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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..

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.

Osterholm: As politics infect science, new tactics critical

The widening partisan divide may make responding to the inevitable next pandemic even more difficult.

Photo flap a tempest in a (royal) teapot compared to coming AI era

Photoshop fails are more easily detectable than the insidious artificial-intelligence images that may threaten society and democracy itself.

The complexities of age and ethics in the presidential race

The numbers voters may mostly focus on aren't economic metrics, but Biden's age and Trump's indictments.

Film shows what doing 'whatever the hell they want' looks like

Oscar-nominated documentary "20 Days in Mariupol" depicts the results of an unrestrained Russia and Vladimir Putin.

The global impact from local human-rights activism

New U exhibit explores how Minnesota-based organizations often have had a worldwide influence in the enduring struggle for human rights.

Higher education takes a tough test

The University of Minnesota and other institutions face campus controversies, concern over cost and value from an increasingly skeptical public.