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Federal government has spending problem

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from Minnesota and Iowa ...

Minnesota’s leaders conclude budget pact

Minnesota lawmakers did not meet the deadline Monday to wrap up the legislative session, but they have managed to put together an agreement on a $46 billion state budget. So, a couple days of overtime that are deemed a “special session” will conclude this morning with the final budget. Not ...

Trump sends clear messages to Saudis

There can be no doubt Saudi Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and forceful when tact would accomplish an end more certainly. He used a mixture of the two on Saturday. During his visit ...

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This can’t be justice Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, released from prison Wednesday under a clemency order signed by former President Barack Obama, will be eligible for various benefits including military health care, at least for a time, the Army has revealed. Manning, formerly known as ...

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Sunday sales approved The Fairmont Municipal Liquor Store will be open Sundays, beginning July 2, for a six-month trial run. The decision this week reverses an earlier announcement that the store would not open on Sundays. We appreciate the re-evaluation by those city staff members in ...

What do most people want? Less government

A large portion of the maintstream media is liberal. That is to say they have their own agenda, which runs to the socialist side of the political spectrum. They prefer big government solutions and “egalitarianism.” As opposed to say laissez faire capitalism and rugged individualism, ...

Lawmakers move ahead on Real ID bill

Lawmakers move ahead on Real ID bill Minnesota is on its way to meeting federal standards on state driver’s licenses to board domestic flights. The Legislature on Wednesday approved a bill to comply with the 2005 federal Real ID Act, which includes a 2018 deadline for upgraded IDs. Real ...

What can, should be done about disruptions?

A case the U.S. Supreme Court may handle this week raises troubling questions — but they are not limited to those many in the media and the courts are addressing. Reporters have focused on the case because it is one new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dealt with while he was a ...

North Korean dictator has chosen his course

President Donald Trump seems to be trying a carrot-and-stick approach to North Korea’s militancy. He has threatened harsh action against Kim Jong Un’s regime. But Trump has been wise enough to hold out an olive branch, too. He has broken with most of his predecessors in flattering Kim and ...

Do Democrats really want this can of worms?

A chorus of Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we are at ...

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Iowa passes voter ID Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill that will require the state’s residents to show an ID at the polls beginning with the 2018 gubernatorial primaries. Branstad says the law helps protect the integrity of the election system. We agree. As the system changes, ...

Lawmakers, Dayton will have to compromise

The Minnesota Legislature could be headed for a serious showdown. The evidence? Lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton are currently engaged in a prequel. It’s all a little strange from the long view. Dayton wants a $46 billion two-year spending plan. Republicans, who control the House and Senate, ...

Legislation looks to fill open teaching slots

Legislation looks to fill open teaching slots School boards and school administrators in Minnesota could soon get more discretion in hiring prospective teachers. That’s a good thing. Minnesota is facing a teacher shortage in areas such as math, science and special education, and these ...

As Obamacare fails, Senate gets its chance

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the U.S. House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed last Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting ...

Congress once again exempts self from rules

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

Obama hypocritically cashing in on Wall St.

While he was president, Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to decry cronyism between big business and public officials. It undermined Americans’ faith in government, he opined. Of course, Obama is well aware of the “revolving door” phenomenon in Washington, in which government ...

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This is unacceptable Barbarity must be stopped and punished. No clearer example is female genital mutilation, a horrifying part of some cultures in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and, in a recent case, Michigan. A doctor there performed the procedure on two 7-year-old Minnesota girls who were ...

Tell Clinton: Women voted for Trump too

Hillary Clinton apparently believes 26.4 million American women hate themselves, along with everyone else of their gender. During an interview this week, Clinton was asked why she thought she lost the presidential election last fall. In typical fashion, she blamed everyone but herself and ...

Lawmakers rightly look to end campaign funding

The public financing of political campaigns has never been a good idea. So kudos to those lawmakers in St. Paul who want to erase public campaign subsidies. Republicans, who are leading the charge, rightly say that the subsidies are little more than welfare for politicians. Those arguing for ...

Pass it to know what’s in it? Not this again

You may have to pardon House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if she enjoys a chuckle this week. Unless something changes about a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Pelosi will be entitled to a bit of sarcastic humor. When the atrocity that is ...