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State budget deal, though flawed, reflects Minnesota compromise

The sun rose behind the Minnesota State Capitol as lawmakers continued their work inside on Wednesday. Although the governor and legislators reached a deal late Monday, the last night of the regular session, a special session was needed to translate that into passage of bills funding the 2018-19 state budget .

It's worth a special session to bring gridlock to an end.

Sack cartoon: The glowing orb


The glowing orb

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Are visionary Republicans history in our state?
Lori Sturdevant

A post-Watergate Minnesota GOP chairman has this advice: If there's chaos in Washington, keep it there. Put on an orderly show in St. Paul.

Star Tribune Globe to spin again as world news comes full circle
John Rash

International news events echo the original unveiling of the globe in 1951.


The sun rose behind the Minnesota State Capitol as lawmakers continued their work inside on Wednesday. Although the governor and legislators reached a deal late Monday, the last night of the regular session, a special session was needed to translate that into passage of bills funding the 2018-19 state budget .

State budget deal, though flawed, reflects Minnesota compromise

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How NAFTA can be improved for the digital economy to help U.S.
Allow Minnesotans to review final budget deal

Internet voting and paperless machines have got to go

High court has curbed life-without-parole for juveniles, but state case may open new door
America's newest debt binge
Tesla is winning Wall Street race, but don't bet against American ingenuity

A demonstration supportive of the Islamic State in 2014 in Mosul.

Readers Write: Islamic terrorism, the Electoral College, Edina rent hike, Womenwinning

Readers Write: Circuses, entertaining and otherwise; Manchester attack; Trump presidency, Trump budget, Minneapolis mayoral race, Edina rent hike
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Media coverage of Trump doesn't just seem very negative – it is

A Harvard study finds it's been a whopping 80 percent negative.


A newcomer's view: Don't scorn skyways; help make them a better fit

This newbie suggests integrating sidewalks and skyways more, starting with enhanced signage to ease navigation.


America's newest debt binge

Debt from auto and student loans is problematic.


Hike the U.S. gas tax to improve roads, bridges? No, trim it and let states adjust theirs based on their needs

The federal funding system is inflexible and outdated. It should be states that adjust their fuel taxes based on their widely varying needs.


Readers Write: Islamic terrorism, the Electoral College, Edina rent hike, Womenwinning

Call terrorism what it is:Islamic.


Listen: Legislative session goes up to – and over – the last minute

Despite a budget surplus and a special session, lawmakers have not yet reached agreement on key budget bills. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Surge of profanity in public political discourse speaks badly for America

The left is using it more as it strives to punch up its message, but the right goes there, too. In the end, it's just a sad substitute for thinking.