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Last straw for Secret Service

October 30, 2014 A newly reported Secret Service fiasco should result in President Barack Obama losing his patience with the agency — for his good, that of his family and the safety of future presidents. more »»

Why Not Minot — The Magic City

October 30, 2014 When I lived in Bismarck, I had an acquaintance who, knowing that I had lived in Minot, asked me why Minot called itself the “Magic City” and appears to think it is special. more »»

Approve Measure 5 for North Dakota

October 30, 2014 There is greatness in the way America debates and decides its issues, even when it goes to the ballot box and a campaign is fought hard or even bitterly. more »»

Terrorism and ‘The True Believer’

October 30, 2014 “A mass movement,” wrote Eric Hoffer in “The True Believer,” “appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. more »»

Planning to deal with ‘lone wolf’

October 29, 2014 In a speech about a month ago, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned of the growing threat of “lone wolf” terrorists. more »»

Africa: A tragic continent

October 29, 2014 Here’s how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: “Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. more »»

Random thoughts on the passing scene

October 29, 2014 The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide. more »»

Obama administration chilling free speech

October 29, 2014 Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and... more »»

Preparing to battle the weather?

October 28, 2014 Many serious challenges face the U.S. armed forces. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, no doubt acting at the behest of his boss, President Barack Obama, thinks climate change is a top concern. more »»

Michael Brown and race hoaxes

October 28, 2014 Back in August, when news first broke of a shooting in Ferguson, Mo., the media world, perpetually tingling with eagerness for white-on-black violence stories, plunged into delirium. more »»

Why narratives are more powerful than ideas

October 28, 2014 There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates. This gets the problem wrong. more »»

Wisconsin: Done in by ‘John Doe’

October 28, 2014 WASHINGTON — The early morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on... more »»

All for one, one for all

October 27, 2014 A poll released last week showed half of North Dakotans believe the state Legislature needs to send more money to communities in western North Dakota impacted by the Bakken oil boom. more »»

CBS drives away ‘anti-gay’ Catholics

October 27, 2014 While the cultural commissars keep throwing praise and awards at raunchy shows on trendy Internet streaming channels, CBS has a series of highly-rated traditional police or military shows that get... more »»

Ferguson protests self-indulgent and trivial

October 27, 2014 It wasn’t so long ago that Ferguson, Mo., was supposed to be an American morality tale of racism, the militarization of police and all manner of other evil. more »»

Sex now exclusive property of the rich

October 27, 2014 America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular. more »»

How about our seniors?

October 26, 2014 It’s curious, not necessarily wrong, just curious how people plot and connive about what to do with the state’s extra wealth. more »»

Look out for neighbors

October 26, 2014 After two years in Williston and now six weeks in Minot, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the challenges and opportunities facing western North Dakot. more »»

Who needs an Ebola czar?

October 26, 2014 “Rabbi, is there a proper blessing for the czar?” He thinks for a moment and responds: “May God bless and keep the czar ... more »»

The price of papal popularity

October 26, 2014 Normally a synod of Catholic bishops does not provide fireworks rivaling the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Mayor Richard Daley’s boys in blue ran up the score on the radical... more »»



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