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.


Biden White House will face black swans

The post-vote turmoil is itself an example of a geopolitically risky event that may test his foreign-policy and national-security teams.


Country could use a 'James Baker-like' figure

Co-author of compelling new James Baker biography says that "The Man Who Ran Washington" knew how to get stuff done.


Elections should be contentious, not voting

New PBS "Frontline" documentary "Whose Vote Counts" focuses on Wisconsin as it examines issues around access to voting.


The world wishes Trump — and America — well

Despite domestic divisions so apparent in the debate and campaign, America can and should still be the "indispensable nation."


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.