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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.


Rash Report: 'The Hunt' and the search for meaningful films

The lineup for the now-postponed Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival offered an antidote to cinematic cynicism.


Rash Report: Biden won on sum of relationships, not ads

Endorsements from former rivals — and also from Rep. James Clyburn — were worth more than unlimited campaign spending.


Rash Report: More heat than enlightenment in fiery debate

Complex, concurrent crises spanning the globe loom for the next president, but were mostly unmentioned in Wednesday's debate.


Middle ground recedes in politics, media and even relationships

Rash Report: New Pew Research Center polls show a nation riven with divisions.


Rash Report: Oscar nods show how Hollywood's plot is shifting

The nine nominated films contending for Best Picture reflect enduring content controversies and an ever-evolving media model.


Rash Report: Power of conscience, conviction revealed in 'A Hidden Life'

A new film from director Terrence Malick shows how an Austrian man, firm in his faith, forsakes swearing allegiance to Hitler.


Rash Report: 'Afghanistan Papers' show the power of the press

Washington Post's publication of "A Secret History of the War" exposes lies spanning 18 years across three presidential administrations.


Rash Report: Competing visions for British voters, and viewers

Arrows Awards, which honor the best of British advertising, reflect the U.K.'s cultural and political split.


Rash Report: Rediscover the resolve that felled the Berlin Wall

Enduring Western unity and purpose toppled the wall and won the Cold War. It's needed again to meet today's transatlantic challenges.


Rash Report: A deep State Department, not a 'deep state'

Belying characterizations, the character of top envoys and officers has been apparent during the impeachment inquiry.