus David Osmek; transgender policy; the Trump administration, private prisons and marijuana, and Sunday liquor sales

Heed former President George W. Bush's call for answers on Russia

Meanwhile, too many in Congress seem willing to look the other way.


Minnesota legislators, don't criminalize pregnancy and addiction

As the child of an incarcerated woman in desperate need of treatment (not further punishment), I understand the dynamics. A bill currently in the House does not.


Readers Write (Feb. 28): DNC leadership, the Jewish and Muslim communities, wages, girls' basketball, cellphone distraction

In Ellison loss, a lesson unlearned.


Hollywood's diversity problem looks a little better but has a long way to go

The industry must keep growing the pool of films featuring diverse actors in complexly written roles and directed by women and people of color who are given a chance to lead big-budget or high-profile movies.


From the Oscars award fog, a model for decency emerges

When he found out he didn't actually win, "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz took charge with the truth. In our current environment, that was exceptional.


Readers Write (Feb. 27): Downtown Minneapolis, wages, tax rates, school discipline, 'inclusiveness'

City residents need to be heard.


The uncharted frontiers of science: Living hybrids of humans and other animals?

Living hybrids of humans and other animals? Yikes is right. Yet the potential benefits (human organ farms, for example) are wondrous.