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There are hidden costs to delaying Zika funding

The U.S. Senate has approved $1.1 billion of the requested $1.9 billion to fight the Zika virus, which is carried by the aedes aegypti mosquito, shown here. The House is seeking $622 million and wants to direct funds dedicated to Ebola containment to Zika.

Emergency preparedness funding is being redirected as Congress stalls.

Hillary Clinton's e-mail controversy: If impropriety here, anticipate it elsewhere

Hillary Clinton checked her BlackBerry from inside a C-17 military plane while on a trip to Libya as U.S. secretary of state. The Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. State Department reported last week on her use of private e-mail for official business, primarily via her mobile device.

During my time in government, my boss made clear that we would conduct our affairs such that our integrity was never in any way suspect.

Rash Report: Rising asymmetric threats may shift military's role

John Rash

Sharp partisan divides on nation's place in the world.

On what will we weigh Minnesota legislators this November?

Lori Sturdevant

National elections (Trump? Clinton?) usually drive state results. But, but, but …

Minnesota's criminal justice system: To reintegrate felons, restore our right to vote

Released prisoners are expected to get jobs, pay taxes and obey our parole officers. Yet a disconnect comes when we don't get any say in the political process.


Memorial Day: Don't forget to remember those of us who remain

A chance encounter at a Home Depot brought home the notion that we must honor not just our valiant service members, but also their survivors.


From the archives: The nation's pride and heartache on Memorial Day

We'll share those emotions again this year, just as we did in 1921.


Memorial Day: Why the mournful sound of 'Taps' makes me sad

Won't we ever learn? We should all be shedding a tear over the fact that this melody has continued to be played and played and played — for generations.


Readers Write (May 30): Memorial Day, preserving your legacy, Obama at Hiroshima, health care costs, this summer's serialized book

Memorial Day: Set aside at least a minute at 3 p.m.


Politifact: On taxes and crime, front-runners run afoul of facts

No, Hillary Clinton is not going to release "all" of the "violent criminals." Yes, Donald Trump did pay some taxes, at least in the '70s.


Strings attached: The unfortunate current spirit of charitable giving

The new 'investment' spirit in charitable giving demands measurable outcomes. Whatever happened to just helping those in need?


Minnesota Legislature should take another shot at a 'One State Agenda'

But special session must avoid playing regional favorites.


Sack cartoon: The 2016 Legislature


Readers Write (May 29): What's wrong/right with golf,

"What's the matter with golf today?" Or, rather, what's right?


Restroom wars: A tolerant nation ties itself into knots

These tricky times call for compassion all around.


A Twin Cities Catholic's open letter to the new archbishop

We give — have always given, but now we need to know God's work is being done.


Amid a cascade of 'lasts,' a final napkin note

My wife and I have put thousands in with school lunches. But, of course, all things end.