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Bernie Sanders, the left, Christianity and the Constitution

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lecturing a prospective government appointee on theology, and branding a man as hateful for his beliefs, demonstrates a stunning misunderstanding of the nature of faith, and of the Constitution.

Specifically, how far will the left go to neutralize Christianity? Consider the de facto leader of the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders.

Russia, U.S. should take more care in the air

Using fighter jets to send messages could get out of hand.


Hacking as civil disobedience: A dichotomy for Americans

Although it's fueled by a cultivated institutional distrust, it is illegal. This is true even though the definition of data as property is tangled.


Six considerations as the Senate weighs in on health care

Which Republican senators will walk the plank for a rotten bill?


Regarding health care: Maneuver away, but these are the unavoidable basics

Our predicament is not going to be solved by the proposals we're hearing.


Trump's silent surge in the Middle East — and the slippery slope to war

In just five months, the president has moved U.S. troops closer to the front lines in complex fights in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.


Carbon dividends: The climate solution that's best for the environment and business alike

This idea is gaining traction, especially in light of the president's decision on the Paris Agreement. It could move faster than you think.


Colorado dad says smartphones turned his kids into zombies

Now he wants state to become first to ban sales to those younger than 13.


Minneapolis, it's not just restaurants: $15 minimum wage would hit affordable housing, too

Our options for adjusting to new costs are limited. Businesses of all sizes need some flexibility.


Verdict in police shooting of Philando Castile: The fear defense should have us all afraid

Why? Because it's emotional, not a rational assessment of danger. And police officers are trained to be particularly susceptible.


University of Minnesota leaders: Why our budget had to include a tuition hike

The Legislature did not provide the investment required to hold tuition flat for the state's students. But we believe in that investment and have set a challenging course.


John Kasich, John Hickenlooper: A two-party approach to health care

One-party solutions are not sustainable. As governors of Ohio and Colorado, respectively, we find the following principles necessary for effective reform.


We, a D and an R in Wisconsin, both disdain gerrymandering

As former leaders of the state Senate, we support the lawsuit that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Wisconsin citizens aren't getting the balanced government they want.


Police shooting of Castile: In Falcon Heights, we were jolted into knowing we needed change

Our citizens group has learned over the past year that progress with city officials is possible, though it requires persistence.


Asian-American rock band wins free speech victory from U.S. Supreme Court

The court rightly sided with a group named the Slants in trademark case.


In full context, that Minnesota budget looks troubling

Too often both Republican and DFL legislators fail to take into account what is happening beyond the state's borders.


Vultures and self-righteousness: Impressions from my freshman year in the Minnesota Legislature

Here are seven observations and four ways we can do better.


Garrison Keillor: I'm a liberal with some conservative tendencies, and that tells me ...

That the tables will turn. Meanwhile, our story starts with a pit stop …


Justice seemed nearly certain, but we white people don't always understand

I felt as if I had come to know Philando, but I had forgotten one simple truth.