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John Rash is an editorial writer and columnist. His Rash Report column analyzes media and politics, and his focus on foreign policy has taken him on international reporting trips to China, Japan, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Lithuania, Kuwait and Canada.

Rash's commentary can be heard on WCCO-AM on Friday mornings at 8:10 a.m. and on Wednesdays on "Playing Politics," a podcast from the Editorial Board. He lives in St. Louis Park with his wife, two children and a dog..


A restive West warily watches U.S. election

Turmoil roiling the Democrats — and America's democracy — shadowed this week's summit of NATO nations.


State Department envoy displays diaspora diplomacy

To find out what's going on abroad, it's often best to seek insight from regular people, she says.


Despite change and challenge, U.S. journalists rally to the task

Washington Post's reporters' response to that paper's own scandal and the Wall Street Journal's advocacy for jailed journalist Evan Gershkovich serve as models.


What the worldwide wave of elections is indicating

Running for office by running against the system is just one of the themes seen in multiple countries — including the U.S.


'Tectonic shifts' roil media and politics

The interrelated changes are sharpening the partisanship shaping the character of the country.


Many governments worldwide failing to protect press freedom

As Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index details declines across continents, the Pulitzer Prizes highlights the need for great reporting.


Ukraine aid vote is a domestic and geopolitical inflection point

Renowned Russia expert Fiona Hill reflects on the Kremlin's propaganda program, what President Vladimir Putin is thinking and how U.S. divisions impact international issues.


Film festival shows the transformative power of art

At the 43rd Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, movies like "Sing Sing" and "The Movie Teller" reflect "how cinema or art in general moves us."


NATO's strength in numbers makes U.S. more secure

The transatlantic alliance, now up to 32 members, has protected the West for 75 years.


McDaniel mess suggests a more profound pundit problem

The "revolving door" of the political media industrial complex hurts journalism and democracy.