Editorial writer and columnist | Opinion

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.

Virus infects America's international image, too

New Pew Research Center poll of 13 allied nations reflects a nadir of confidence in several for President Donald Trump and America.

The week's news vividly depicts concurrent crises

The pandemic, race relations, wildfires and an incendiary campaign converge.

Post-convention campaign pivots to news narrative

Events already transpiring, and ones that may yet dominate the news narrative, will determine the shape of the presidential race.

Voting issues roil U.S., Belarus

Perceptions of suppression are met emotionally everywhere because voting is about more than just politics; it's about identity, too.

Still much on the line for online conventions

The outcome is predetermined, and the pandemic will change the optics. But voters will likely still be viewers anyway.

TikTok dispute quickens the 'technology Cold War'

President Donald Trump's executive orders regarding TikTok and WeChat reflect a deepening rift between the U.S. and China.

Hamilton, and 'Hamilton,' reexamined anew

The musical's movie debut on Disney Plus reminds us that history is dynamic, not static, so "who tells your story" changes in context with what's happening today, too.

Amid tension at the top, U.S.-Canada ties are tight

50th anniversary of Canadian consulate in Minneapolis reflects a relationship that, like the Mississippi, "is deep, is profound and it flows."

More Burr than Hamilton in Bolton's 'The Room Where It Happened'

The new book is unflattering to both Bolton and Trump.

Peril, and promise, in 'Minneapolis moment'

"What Minneapolis will be remembered for is its response," said Brookings expert Amy Liu, reflecting thoughts of other civic leaders.