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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..

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.

Why Dean Phillips continues against-the-odds quest

The Minnesota Democrat, who acknowledges a "steep slope ahead," has focused more on politics than policy while largely being ignored by the national news media.

Presidential candidates should run everywhere, for everyone

Biden, by bypassing Iowa and New Hampshire, reinforced Democratic drift from rural America.

The link between global connectedness and geopolitical outlook

Two new Pew Research Center reports reflect the value of international travel.

In war-torn world, the Peace Corps endures

"Do whatever is in your sphere of influence," Peace Corps director Carol Spahn tells attendees at a summit of internationally involved Minnesotans.

U.S. is at peace, but Biden is increasingly a wartime president

Crises in the Mideast, Eastern Europe and elsewhere reflect the possibilities, and limits, of being commander-in-chief.

Ukraine, Israel inspire clashing reactions in foreign lands

President Joe Biden legislatively and geopolitically tied the wars between Russia-Ukraine and Hamas-Israel together, but much of the world may see it differently.

Casualties, including truth and truth-tellers, keep mounting in the Mideast

A wave of mis- and disinformation and the deaths of journalists imperil the ability to get verifiable information about the war in Gaza.