STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Notebook: Groups use gay marriage issue to raise campaign money
By Don Davis
Some say the gay marriage debate is behind Minnesotans, but it has a way of coming back again and again a year after Minnesotans voted to not ban same-sex marriage and four months after i... Posted on 11/25/13 at 9:03 AM
THE PERIPHERY The Internet and the U.S. Government
With every new technology comes the potential for either good or evil. How will the U.S. government's use of digital technology to spy be judged?
Dynamite can clear the way for a new road through a m... Posted on 6/10/13 at 7:54 AM
CRACKER-BARREL PHILOSOPHER Mitt - Champ or Chump?
Mitt Romney, the chosen Republican presidential candidate for 2012, has said many times in the last several weeks things that I would like to re-familiarize all of us with.
He's said that there are 2... Posted on 11/2/12 at 2:32 PM
In the two weeks since President Obama declared the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, a series of bloody skirmishes has sharpened the questions about the Iraqi security forces’ ability to protect the country.
Shashank Bengali and Mohammed al-Dulaimy
, September 19, 2010
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday proposed a quick $50 billion boost in federal spending to rebuild roads, railways and runways — a move he said will create jobs and which Democrats hope will improve their election prospects in November.
The Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team, the 2010 NCAA Division I champion, has been invited to a White House reception with President Obama on Sept. 13 in Washington, D.C., which will honor championship teams and student athletes, according to a White House news release.
A former Duluth and Superior resident informs the News Tribune that an entry he wrote has been chosen for an R&D 100 Award, which is an award that people in the business call the “Academy Award of Innovation.”
KABUL — On an Afghanistan trip shrouded in secrecy, President Obama demanded accountability from the country’s leaders, greater vigilance against corruption and better governing as he widens America’s commitment to the 8-year-old war he inherited and then dramatically escalated.
Thought the president’s yearlong infomercial was over? You were mistaken. Barack Obama now will try to persuade the country to like what was imposed upon it, lest America decide that instead of radical transformation, it would prefer a functional health-care reform.
“This is what change looks like,” President Obama said after succeeding where Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson and Harry Truman failed. Last Sunday, as comprehensive health-care reform was becoming a reality, some people couldn’t bear what they saw.
On the cusp of succeeding where numerous past congresses and administrations have failed, jubilant House Democrats voted 219-212 late Sunday to send legislation to Obama that would extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, reduce deficits and ban insurance company practices such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Victory within reach, President Obama rallied House Democrats on Saturday for a final health care push, and party leaders appeared confident they had overcome a flare-up over abortion funding restrictions in the legislation.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Alan Fram
, March 21, 2010
The White House is counting on Representative Oberstar’s vote to pass the senate version of the health-care reform bill. But is Oberstar so eager to oblige President Obama’s wishes for this signature piece of legislation, that he and some of his fellow Democrats are willing to swallow a poison pill?
Dick Cheney became perhaps the most prominent conservative voice thus far to speak out in support of the Obama administration’s decision to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.
WASHINGTON — With the clock ticking toward a massive, automatic tax increase at the end of this year, President Obama on Monday will launch a political battle over who will pay higher taxes and who won’t.
Steven Thomma and David Lightman
, January 31, 2010
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