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Garrison Keillor: Love of country, sung by real people, from the heart

Kathy Beatty of Inver Grove Heights sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” as Garrison Keillor led the audience in song during the warm up to a live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” at the State Theatre in Minneapolis in May 2016.

I love to sing about the dawn's early light and the broad stripes and bright stars when I am standing next to other people who are singing it, too.

Sack cartoon: President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un


President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

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Rash Report: Russia's election meddling extends to social media
John Rash

Fake Facebook accounts bought ads that "appeared to favor amplifying divisive social and political messages."

There's money to be made in renewables. Argument enough?
Lori Sturdevant

It's a "better argument for a Republican." Fair enough. But, those climate consequences are pretty compelling, too.


Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (joined by, from left, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.) spoke to reporters on Tuesday as he pushed a last-ditch effort to uproot former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Don't risk Graham-Cassidy vote without Congressional Budget Office score

Trump should work to reform, but not reject, the United Nations
Crack down on vaccine disinformation to prevent next Minnesota measles outbreak
Dayton's dispute with Legislature should end with compromise

In this rendering, a proposed Southwest light-rail train passes over the lagoon in the Kenilworth corridor.

Southwest light rail dos and don'ts

Can the Science Museum of Minnesota evolve?
Our children are being shot, and Congress cowers
Credit Pawlenty, Bakk for new Lake Vermilion jewel

A demonstration of the Minneapolis Police Department’s body-worn cameras in 2016. A probe by the city’s Internal Audit Department revealed that, from the cameras’ issue in July 2016 to July 29 of this year, officers turned their cameras on when they were required to 65 percent of the time. After a new policy was issued this summer requiring the use of the cameras during most public encounters, that increased to 71 percent.

Readers Write: Police and body cameras, the Trump presidency, Vietnam War series, governor-Legislature dispute, bike lanes in Minneapolis

Readers Write: Medical records and Mayo, the history of anti-Semitism, race and St. Kate's, characterizing President Donald Trump
Readers Write: Minneapolis bike lanes, state Supreme Court, college costs, history of discrimination
Readers Write: Mistrust of science, public pensions

Our children are being shot, and Congress cowers

The U.S. gun lobby has used its power to quash the most sensible protections.


The Trump presidency: All in all, a pretty good eight months

This is thanks to a direct message and reasonably conservative progress, both of which resonate with Americans.


The Trump presidency: GOP oversight has gone missing

Consider, for instance, Jared Kushner — a "shadow diplomat" on a "hunt for cash." If this were the Obama years, or the Clinton years …


Readers Write: Police and body cameras, the Trump presidency, Vietnam War series, governor-Legislature dispute, bike lanes in Minneapolis

Sure seems like a slow adoption.


Ask us your questions about downtown Minneapolis safety and crime

A Sept. 17 editorial explored the crime problem in downtown Minneapolis. What questions do you have about public safety in the city? Enter them in the box below. If we receive enough good questions, we'll put them up for a reader vote. And if we decide to answer your question in a future editorial, you'll receive a special mention.


Did Comey give Trump the presidency? We don't think so.

Using an analysis of polling data from the last four months of the campaign, we find no conclusive evidence that the Comey letter led to a decisive shift in voter support. Instead, changes in support for the candidates resulted largely from other factors.


Trump is not being normalized. What is? Leftist bad behavior.

Antifa is not the same as white supremacists. (Just so you can note that, for the record, I said it.) But we're bending over a lot farther backward to accommodate antifa disruption of our rights.