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April 26, 2015 What’s the true test of one’s commitment to free speech? It does not come when he permits people to be free to say or publish ideas with which he agrees. Not by a long shot. more »»

We will fight for free speech

April 26, 2015 Last Sunday, The Minot Daily News ran an advertisement that for all intents and purposes was a thinly veiled attack against the gay lifestyl. more »»

Diplomacy must be in place

April 25, 2015 When then-President John F. Kennedy used Navy vessels to blockade Cuba in 1963, he made it clear they were to prevent Soviet ships from delivering missiles to the island nation. U.S. more »»

Chaos in the primaries

April 25, 2015 Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy. more »»

Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

April 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — When postal worker Doug Hughes — otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn’t worried about being shot down, he says. more »»

When bootleggers and Baptists converge

April 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — Smoking, said King James I in 1604, is “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs.” Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestow. more »»

Problems at DEA complicated

April 24, 2015 Drug Enforcement Agency head Michele Leonhart is retiring — forced out of office because members of Congress were angry she had not responded decisively to reports of wrongdoing among DEA agents. more »»

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a fraud

April 24, 2015 There’s been some tense back-and-forth over the Canadian mother who said she had stopped opposing vaccinations after all seven of her kids came down with whooping cough. more »»

Martin O’Malley’s modern-day know-nothingness

April 24, 2015 Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is thinking about running for president on the Democratic ticket by appealing to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s populist fans. more »»

Obama’s Republican collaborators

April 24, 2015 The GOP swept to victory in November by declaring that this imperial presidency must be brought to heel, and President Obama’s illicit seizures of Congressional power must end. That was the. more »»

Making the worst of a bad situation

April 23, 2015 Federal deficit spending is up only “slightly” from last year’s levels, according to a report this week. During the first six months of the fiscal year, deficit spending was $26. more »»

Port’s column more opinion than fact

April 23, 2015 Journalists are different from bloggers. Journalists gather and report facts so that we can form educated opinions about issues important to us. more »»

Becoming a nation of political spectators

April 23, 2015 The American electorate is gradually becoming a nation of political spectators, pushed side by the vast fortunes and ambitions of a new breed of political activists. more »»

SleazeBob Menendez’s 36DD Visa program

April 23, 2015 America has an alphabet soup of visa programs for foreigners to choose from: B-1 for business visitors, B-2 for tourists, EB-5 for investors, F-1 for students, and so o. more »»

Punish those who distort law

April 22, 2015 Fairness and impartiality are at the foundation of the American concept of justice. It has been eroded to an alarming extent. more »»

Fighting for a better postal service

April 22, 2015 I grew up in the small town of Mantador, where my mother was a school cook and my father was a seasonal construction worker and volunteer fire chief. more »»

About time to fix the oil tax

April 22, 2015 On the 70th day of the state’s 80-day legislative session, Republican leaders in the House and Senate have proposed a major reform to oil tax policy. more »»

2016: The woman trap

April 22, 2015 WASHINGTON — Here we go. If you’re a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you’re a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor. more »»

MARC vote: Look for the pony

April 21, 2015 A former publisher of The Minot Daily News is remembered by some in the newsroom for his penchant for searching out the positive in an apparent overwhelmingly negative outcome. more »»

‘Little Boy’: A classic modern film

April 21, 2015 There are classic films, like the ones on TCM and AMC, and there are modern films. There are few modern classics. “Little Boy,” in theaters April 24, could be a modern classic. more »»



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